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    GEORGETOWN, Ohio - Documents released on Friday appear to reveal more details than ever about what may have motivated a killer to murder Brittany Stykes on Aug. 28, 2013.
    A search warrant affidavit for a property on Hogg Ridge Road in Pendleton County, Ky. which police searched on Sept. 22, points to a debt and sending a message, in what may have been a $20,000 contracted murder of “Brit,” for a debt of her “old man.”

  • Mattie Gutman hired as county parks director

    The Grant County Parks and Recreation Department has a new director — its second this year.
    The Grant County Fiscal Court unanimously approved Mattie Gutman of Williamstown on Sept. 8 to take over the role.
    “This job gives me the opportunity to work with people of all ages and the chance to make a difference in my community,” Gutman said. “I was very excited and thankful to be chosen for this position.”

  • ‘Evening with Steve’ planned Oct. 8

    Citizens with ideas or concerns about Grant County can share them with Judge-Executive Steve Wood at a new monthly event.
    Wood will be hosting “An Evening With Steve” from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month to give residents a chance to provide feedback on county government.
    The first meeting is set for Oct. 8 at the Grant County Courthouse.
    The plan is to move the event around the county to insure greater access.

  • Dry Ridge approves curfew

    The Dry Ridge City Council unanimously approved a curfew Sept. 11 to help keep minors off the streets late at night.
    The curfew, which has several exceptions, is targeted at individuals under 18 years old out in public within the city limits.
    Under the curfew, minors are not allowed to be out from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and from midnight to 6 a.m. on weekends, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.


    Four-legged Grant County residents will take over Grant County Park in Crittenden on Oct. 17.
    Diana Morgan is passionate about the things she gets involved with and she loves her dog.
    She also hates cancer and as team captain for the Dry Ridge Fire Department Relay for Life team looked for a way to combine those two passions. Her solution was to organize the first Bark For Life, a canine event to fight cancer.

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  • Love thy neighbor invitation pending

    It’s been a while since I thought about skipping church because of the sermon topic, but last week I was tempted.
    At my church we’re currently going through a sermon series on “Love Thy Neighbor,” which in itself isn’t a skipping-church-worthy topic. I mean, who doesn’t agree that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves?


    Bethany Baptist
    • Oct. 11 – Homecoming with Rev. Steven McGaughey. Afternoon service at 1:15 p.m. Dinner at the church. All former pastors are invited to attend.
    • Oct. 11 – Oct. 14 – Revival with Rev. Steven McGaughey at 7 p.m. nightly. Special music each service.
    • Sunday School at 10 a.m.; worship service at 11 a.m. and evening worship at 7 p.m.
    • Pastor - Donald Joe Kannady
    • The church is located at 7770 Lawrenceville Road in Holbrook. For more information, call 859-391-5993.


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)
    Officer David Osborne cited Christopher Brandenburg, 27, of Dry Ridge, with one headlight, no registration plates, failure to produce insurance card, license to be in possession, no registration receipt and no rearview mirror, at 9:04 p.m. Sept. 14 on Taft Highway.

  • Williamstown Band of Spirit places second overall

    Name of competition:  2015 Northern Kentucky Marching Band Festival at Campbell County High School in Alexandria on Sept. 19.

    Ranking and any awards:   In the preliminary competition, the band received second place band.  
    The band also received best effect, best visual, and best guard in Class A.  Also, the band placed second overall out of the 12 bands.