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    Elementary students at Grant and Williamstown schools will be getting showing off their creativity and getting into the holiday spirit with a new contest.
    The Grant County Parks and Recreation Department is holding a Creative Tree Contest for all elementary classes.
    Each class has been given a 2 foot by 3 foot paper Christmas tree, provided by Minuteman Press, to decorate as creatively as they can.

  • Shop with a Cop

    Even an ice storm couldn’t keep police officers and 19 children away from Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge early on Saturday, Dec. 7.

    They came, they cruised up and down the aisles and they filled their carts with toys and clothes as part of the Shop With A Cop annual program that pairs police and corrections officers with children selected from local schools.

    Money for the annual event comes from a golf scramble and donations. A few businesses either raise or donate money to help pay for a child to participate.

  • Deadline nears to switch parties

    Time is running out for registered voters who want to switch political parties before the May 20 primary election.
    Voters may change their political party affiliation at any time on or before Dec. 31 to remain eligible to vote in the following primary election.
    To change party affiliation, voters need to fill out a new voter registration card and return it to the Grant County Clerk’s Office by the deadline.
    While Grant County still has more registered Democrats than Republicans, the gap has decreased in the past year.

  • MANnequin brings lessons to life

    There’s a new man lounging around Grant County High School’s health science program.
    The “man” or new mannequin can cough, vomit, breathe and has a pulse. Using a stethoscope students can hear heart, lung and bowel sounds. He can even be programmed to talk to students.

    Four of the pre-nursing students spent time getting to know their patient.
    “I feel it. It’s not weak, it’s strong,” said Maria Stewart, after finding the mannequin’s pulse.
    Stewart checked for a heart rate.

  • Career center to host open house Dec. 10

    Need a job or interested in furthering your education as an adult?
    The Grant County Career Advancement Center will be hosting an informal community open house from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 to assist in these needs and more.
    The center opened earlier this year at 2020 Taft Highway in Dry Ridge in the former JMB Center.
    Grant County Adult Education, Williamstown HeadStart, Brighton Center and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District offer services at the facility.

  • Jeopardy journey comes to end

    The journey as Jeopardy champion is over for Rani Peffer.
    The Crittenden resident finally lost during the Nov. 26 episode and ended as five-time champion of the popular TV game show.

  • Home away from home

    There are not many places like Jonesville Grocery anymore.
    Nestled in a small community on the Grant-Owen County line, the business is meant to be a place you can sit back, relax and eat a good meal, all while talking with friends or soon-to-be friends.

  • IDA responds to council’s criticism

    The Grant County Industrial Development Authority does a lot more than people realize, said executive director Wade Gutman.
    Gutman is responding to criticism of the IDA during the Nov. 18 Dry Ridge City Council meeting in which the city approved a .75 payroll-tax increase.
    When a 1.25 percent payroll tax takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014, employees working in Dry Ridge will be paying: $312.50 if they earn $25,000, $437.50 if they earn $35,000 and $562.50 if they earn $45,000.


    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.