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  • Grant man charged with child porn distribution

    A 27-year-old Grant County man has been arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography.

    The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, with assistance from KSP Post 6 in Dry Ridge, arrested Justin T. Hamilton on March 19 with 11 counts of possession and nine counts of distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

  • Teen’s death shocks community

    Dozens of stuffed teddy bears, hand-lettered signs, flowers and wooden crosses dot the lawn in front of 240 Redwood Drive in Dry Ridge marking the place where Courtney Thompson, 14, died.

    Police were called to the neighborhood, off U.S. 25, around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 19 and found Thompson’s body near the curb.
    It has not been determined if her death was a suicide or foul play.

    “It would appear that it was a suicide, but we are not exactly sure at this point,” said Grant County Coroner Bob McDaniel.

  • Grant County Prays brings women together

    A group of Grant County women gather every other Tuesday.
    They talk. They laugh. They cry. They praise, but mostly they pray.
    Their prayers focus on family members dealing with sickness, lost loved ones or neighbors, a family that needs a home and groceries.

    They also pray for a spiritual awakening in Grant County and that’s why this group, Grant County Prays, formed a couple of months ago.
    Jan Whitney, who now calls Grant County home, was involved in a similar ministry in Minnesota.

  • Dry Ridge web site offers convenience

    Convenience and transparency is the goal as the City of Dry Ridge launches its new website.
    The city previously did not have a website, however, Mayor Jim Wells wanted to create a place online where residents can find countless resources and information.

  • Spring break saved; Grant out June 5

    Mounds of snow can’t melt away spring break hopes again for Grant County students.
    With snow days piling up for Grant County Schools because of inclement weather, there was a chance spring break could have been used for makeup days for a second consecutive year.
    The school board was set to discuss calendar options, including extending the school day and using parts or all of spring break, during its March 12 meeting.

  • Stranded mother rescued from high rising water

    High rising waters from a creek left a Williamstown mother scared and her SUV stuck as rescuers rushed to save her.

    Bobbie Johnson, who lives on Turner Road, picks her son up daily as a Grant County Schools bus drops him off at the bottom of her driveway.

    A combination of melting snow and constant downpour of rain March 10 caused the nearby creek to flow over Turner Road and the Lincoln Ridge bridge and block Johnson’s path to her son.

  • Housing authority to build 3 apartment buildings

    Williamstown will be home to a 23-unit apartment complex as soon as the weather clears to allow construction to begin.

    Helton Pointe Apartments will feature three new buildings at the end of Helton Street, targeted to households at or below 60 percent of the area’s median gross income (AMGI).
    The new units will consist of six 2-bedroom apartments and 17 three-bedroom apartments.

    A leasing office, laundry facilities and a community room will be included in one of the units.

  • Crittenden gas station robbed at knifepoint

    A masked man wielding a large knife threatened to cut a clerk’s throat during a March 7 gas station robbery.

    Deputies from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Shell gas station in Crittenden at 5:54 a.m. March 7 after a man allegedly robbed the store with an eight to nine-inch kitchen knife.

  • Weather pushes school calendars into June

    Bad weather hasn’t wrecked havoc on Grant County Schools as much as last year — at least not so far.
    Still, even with several snow learning days to soften the blow, the district is discussing plans to keep from going to school further into June.
    One possibility is losing part or all of spring break for a second consecutive year.

  • HOLEy TERROR!

    Despite Old Man Winter dumping eight to 14.5 inches of snow here last week, Grant County fared better than other parts of the state.

    “There were no big concerns or issues for us,” said Les Whalen, Grant County’s Emergency Management Director. “It was fairly quiet. We definitely didn’t have the I-65 issues.”
    News reports indicate that at least 65 motorists were stranded on Interstate 65 in Hardin County when the snow kept falling on March 5.