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  • A Williamstown family is trying to bounce back after their home was destroyed in a fire May 25.

    “It’s totaled,” said Angela Noel. “Everything is gone.”

    For about a year, Noel had lived with her husband Edward Perry, their three sons and her mother-in-law at the home on Short Street in Williamstown.

    In a matter of minutes, it all went up in smoke and flames.

    For more information, please pick up a copy of this week's print edition of the Grant County News.

  • CRUISE IN

    Classic cars lining the streets of downtown Dry Ridge can only mean one thing.

    Cruisin’ the Ridge is back for its third year.

    Hosted by the Good Old Cruisers and the city of Dry Ridge, the monthly cruise-in events are open to all show cars, trucks, antiques, classics, muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles and tractors.

  • WHS principal search nets 13 applicants

    A new Williamstown Jr./Sr. High principal could be named as early as June 15.

    Although the district is still accepting applicants, there are currently 13 candidates — 11 males and two females — for the job.

    The school’s site-based council recently decided to begin interviewing select candidates June 2 with a tentative goal of wrapping up interviews by June 11.

    The group also tentatively plans to host a meet-and-greet with several finalists for the position June 14 at the school.

    The council hopes to hire a principal June 15.

  • 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.