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    Police officers from several agencies were out early on Aug. 27 as they rounded up 32 people suspected of making and selling drugs.

    Operation Grab-A-Lab was the culmination of an eight-month undercover investigation in Grant and surrounding counties.

    It focused on suspects believed to be trafficking in controlled substances, including prescription pain killers and methamphetamine. Other targets included individuals believed to manufacturing methamphetamine and those illegally distributing precursors.

  • HELP!

    Too many animals at the Grant County Animal Shelter galvanized volunteers to hold an adoption fair on Aug. 29 at Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge and PetSmart in West Chester on Aug. 30. More than 50 dogs and cats were adopted during the two days . “It’s good for now and to a place where we can handle it,” said Brent Caldwell, animal control officer. “But there’s a good possibility by the end of the week that we could fill back up.”

  • Swine flu: Frequently asked questions

    Is it safe to consume pork products?

    Yes. Swine influenza viruses are not transmitted by food. You can not get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F kills the swine flu virus as it does other bacteria and viruses.

    Should I avoid traveling to Mexico?

  • ACT scores differ for WHS, GCHS

    The recent release of ACT results from last year’s high school juniors brought good and bad news for local schools.

    The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36.

    Sixty Williamstown Senior High juniors who took the state mandated test had a composite score of 19.4, up from 18.5 the previous year.

    The school’s score is above the state average of 18.2.

  • Swine flu precautions encouraged

    Local schools and the health department are preparing for the potential of the swine flu (H1N1) virus emerging in Grant County.

    Deaths from the virus have been reported as close as Ohio and Indiana and at least 16 cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Kenton, Boone and Campbell counties.

    However, no cases have been confirmed in Grant County.

  • King and Queen of the Kentucky State Fair

    Maybe it’s the way they light up when they realize you’re speaking to them.

    Or maybe it’s the way their eyes dance with mischief when you ask them a question or maybe it’s just because they’re so darn cute.

    Whether it’s their looks, charm or quick wit, judges at the Kentucky State Fair were impressed enough to award another crown and title to Grant County’s Little Mr. and Miss Evan George Dunaway and Casey Hill.

  • Adding jobs

    While many car dealerships across the country are closing, Dry Ridge Toyota is bucking the trend.

    Rob Marshall, owner of the Dry Ridge Toyota, joined employees, associates and community members Aug. 13 to break ground on a new facility on U.S. 25 off Interstate 75.

  • Grant teachers, nurses get jobs back

    Grant County Schools reinstated four teaching positions eliminated in May because of budget constraints.

    The school board approved a tentative budget at the time that cut nine teaching positions from the middle and high school and one from an elementary school.

    The cuts were needed as the district faced a $1.8 million budget deficit.

    One teacher each from the middle and high school, along with two Title I positions, were reinstated before the 2009-10 school year, said Superintendent Michael Hibbett.

  • CAC is hungry for help, volunteers

    Are the shelves in your pantry well stocked?

    At the Grant County Neighborhood Center of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, the shelves are getting bare.

    “We’ve developed some good partnerships with Food Lion, Helping Hands and the Vineyard Church,” said Carrie Pugh, supervisor of the center, “But with cold weather approaching we know we’re going to need more.”

    The NKCAC operates from a federal block grant and from local donations.

  • Corinth woman dies

    A Corinth woman was killed when her younger brother ran over her.

    Angela Jackson Ripley, 41, was attempting to stop her brother, Robin James, 31, from leaving their home around 8:45 a.m. on Aug. 16.

    Police said she stepped in front of his truck and he hit her with the 1997 Ford Ranger. She was dragged about 100 feet.

    Ripley was flown by helicopter to University of Kentucky Hospital where she later died

    Police said Ripley’s brother suffered from mental health issues and did not “believe that he intended to hurt his sister.”