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  • Cutting two school days could save $60 million

    The instructional calendar for Kentucky schools could be shortened by two days in an effort to cut costs and get closer to a balanced budget.

    Legislators in the House are crafting a proposed budget that includes eliminating two instructional days in order to save an estimated $60 million.

    The General Assembly has been working to find solutions for a more than $1 billion budget shortfall after rejecting a proposal by Gov. Steve Beshear that included $780 million in revenue through expanded gambling.

  • Jail employee fired for filing for jailer

    A former shift commander at the Grant County Detention Center was fired Jan. 26 after filing to run against his boss in the upcoming primary election.

    Terry Peeples was handed a one-sentence letter signed by jailer Steve Kellam, notifying him that his services were no longer needed.

    The letter came Jan. 26 on the deadline to file for jailer and less than 10 days after Peeples had received a positive review from his supervisor.

  • Fire destroys Dry Ridge home

    A child playing with a cigarette lighter has left a family of eight homeless.

    Matthew Barker, 17, discovered the fire in the bedroom he shares with his 6-year-old brother when he went upstairs in the wooden, frame farmhouse to go to bed around 9:30 p.m. on March 8.

    He awakened his brothers and sisters and got them to safety.

    “The younger kids were in bed asleep and the older ones were getting ready to go to bed,” said Melissa Barker. “They ran out in their pj’s. They didn’t even have on shoes.”

  • Forcht Bank closes two branch offices March 31

    Forcht Bank will be closing the Corinth and North Main branches in Williamstown on March 31.

    Customers were notified in January of the bank’s decision to close two branches that were the slowest among the Forcht bank branches in Grant County.

    “As we expected the biggest concern was from people in Corinth,” said Dennis Rich, president of Forcht Bank in Grant County. “We realize that many of them travel south to work so it may be hardship for them to come to Williamstown to work.”

    Rich said the decision was a financial one.

  • Something fishy

    Lake Pollywog in Dry Ridge soon will be well stocked with fish ready to bite.

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has partnered with the city of Dry Ridge for the Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program.

    The FINs program began in 2006 with five lakes, but this year expanded to include 30 lakes statewide.

    The goal of the program is to provide high quality fishing opportunities near cities of all sizes throughout Kentucky.

  • Suspect 'shocked' by police

    When a Morehead man, who kept police at bay for over two hours, opened his car door to urinate, he was in for a shock.

    Police shot Carl E. Lewis, 47, with a taser and took him into custody.

    Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Maines said he received a call of a motorist jumping into traffic just south of the Crittenden exit in the northbound lane.

    Maines arrived at 11 p.m. Feb. 26. He said a Kenton County police officer was talking to Lewis and asked Maines to assist him. He also warned Maines that Lewis had a rifle in the vehicle.

  • Crittenden man arrested for manufacturing meth

    Agents of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, assisted by deputies from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Grant County Sheriff’s Department, have charged a Crittenden man with manufacturing methamphetamine.

    On March 4, Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force agents and Boone County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a pickup truck in Burlington. The truck was driven by David E. Houze, 46, of Crittenden. Agents searched the vehicle and found materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.

  • GCHS baseball team holds clinic

    The Grant County High School baseball team is hosting their annual youth baseball clinic.

    The clinic will be held on March 13 and 14 and is for ages 6 to 15. 

    Contact Coach Derrick Lee at 502-319-4645 or Tracy Goe at 859-322-6739 for more information.

  • Taking the plunge

    Most people wouldn’t dare stick their little toe in a pool in 40-degree weather.

    But, 11 Williamstown High School students waited 90 minutes in only T-shirts and shorts just for the chance to jump in the near-freezing water.

    “It sounded fun until you’re up there,” said senior Todd Hammond said. “I was going as fast as I could. I hit one step of the ladder and went over.”

  • Historical Society to meet March 15

    The Grant County Historical Society will meet Monday, March 15 at the Dry Ridge Christian Church, 13 School Street. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and is $7.50 per person and will be followed by the program and business meeting.