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  • Ky. Changers return to area for help

    For the second consecutive summer, Kentucky Changers will help beautify Grant County.

    An organization sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Kentucky Changers uses seventh through 12th graders to refurbish exteriors of homes.

    For the first time in its 16 seasons, the project came to Grant County July 4-11, 2009 with support from the Crittenden Baptist Association.

    About 150 youth — 30 from Knoxville Baptist and Mount Carmel churches— worked at 30 sites in Grant County.

  • Top Teacher

    B.J. Walters keeps a keen eye on her many children.

    And she has many.

    So many they could fill a gymnasium and do each day of the week at Sherman Elementary.

    “I’ll help you,” she says, bending over for at least the 12th time to tie the shoe of a first grade student.

    “I get that a lot,” she says with a smile.

    Her smile stays with her from the start of class to the end. She gets hugs in between and even when she’s doling out discipline she’s doing it with a lot of love.

  • Health department seeks volunteers for reserve corps

    The Northern Kentucky Health Department got a helping hand from volunteers in their recent response to the H1N1 virus.

    The Northern Kentucky Medical Reserve Corps provided citizens of both medical and non-medical backgrounds with a way to respond to events such as the swine flu vaccination campaign as well as other public health emergencies.

  • Williamstown student surprised by award

    Williamstown High School junior Steven Faulkner was nearly speechless.

    “I’m going to Disneyland,” he said to laughter and applause from a gymnasium full of fellow students.

    Faulkner was surprised Jan. 4 with an announcement that he was selected as the winner of the $500 “Promote Your School” scholarship contest sponsored by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

  • GOTCHA! Police to add video cameras to arsenal

    If you’re thinking of breaking the law in downtown Williamstown, think again because you might find yourself on camera.

    The Williamstown Police Department has received a $46,324 grant from Homeland Security to buy cameras which will be placed at various locations throughout the city. The cameras will be tied into the city’s cable system so that they can be monitored from a remote location.

    “Six cameras will give you eight eyes on Williamstown at any time and that’s a good thing,” said Sgt. Robert Reed of the Williamstown Police Department.

  • Dry Ridge sewer rates to increase

    Dry Ridge residents soon will be paying more for water and sewer services.

    The city council approved increased rates during its Jan. 4 meeting to help pay for construction on a new $15 million sewer plant on KY 36 in Williamstown.

    Construction will begin in March, which is when the new rates take effect.

    Funding for the plant is coming from more than 1,800 sewer customers in Williamstown and Dry Ridge, as well as tap on fees.

    The city of Williamstown also recently increased their sewer rates.

  • Budget shortfall tops legislator’s priority list

    As the second week of the 2010 General Assembly winds down, the Grant County News checked in with local legislators, Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.

    With an estimated $1.5 billion budget shortfall, what is the best way to balance the budget?

  • Swine flu vaccine clinic set for Jan. 13

    The Northern Kentucky Health Department will be conducting a swine flu vaccination clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Grant County High School.

    The clinic will be open to families in the Grant County and Williamstown School Districts.

    Parents who do not have kids in school can get the vaccine at the Grant County Health Center, 234 Barnes Road in Williamstown.

    To make an appointment, call 859-824-5074.

    The vaccine is free at both locations. 

  • Road crews prepare to battle snow

    Freezing temperatures and a downpour of snow and sleet can lead to a recipe for disaster on the roadways.

    With meteorologists forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow to hit northern Kentucky on Jan. 7, motorists need to be cautious.

    Children may get out of school to make snowmen and sled down icy hills, but not everyone can stay home because of inclement weather.

    Despite some people’s beliefs, even if a snow emergency is declared by Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link, residents are not necessarily forbidden to go to work.

  • Curry tapped to fill vacant Dry Ridge seat

    Dry Ridge City Council is back to six members again.

    The council had a vacancy after Jason O’Nan resigned in November for personal reasons.

    Judy Curry, a retired social worker who was married to former Dry Ridge mayor Donald Pat Curry, was selected unanimously by the council to fill the position during its Jan. 4 meeting.

    She will serve the remainder of the year, but can run for a full term in the November election.