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  • Four confirmed West Nile virus cases in KY

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting four human cases of West Nile virus infection in Kentucky residents.
    However, there have not been any reports of the virus in Grant County or any other Northern Kentucky counties, according to health officials.
    To date, 42 states and Washington, D.C. have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, mosquitoes, or horses in 2017.
    Kentucky’s four human cases include one resident in Fayette and Jefferson counties and two residents in Hopkins County.

  • Safety fee nets more than $71,500 in first month

    The City of Williamstown received more than $71,500, nearly all from the Ark Encounter, in the first month of its new safety assessment fee.
    The fee is on all businesses within the city limits charging ticket admissions.
    A fee of 50 cents on the single admission charge and/or participation charge is applied to ticket-based tourist businesses.
    Payment of the fee is due on the 20th of each month for tickets sold the previous month.

  • Rep. Linder addresses state pension fears

    Current retirees. teachers and other state employees have been nervous about losing retirement benefits as the state tries to figure out a solution to its pension crisis.

  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s set for Sept. 16

    Grant Countians are needed to support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
    The annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be at Grant County Park in Crittenden on Saturday, Sept. 16.
    Registration begins at 9 a.m.; with the walk starting at 10 a.m.

  • Run, Fight ... Survive

    Chairs barricade the doors from inside the Grant County District Courtroom to keep intruders out.
    Those left inside scurry around looking for either a place to hide or a place to shield themselves in case shots are fired.
    A horn sounds, followed by seconds of deafening silence.

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  • The folly of Eyeore faith

    Years ago, I had a friend who was desperately trying to get a book published.
    Every time she sent her manuscript out to yet one more publisher, she’d get her hopes up.
    “This one could be the one,” she’d tell me.
    But it was never “the one,” and she continued to get her manuscript returned, albeit always with a kind rejection letter attached.
    She tried to stay positive, but with constant rejection, it began to tax her faith.

  • Grant County Schools seek tax-rate increase

    Grant County Schools is seeking a 4-percent increase in revenue for the 2017-18 school year by raising the tax on real and tangible property.

    The school board will vote on the tax rates at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Grant County School Board Office.
    The proposed property tax will increase the tax on real and tangible property from 56.1 to 57.4 cents per $100 of assessed value.  

    The motor vehicle tax rate would remain at 55.3 cents per $100 of assessed value.
    For a $150,000 home, the cost of the increased tax rates would be $19.50.

  • Woman injured at factory after hair caught in machine

    A 32-year-old Williamstown woman was severely injured Aug. 24 when her hair got caught in a machine at Miami Valley Paper Tube in Crittenden.
    Detective Scott Conrad of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Kristian Collins was heading to lunch when the accident occurred at a machine that includes a saw.

  • Narcan distributed to help curb fatal overdoses

    The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is one of many agencies in Northern Kentucky receiving doses of Narcan to help curb the number of fatal overdoses from heroin and other opioids.

    Gov. Matt Bevin and Northern Kentucky officials announced Aug. 23 at the Boone County Sheriff’s Training Center a partnership to provide 720 doses of Narcan to first responders.