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  • 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.

  • 35-year teacher says goodbye to students

    Sandy Tubesing knew she wanted to be a teacher, from the time she was a small child. She knew that working with children was something she would do.

    She grew up playing school with her dolls.

    The Harrison, Ohio native joined the Future Teachers of America Club in high school and knew that was her calling. So she followed in the footsteps of  two aunts and her older sister who were teachers.

    And for 35 years she has done just that, but now she’s ready to try a more relaxed lifestyle.

  • 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.”

  • May 14 Food Drive Stamps Out Hunger

    The Grant County post offices will hold their annual county-wide food drive for Helping Hands on Saturday, May 14.

    Helping Hands is a nonprofit organization that helps those who need assistance with food, clothing and miscellaneous household items.

    Anyone within the Grant County postal area can place a non-perishable food item in their mailbox. The local carrier will pick up the items and deliver them to Helping Hands. Items can also be left at any Grant County post office.

  • May 17 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.
    Polls will be open at 23 precincts in Grant County from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.