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  • No burning in effect until April 30

    Kentucky law designates Feb. 15 through April 30 as spring forest fire hazard season. During this time, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

    The law is intended to prevent forest fires by allowing outdoor burning only after 6 p.m. when conditions are less likely to cause a wildfire to spread.

    Although unsafe debris burning is a significant problem, arson remains the leading cause of wildfire in Kentucky.

  • Democratic Party chairs asks for King to be removed from May ballot

    If the chairman of the Grant County Democratic Party has his way, William Andrew “Bill” King will not be on the May ballot as a sheriff candidate.

    William Adkins, a Williamstown attorney and democratic party chair, filed a motion in Grant Circuit Court on March 19 to remove King from the ballot because King “is not a bona fide candidate for that office.”

  • Crittenden bank robbed

    A man wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt didn’t want to cash a check when he entered the Crittenden branch of Forcht Bank last week.

    Instead the white male, who is described as 5 foot 7 inches to 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 to 160 pounds, handed the tellers a handwritten note demanding money.

    The man, who was also wearing faded blue jeans, a yellow T-shirt, white gym shoes with a dark stripe and a scarf, fled from the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

  • Grand jury indicts sheriff candidate

    A local candidate for Grant County sheriff was indicted last week by a grand jury.

    William Andrew “Bill” King, of Dry Ridge, was indicted for wrongful registration. He is accused of not being eligible to register to vote because he had been convicted of bank robbery in U.S. District Court in 1994.

    The charge is a Class D felony and carries a penalty of one to five years. An indictment means there is cause to believe a crime has been committed. Guilt or innocence is determined through the trial procedure.

  • Williamstown adopts 2010-2011 calendar

    With more than two months left until summer break, Williamstown Independent Schools is looking ahead to next year.

    The school board approved the 2010-11 draft calendar during its March 8 meeting.

    The first day of school will be Aug. 12 while, barring any missed days, the last day for students will be May 19, 2011.

  • Grant youth steer clear of juvenile system

    Every problem has a solution.

    That’s the philosophy of Vanessa Rose, Grant County community service coordinator and chair of the Grant County Community Collaborative.

    “We may not save the world, but we may save some of our kids,” she said. “I don’t think the general public realizes what we have in our own county. I don’t think they realize we have homeless kids and families. I don’t think they realize on the flip side that there are some programs that can help them.”

  • Intruders enter Dry Ridge home

    Police are looking for two men who allegedly entered a Dry Ridge home on Warsaw Road in an attempt to steal medications.

    The men, who police said walked into the unlocked residence, were dressed in black and wore sunglasses and masks during the incident on March 17, according to police.

    One suspect was armed with a handgun as the intruders demanded only the victim’s medications, said Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells.

    “The owner resisted and the perpetrators fled,” he said.

  • Get fit

    Who will be Grant County's Biggest Winner?

    That question will be answered after a four-week nutrition and fitness challenge sponsored by Fitness For Life Around Grant County (FFLAG), Northern Kentucky Health Department and Grant County Extension Service.

    In order to lose weight, more than 50 classes are offered in walk/run groups, nutrition education, yoga, kickboxing, line dancing, Zumba, aerobics, jazzercise, cardio and strength training.

  • School calendar amended

    The Grant County and Williamstown boards of education recently amended the 2009-2010 school calendar to make up for time lost due to snow days.

    The last day for students will be June 3 for Grant County Schools and May 28 for Williamstown Independent Schools.

    Williamstown made up three of their missed days through 10 extra minutes of instructional time being built into the schedule at the beginning of the year.

    The district also changed March 10 from an early release day to a normal school day.

  • Census 2010 - you count!

    The Census: A snapshot

    What: The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States. With 10 questions, households are asked to provide key demographic information, including whether a housing unit is rented or owned, address of the residence and names, genders, ages and races of others living in the household.

    Who: All U.S. residents must be counted — both citizens and non-citizens.

    When: Questionnaires will be received in March by mail or hand delivery. Some people in remote areas will be counted in person.