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    Leaning back with his hands behind his head, Williamstown Elementary second grader Jonathan Peer looks comfortable sitting in the principal’s chair.

    The 8-year-old took over duties Oct. 10 from WES David Poer to serve as principal for the day.

    “I just realized he has a TV,” said a smiling Jonathan, looking up at Poer’s wall. “I bet you he puts his feet on the desk.”

    Jonathan received the honor of being principal after his mother won it for him at a silent auction at the school’s fall festival.


    The Northern Kentucky University Grant County Campus students won all three top awards for the annual NKU Book Connection Writing Contest. McKenna Webster earned first place, Kyle Rahshulte took the second place prize and Carissa Walton won third place.

  • WHS Spanish teacher becomes U.S. citizen

    Ten years ago, Silvia Encinas left her native Spain and came to the United States with her husband.

    She has spent the past eight years teaching Spanish at Williamstown High School.
    Now, Encinas and her husband are officially American citizens after taking the naturalization oath Oct. 18 at the John C. Watts Federal Building in Frankfort.

  • Park society recognizes locals

    Grant County was well represented Nov. 14 at the Kentucky Recreation and Park Society’s awards luncheon at Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron.

    Grant County Parks and Recreation director Tabatha Clemons, who is completing a two-year term as KRPS president, gave presidential citations to two local groups and her assistant.
    Clemons was also recognized herself by the society with the Backbone Award.

  • Santa’s Wonderland set for Dec. 7

    While Thanksgiving and turkey are a week away, it’s never too early to start thinking about celebrating Christmas.

  • Country Pumkins
  • DR Council approves payroll tax hike

    A payroll tax increase that was previously shot down was approved Nov. 18 by the Dry Ridge City Council.
    The council voted 5-1 in favor of a second reading of an occupational tax ordinance increasing the tax from its current .5 percent to 1.25 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
    Council members Sara Cummins, Scott Bates, Kenny Edmondson and Jim Hendy voted in favor of the ordinance while Carisa Hughett voted against the first reading.
    Council member Fred Money abstained from voting, however, his vote counts with the majority.

  • Candidates flock to file

    The 2014 election race is officially on.
    Fifteen candidates filed to run for local offices at the Grant County Clerk’s Office within the first week of filing.
    The first day candidates could file began Nov. 6 and the deadline to file for candidacy in the 2014 May primary is Jan. 28.
    The election will includes races for many county offices, including judge-executive, sheriff, jailer, clerk, magistrates, coroner and county attorney.

  • Who is Rani Peffer?

    A Crittenden woman is getting more than her 15 minutes of fame as the current champion of the popular TV game show Jeopardy.
    Rani Peffer, a corporate finance manager at Procter and Gamble, is a four-day champion of the show, which taped in September.

    “I’ve had a life-long dream to be on Jeopardy since I was a small child and used to watch Jeopardy everyday and play Jeopardy on my computer,” Peffer said. “I always wanted to do it, but never did anything to make it a reality.”

  • Fan scores football from Bengal

    It happened so fast Trish Merritt didn’t even catch the ball.
    The 52-year-old retired Williamstown Elementary teacher was cheering on her beloved Cincinnati Bengals against the New England Patriots on Oct. 6 when running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored a pivotal touchdown.

    Merritt, who was wearing a Green-Ellis jersey, saw the play up close and personal after moving up from her season ticket seats eight rows behind the end zone.