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  • Laundry hamper left on stove causes fire

    A laundry hamper left sitting on top of a hot stove caused a kitchen fire at Williamsburg Square Apartments on June 19, according to Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen.

    Whalen said a babysitter and three children were home at the time of the fire, but successfully escaped the unit in time. Firefighters responded at about 1:50 p.m. and subdued the fire within 10 minutes after arriving.

  • GCMS names Hallie Booth new principal

    Grant County Middle School has a new leader with the hiring of Hallie Booth as principal.
    Booth replaces John Preston, who became GCMS principal on July 1, 2014.

    “I am very excited and grateful to be a part of such a strong school with innovative ideas moving forward,” Booth said. “I want to continue the forward progress and support my staff in doing so.”

    Booth spent last year as the assistant principal of Newport High School after three years working for the Kentucky Department of Education as an instructional specialist.  

  • Fiscal court approves budget, 911 fee

    The Grant County Fiscal Court voted to approve their annual budget as well as the ordinance to implement a countywide unit service fee during their regular meeting on June 19.

    The annual budget passed with a 3-1 vote with District 3 Magistrate Bobby Newman voting no.
    The $36 fee on each residential and commercial dwelling in Grant County will fund the county’s 911-dispatch service, and was approved by the court.

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  • Family offers $10,000 reward in hit-and-run death

    The family of a Dry Ridge teenager killed in a hit-and-run accident last month is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the driver or vehicle involved in the crime.

    Family friend Peggy Adrian said the family combined their resources to offer an incentive for potential witnesses to come forward with information regarding 19-year-old Logan Michael Cooper’s death.

  • Kentucky’s unemployment rate decreases to 5 percent in May 2017

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2017 was down 0.1 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in April 2017.
    The preliminary May 2017 jobless rate was unchanged from the 5 percent rate recorded for the state in May 2016.
    The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for May 2017 was 4.3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Williamstown Fun Park to host Bluegrass music, BBQ, archery tag

    Williamstown Family Fun Park will host four Bluegrass and BBQ events this summer. Nashville artist Elmer Burchett and his special guest bands; The Daltons and Jimmy Million & The Ark Band will entertain with bluegrass music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 23, Sunday, June 25 and Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.

    Cost is $24.99 per person for music and barbeque dinner. For another $3, attendees may participate in a mini golf course or for $5 a team, challenge friends and family to a round of corn hole.

  • Kentucky has most opiod-dependent patients with private insurance

    Kentucky doctors diagnosed more cases of opioid addiction for people privately insured than did doctors in any other state in the nation last year, a new report finds.
    The report, “America’s Opioid Epidemic: Data on the Privately Insured Population,” gives an indication of how the opioid and heroin epidemic affects people who are of all different backgrounds. It was created by Amino, a health-care transparency company that aims to help people find care and estimate the costs of their care.

  • Rand Paul recounts harrowing baseball practice shooting where Majority Whip was wounded

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is uninjured after a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where Republican Congress members were practicing for a coming Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, which was scheduled for June 15.
    Rep. Steve Scalise was shot. Scalise is the House Majority Whip. Five people were taken to area hospitals, including the shooter.
    Witnesses reported that more than 50 shots were fired.
    It has been reported that Scalise is in stable condition with wounds to the hip area.

  • Heroin problem continues to worsen in Grant Co., NKY

    Shari Reed awakened to the sound of someone violently knocking at her door at about 1:30 a.m. one day in April 2016. The Williamstown resident wondered who would be knocking so loudly, and at such a late hour. After answering, she opened the door to find a police officer, her oldest son and her mother standing in the entranceway with somber faces.

    She knew immediately that something was wrong.
    “You need to sit down,” her oldest son told her. “Matt is gone.”