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  • Kentucky’s unemployment rate decreases to 5 percent in May 2017

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2017 was down 0.1 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in April 2017.
    The preliminary May 2017 jobless rate was unchanged from the 5 percent rate recorded for the state in May 2016.
    The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for May 2017 was 4.3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Williamstown Fun Park to host Bluegrass music, BBQ, archery tag

    Williamstown Family Fun Park will host four Bluegrass and BBQ events this summer. Nashville artist Elmer Burchett and his special guest bands; The Daltons and Jimmy Million & The Ark Band will entertain with bluegrass music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 23, Sunday, June 25 and Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.

    Cost is $24.99 per person for music and barbeque dinner. For another $3, attendees may participate in a mini golf course or for $5 a team, challenge friends and family to a round of corn hole.

  • Kentucky has most opiod-dependent patients with private insurance

    Kentucky doctors diagnosed more cases of opioid addiction for people privately insured than did doctors in any other state in the nation last year, a new report finds.
    The report, “America’s Opioid Epidemic: Data on the Privately Insured Population,” gives an indication of how the opioid and heroin epidemic affects people who are of all different backgrounds. It was created by Amino, a health-care transparency company that aims to help people find care and estimate the costs of their care.

  • Rand Paul recounts harrowing baseball practice shooting where Majority Whip was wounded

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is uninjured after a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where Republican Congress members were practicing for a coming Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, which was scheduled for June 15.
    Rep. Steve Scalise was shot. Scalise is the House Majority Whip. Five people were taken to area hospitals, including the shooter.
    Witnesses reported that more than 50 shots were fired.
    It has been reported that Scalise is in stable condition with wounds to the hip area.

  • Heroin problem continues to worsen in Grant Co., NKY

    Shari Reed awakened to the sound of someone violently knocking at her door at about 1:30 a.m. one day in April 2016. The Williamstown resident wondered who would be knocking so loudly, and at such a late hour. After answering, she opened the door to find a police officer, her oldest son and her mother standing in the entranceway with somber faces.

    She knew immediately that something was wrong.
    “You need to sit down,” her oldest son told her. “Matt is gone.”

  • Youth prepare for ‘Annie, Jr.’ at Rising Stars camp

    The sun might come out tomorrow, but the young actors and actresses at the Rising Stars Summer Academy have another week to perfect their upcoming rendition of the musical “Annie Jr.”

    The second annual theater camp, hosted by Grant County’s Stage Right Musical Theatre Company, focuses on building not only the musical and acting skills of aspiring stage stars and starlets, but building character traits that will hopefully last the students a lifetime.

  • Former Corinth fire chief ‘Red’ Smith dies at age 54

    Most people run away from a burning building, but a select few run into them. Former Corinth Fire Chief Robert “Red” Howard Smith of Georgetown, who died on June 6, was one of those people.

    Robert was an imposing figure, standing at about 6’3’’ and weighing more than 300 pounds. When a door needed to be kicked down and a life needed saving, he was never far away, as public service was central to his personality, according to his brother James Smith.

  • Dana Corp., UAW union approve new contract

    Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union approved a contract agreement reached with Dana Corporation leadership last week that will ensure the current healthcare benefits of union employees.
    Union leader Troy Lawrence said 80 percent of the union’s 365 Dana employees approved the contract, which went into effect after the former contract expired at the end of May. The contract secures the continuation of the union employees’ current benefits, chiefly preventing rising premium costs, as well as offering a lump sum bonus.

  • Rockin’ the Ridge set for June 24

    Music and fireworks will be Rockin’ the Ridge for a second straight year.
    The City of Dry Ridge’s annual music festival at Piddle Park is set for Saturday, June 24 with country stars Joe Diffie and Colt Ford serving as headliners.

    The biggest news is that admission will be free this year for the day of music-filled entertainment ending with a fireworks display by Casabella pyrotechnics over Lake Pollywog.

  • Library to show patrons ‘How-To’ at new festival

    From making a simple will and dressing for a job interview to playing hopscotch and using chopsticks, the Grant County Public Library will help patrons learn “How-To” during a new event.
    The How-To Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the library.
    Many of the how-to seminars will be 30 minutes long during a particular time on the event schedule, which can be seen in the library’s June and July calendar and online at www.grantlib.org.