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  • Proposed county budget has first reading

    The Grant County Fiscal Court held a first reading of the 2017-2018 county budget during a special meeting on May 8 after making several adjustments to proposed revenue and expenditures during a caucus meeting.

    During discussions about the Grant County Detention Center, District 2 Magistrate Shawna Coldiron noted an item on the budget listing a $1.9 million transfer to the jail, which she said would cut deep into the projected $2.7 million expected to be raised from the recently implemented occupational tax.

  • Fire destroys home on Taft Highway

    John Souder was about to go on a motorcycle ride at about 6:30 p.m. April 29 when his neighbor yelled to him that his house on Taft Highway in Dry Ridge was on fire.

    Equipped with years of military and law enforcement experience, he sprang into action to save his dogs while the firefighters were on their way.

    Souder said he had fed his dogs shortly before preparing for his motorcycle ride, and thoroughly inspected every room in his house, with the exception of the bathroom in his master bedroom, as he always does.

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  • DR man killed in tractor accident

    A Dry Ridge resident was killed at about 2:30 p.m. May 4 in a farming accident at the 1300 block of Knoxville Road, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.  
    Police said the 77-year-old man, later identified as Howard Allen Epperson, was driving a tractor that was carrying a round bale when he exited the driver’s seat to open a gate to the pasture. Preliminary investigation shows that the tractor apparently slipped out of gear, or the parking brake failed, causing the tractor to roll downhill uncontrolled onto Epperson, police said.

  • KSP charges DR man with possession of child porn

    A 56-year-old Dry Ridge man is charged with possession of child pornography.
    Kevin Havens was arrested May 4 by Kentucky State Police, Post 6, in Dry Ridge.
    He is charged with five counts of possessing/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
    Havens was arrested after a tip was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in regards to the sharing of child exploitation files with children’s ages ranging from 5 to 15 years old.

  • Corinth man dies after vehicle hits parked tractor

    A 57-year-old Corinth man was killed in a single-vehicle accident May 4 in Walton.
    David Justice was operating his 2001 Jeep Cherokee on southbound I-75 when his vehicle veered off the roadway just past the 171 exit ramp, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
    The vehicle went into the grassy area between the exit ramp and interstate and collided with a parked John Deere tractor used for mowing.
    Justice was pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence.  

  • Pulitzer-winning writer visits Sherman Tavern while researching for new book

    Almost 170 years ago, famous journalist and architect Frederick Law Olmsted trekked across the South, documenting the region’s culture and economy to a Northern audience. During his voyage, he embarked on a stagecoach ride from Cincinnati to Lexington, stopping at a tavern for food and comfort along with way.

  • Cigarette, oxygen tank cause Cherry Hill Drive fire

    Williamstown firefighters said a combination of cigarette smoking next to an oxygen tank caused a fire that sent two Cherr Hill Drive occupants to the hospital May 3.

    Dwayne Eckler of the Williamstown Fire Department said firefighters responded to 15 Cherryhill Drive in Williamstown at about 4 a.m. and had to pull two occupants to safety. One was sitting on the front porch just outside the front door, and the other was trapped inside the bedroom. Both were transported to the hospital for medical clearance. Neither occupant suffered significant injuries.

  • A Bengal fan’s dream:

    As a diehard Cincinnati Bengals fan, it was better than hitting the lottery for Pennie Dunaway.
    A season ticket holder since 1988, the Williamstown resident got a surprise call from her season ticket representative in March to give Pennie big news.
    “She said, ‘You’ve been chosen to represent the Cincinnati Bengals at the 2017 NFL Draft,’” Pennie recalls. “Of course, I’m freaking out. That was probably the best moment for me. I was so excited.”

    With each tidbit of information, Pennie could not believe her luck.