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  • Fiscal Court has not approved courthouse assessment hire

    Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood said he didn’t actually hire Brandstetter Carroll Inc. (BCI) for a courthouse renovation assessment despite residents and Grant County Fiscal Court magistrates believing he had.
    Magistrates Jacqalynn Riley and Shawna Coldiron also said they do not like BCI as a candidate for the improvements should they vote to go forward with repairs in the future.

  • Businesses scammed with fake $100 bills

    Two people have been scamming local businesses in Grant County with counterfeit $100 bills, according to police.
    Williamstown Police Department Sgt. Steve Cornman said about seven or eight “mom and pop” shops and yard sales have been duped with fake money around Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 in Williamstown and one yard sale in Corinth.

  • Police find child porn in Dry Ridge man’s possession

    Kentucky State Police discovered several storage devices containing child pornography in a Grant County man’s possession while executing a search warrant. 

    Kevin Duane Havens, 57, was charged with five counts of view/possess matter portray sexual performance by minor May 4, 2017. He had a pre-trial conference Sept. 29 in Grant County Circuit Court. 

  • No sewage leak despite fire at sanitary sewer plant

    A quick response prevented any leaks from the Grant County sanitary sewage district plant after a fire destroyed the plant July 21. 

    The fire started due to a faulty air conditioning system, said Charles Givin, chairman of the board for the sewage district. 

  • Rain, cool temperatures delay harvest season

    More rain, cooler temperatures and overcast conditions spelled trouble for farmers as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma tracked north to Grant County. But inconsistent summer weather also made this a rough season for local farmers and gardeners. 

    Grant County 4-H Extension agent Chris Ammerman said the current weather has “caused farmers a good deal of distress for some harvest seasons.” 

  • Jones hired as newest Williamstown police officer

    Andrew Jones said he always wanted to be a police officer. Now, he is one. 

    A local man, Jones started working as the newest Williamstown officer Sept. 27 having graduated from the police academy the week before. 

    “I just want to be the best police officer I can be and serve the community,” Jones said. 

  • Trash pickup rate increases in Dry Ridge

    Dry Ridge residents will see an increase in their trash bill starting this month.

    The city council approved a second reading of a trash pickup rate increase from $9.50 to $10.75 per month during its Oct. 2 meeting.

    The increase passed 4-0 with yes votes from council members Ron Maddox, Clay Crupper, Kenny Edmondson and Jim Hendy. 

  • Camels, Zebras and Emus, Oh My!

    Ark Encounter’s Ararat Ridge Zoo plans to nearly double its size and add 40 to 50 more animals for next summer or fall. 

    Hosting nine to 10 animal kinds, including kangaroos, emus and camels, Ararat Ridge Zoo Director Matt De Voe said he hopes to bring in several different animals to join the zoo’s growing exhibits. Some animals include binturongs, collared peccary and Barbary sheep.

  • Local schools receive assessment report cards

    Local students proved their proficiency in reading, math and social studies as Kentucky Department of Education released the annual report cards Sept. 28. 

    Williamstown Independent saw improved scores for each school while Grant County Schools saw significant improvements on specific subjects for most of their schools, with some getting closer to an overall proficient rating. 

  • Tractor-trailer catches fire on I-75

    No one was injured when a tractor-trailer caught fire on southbound I-75 on Sept. 25.
    But a truckload of yogurt was lost in the flames.
    The truck caught fire twice — once while on the side of the interstate near mile marker 151 and a second time while being towed away, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Charles Loudermilk.
    The truck driver called 911, saying one of his tires was on fire. Emergency response arrived to find the truck engulfed in flames, Loudermilk said.