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  • Interim principal hired to finish year

    An experienced leader has come out of retirement to become interim principal at Williamstown Jr./Sr. High for the rest of the 2009-10 school year.

    Dave Johnstone of Edgewood will fill the position left vacant after Misty Buchanan was reassigned within the district.

    The 55-year-old retired in September 2009 after spending 20 years as principal in four different schools in northern Kentucky.

  • Candidate guilty of harassment

    A candidate for the Kentucky House of Representatives pleaded guilty to harassing communications.

    Johnny Masters, 28, of Ghent, entered a guilty plea in Gallatin District Court on March 24. He was arrested in September 2009 on charges of violating a protective order, harassment and terroristic threatening.

    Masters has filed to run against Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, to represent the 61st District, which is composed of Grant, Gallatin and Owen counties.

  • What is happening at Williamstown High School?

    Williamstown Jr./Sr. High Principal Misty Buchanan has been reassigned within the district for the remainder of the school year.

    Buchanan, who was in her second year in the district, will serve as Head Start/Preschool program resource consultant.

    The Carrolton resident said she will be returning to Williamstown for the 2010-11 school year as a tenured teacher.

    Buchanan is certified to teach science and social studies for fifth through 12th grade.

    She said the decision for the reassignment was made by the district after her formal and informal evaluations.

  • Budget crunch 2010

    Lawmakers will try to compromise and pass a budget during the final two days of the session when they return to Frankfort on April 14.

    Differences between proposals in the House and Senate may lead to the need for a costly special session.

    The Grant County News talked to State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, about the hurdles ahead and what is needed to pass a budget.

    In your mind, what are the biggest hurdles in getting a budget agreement passed?

  • Corinth woman dies in two-car accident

    A 54-year-old Corinth woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident March 25 at the intersection of KY 330 and KY 36 in Grant County.

    Connie Goins was a passenger in a 2003 Dodge mini-van that was hit on the passenger side by a 1997 GMC pickup truck around 8:40 p.m. during heavy rains.

    She was pronounced dead at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center-Grant County.

    The truck, driven by Brennan Reid, 20, of Falmouth, failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection before colliding with the van, according to law enforcement.

  • Dry Ridge man issued notice by DEP

    A Dry Ridge man found out that Kentucky’s spring forest fire hazard season laws are enforced.

    Jason Dietz burned a pile of brush on his farm on March 6. The fire spread to an open dump site on the property he purchased a couple of years ago. A large plume of black smoke could be seen for several miles from the farm on Dixie Highway.

    On March 9, Dietz received a visit from the Department for Environmental Protection Division of Air Quality. Grant County Solid Waste Coordinator Bryan Miles notified the EPA of the fire after he received several calls.

  • Easter egg hunt kicks off park and rec activities

    More than 10,000 plastic eggs will be up for grabs April 3 during the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Grant County Park in Crittenden.

    The hunt begins at 11 a.m. and will be divided in age groups of 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 year olds with additional activities beginning at 10 a.m.

    “There’s various things inside the eggs,” said Tabatha Clemons, director of Grant County Parks and Recreation. “There might be candy. There might be cookies for the little ones. There might be stickers or trinket toys.”

  • Vulcan Materials reps will not attend Williamstown City Council meeting

    Representatives from Vulcan Materials will not be attending the April 5 Williamstown City Council meeting.

    The company, which has purchased 115 acres just off Interstate-75 at the Williamstown exit, was expected to make a presentation to the council concerning a rock quarry they plan to build on the property.

  • Grant County schools to build technology center

    Seeing that their students need to be skilled once they leave the halls of Grant County High School, the school district has approved plans to build a career and technology center.

    The center, which will be a 34,000 square foot addition to the high school, will cost an estimated $9.4 million.

  • WHS principal may be out

    Williamstown High School may be without a principal.

    Misty Buchanan is rumored to no longer to be principal at the school, which has about 450 students.

    Buchanan, who lives in Carrollton, was in her second year at the school.

    Superintendent Sally Skinner would not comment about Buchanan’s status with the district.

    It is unclear if Buchanan may have been reassigned, fired or she resigned on her own.