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  • BUSTED!

    “Police, open up!”  

    “Keep your hands where we can see them!”

    These two phrases greeted a Dry Ridge man and a couple when they were rousted out of their apartments around 4:45 a.m. on July 9 after an undercover sting at a Dry Ridge factory netted five drug-related arrests.

    Deputies with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, troopers with the Kentucky State Police and Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells served the arrest warrants before dawn following a five-week investigation at Dana Corporation.

  • Dry Ridge teen killed in U.S. 25 crash

    An 18-year-old wife and mother-to-be was killed in a single vehicle crash on U.S. 25 in Williamstown on July 1.

    Chelsea Renee Wright Volker, of Dry Ridge, was killed when the car she was riding in ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a tree at 2:57 p.m. about a mile south of Bruce’s Grocery.

    The vehicle, a 1995 Honda Civic, was driven by her husband, Joseph A. Volker, 21.

    According to Sheriff Chuck Dills, witnesses said Volker appeared to lose control in a slight curve.

  • Williamstown violates water standard due to computer error

    The City of Williamstown violated a drinking water standard that impacted about 8,000 customers, but the problem occurred at the end of 2011, but it was not a health hazard.

    According to Brian Gatewood, Williamstown’s water superintendent, the city did violate the state’s water quality standard in the third and fourth quarter of last year due to a faulty spread sheet.

  • A little dip will do ya!
  • Mayor says ‘frill’ is gone

    A new aquatic center in Williamstown and any major capitol improvements won’t be happening in the next year.
    According to Mayor Rick Skinner, the 2012-2013 budget is “just the bare necessities.”

    “It’s a tight budget, with no frills,” he said.

    The aquatic center, which was a partnership with the Williamstown School District, is being placed on hold since there were no funds to proceed with the project.

  • Little League benefit to rebuild burnt field house

    If you come, they can “Build It Back.”
    That’s what the Grant County Little League is hoping will happen July 7 when the organization holds a benefit to raise money to rebuild its field house/concession stand.
    The structure at Bobby Gibson Memorial Field at Grant County Park in Crittenden was destroyed May 21 due to suspected arson.
    Kentucky State Police are still handling the investigation and a $1,000 reward is available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s).

  • SENIOR GAMES
  • Sarah’s smile

     

    Friends recall life of Williamstown woman killed in I-75 crash

     

    Wherever you saw Sarah Schoenman, you saw a friendly, wide-toothed smile that lit up her eyes.

    That’s what her friends will miss following the 30-year-old Williamstown woman’s death last week in an automobile accident in Walton.

  • Deputy cleared, but not back to work

    The chief deputy at the Grant County Detention Center has apparently been cleared of criminal conduct by the Kentucky State Police, but has not returned to work.
    The story about Bailey’s suspension first appeared in the June 14 issue of the Grant County News.

    In an email faxed to the Grant County News on June 18, Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples requested clarification from County Attorney Joe Taylor on whether or not Chief Deputy Dennis Bailey should be taken off administrative leave/suspension, following the KSP’s investigation.

  • Complaint brings changes to Grant jail

    Operational changes have occurred at the Grant County Detention Center following a complaint against the facility’s chief deputy.
    Dennis Bailey, chief deputy at the jail since January 2011, is currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a KSP investigation.
    Peeples said the investigation, even though it is not concluded, has prompted some changes at the facility.
    “The investigation did reveal some issues,” Peeples said.