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    The fourth of six planned Cash Mobs takes place on Thursday, November 15.  The meeting location will be next to Marlene’s on Main Street in Williamstown. Shoppers should gather between 5 and 5:30 p.m. to learn of the secret shopping destination and enjoy refreshments provided by Marlene McComas of Marlene’s.

    Anyone can participate by committing to spend at least $10 at the mystery shopping locations that will be announced after 5 p.m. at the meeting site.

  • Two more lawsuits filed against Grant jailer

    Two additional lawsuits have been filed by former employees of Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples, brining the total to four in the past six weeks.

    In all, there have been at least six lawsuits filed against Peeples by former or current employees since he took office in January 2011.
    The latest lawsuits were filed both on Oct. 24 — one in Grant Circuit Court and one in Boone Circuit Court.

  • Dry Ridge man killed in tractor accident

    When Chris Ammerman heard the news that his friend, Craig Ruber, had been killed in a tractor accident, he thought it was just another prank that Ruber was notorious for pulling on friends.

    “It’s just hard to wrap your head around,” said Ammerman, Grant County’s extension agent for agriculture.
    Ruber, 40, of Dry Ridge, was moving hay on a farm he owned on Lightfoot Fork Road in Pendleton County, when a bridge he was driving across collapsed around 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 28.

  • Grant band earns runner up honors; WHS places fourth at state contest

    The Grant County High School Band and the Williamstown Band of Spirit once again took center stage at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state finals at Western Kentucky University on Oct. 27.
    Both bands qualified for the evening finals after placing in the top four among 16 other bands in their class earlier in the day.

    In the semi-finals, Grant County placed second, only behind Madisonville North Hopkins while WHS placed fourth behind Hazard, Murray and Beechwood.


    A 25-year-old Bourbon County man was arrested Oct. 25 after an alleged carjacking and armed robbery on Barnes Road in Williamstown.

    David Hager was charged with kidnapping, first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking of an automobile.  

  • From tragedy comes triumph

    With her arms tightly around her family, Kim Nagle witnessed the first step in her long journey back home.
    Nagle’s Dry Ridge mobile home was destroyed March 2 when a tornado ripped through Kentucky, leaving several dead and many residences damaged in Crittenden.


    Eight months later, there was a little more love for a proposed truck stop coming to Barnes Road in Williamstown.
    Mayor Rick Skinner broke a 3-3 tie on Oct. 16 by voting in favor of presenting a text amendment  to the Grant County Planning Commission to allow a truck stop in a highway commercial zone.
    The vote was the first step in a lengthy process to making the proposed project a reality.

  • NRAgate? Hammons, Linder square off over endorsement

    Things got lively between state representative candidates Brian Linder and Wanda Crupper Hammons during the Oct. 11 candidates forum sponsored by the Grant County News and Grant County Chamber of Commerce.

    Hammons and Linder, who are looking to replace the retiring Royce Adams, were the final candidates at the forum at Williamstown High School.


    Connie Taylor is mad.
    Her anger bubbled over as she stared at hours upon hours of hard work that are now nothing more than a pile of soot, ashes and burned, twisted metal.

    “It’s a sad day for Grant County and I’m glad I didn’t see it on fire because it would have just been too hard,” Taylor said.
    Taylor’s gaze was long and hard at what used to be the Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School, which was destroyed in a suspicious blaze around 1:52 a.m. on Oct. 14.


    A third and fourth grade Grant County Youth Football team will not be finishing their season or playing in this year’s playoffs.
    The team, the Blue Mighty Pros, have been suspended from the league for the remainder of the season, causing a firestorm of emotions from parents, boosters and league officials.
    The controversy started last fall when Craig Ruber, coach of the Blue Mighty Pros, gave some of his players a Walton-Verona jersey and told them to urinate on it.