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  • Fire dues ordinance could be amended to include mobile homes

    Local fire departments could see an increase in revenue next year, but not as much as they hoped.
    The Grant County Fiscal Court approved the first reading June 17 of an amendment to the fire dues ordinance to include mobile homes with mobile home parks.
    The amendment, which will have its second reading July 1, will mean more residents will be paying the $25 fire dues fee the fiscal court passed in May 2012.

  • New Kentucky laws take effect next week

    FRANKFORT -- New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2013 regular session go into effect on June 25.
    That means laws against human trafficking will soon be strengthened. More DNA testing will be allowed as evidence in post-conviction felony cases. And school districts can start deciding whether they want to raise their compulsory attendance age to 18, though the 2015-16 school year would be the first year any changes could actually impact students.

  • Indiana woman dies in motorcycle wreck

    An Indiana woman was killed in Williamstown following a motorcycle wreck on June 14.
    Rodney and Lisa Singleton of Spencer, Ind. were traveling north on Interstate-75 between Williamstown and Dry Ridge around 2:55 p.m. when the back tire on their motorcycle blew out causing Rodney to lose control of the motorycle.
    According to Grant County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Maines, the 2005 Harley Davidson hit the center dividing wall and flipped several times.

  • Dry Ridge doctor pleads guilty in ‘pill mill’ case

    A doctor who worked in pain clinics in Georgetown and Dry Ridge pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge that he conspired to distribute and dispense oxycodone “outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.”
    Gregory Bruce White was paid $1,600 a day to work at Grant County Wellness Clinic three days a week and Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management in Georgetown one day a week, beginning May 5, 2011, according to the plea agreement entered in U.S. District Court in Lexington.

  • TWO LOCAL PONDS FEATURED IN WEEKEND TOUR

    Two local homes are making a splash this weekend as they landed in the Meyer Aquascapes  12th Annual Pondarama Water Garden Tour.
    Jim and Nancy Lindemood, 6330 Warsaw Road, will be featured, along with Bob Tripp and Sharon Orsburn, 147 Bluffview (in Hogan’s Mill Subdivision), both in Dry Ridge, who were included in the tour last year.

    The tour is a free self-guided tour of 25 water features in four areas around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.

  • Former jail deputy indicted for sodomy

    A 30-year-old former Grant County Detention Center employee has been indicted for having sexual contact with an inmate.
    Sherenee Slone was indicted June 12 by a Grant County grand jury on charges of third-degree sodomy, a class D felony that is punishable by one to five years in prison.
    An inmate at the jail, 32-year-old Eric Wayne Hamilton, was also indicted on charges of third-degree sodomy and being a persistent felony offender.

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  • Flying tire injures Wtown man

    A 34-year-old Williamstown man suffered life-threatening injuries June 16 after a dislodged wheel hit the hood and windshield of his vehicle.

    In what authorities are calling “an unusual accident,” Sandra Slater, 41, of Saint Albans, West Virginia, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck southbound on Interstate 75 in Boone County around 1:05 p.m. when the left front wheel came off the truck.

  • Council delays payroll tax decision

    The debate is not over about whether or not to increase the occupational tax in Dry Ridge to help generate much-needed revenue.
    The city council decided to not vote during its June 17 meeting on a second reading that would have increased the payroll tax from .5 percent to 1.5 percent on anyone who works in the city limits.
    Instead, the discussion will continue during the 7 p.m. July 1 meeting, after about 25 employees and business owners within the city attended the meeting in opposition of the tax increase.

  • Diana Morgan’s compassion, care earns award twice

    As a former police dispatcher, an Emergency Medical Technician and firefighters, Diana Morgan has seen a lot of shocking things, but they didn’t prepare her for the shock of being chosen as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

    The honor, given annually by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, is a title she has earned not once, but twice. Morgan, of Dry Ridge, was named Volunteer of the Year in 2002.