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  • Political filing deadline ends

    A mayor and city council member could switch positions in Williamstown, depending on the outcome of the Nov. 2 election.

    Nearly 60 candidates, including at least 12 on the deadline day, filed before the Aug. 10 deadline to run in the 2010 general election.

    Pick up a copy of this week's Grant County News for the full story.

  • CHECK IT OUT!

    Whether it’s advice on stopping bullying at schools or building a chicken coop at your home,  the Grant County Public Library has the answers.

    Two distinctively different programs in August are new to the library.

    Grant County resident Bonny Henley will lead the Hobby Farm Support Group from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 14.

    Henley, who moved to Grant County two years ago from Texas, got the idea for the group after participating in the library’s Too Much To Mow program in May where she discussed starting a small flock of chickens.

  • Adoption events planned to ease overcrowding

    The Grant County Animal Shelter has too many cats and dogs.

    In an effort to ease the overcrowded conditions, two adoption events have been scheduled for this weekend.

    On Saturday, Aug. 7, volunteers in conjunction with Dinovite will set up from noon to 4 p.m. at 101 Miller Drive in Crittenden.

    Dinovite produces and distributes dog food and pet products at its Crittenden factory.

  • Accident claims Crittenden man

    A Crittenden man died after his riding lawnmower overturned on a steep embankment on Aug. 3.

    Donald March, 66, of Hopwell Road, was pronounced dead at his home by Grant County Coroner Marylee Willoby.

    The accident occurred just after 1 p.m. when his wife found him near their home.

    Willoby said March died from “traumatic injuries.”

    An autopsy was performed checking for medical conditions, but Willoby said the mower flipped over and landed on March.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Doug Carter is investigating.

  • Soldier saves Afghan baby

    Sgt. Rob Huff misses being away from his family while he’s serving in the military, but an incident last week made it worthwhile for the Williamstown solider.

    Huff rescued three children from flash floods on July 28 in a small village outside Jalalabad.

    Huff, along with three other soliders, managed to rescue the children and several adults from homes that were inundated with rising flash flood waters. Minutes before the soldiers arrived, a villager was swept away by the powerful current.

  • Grant schools see enrollment decline

    Declining student enrollment led the Grant County School District to eliminate six positions in the 2010-11 tentative budget.

    The budget, which included $21.8 million in expenses in the general fund, eliminated four teaching positions at the elementary schools and one teacher and an assistant principal at Grant County High School.

  • Police seek info on home break ins

    A teenager watching TV in his Williamstown home surprised a would be burglar last week.

    Police said the teen discovered a white male in his late teens/early 20s wearing a baseball cap and white baseball jersey attempting to steal a large television around noon on July 21 on Harbor Court.

    The teen told police the man ran from the home and jumped into a black four-door sedan.

    Anyone with information should call Williamstown Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins at 859-824-3353.

  • Cruisin' the Ridge under fire from residents

    Not everyone is pleased when classic cars line the streets of downtown Dry Ridge monthly for Cruisin’ the Ridge.

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

    Some area residents say the event is an inconvenience and a potential safety hazard when parts of downtown are shut down to through traffic for the event.

  • Merchants take concerns to council

    The Williamstown Main Street Merchants want downtown Williamstown to be cleaned up to encourage new growth.

    That’s the message that merchants plan to bring to city council meeting on Aug. 2.

    “Other cities have worked with merchants to clean things up and that’s what we want,” said Marlene McComas, a long-time business owner in Williamstown.

    Debbie Stone, owner of Massage on Main, will serve as spokesperson for the merchants group and has prepared a Power Point presentation for the city council.

  • Purcell tapped to fill seat on Crittenden council

    Crittenden City Council has a new face at the table, after member Gary Greenwell offered a letter of resignation at the June meeting, citing health issues.

    James Purcell, county attorney for 21 years and Grant County District Judge from 2003 to 2006, was sworn into office, by Megan Simpson, the city clerk/treasurer, on July 6 and immediately took his seat at the table. Purcell will finish the term vacated by Greenwell and has filed for election to council in November.