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  • Cars, motorcycles cruise in to Dry Ridge event

    No one can say that there is not anything to do in Dry Ridge.

    That is the message that Cruisin’ the Ridge showed during its successful first summer, said Tony Nickol, who helped organize the event with the Good Old Cruisers Car Club.

    Whether they were classic sports cars or historic antiques, a seemingly endless line of vehicles decorated downtown Dry Ridge for onlookers to check out during the festivities.

  • Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1

    While the official tally is not in yet, Grant County Clerk Leatha Conrad said quite a few people registered to vote before the Oct. 6 deadline.

    “They tend to pretty much get in here,” she said. “We had a few straggly ones who came in a day late trying to register.”

    As of Sept. 15, there were 15,322 total registered voters in Grant County, including 9,023 Democrats, 4,910 Republicans and 1,389 classified as “others.”

  • Second Sunday strives to get community active

    A portion of U.S. 25 in front of Grant County Middle School was closed on Sunday, Oct. 12 but not for road construction.

    A statewide effort to encourage Kentuckians to exercise more came to Grant County. Patty Poer, cooperative extension agent for family and consumer sciences, said the 2nd Sunday Event, which was organized by the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Services in cooperation with participating government entities, will bring attention to a statewide need for an increase in physical activity.

  • News wins six state press awards

    The Grant County News captured six awards during a meeting last week of the Kentucky Press Association in Lexington.

    The News competed in the Weekly Class III division, which is for larger Kentucky weekly newspapers.

    Jamie Baker-Nantz, editor of the Grant County News, won five awards, including two first place awards, one second place and two third place awards.

    Baker-Nantz was awarded Best On-Going/Extended Coverage for her coverage of the Jan. 17, 2007 school bus crash.

    The judge's comments included, "Excellent coverage."

  • Newton or Newtown? Road name returns

    It didn't take a proverbial act of Congress, but it did take an act of Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link to restore the name of Sherman-Newtown Road to just that - Sherman-Newtown Road.

    Through the years, citizens have lobbied the sitting judge-executives, county attorneys, magistrates, anyone who would listen, about restoring the name after it was accidentally changed to Sherman-Newton Road as part of E911 addressing, according to Link.

  • Teen dies in wreck

    A Grant County teen died on Monday, Jan. 28 and his passenger suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Fork Lick Road in Corinth.

    Jacob Sargent, 17, of Berry stopped to pick up a friend, Duke Mitchell, before the pair headed to classes at Grant County High School. Shortly before 8 a.m., Sargent lost control of his father's 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac as it was traveling westbound toward Blanchet Road.

  • Former deputies indicted

    Three former deputies at the Grant County Detention Center have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges ranging from conspiracy, violating civil rights, falsifying records to aiding and abetting.

    The deputies - Clinton Shawn Sydnor, 29, of Falmouth; Wesley Lanham, 30, of Dry Ridge and Shawn Freeman, 35, of Irvine, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 24 in Covington.

    According to the indictment handed down in U.S. District Court, the three deputies were involved in the rape of an inmate at the Grant County Detention Center five years ago.

  • Deputies honored for action during shooting

    A sheriff's deputy, four deputy jailers and a high school senior were honored by the Grant County Fiscal Court on Jan. 22 for their actions after a man came to the Grant County Detention Center on Dec. 27 carrying a gun, asking to speak to the jailer.

    "All too often, people who serve the public only get bad press," Judge-Executive Darrell Link said as presented the individual honors. "Seldom are they recognized for quietly doing their jobs."

    Recalling the incident, deputies said their shift began like any other that day, but by 4:30 p.m. a series of events began to unfold.

  • Fires destroy Dry Ridge, Corinth homes

    The Barlows lost almost everything when fire tore through their home. Luckily for them, a CSI truck was passing by and saw smoke.

    The home, located at 7490 Warsaw Road, belonged to Randy and Leanne Barlow. They also have a son, Sawyer. The fire started around 11 a.m. on Jan. 25.

    Randy Barlow had just restored a 1968 Chevelle that cost about $30,000. CSI workers saw the car in his carport and pushed it away from the fire. They also saved his family's 1994 Suburban, which they were able to move because a key was in it.

  • Legislative Link

    Kentucky's lawmakers headed back to Frankfort this month. Grant County is represented in Frankfort by Sen. Damon Thayer, a Republican from Georgetown and Rep. Royce Adams, a Democrat from Dry Ridge.

    Newly-elected Gov. Steve Beshear addressed both houses of the General Assembly on Jan. 14 and warned lawmakers that Kentucky would have to change the way it conducts business or it was in trouble financially.