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  • Fires destroy several homes in Crittenden

    Grayish black smoke spilled from the attached garage of Jimmy Miller and Jennifer Cavin’s brick home on March 21 on Lebanon Road. A child’s blue plastic wagon sat in the yard as firemen fought the blaze with multiple hoses snaking across the grass.

    A charred air conditioner unit sat in the driveway.
    Yellow flames ripped from the bay window in the front of the house.
    All Miller and Cavins could do was sit and watch their home, their memories and the life they had made in Crittenden go up in smoke.

  • ADDICTED

    Shayne’s mother knew her baby boy was up to something.
    Throughout each day, she would call her son at his Bellevue home to check on him.

     

    If he didn’t answer, she would be on her way.
    A day like any other in November 2011, Shayne picked up when his mom called, but his slurred speech worried her.
    She was at his house in minutes trying to get him out of a locked bathroom.

  • Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial comes to town

    Storme Vanover grew up with the Vietnam War playing on the family’s black and white television every night.
    Her foster brother served his country during that war and Vanover still vividly remembers traveling with her family to meet him at the Detroit Airport where police officers held back the crowds from mobbing the soldiers.

  • easy lasagna

    Grant County Cook: Vickie Jump

    Residence: Dry Ridge

    Background: native of Grant County

    Day job: In-home child-care provider for the last 12 years;  for 23 years prior to that worked in banking for Bank of Williamstown and Eagle Bank

    Describe the dish: “This is a special occasion kind of meal. My son, Jordan, requested it after he’d spent a week at camp for the first time.”

    Where’s the recipe from: “Somebody gave it to me and I modified it from there.”

  • Blaze guts DR home

    High winds hampered firefighters efforts in battling a blaze on Tuesday, March 19.

    Firefighters from Dry Ridge and four other fire departments in the county spent nearly four hours in firefighting and overhaul of a home owned by Dave Riley on Greenville Road.

  • Winter weather just won’t fade away

    Punxsutawney Phil must have got his fur crossed.
    Pennsylvania’s most famous rodent did not see his shadow on Feb. 2, which means that spring should be on it’s way.
    The old wives tale is if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, there’ll be six more weeks of winter. The absence of the shadow had people hoping spring was going to be sprung soon.

  • New water pipeline to benefit Grant customers

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission gave a thumbs up for Kentucky-American Water Company to build a pipeline that will connect its customers in it’s northern service area to the company’s plant on the Kentucky River in Owen County.
    Kentucky-American has about 3,900 customers in it’s Northern Division in Grant, Gallatin and Owen counties.
    The PSC found that building the pipeline and related storage tanks is more cost-effective than making improvements to Owenton’s aging treatment facility, which Kentucky-American owns and operates.

  • Sponsors needed for bear project

    It’s not lions and tigers, but bears that will be invading the Dry Ridge Fire House on March 28.
    For the third time, the Dry Ridge Fire Firefighters will join forces with the Dry Ridge Elementary Reading program for the Build-A-Bear Drive.
    Through donations from businesses and individuals, the firefighters along with students and volunteers from Dry Ridge Elementary sponsor and stuff bears for patients at Shriner’s hospitals.
    Last year, 100 bears were distributed to children on Easter morning.

  • Bramblett to remain in jail

    Keith Bramblett will not taste freedom, at least for another 10 years.
    Bramblett admitted to murdering Lawanda Sue Raines in 1989 and hiding her body near the Grant/Owen county line. It took 12 years for him to confess and to show her family where he buried her body under a pile of rocks off Ky. 22.

  • Man hit, killed by train

    A Northern Kentucky man was killed after being struck by a train on March 16.
    Kyle Vallandingham, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene around 5:55 p.m. by Grant County Coroner Robert McDaniel.
    Vallandingham, a former resident of Dry Ridge, was walking south along the railroad tracks near Showplace Landscaping, about a mile south of Crittenden, with a friend, Dustin Orr.
    Police said Orr told them that when the two heard the train’s whistle they jumped from one set of train tracks to the other and that Vallandingham was struck from behind.