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  • Former Williamstown city administrator dies

    The former Williamstown City Administrator died last week.
    Douglas Beckham, 60, of Williamstown died Nov. 5 at the Pleasant Ridge Care Center in Cincinnati.
    Beckham, who was known for his love of the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, also collected coffee mugs.

    His office at the Williamstown City Building was adorned with many of the cups that family, friends and co-workers gave him.

  • Snow, ice won’t stop learning

    Learning won’t stop for Grant County students this winter when snow causes school cancellations.
    Grant County was one of 13 school districts the Kentucky Department of Education approved waivers for that allow the district’s use of virtual or other non-traditional instruction when school is cancelled because of weather or another emergency.
    Traditionally, Grant County will miss between seven and 10 days of school because of inclement weather.  

  • Audit report shows issues at jail

    A report by the Kentucky State Auditor’s Office found several issues with the inmate trust fund and the jail commissary at the Grant County Detention Center.
    The report, which covers the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, was released this week.
    It comes more than week after the Grant County Fiscal Court approved the hiring of a private company to conduct an additional audit at the jail.
    Denise Keene was hired to do an audit of the canteen fund and the inmate trust account fund.

  • Fleeing suspect causes multi-vehicle crash

    An alleged shoplifter fleeing from Wal-Mart caused a multi-vehicle crash that closed Taft Highway in Dry Ridge for several hours on Nov. 3.

    Police said Amy Martin, a 39-year-old Glencoe woman, attempted to steal $115 worth of clothes from Wal-Mart on Ferguson Boulevard in Dry Ridge.As she fled the store, police said Martin got into an altercation with the loss prevention specialist and manager at Wal-Mart  who confronted her.

  • Knight residency lawsuit dismissed

    A motion to dismiss Leslie Knight as a candidate for circuit judge in Grant, Owen and Carroll counties was denied last week.
    Marlene McComas, a Williamstown resident, filed suit on Oct. 8 alleging that R. Leslie Knight, of Dry Ridge, should be dismissed as candidate for circuit judge in the 15th Judicial District because she did not actually live at 26 Broadway in Dry Ridge as she indicated on her candidate papers.

  • SWEET SOUNDS!

    The beat marches on for two local bands who shined at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state band finals at Eastern Kentucky University.

    The Williamstown High School Band of Spirit, which placed third last year, took home its sixth state title in the program’s history with its performance of “Galaxy.”

    The Class A championship was the first since the band won three in a row from 2007-2009.
    The Band of Spirit previously won five state titles under former director Bob Gregg.

  • Republicans sweep judge’s seat, fiscal court

    Voters have elected a completely new, all-Republican Grant County Fiscal Court.
    Steve Wood, who narrowly lost to Darrell Link four years ago, easily defeated long-time Democratic magistrate Richard Austin to become the next Grant County judge-executive.

  • COUNCIL CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS FROM DRY RIDGE RACE

    With less than a week before voters head to the polls, there are two changes to the ballot.
    Karen Glore, who had filed to run for Dry Ridge City Council, recently withdrew from the race, according to the Grant County Clerk’s office.
    On the flip side, Cliff Wallace recently filed as a write-in candidate for the Williamstown Independent School Board.
    Pete Whaley, who was serving his first term on the board, had previously withdrawn from a bid for a second term on the school board leaving a vacancy.

  • HAMMONS, COLDIRON UP FOR 2ND DISTRICT

    Wanda Hammons will try to keep her second magisterial seat in a race against challenger Shawna Coldiron.
    An emergency medical technician with Rural Metro, Hammons was appointed magistrate following former magistrate Brian Linder’s election as state representative.
    Coldiron is a customer service representative for Owen Electric.

  • RILEY, WILLOUGHBY VIE FOR 1ST DISTRICT SEAT

    With long-time magistrate Richard Austin vying to become judge-executive, the first district’s fiscal court still will be filled by a new face.

    The race pits Republican Jacqalynn Riley against Democrat Royce “Rusty” Willoughby.
    A member of Fitness for Life Around Grant County, Riley has been serving on the Williamstown City Council since 2013.