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  • Grant library to host health and safety fair March 27

    From stop, drop and roll to emergency planning, the Grant County Public Library will be offering health and safety information to the public.

    The inaugural Passport to Health and Safety Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

    “It started with us talking about kids going to be off school soon and be with babysitters and having more free time,” said Wynita Worley, public service librarian. “We thought it would be a good idea to spend a Saturday teaching kids and their parents how to be safe physically and emotionally.”

  • TransCare Ambulance sold, impact unclear

    The ambulance service that serves all of Grant County, outside the 100-mile service area of the Dry Ridge Fire Department, has been sold.

    “We’ve been told the transfer should be seamless and the county will receive the same service they’ve received all along, possibly even greater because this company has crews in Lexington and Greater Cincinnati,” said Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link.

    Rural/Metro, a national company, has entered into an agreement to acquire TransCare of Kentucky.

  • Water rate hike is under fire

    Chuck Emmons had only one question on his mind when he showed up at the February meeting of the Bullock Pen Water District.

    “Why has the water rate gone up so much?” Emmons, of Verona, asked the water commissioners.

    “There’s been one raise in 22 years,” said Bobby Burgess, chairman of the water board. “We’d been able to live off the growth.”

    Bullock Pen provides water to homes in parts of Grant and Boone counties, as well as to cities such as Williamstown and Dry Ridge.

  • 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.