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  • Youth prepare for ‘Annie, Jr.’ at Rising Stars camp

    The sun might come out tomorrow, but the young actors and actresses at the Rising Stars Summer Academy have another week to perfect their upcoming rendition of the musical “Annie Jr.”

    The second annual theater camp, hosted by Grant County’s Stage Right Musical Theatre Company, focuses on building not only the musical and acting skills of aspiring stage stars and starlets, but building character traits that will hopefully last the students a lifetime.

  • Former Corinth fire chief ‘Red’ Smith dies at age 54

    Most people run away from a burning building, but a select few run into them. Former Corinth Fire Chief Robert “Red” Howard Smith of Georgetown, who died on June 6, was one of those people.

    Robert was an imposing figure, standing at about 6’3’’ and weighing more than 300 pounds. When a door needed to be kicked down and a life needed saving, he was never far away, as public service was central to his personality, according to his brother James Smith.

  • Dana Corp., UAW union approve new contract

    Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union approved a contract agreement reached with Dana Corporation leadership last week that will ensure the current healthcare benefits of union employees.
    Union leader Troy Lawrence said 80 percent of the union’s 365 Dana employees approved the contract, which went into effect after the former contract expired at the end of May. The contract secures the continuation of the union employees’ current benefits, chiefly preventing rising premium costs, as well as offering a lump sum bonus.

  • Rockin’ the Ridge set for June 24

    Music and fireworks will be Rockin’ the Ridge for a second straight year.
    The City of Dry Ridge’s annual music festival at Piddle Park is set for Saturday, June 24 with country stars Joe Diffie and Colt Ford serving as headliners.

    The biggest news is that admission will be free this year for the day of music-filled entertainment ending with a fireworks display by Casabella pyrotechnics over Lake Pollywog.

  • Library to show patrons ‘How-To’ at new festival

    From making a simple will and dressing for a job interview to playing hopscotch and using chopsticks, the Grant County Public Library will help patrons learn “How-To” during a new event.
    The How-To Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the library.
    Many of the how-to seminars will be 30 minutes long during a particular time on the event schedule, which can be seen in the library’s June and July calendar and online at www.grantlib.org.

  • Fueling the Mind
  • KY schools would get one to five stars in proposed rating system

    Frankfort - Kentucky schools, including charter schools, would be rated from one to five stars, with five being the highest, under a proposed new accountability system discussed Wednesday at the Kentucky Board of Education meeting.
    Under the current system, schools are rated with designations such as “needs improvement,” “proficient” or “distinguished.”

  • KSP warns warmer weather poses danger for children

    FRANKFORT – Temperatures are on the rise this week and KSP warns parents not to leave a child alone in a hot car. It may seem like common sense, but every year law enforcement agencies answer calls about unattended children in vehicles.
    KidsandCars.org reports that 39 children died in the U.S. during 2016 from vehicular heat stroke with 11 deaths already in 2017.

  • KSP searching for escaped inmate from Fulton County

    Mayfield, Ky. - The Fulton County Detention Center contacted Kentucky State Police Post 1 dispatched at 2:22 a.m. to advise of an escaped inmate.
    Fulton County Detention Center advised that the last scheduled head count was at 9 p.m. June 10 and the inmate Reggie Rankins was present at this head count. 
    At 1:18 a.m. Fulton dispatch advised they received a call of a gas station down the street from the detention center being broken into.
    An emergency head count was performed at 1:30 a.m. and Reggie Rankins was not present.

  • Legislative panel warns of tight budgets ahead

    COVINGTON – The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man.