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  • Legislators reflect on ‘productive’ session

    This week marks the final two days of the 2017 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly as lawmakers return to Frankfort March 29 and 30.
    With a flurry of bills passed this session in the Republican-controlled House and Senate, Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, look back at the session and what still lies ahead.
    How would you assess the session so far with only a couple days remaining?

  • Blaze burns through home

    Residents at a Warsaw Road home in Dry Ridge had to flee outside as flames ripped through the structure on March 28.
    Dry Ridge Fire Chief Rodney Smith said the fire likely started in the garage, and took about 30 minutes to get under control. Smith said the entire Dry Ridge Fire Department responded, as the fire was of considerable size.

  • Police still investigating fatal hit-and-run

    Williamstown police are reviewing video footage for leads in the hit-and-run incident that killed a local restaurant employee on March 4.

    “We do have some leads that we’re following,” Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich said.
    Rich said he and the department hope to make an arrest sometime within the next few weeks.

    The victim’s family was later located in New York, and Rich said two of his brothers met with the Grant County coroner to confirm his identity.

  • Dry Ridge seeks solution for EMS funding

    The Dry Ridge City Council has authorized Mayor Jim Wells to discuss creating a funding formula to help pay for EMS services with the cities of Williamstown, Crittenden and Corinth, along with the Grant County Fiscal Court.
    Dry Ridge currently provides EMS services throughout the county and within the incorporated areas of Crittenden, Corinth, Williamstown and Dry Ridge.

  • Carroll County Sheriff arrested for two counts of alleged burglary, theft

    Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman was arrested March 22, and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, a class B felony, and two counts of theft by unlawful taking-controlled substance, and class D felony.
    Circuit Court Judge R. Leslie Knight issued a warrant for Kinman’s arrest on March 20.

  • Jail deputy once arrested for impersonating an officer, using cold checks

    During the regularly scheduled fiscal court meeting on March 20, District 3 Magistrate Bobby Newman told Jailer Chris Hankins that he heard a rumor that the jail hired a deputy who previously had a lawsuit against the county government.
    “We don’t want to do (anything) to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Newman said to Hankins after the jailer’s report. Newman and Hankins did not name the deputy.

  • Registration now open for Derby Dash 5K walk/run

    FFLAG (Fitness for Life Around Grant County) wants local residents to start their Derby Day celebrations on May 6 with a brisk 5K run/walk through Williamstown.
    The 13th annual Derby Dash 5K is being planned for Saturday, May 6. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Williamstown City Building, 400 N. Main St., Williamstown, Ky., and follows a 5K (3.1 mile) mostly flat scenic course through Williamstown in Grant County. A fun run for kids begins immediately following the race.

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  • Who will be the next Biggest Winner?

    The first step in becoming Grant County’s next Biggest Winner is almost here.
    Registration for the 12th annual Biggest Winner Challenge will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 at the Grant County Extension Office on Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.
    Registration costs $10 for an individual and $20 for two or rmore immediate family members.
    Registration for groups is $25.
    Debby Lucas Angel, who helps organize the event, said the goal is to change lifestyles.

  • School officials mixed on bill extending summer

    Grant County school administrators have mixed feelings about a bill in the state legislature that gives Kentucky schools the option to extend their summer breaks into late August.

    SB 50, introduced by State Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer of District 17, passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 77-18 on March 8 after previously passing the Senate 33-1 last month. Gov. Matt Bevin told Thayer that he would sign the bill into law if it reached his desk.