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  • New water pipeline to benefit Grant customers

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission gave a thumbs up for Kentucky-American Water Company to build a pipeline that will connect its customers in it’s northern service area to the company’s plant on the Kentucky River in Owen County.
    Kentucky-American has about 3,900 customers in it’s Northern Division in Grant, Gallatin and Owen counties.
    The PSC found that building the pipeline and related storage tanks is more cost-effective than making improvements to Owenton’s aging treatment facility, which Kentucky-American owns and operates.

  • Sponsors needed for bear project

    It’s not lions and tigers, but bears that will be invading the Dry Ridge Fire House on March 28.
    For the third time, the Dry Ridge Fire Firefighters will join forces with the Dry Ridge Elementary Reading program for the Build-A-Bear Drive.
    Through donations from businesses and individuals, the firefighters along with students and volunteers from Dry Ridge Elementary sponsor and stuff bears for patients at Shriner’s hospitals.
    Last year, 100 bears were distributed to children on Easter morning.

  • Bramblett to remain in jail

    Keith Bramblett will not taste freedom, at least for another 10 years.
    Bramblett admitted to murdering Lawanda Sue Raines in 1989 and hiding her body near the Grant/Owen county line. It took 12 years for him to confess and to show her family where he buried her body under a pile of rocks off Ky. 22.

  • Man hit, killed by train

    A Northern Kentucky man was killed after being struck by a train on March 16.
    Kyle Vallandingham, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene around 5:55 p.m. by Grant County Coroner Robert McDaniel.
    Vallandingham, a former resident of Dry Ridge, was walking south along the railroad tracks near Showplace Landscaping, about a mile south of Crittenden, with a friend, Dustin Orr.
    Police said Orr told them that when the two heard the train’s whistle they jumped from one set of train tracks to the other and that Vallandingham was struck from behind.

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  • Board says ‘I don’t’ to wedding venue

    Dry Ridge-Mt. Zion Road will not be home to an outdoor event venue after the Grant County Board of Adjustments denied a conditional use permit allowing the business in an agriculture zone.
    More than 50 residents turned out on Monday, March 11 and nearly a dozen of them spoke against a request by Larry and Mary Creekmore to operate a place for weddings, reunions, corporate functions and festivals on property the Creekmores own at 242 Boltz Lake Road.
    Gailen Bridges, an attorney for the Creekmores, spoke on their behalf. He distributed several handouts on agritourism.

  • Dropout age could increase from 16 to 18

    Legislation headed to Gov. Steve Beshear for his signature could make it easier to make sure students stay in school.
    School districts in Kentucky will be allowed to raise the minimum dropout age for their students under Senate Bill 97, which cleared the General Assembly on March 11.
    The bill, sponsored by Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, will allow local school districts across the state to increase the compulsory attendance age to 18 for their students beginning in the 2015 school year.

  • Schools practice tornado safety

    If practice makes perfect, students at Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary will be more than ready if a tornado ever threatens safety at the school.

    Just a few days after the one-year anniversary of the tornado that whipped through Crittenden, CMZ was among local schools who participated in a statewide tornado drill on March 5.

  • LOOKING BACK: Tornado changes community

    The sun is shining. Only a couple of bright, blue tarps cover rooflines in Harvester’s Subdivision.
    Flashback to a year ago on March 2 when an EF3 tornado, with winds of 135 miles per hour, ripped through Crittenden and into southern Kenton County, several homes and apartment buildings were knocked off foundations. Others had walls ripped away exposing a baby bed left untouched but a refrigerator tossed around like a toy, while still other residents’ vehicles were mashed and mangled like demolition derby cars.

  • Dry Ridge neighbors say no to outdoor event venue

    More than 70 residents of Dry Ridge-Mt. Zion Road and surrounding areas do not want an outdoor event venue for a neighbor.
    These residents have signed a petition asking the Grant County Board of Adjustments to deny a request by Larry and Mary Creekmore granting a conditional use permit to operate the venue on property they own at 242 Boltz Lake Road in Dry Ridge.
    Mary Creekmore doesn’t understand why the community wouldn’t welcome an event facility that could showcase the beauty of the area and bring business to local hotels and restaurants.