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    Jack Austin Smith spends a lot of time outside with his dog, which is typical for many 13-year-olds, but Smith isn’t playing, he’s in training and finding success as one of the youngest members of the National Shoot To Retrieve Association (NSTRA).

    Smith, the son of Gina Austin Smith and Noland and Traci Smith, all of Williamstown, has won two hunting competitions against older, more seasoned hunters.
    Smith has been learning the sport of sanctioned field trials where he has hunted for quail since he was 10, which is the youngest age allowed.

  • Williamstown pedestrian struck, killed

    A 71-year-old Williamstown man was killed after being struck by a vehicle Nov. 20 while walking on Helton Road.

    Ray Spillman died two days after the accident at the University Medical Center in Cincinnati.
    Spillman, who was the 2013 starter for the Derby Dash 5K race, usually began his day with a walk to Williamstown Independent Schools and back.

  • Former GCHS band director faces additional felony charges

    Former Grant County High School David Owens is facing more sexual abuse charges for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student.
    Owens was indicted Nov. 14 by a Boone County grand jury on one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

    He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 18 in Boone County Circuit Court.

    Owens is accused of having an inappropriate relationship in 2011 with a former student at GCHS when the girl was 16 years old.

  • Agencies need helping hand

    While many families are making holiday plans, others are wondering how they’ll make ends meet.
    Several organizations and groups in Grant County are making plans to help families in need this holiday season.

    Kim Haubner, of Dry Ridge, began a county Christmas party 10 years ago.
    This year’s County Christmas Party will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at Sherman Elementary.


    Leaning back with his hands behind his head, Williamstown Elementary second grader Jonathan Peer looks comfortable sitting in the principal’s chair.

    The 8-year-old took over duties Oct. 10 from WES David Poer to serve as principal for the day.

    “I just realized he has a TV,” said a smiling Jonathan, looking up at Poer’s wall. “I bet you he puts his feet on the desk.”

    Jonathan received the honor of being principal after his mother won it for him at a silent auction at the school’s fall festival.


    The Northern Kentucky University Grant County Campus students won all three top awards for the annual NKU Book Connection Writing Contest. McKenna Webster earned first place, Kyle Rahshulte took the second place prize and Carissa Walton won third place.

  • WHS Spanish teacher becomes U.S. citizen

    Ten years ago, Silvia Encinas left her native Spain and came to the United States with her husband.

    She has spent the past eight years teaching Spanish at Williamstown High School.
    Now, Encinas and her husband are officially American citizens after taking the naturalization oath Oct. 18 at the John C. Watts Federal Building in Frankfort.

  • Park society recognizes locals

    Grant County was well represented Nov. 14 at the Kentucky Recreation and Park Society’s awards luncheon at Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron.

    Grant County Parks and Recreation director Tabatha Clemons, who is completing a two-year term as KRPS president, gave presidential citations to two local groups and her assistant.
    Clemons was also recognized herself by the society with the Backbone Award.

  • Santa’s Wonderland set for Dec. 7

    While Thanksgiving and turkey are a week away, it’s never too early to start thinking about celebrating Christmas.

  • Country Pumkins