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    So close.

    That was the feeling Williamstown and Grant County High School bands were left with after both finished runner-up Oct. 30 in the Kentucky Music Education Association state marching band championship.

    Coming off three consecutive state titles, Williamstown Band of Spirit came in second place in Class A with 89.4 points at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, just .4 points behind champion Beechwood High School.

    They scored the highest points in two out of six judging categories for their “On the Air” program.

  • Students receiving free/reduced lunches increase

    Rising unemployment and a declining economy has forced many parents to cut costs anyway they can.

    Local school cafeterias are making sure students are fed without a struggling family taking a hit in the wallet.

    Grant County and Williamstown Schools have seen the number of students on free or reduced meals increase the past several years.

    At least half of the students enrolled in each district participate in the program.

    Eligibility is determined by household size and annual family income.

  • Bonnie Murphy loves children, horses, fall

    Bonnie Murphy of Williamstown loves working with children and if she’s not, then she’s probably working with her horses or on an idea to decorate her lawn.

    Her fall theme this year was a baseball diamond with scarecrows batting the ball. Her field even has a refreshment stand and cheerleaders.

    “I don’t like Halloween or scary stuff,” she said. “But I love fall stuff, especially the cute stuff.”

    She doesn’t decorate year round, just for fall and Christmas.

  • Author to speak on experience Nov. 6

    Tori Murden McClure set out in 1998 to become the first woman and American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Within days, she lost all communication, leaving her all alone for 78 days on a 23-foot plywood boat without a motor or sail.

    Then came one of the worst hurricane seasons on record in the North Atlantic.

    “I was capsized 11 times in one day,” McClure said. “One capsize dislocated my shoulder. The next capsize put it back in place.”

  • SCAM ALERT

    An alert bank teller held police foil an alleged check scam.

    When two men wearing green traffic vests and white hard hats entered Forcht Bank on Oct. 27 and attempted to cash checks drawn on the account of the Lexington Legends Baseball team, Gayle West noticed something “wasn’t right about the checks.”

    West alerted the Grant County Sheriff’s Office who came to the bank to investigate and ended up charging both men with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

  • Voters have spoken and the winners are . . .

    (Editor’s Note: These results have not been certified, but were the final vote totals given out at the clerk’s office on Nov. 2.)

    Darrell Link narrowly escaped an upset by Republican Steve Wood to win his fourth term in the race for Grant County Judge-Executive.

    Link will continue to run the highest office in the county for at least four more years after beating Wood by 45 votes.

  • Election recanvass requested

    The polls may be closed, but the election is not over for three Grant County races.

    Two county-wide candidates have called for a recanvass of vote totals, while two Corinth candidates will see a flip of a coin or drawing of straws decide their fate.

    Republican Steve Wood, who fell short by 45 votes against Judge-Executive Darrell Link, has called for a recanvass of vote totals as a first step in an eventual recount of the votes.

  • 100 years young

    Adversity merely slowed her down. Life’s trials only fortified her resolve, and on Nov. 13, Caroline Vice Ransdell will turn 100-years-old.

    She celebrated at an open house on Nov. 7, where she received best wishes from family, friends, former students and a host of Grant Countians. Standing and calling most by their names, at times she giggled like a school girl.

    How has she lived so long, yet remained so young?

  • Third bank robbery suspect turns self in

    A third Grant County man turned himself into law enforcement Sept. 24 in connection with a bank robbery in Fort Wright on Aug. 3.

    Dustin C. Webster, 24, of Dry Ridge, surrendered to authorities at the Boone County Detention Center, said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.

    Webster pled not guilty Sept. 27 in U.S. District Court in Covington on bank robbery charges.

    He is being held as a federal inmate at the Boone County Detention Center.

    Two Grant County men were previously arrested Aug. 6 in connection with the bank robbery.

  • What are the issues?

    Voters will be choosing between incumbent Darrel Link or his challenger Steve Wood for Grant County’s next judge-executive when they go to the polls on Nov. 2. Also on the ballot are candidates for coroner, jailer, magistrate for District 1 and District 2, Crittenden City Council, Crittenden mayor, Corinth City Commission and Williamstown City Council.

    The public was given an opportunity to hear how candidates stood on local issues during a ‘Meet the Candidates’ Forum sponsored by the Grant County News and the Grant County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 21.