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Local News

  • County adopts 2 percent payroll tax

    Grant County Fiscal Court approved an ordinance to implement a 2 percent payroll tax in a second hearing on March 9 to help avoid impending bankruptcy. The ordinance passed with a 3-1 vote, with Judge-Executive Steve Wood, District 2 Magistrate Shawna Coldiron and District 3 Magistrate Bobby Newman voting yes, and District 1 Magistrate Jacqalynn Riley voting no.

  • GCHS senior Haley Bryan wins second Poetry Out Loud championship

    Grant County High School senior Haley Bryan won her second state championship at the Kentucky Poetry Out Loud state finals in Frankfort on March 7.

    Bryan won gold at the state poetry competition by reciting poems like “Please Don’t” by Tony Hoagland and “Self-Portrait” by Chase Twitchell as well as her interpretation of “Hap” by Thomas Hardy, which clinched her the title. She will now represent Kentucky at the Poetry Out Loud national finals on April 25-26 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

  • Dry Ridge native, WKU student biking cross-country for Alzheimer’s research

    At 6 a.m. every morning, Conrad Jaconette wakes up to go on a 30-mile bike ride around Bowling Green to prepare himself for the cycling trip of a lifetime – one that will help support a cause near to his heart; Alzheimer’s awareness.

  • DRE students to compete at state robot tourney

    Six Dry Ridge Elementary students will represent Grant County at the upcoming Robo Challenge Xtreme state tournament, putting their problem solving and technical skills to the test.

    The annual statewide robot building competition features students from elementary through high school and focuses on sharpening teamwork skills and emphasizing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

  • Rockin’ the Ridge returns June 24 with free admission

    Rockin’ the Ridge will be back for a second year with an expanded musical lineup, another car show and a firework finish.

  • Grant County Schools building new bus garage beside Sherman Elementary

    Grant County School District recently approved the construction of a new school bus garage that will be built on Sherman Elementary School’s campus in Dry Ridge.

    Scott Shipp, director of operations for the school district, said administrators decided to build the new garage by Sherman Elementary because they have plenty of open acreage, and it prevented them from having to purchase additional property.

    The new garage will be located on the south end of the property, on the other side of the entranceway after turning onto the campus from U.S. 25.

  • Dry Ridge native wins Military Spouse of the Year award

    Dry Ridge native Lindsay Dickey may no longer wear the military uniform, but she still lives the military lifestyle as the wife of an active serviceman. Her loyalty and dedication to her family and the military were recently recognized when she was honored with the Military Spouse of the Year Award at her base in Fort Irwin, California.

  • Kentucky’s 2016 annual unemployment rate falls 5 percent

    FRANKFORT - Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in 2016 from 5.3 percent in 2015, while nonfarm employment gained 28,100 jobs, according to the Office of Employment and Training. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent.

  • Answers in Genesis receives Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications

    The apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG) was recognized for excellence at the annual National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention in Orlando with the prestigious Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications. The award is one of the top commendations given by NRB.

  • Teen dies of accidental self-inflicted gunshot

    A Grant County teenager died from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound at about 2:20 a.m. March 6, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper David Jones.

    Jones said 17-year-old Roy Hamon III, of Crittenden, was pronounced dead by the Grant County coroner just prior to being airlifted from the Grant County Park. The initial investigation indicates that Hamon III was holding a handgun when he accidentally shot himself in the head. No foul play is suspected at this time.