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  • Williamstown man sentenced in funny money scam

    A 36-year-old Williamstown man was sentenced Jan. 28 to 30 months in prison for making counterfeit money on his home computer.

    As part of a plea agreement, Thomas Onan admitted to altering $5 bills by washing them in bleach and reproducing an image of a $100 bill onto the original bill using a computer.

    Onan then printed the counterfeit currency and passed it at several stores, including Wal-Mart, Target and McDonalds.

    From March 2008 to November 2008, authorities believe Onan manufactured and passed about $8,000 in counterfeit $100 bills.

  • Special Valentine nominations wanted

    The Grant County News wants to hear about someone special in your life. It could be your sweetheart, your children, your parents, a neighbor or family friend.

    The News staff wants to know why they are special.

    If your letter is chosen, your special someone will be featured in the Feb. 18 issue of the Grant County News.

  • Former resident uncovers hidden history

    When Connie Taylor lived in Grant County, she only knew of one black resident.

    After more than a year of research for a book about black history in Grant County, she has uncovered a past few know.

  • BUSTED!

    Three men and one woman were arrested early Monday morning after police discovered methamphetamine and items used to make methamphetamine inside a Crittenden home.

    Charged with manufacturing methamphetamine were:

    • Amanda R. Smith, 27, of Dry Ridge

    • Mark A. West, 22, of Dry Ridge

    • James E. Burden, 24, of Sparta

    • Daniel M. Patrick, 29, of Crittenden

    A warrant for Robert Hamilton, of Crittenden, the owner of the property has been issued, but as of press time on Feb. 2, he had not been arrested, police said.

  • Election filing deadline passes; incumbents to face challengers

    State representative, 61st district

    • Royce Adams, Dry Ridge (democrat)

    • Johnny Masters, Warsaw (democrat)

    County Judge-Executive

    • Arnold Bolog, Williamstown (democrat)

    • Darrell Link, Williamstown (democrat)

    • Steve Wood, Williamstown (republican)

    Sheriff

    • Chuck Dills, Williamstown (democrat)

    • Bill King, Dry Ridge (democrat)

    • Chris Hankins, Crittenden (democrat)

    County Clerk

    • Leatha Conrad, Williamstown (democrat)

  • Grant friends are suspects in Meijer arson

    Florence police are looking for two suspects from Grant County whom they believe may be involved with a fire in the Meijer store on Houston Road.

    Police have charged Matthew Bacon, 19, of Hebron with one count of arson in connection with the blaze which occurred in the paint section of the store around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 25.

    No one was injured in the fire. Police released a video of three men who are suspects. They believe the men from Grant County are friends of Bacon.

    If anyone has any information call the Florence Police Department at 859-647-5420.

  • News staff wins press association awards

    The Grant County News captured four awards during a meeting last week of the Kentucky Press Association in Lexington.

    The News competed in the Weekly Class III division, which is for larger Kentucky weekly newspapers.

    Bryan Marshall, staff writer for the Grant County News, won two awards including a first place and a third place for column writing.

    Marshall won first in the general news category for a story he wrote about the ? trial.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Barnhill found guilty of murder

    After more than two days of testimony,Douglas Brandon Barnhill was foundguilty of the murder of 1-year-old Kiara Smith  on Friday.

    The Grant County jury deliberated for less than two hours before delivering the verdict against the Crittenden man.

    The jury recommended Barnhill serve life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

    Read next week's Grant County News for more on this story.

  • GUILTY

    After more than two days of testimony, a Grant County jury took less than two hours on Jan. 22 to find Brandon Barnhill guilty of the murder of 1-year-old Kiara Smith.

    The 25-year-old Crittenden man was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

    “I believe the evidence is overwhelming that he clearly beat a child to death,” Commonwealth Attorney Jim Crawford said in his closing arguments.

    “He still won’t stand up like a man for what he’s done,” he said.

  • Special Valentines Wanted

    The Grant County News wants to hear about someone special in your life. It could be your sweetheart, your children, your parents, a neighbor or family friend.

    The News staff wants to know why they are special.

    If your letter is chosen, your special someone will be featured in the Feb. 18 issue of the Grant County News.