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  • Project Sticker Shock fights to curb underage drinking

    Customers who went to eight local businesses this week to buy packaged beer were met with a warning.
    Champions For a Drug-Free Grant County participated in Project Sticker Shock, a community awareness initiative designed to prevent adults over the age of 21 from purchasing and providing alcohol to minors.  

    The project includes placing stickers on multi-packs of alcohol warning adults of the penalties for providing alcohol to minors, which in Kentucky includes fines up to $500 or up to one year in jail.  

  • GCHS senior charged with disorderly conduct

    A Grant County High School senior was charged with disorderly conduct after pushing his way to the front of the line for graduation tickets and cussing at teachers, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
    Chief Deputy Brian Maines said during an assembly for graduation practice on May 22, several seniors became upset and unruly after being informed that the graduation would be moved inside due to rain. A school resources officer requested help from additional deputies as a precaution, and the officers were able to calm the students down, Maines said.

  • Williamstown City Council to recommend N. Main St. traffic light be reactivated

    The Williamstown City Council approved City Attorney Jeff Shipp to craft a letter to the Kentucky Highway Department recommending the reopening of the traffic light at the intersection of North Main Street and Baton Rouge Road in front of Tractor Supply.

    The intersection is a high traffic area, and a large volume of vehicles trying to exit the parking lot has caused congestion at times.

  • Fiscal Court postpones 2nd reading for budget

    The Grant County Fiscal Court did not hold a second reading of the ordinance to adopt the county budget during their May 22 special meeting, as they had previously planned.

  • Dry Ridge passes water rate hike

    The Dry Ridge City Council approved an increase in water rates during a May 23 special meeting.
    The council previously discussed several options about the exact amount of the increase, even holding first readings on two separate rate increases.
    However, council members decided to look at the rates again during a meeting last week to create a new rate structure that breaks pricing into three different tiers depending on how much water a customers uses per month.

  • Belinda Furman of SES wins KY Elementary Teacher of the Year

    When Belinda Furman entered the front foyer area of Sherman Elementary School and saw the celebration her fellow staff members had planned for her, she could not hold back her tears. The second grade instructor is emotional by nature, and was overcome by the appreciation and loyalty demonstrated by her colleagues, who were congratulating her recent distinction as the 2018 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year at the Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards.

  • Morgan named Grant County superintendent

    Grant County Schools is removing the interim tag from Matt Morgan, who will be the district’s new superintendent.
    A Grant County native, Morgan had been serving as interim superintendent since Ron Livingood retired mid-year at the end of December.  

  • Teen shoots self after standoff with police

    A Williamstown male juvenile died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a confrontation with local law enforcement officers on May 21.
    Kentucky State Police Trooper David Jones said that both Dry Ridge and Williamstown police departments responded to a call at about 9:15 p.m. of a young man, listed as missing, who was a potential danger to himself.

  • Skinner Furniture to close after 64 years in Williamstown

    A fixture in downtown Williamstown for 64 years, Skinner Furniture will be closing its doors.
    Rick Skinner, who also serves as mayor of Williamstown, said the business will close by mid-summer due to financial reasons.

  • 2016 GCHS grad dies in accident

    A 2016 Grant County High School graduate was killed after possibly being hit by a vehicle near Grant County Foods on Dixie Highway in Dry Ridge on May 21. Grant County Coroner Bob McDaniel confirmed that 19-year-old Logan Michael Cooper of Dry Ridge was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Doug Clifton at 4:15 a.m.