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  • Benefit raises money for Grant County teen

    It is a parents’ worst nightmare when you find out your child gets an illness at a young age that can cause damage.

    For Barbie Deaton, that nightmare became reality on Aug. 14, when her 12-year-old daughter Sara was taken to the hospital, where on Aug. 16 she was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a disease that can cause paralysis.

    For Sara, it caused her to be paralyzed from the waist down.

    “It was very scary,” she said. “It was like I was in a dream. I couldn’t believe it was happening.”

  • GOVERNOR'S SCHOLARS

    They broadened their horizons, lived on their own and made new friends.

    This summer three students from Grant County High School and four from Williamstown High School attended the Governor’s Scholars Programs at Murray State University, Bellarmine University and Centre College.

    Andrea Clark, also a student at GCHS, was selected to attend the Governor’s School For the Arts. She attended Transylvania University.

  • Paint the town blue and gold

    The homecoming festivities for Grant County High School will include a parade starting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the outlet center and ending at GCHS.

    Parade participates should arrive at 5 p.m., when floats line up. The GCHS Braves will be playing Pendleton County after the parade. Parade floats from churches, businesses, clubs, etc. are needed. For more information, call Christa Ruber at 859-393-2844.

  • Get fit with Challenge 10-10-10

    Grant County residents can stay fit and win prizes at the same time by participating in the Challenge 10-10-10 program.

    Northern Kentucky Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agents from Grant and surrounding counties are challenging participants to complete at least 10 physical activities, each lasting at least 30 minutes, between now and Oct. 10.

    Challengers must track the activities they complete on a form that must be returned by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11, in order to be eligible for prizes.

  • First state furlough day is Sept. 3; local offices feel impact

    The majority of state workers will be furloughed Sept. 3 for the first of six days throughout the fiscal year.

    The furloughs, which will reportedly save $24 million and at least 413 state employee jobs, will impact some Grant County offices.

    Court will not be in session at the Grant County Judicial Center in Williamstown, but the Circuit and District Clerk’s office will remain open.

  • Burglar caught inside home

    An alert neighbor in the Pin Hook subdivision in Crittenden helped police catch a woman inside a home without the homeowner’s permission.

    Police were called to the home at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 30 when neighbors spotted a woman entering a home through a garage window.

  • Helping Hands needs hands to help thrift store

    Mary and Elard Wayne weren’t looking for a full-time job after they both retired, so they decided to become volunteers with Helping Hands.

    After nearly two years as volunteers working at least three days a week in the Helping Hands Thrift Store, the Dry Ridge couple have decided to call it quits.

    Sept. 7 was their last day manning the Thrift Store located on Barnes Road (behind Grant County Drugs) in Williamstown.

  • 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.