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Local News

  • Progress report

    Recently released test results aren’t all good news for the Grant and Williamstown School districts.

    Both districts and three local schools did not meet federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements, according to data from the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Statewide, 55.6 percent or 640 of Kentucky’s 1,151 public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the 2009-10 school year.

    AYP is the term used in NCLB to refer to the minimum improvement required of each school and district over the course of one year.

  • Ky. Joe's life after Survivor

    It’s been 10 years since Rodger Bingham went from a high school teacher from Crittenden to being known nationwide as “Kentucky Joe.”

    As arguably one of the most popular “Survivor: The Australian Outback” contestants, Bingham finished fifth in the second season of the CBS reality show.

    After surviving more than 50 days on limited food and rough weather, Bingham’s life was forever changed.

  • Missing teen found safe

    A Grant County teenager missing since Sept. 26 was found in Covington on Oct. 5.

    Morgan Brittany Shields, 16, was located “safe and sound” according to Williamstown Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins.

    Hankins said the Williamstown teen was found by Covington police. She was returned to her family after running away, possibly with a boyfriend.

    As news of Shield’s disappearance spread,  pleas for help in locating her were placed on the Internet.

    She is a student at Williamstown High School.

  • Judge issues 'burn ban'

    Seven grass and barn fires in less than a week, prompted Grant County fire chiefs to ask the judge-executive for an outdoor burn ban.

    Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link issued the executive order on Oct. 12 banning all outdoor burning because of the “excessive dryness and fire hazard conditions.”

    “This means no open burning is permitted in Grant County, day or night,” said Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen.

  • $1,000 reward offered for break-in information

    A $1,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for stealing cigarettes and money from Grant County Oil on Oct. 3.

    An employee reporting for work discovered that thieves had knocked out the glass and cut the phone and power lines inside the gas station on Ky. 36 in Williamstown.

    Police said the break in occurred around 2:30 a.m.

    “They took numerous cartons of cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash,” said Williamstown Assistant Chief Chris Hankins.

  • Horse Heritage Days brings 1,200 visitors

    Some took advantage of a rare opportunity to attend the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sept. 25-26; however, for those who had no inclination or resources to do so, there was plenty of ‘horsin’ around’ right here at home.

  • Williamstown approves secondary GED program

    Struggling students thinking about dropping out will soon have a new option at Williamstown High School.

    The Williamstown School Board approved a Secondary GED program during its Sept. 13 meeting that will serve as an alternative to students who have fallen behind.

  • DON'T BURN

    A small grass fire quickly ballooned into 25 acres of blackened, scorched earth last week on the Grant/Owen county line.

    Ronnie Simons and James Messmer were hauling wood Sept. 24 across Pleasant View Road in Corinth when they noticed a 25-foot area on fire.

    “It was small enough that if we’d have had some flappers, we probably could have put it out,’ Simons said, watching firefighters from eight departments battle to contain the blaze.

  • Oct. 4 is last day to register to vote in November election

    Kentuckians wanting to vote on Nov. 2 have one week to make sure they are registered, according to Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

    Persons not currently registered must do so by Monday, Oct. 4. County Clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business that day. A postmark of Oct. 4 is also required for all mail-in voter registration applications. Registration cards can be obtained over the internet at www.vote.ky.gov/register.

  • Crittenden man indicted for manslaughter

    A 37-year-old Crittenden man was indicted Sept. 15 on a second-degree manslaughter charge in the death of Ronald Valentine.

    The Grant County Grand Jury indicted Jeffrey L. Garland for manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle under the influence in a May 28 accident that resulted in Valentine’s death.

    Valentine was a passenger in Garland’s vehicle.

    The crash occurred on Lebanon Road, KY 491, approximately two miles west of Crittenden.