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  • Thieves target parked ambulance

    Between the hours of 10 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 6 a.m. on Feb. 5, an ambulance owned by Rural Metro on Kimberly Lane in Williamstown was ransacked and burglarized.
    Two large emergency medical bags, one green and one red, were taken along with syringes.
    The bags contained life-saving equipment.
    Williamstown Police Lt. Robert Reed said it was possibly two males according to footprints.
    Reed also said this likely was a drug-related burglary.
    The medical technicians noticed the medical bags missing and called police.

  • GCSO, KSP to hold Citizens Police Academies

    If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to  serve an emergency protective order, make a vehicle stop or patrol the streets of Grant County, then here’s your chance to find out.
    Participants must be 21, have a valid driver’s license and are subject to a background check. There can be no misdemeanor domestic violence charges or felony convictions on your record.

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  • Korean War veteran receives burial - 60 years later

    Paul Marshall Gordon will be returning to Grant County after he went missing in January 1951.
    He will be given a funeral with full military honors later at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown.

    His family has spent 60 years waiting for word on what became of their loved one, a POW from the Korean War.
    “The family never gave up that they’d find him and he’d come home,” said Jerry Gordon, a nephew.

  • Smith gets a little help from his friends

    Always smiling, mischievous, as well as a hard-working family man are words that Rodney Smith’s friends use to describe the Dry Ridge man.

    “He’s the best fire fighters I ever met in my life,” said Jason Nantz, a long-time friend of Smith’s and fellow firefighter from the Dry Ridge Fire Department.
    Smith was in Nantz’s wedding. Smith is the reason Nantz wanted to become a firefighter, which he is in Georgetown and Dry Ridge.


    When will it end?
    That’s the question many school administrators, parents and maybe even a few students are asking as snow days keep piling up.
    After another dump of snow canceled classes Feb. 3, Grant County Schools brought their total of missed days to 13.

    Grant County only missed seven days last school year.
    In the calendar approved before the school year, the district accounted for 14 makeup days, meaning the school board will likely have to go back to the drawing board with no end in sight for winter.

  • 44 file locally for judge, clerk, jailer, magistrate

    The race is on.
    The slate of candidates for the May 20 primary election is set with the passing of the Jan. 28 filing deadline.
    There are seven candidates looking to replace Darrell Link as Grant County judge-executive.
    The Republican candidates are Williamstown Independent School Board member Pete Whaley, J. Christopher Ammerman and Steve Wood, who narrowly lost to Link four years ago.
    Democratic candidates include county magistrate Richard Austin, former circuit clerk Shirley Wilson, Keith Ellington and Anitra Jump.

  • Governor spares education in proposed budget

    Education was spared the blade despite harsh cuts in many other areas Jan. 21 as Gov. Steve Beshear outlined his 2014-2016 budget proposal to legislators.

    The most important investments in the governor’s proposed budget are in K-12 education.

    The largest item is SEEK, the main funding formula for classrooms. From 2000 to 2008, SEEK grew an average of 3.4 percent each year. But from 2008 to 2014, funding flatlined – even as enrollment expanded, costs increased and local support in some areas declined.


    (Editor’s Note: This story does contain explicit language.)Former Grant County High School band director David Owens will serve 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a former student, under a plea agreement.
    For pleading guilty to two counts of sexual abuse and one count of tampering with a witness, the agreement recommends Owens also pay a $3,000 fine and have his teaching certificate revoked.