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  • Rosenwald School to be dedicated Oct. 23

    School soon will be in session again in an one-room schoolhouse formerly used to educate black students in Grant and adjacent counties.

    The Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School, located at Grant County Park in Crittenden, has been refurbished and renovated to serve as a teaching tool about the history of Rosenwald schools.

    The school will be dedicated during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.

    For the rest of the story, pick up this week's Grant County News. 

  • Federal funds earmarked for radio upgrades

    Grant County fire departments recently received $655,000 in federal funds to help purchase digital radios and equipment.

    The communication systems will allow the departments to meet compliance standards ahead of schedule.

    “We’ll be able to talk with federal, state and local (authorities) all on one radio,” said Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen. “The grant is putting new mobile radios, handheld radios, pagers and the infrastructure within the entire county for fire. So, all five fire departments are benefitting.”

  • Williamstown lowers tax rate

    Williamstown residents  will be paying a little less in taxes on their real and personal property this year.

    The real property tax rate for 2010-2011 will be 30 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property and 42.4 cents on personal property.

    This tax rate is expected to generate $462,236 on real estate and $99,190 on personal property.

    Last year’s rate was 31.9 cents and generated $486,079.

    This means if a person owns a $100,000 home, their real estate tax bill will be $300, a savings of $19 over last year.

  • Dry summer yields slim pickins

    If you’re in the market for fall’s bounty, you might need to keep looking.

    Members of the Grant County Farmer’s Market have struggled to produce in this year’s record-breaking drought.

    “If we could have gotten even a little rain, the plants might have come out of it,” said Tom Duncan of Crittenden.

    “I’ve been out on the tractor with a 500-gallon water barrel behind me and a garden hose trying to get some alive, but didn’t have too much luck,” he said.

  • Progress report

    Recently released test results aren’t all good news for the Grant and Williamstown School districts.

    Both districts and three local schools did not meet federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements, according to data from the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Statewide, 55.6 percent or 640 of Kentucky’s 1,151 public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the 2009-10 school year.

    AYP is the term used in NCLB to refer to the minimum improvement required of each school and district over the course of one year.

  • Ky. Joe's life after Survivor

    It’s been 10 years since Rodger Bingham went from a high school teacher from Crittenden to being known nationwide as “Kentucky Joe.”

    As arguably one of the most popular “Survivor: The Australian Outback” contestants, Bingham finished fifth in the second season of the CBS reality show.

    After surviving more than 50 days on limited food and rough weather, Bingham’s life was forever changed.

  • Missing teen found safe

    A Grant County teenager missing since Sept. 26 was found in Covington on Oct. 5.

    Morgan Brittany Shields, 16, was located “safe and sound” according to Williamstown Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins.

    Hankins said the Williamstown teen was found by Covington police. She was returned to her family after running away, possibly with a boyfriend.

    As news of Shield’s disappearance spread,  pleas for help in locating her were placed on the Internet.

    She is a student at Williamstown High School.

  • Judge issues 'burn ban'

    Seven grass and barn fires in less than a week, prompted Grant County fire chiefs to ask the judge-executive for an outdoor burn ban.

    Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link issued the executive order on Oct. 12 banning all outdoor burning because of the “excessive dryness and fire hazard conditions.”

    “This means no open burning is permitted in Grant County, day or night,” said Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen.

  • $1,000 reward offered for break-in information

    A $1,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for stealing cigarettes and money from Grant County Oil on Oct. 3.

    An employee reporting for work discovered that thieves had knocked out the glass and cut the phone and power lines inside the gas station on Ky. 36 in Williamstown.

    Police said the break in occurred around 2:30 a.m.

    “They took numerous cartons of cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash,” said Williamstown Assistant Chief Chris Hankins.

  • Horse Heritage Days brings 1,200 visitors

    Some took advantage of a rare opportunity to attend the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sept. 25-26; however, for those who had no inclination or resources to do so, there was plenty of ‘horsin’ around’ right here at home.