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  • Shigella outbreak reaches Grant County

    At least two Grant County residents are included in an outbreak of Shigella in Northern Kentucky.
    Shigella is a bacteria that infects the bowels and causes the illness Shigellosis, which most often occurs in young children.
    Eighty-seven cases of Shigellosis have been confirmed in Northern Kentucky as of June 17, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
    In Northern Kentucky, an average of 25 cases of Shigellosis are reported in a typical year.

  • I-75 to be repaired

    A five-mile stretch of Interstate 75 in Grant County is one of 19 emergency maintenance projects Gov. Steve Beshear has authorized for repairs after being damaged by severe weather last winter.
    The repairs will be made on northbound I-75 between the 161 to 166 mile markers north of Dry Ridge to the Grant County line.
    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials anticipate the project will be awarded to a contractor in July with an anticipated start date of late July or early August.

  • Final Farewell

    By Kelly McKinney,
    Courtesy of the Richmond Register
    RICHMOND — One church couldn’t hold the hundreds of friends, family and law enforcement officers who joined together Wednesday to say farewell to Dry Ridge resident and former police officer Brett Benton.

  • Pharmacy robbed

    Total Care Pharmacy in Dry Ridge was robbed last week.
    According to police, a white male walked into the pharmacy at 4:20 p.m. on June 15 and demanded drugs.
    The suspect was approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall to 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing around 170 pounds. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a scarf covered his face.
    “He walked in and displayed a note demanding narcotics,” said Trooper David Jones, public information officer with the Kentucky State Police Pose 6 in Dry Ridge.

  • Williamstown budget tops $11 million

    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner believes the city is in good financial shape.
    “Because of our utilities, we are able to be in good condition, but did have to make some budget  cuts,” Skinner said.
    “Our goal was to have less than last year, but increasing costs, such as employee health insurance, caused it to go up,” he added.
    The city council began working on the budget a couple of months ago.
    The budget includes $1.465 million in the general fund, which represents about 1 percent more than last year.

  • 'PILL MILL' IN DRY RIDGE?

    Neighbors hugged police officers and clapped when federal agents raided El-Amin pain management clinic last week.
    “Thank God. I’m so thankful,” said Karen Tomlin, as nearly two-dozen law enforcement officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, Kentucky State Police and Grant County Sheriff’s Department descended on the Dry Ridge clinic located on U.S. 25 in Dry Ridge.

  • Police raid Dry Ridge clinic

    Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, Kentucky State Police and Grant County Sheriff’s Department raided the el Amin Clinic on U.S. 25 in Dry Ridge at 11:15 a.m. today (June 16) after an eight-month investigation.

    The clinic is operated by Dr. Sundiata el-Amin.

    Police executed a sealed federal search warrant. An undercover agent helped build a case that alleges the doctor over-prescribed pain pills and ohter medication.

  • Bake sale benefits birthmark foundation

    Mandy Jenkins noticed the bright strawberry bump on her daughter’s neck the month after she was born.
    It didn’t bother the mother of two other children because vascular birthmarks were common in her family.  Her son has a spot under his arm that, after nine years, has faded to a pale pink.
    Jenkins, who lives on the Grant/Pendleton county line and attends Williamstown Christian Church, kept watch over puckered spot and didn’t get worried until she noticed it was growing under her daughter, Naomi’s skin.

  • Lending a helping hand

    Faith, family and friends make up the foundation that retired engineer Jack Eckler, the 2011 Grant County Volunteer of the Year, has built his life on.
    As a young man, he stepped into parental responsibilities when his mother Amma Eckler died suddenly, taking responsibility for his younger brothers.
    “Jack put his own life plans on hold in order to finish rearing Chuck and Richey,” said his sister Janis Fox. “Jack became the rock of our family.”

  • Election draws little interest

    Grant County voters can head to the polls May 17, but County Clerk Leatha Conrad is not expecting a big turnout.

    “I think it’s going to be pretty light,” Conrad said about the primary election. “I haven’t heard many people talk about it. We have not had many people request absentee ballots or come vote on the absentee machines.”

    Since the election is a primary and does not involve any local races, voters may decide to skip filling out the ballots.