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  • Taylor Henry to open for Blake Shelton

    Taylor Henry skipped his graduation ceremony two years ago at Grant County High School to perform during a Charlie Daniels concert.

    Now, the 20-year-old up and coming singer-song writer is coming home to open for country star Blake Shelton on Friday, June 18 at the Elk Creek Vineyards in Owenton.

    “I’m very excited. It’s going to be a good time,” Henry said.

    Doors open at 6 p.m., with Henry scheduled to go onstage at 7 p.m., followed by Shelton at 8 p.m.

  • Budget crunch

    Grant County’s proposed budget for 2010-2011 tops $11.1 million.

    The budget, which takes effect July 1, 2010, is highers than last year’s budget of $9.3 million, but Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link doesn’t want the public to get the wrong ideas and was quick to point out  the higher budget is mostly due to grants the county has received.

    For the third year in a row, Link asked all supervisors to take a cut.

  • Williamstown schools eliminate staff

    Several positions have been cut for the 2010-11 school year for Williamstown Independent School District in a recently passed tentative budget.

    The always difficult budget process was hindered even more this year by the lack of a state budget, said Superintendent Sally Skinner.

  • GCMS student drowns

    Kiana Desiree Jervis died doing something she loved.

     “She loved to swim,” said her mother, Kameko Jervis. “She was raised around water and loved it.”

    Jervis, a sixth grade student at Grant County Middle School, died swimming over the Memorial Day weekend in Alexandria.

    Jervis, 12, was swimming with other children in a private, above-ground pool at 9 p.m. May 31 when someone noticed Jervis was floating facedown in the water.

    For the complete story, pick up a copy of this week's Grant County News

  • Aquatic center idea floated

    The Williamstown City Council and Williamstown Board of Education are exploring the possibility of working cooperatively to build a $6 million wellness/fitness/recreation center.

    Charles Ed Wilson, former superintendent and currently a member of council, led discussion on the project, which he envisions could be planned and constructed over the next six years and serve not only the needs of the school, but the community.

  • She's a good sport

    “I still love the kids and they still love me, that’s when it’s time to go,” said Dorothy Ryan in her small office tucked in a corner of the Dry Ridge Elementary gym.

    The tears that had filled her eyes for the last week of school, appeared again, but she batted them away quickly, as she packed up the last of her belongings from the place that’s been her second home for the last 34 years.

  • Do you want to dance?

    If you’ve got dance fever, but have two left feet or just don’t know the steps, a Williamstown man is one a campaign to change that.

    David Wilson has organized beginning ballroom dancing classes.

    He’s hoping for the class to begin by June 7 and will feature seven dances including the merengue, salsa, fox trot, waltz, rumba, swing and Cha cha.

  • Crittenden budget discussion gets heated

    It got “hot” in Crittenden after Mayor Gayle Cayton proposed decreasing the fire department’s budget in the 2010-2011 budget.

    Cayton presented the budget to the council on May 3. It called for decreasing the fire department’s portion but allocating more money for police.

    If approved, the budget would decrease the amount paid to the fire department by $5,000 and increase the amount paid to the Grant County Sheriff’s office by $8,000.

  • Pelfrey to lead DRE

    Bobbie Jo Pelfrey won’t have to travel far for her new job.

    Instead of turning into Grant County Middle School’s parking lot as she has for the last 10 years, she’ll turn into Dry Ridge Elementary’s parking lot where she’s assuming a new role as principal.

    DRE principal Ralph Rose will retire at the end of this school year. He’s been principal at DRE for the last seven years.She was selected from nine applicants. For more information about this story, please pick up a copy of the printed edition of Thursday's Grant County News.

  • Cahill doesn't mind helping others

    Billie Cahill is uncomfortable talking about herself, and quickly changes the subject to talking about what she loves—her children and perhaps, your children.

    Cahill was chosen as the Grant County Volunteer of the Year at this year’s chamber of commerce banquet for her dedication to the creation of the Grant County Schools Welcome Center located at Sherman Elementary School and for serving as its volunteer director.

    For more information about this story, please pick up a copy of Thursday's Grant County News.