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    Sally Skinner will be leading Williamstown Independent Schools until at least 2017 after a contract renewal.
    The school board approved a new four-year contract April 8 that will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2017.

  • Funding cuts force CAC to close Fridays

    The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Grant County Neighborhood Center will be closed on Friday, effective immediately.
    The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. due to funding cuts from the federal government sequester.
    The sequester was a series of automatic cuts that took place March 1 when President Obama and Republican congressional leadership failed to come to a compromise on reducing the deficit.
    The NKCAC operates eight centers in Grant and surrounding counties.  

  • Library offers forgiveness on fines, fees this week only

    Who doesn’t like to get a little forgiveness?
    The Grant County Public Library is hoping that nearly one-third of their patrons will like it so much, they’ll take advantage of a Fines Discount Week (April 14 through April 20).
    The library is offering to waive 25 percent of a patron’s fines if they pay the remaining balance. This offer doesn’t apply to lost or damaged materials.


    Ann Simpson made a choice no mother wants to have to make.
    Already on probation, her son, Justin, was picked up and arrested in Cincinnati in possession of heroin.
    Although he was set to be released the same night, Ann knew something had to be done, even if it meant keeping her son locked up.

  • State treasurer may have a surprise for you

    The check is in the mail, or at least it might be if you are a Grant County resident who has unclaimed property.

  • Bill takes aim to help heroin addicts, families

    Family members soon could help stop an overdose of a loved one addicted to heroin and painkillers.
    Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to sign House Bill 366 into law, which will allow physicians to prescribe a nasal version of Narcan to the public so they can administer the drug to opiate overdose patients.


    The skyrocketing rise of heroin abuse in Grant and other Northern Kentucky counties may be grabbing headlines.
    However, those in the front lines have seen the growing problem face-to-face for a long time.
    “Northern Kentucky as a whole has had a heroin problem for almost 10 years now,” said Dry Ridge Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Jamison. “It’s just now starting to be seen by the majority of the people. That’s the scary part.”

  • Council sets sights on vacant buildings

    As a merchant and now mayor, Rick Skinner has kept his eyes on downtown Williamstown for a long time.
    One of the items on his “to do list” was to address the deteriorated, vacant buildings in the city limits and now he’s asking the city council to adopt some rules for how to get the job done.

    Four ordinances were on the council’s April 1 agenda, but were tabled after discussion on whether the ordinances were too stringent. Council members agreed to discuss them again at a special council meeting on April 16.

  • Legislators reflect on 2013 session

    With the 2013 30-day legislative session in the rearview mirror, Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, looked back over what was accomplished and what they would have liked to see addressed during the 2013 General Assembly.

    What grade would you give this year’s short legislative session and why?