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  • Horsin' around

    All eyes in the horse world will be on Kentucky when the World Equestrian Games (WEG) open at the Kentucky Horse Park from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10 and no one is happier than Williamstown’s Cindy Philippo.

    Philippo’s blond hair glints in the sun as she moves her horses from the barn to the pasture on her family’s farm.

    Her attire – worn, dusty barn shoes, a pair of jeans and a blue WEG T-shirt, doesn’t look like that of an expert and champion horsewoman, but that’s what Philippo is.

  • SAP gives inmates a second chance in life

    Matthew Claypool has spent the past two years in jail for a robbery and assault that was fueled by his drug addiction.

    “I was high when I done it, and I did it to get high,” the 23-year-old said inside the Grant County Detention Center.

    While in jail, Claypool, along with 39 other inmates, were given an opportunity to turn their lives around by participating in a new Substance Abuse Program (SAP) that began in January.

  • Williamstown man pleads guilty to explosives distribution

    A 41-year-old Williamstown man pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to conspiring to distribute explosives without a license.

    Robert Bancroft, who was indicted in federal court in Covington in May, had two counts of possession of stolen explosive materials, two counts of transport of explosive materials without a license and two counts of distribution of explosive materials dismissed in exchange for his plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

    He is scheduled to be back in court at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 for sentencing and was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals after his plea.

  • Dry Ridge to hold tax hearing

    Dry Ridge residents will be paying more in taxes on their real and personal property.

    The city council heard the first reading of proposed tax rates Aug. 30 that included a 4-percent increase over the compensating rate.

    A required public hearing will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the city building to discuss the rates.

    After the public hearing, the council will vote on the tax increase during their next scheduled meeting.

    Last year’s real property tax rate was 22.2 cents per $100 of assessed value and generated $356,662 in revenue.

  • Will WEG impact economy?

    If you build it, they will come and Kentucky is expecting a lot of people to come to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which begin Sept. 25 and continue through Oct. 10.

    State tourism officials have compared the WEG to an equine version of the Olympics and it’s expected to draw 900 horses, 800 riders and people from more than 60 countries to Kentucky. It is also the first time the event has ever been hosted in the United States.

    So far, just over 315,000 tickets have been sold to WEG events, out of a projected sales of 600,000.

  • Reunited . . . after 60 years

    Ron Dail and his wife, Eileen, settled into the comfortable, over-stuffed leather couches of the homey lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Dry Ridge on Aug. 12. It had been a long journey from their home in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a reunion that was a long-time coming.

    Dail was nervous, and at times quietly emotional, while waiting for his two sisters to arrive. You see, the family has been apart for a while now—more than 60 years.

  • RETALIATION?

    Was the burning of two Grant County Sheriff’s cruisers retaliation or coincidence?

    “I don’t know,” said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.

    Firefighters were called to Martin’s Auto Electric around 1:38 a.m. on Aug. 23, after  passing motorists reported vehicles on fire.

    “They were fully engulfed in flames when we arrived,” said Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen.

    “It was definitely arson,” Whalen said.

  • Deputy recovering from stab wounds

    Kevin Burke, a three-year-veteran of the Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy, is home recuperating from five knife wounds to his back, chest, arm, hand and forehead.

    “He’s doing well and healing slowly,” said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.

    Burke was stabbed by a suspect, which he later shot and killed on Aug. 16.

    The incident occurred at 2 a.m. when Burke encountered James Edward Staton IV outside of Norwood Apartments.

  • Vandals strike 22 homes

    Residents along Humes Ridge Road in Williamstown, from Norwood Apartments past Harbor Pointe subdivision recieved a surprise on Aug. 8.

    Homeowners discovered that vandals had spraypainted grafitti on car windows, buildings, homes, garage doors, barns, the side of a trailer and even on a tractor.

    According to Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich the vandals left behind “obscene pictures and offensive words and designs.”

    Rich said he first learned of the incident at 6 a.m.

  • Grant escapee will spend rest of life in prison

    A Kentucky man who went on a multi-state crime spree in 2007 after escaping from the Grant County Detention Center will spend the rest of his life in federal prison.

    Anthony Ray Artrip, 38, of Ashland, was sentenced Aug. 5 in Georgia to serve two life sentences without the possibility of release under the federal “three strikes” law by U.S. District Judge Harold L. Murphy.

    Artrip was charged with robbing banks in Calhoun, Ga.; Mt. Airy, N.C.; Princeton, W.Va.; Marmet, W.Va.; and Frenchtown Township, Mich.