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  • Little girls fight cancer with cookies

    Three little girls from Grant County decided they could make a difference so, with the help of their mothers, they held a bake sale to raise money to fight cancer.

    Lauren Cleveland and BrentLee Threlkeld, both age 5, along with Karson Heaverin, 3, pulled their resources and that’s what they did.

    The trio held a bake sale last month at Williamstown Christian Church and raised $230 for Mrs. Vickie’s Wildflower Relay For Life team.

  • They said what?

    Voters got a chance to “Meet the Candidates” for the May 18 primary during a forum April 29 at Williamstown High School.

    Sponsored by the Grant County News and the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, the event featured a question and answer session with candidates for judge-executive, jailer, sheriff, magistrate for the first district and state representative.

    Questions were determined by public submissions and the editorial team of the Grant County News.

    Jamie Baker-Nantz, editor of the Grant County News, served as moderator of the event.

  • Don't cook or clean, but his kitchen is ready to feed hungry

    Larry Spears doesn’t cook, he doesn’t serve and he doesn’t clean at the Spears Kitchen in Dry Ridge, but he is the driving force behind getting people a good, hearty, warm meal for free five days a week.

    For all of his work in Grant County, Spears was named the Grant Countian of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet on April 24.

    “It means a lot to me because I’ve spent a lot of my life here,” Spears said.

  • Got 25 cents?

    Women, pull the change purses out of the closet. Men, find an old bucket in the garage. Children, break into those piggy banks. It’s time to gear-up for the Dry Ridge Elementary School’s Relay for Life Team Quarter Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. May 8 at the JMB Hall in Dry Ridge. Attendees need only two things - lots of quarters and a storage container for all those coins.

    The Dry Ridge Elementary School Relay team has been hosting two quarter auctions a year for the last five years, and the event has continually grown.

  • Fire leaves Williamstown family homeless

    Tommy Dezarn was at work on April 28, and his wife, Terri, was at their daughter’s home in Williamstown, taking care of their grandchildren, when she got the news that their house might be on fire.

    Utha Simpson, Dezarn’s mother who lives outside of Williamstown, was notified by her neighbor that  an alert for the Williamstown fire department came across their scanner; there was a fire on Waterworks Road. She immediately called her daughter.

  • Game boot camp rolls into library

    High school gaming fanatics can learn how make their own game May 15 at the Grant County Public Library.

    The library will host a free Game Design Boot Camp from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for high school students from Grant and surrounding counties.

    Experience is not necessary to participate, said Wynita Worley, public services librarian.

    Dr. Jerzy Jaromczyk of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Computer Science, along with about 10 UK students, will lead the program.

  • NKU dishes out taste of academic life

    Are you one of those adults who have that gnawing feeling that you missed out on something by not going to college? Perhaps all you needed was to experience College For A Day at Northern Kentucky University Grant County Center in Williamstown on April 22, to help you take that first step.

    Registrants got the chance to sit in on two colleges classes, have lunch and an open discussion with a panel of NKU students who are near graduation or have graduated after starting at the Grant County center.

  • Williamstown police department gets $6,500 grant

    Williamstown police plan to be more visible in high-crash areas after receiving a $6,500 six-month grant from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

    KOHS recently presented $365,500 in federal funds to law enforcement agencies in an effort to bolster highway enforcement in targeted communities. The grants run from April 1 to Sept. 30.

    Fifty-three agencies were identified in counties with a high number of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.

  • Trading spaces

    The recent opening of the new Justice Center in Williamstown has left an empty courtroom and several vacant offices in the Grant County Courthouse.

    There has not been any formal discussion about plans for the upstairs courtroom, said Judge-Executive Darrell Link.

    “I don’t anticipate that we’re going to change that old courtroom,” he said. “We’re going to try to preserve it as it is and continue to use it for community meetings.”

  • Teams rev up for Relay

    Teams for the 2010 Grant County Relay For Life are planning upcoming fundraising events:

    • Spring Bucket Raffle

    The Farm Credit Services RFL team will be taking $2 donations for the chance to win a spring bucket filled with bird seed,  a bird feeder and other spring items at their office, 147 S. Main in Dry Ridge.

    The team is planning a yard sale April 24.

    In May, they’ll have another drawing for a Mother’s Day Special.

    For more information, call 824-4446.

    • Cook out, music, bake sale