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  • Second Sunday offers free fun

    What: Second Sunday of Play

    When: 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11

    Where: in front of Grant County Middle School. The road in front of GCMS will be closed to traffic during this event.

    Schedule of activities:

    • 2 p.m. - Bicycle parade (led by Little Mr. and Miss Grant County Fair/Kentucky State Fair Evan Dunaway and Kasey Hill)

    • 2:15 p.m. Corn Hole Tourney

    • 2:30 p.m. Pet Owner Look-A-Like Contest

    • 2:45 p.m. Pet Costume Contest

    • 3 p.m. 2K Fun Walk/Run

  • School taxes

    Grant County Schools

    Grant County Board of Education voted unanimously to not increase the tax rate levied for schools in the Grant County School District.  

    The tax rate on real and personal property in the Grant County School District for 2008 and again in 2009 is 52.2 cents per $100 of property valuation.

    Last year’s tax rate produced revenue of $5.15 million for the district.

    The 2009 tax rate is expected to bring in $5.14 million — $597,365 from new and personal property.

  • Tax time

    It’s that time of year when property owners in Grant County will receive their 2009 property tax bill. Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills mailed 11,736 bills on Oct. 1 and will continue to collect them through April 2010.  Each tax bill contains a property owner’s assessment with certain amount of the taxes going to the county, state, schools, mental health, health department, library, extension servie and soil conservation.What’s new?

  • Farmers Market to hold sale

    The leaves are starting to fall and the crops are starting to fade.

    The Grant County Farmers Market will be having the end of season sale on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 at the Williamstown (across from Tractor Supply) and Crittenden (by Whippy Dip) locations and on Oct. 11 at the Second Sunday activities on Arnie Risen Boulevard in Williamstown.

    The produce is locally grown and harvested. Also available are honey, baked and canned goods, pumpkins, gourds and decorative items for fall.

    This is not the final sale of the season, but is the biggest before winter.

  • Flu shot clinic planned Oct. 14

    Protect Yourself and Your Family with the Best Weapon Against Seasonal Influenza: An Annual Flu Vaccine.

    Even with the emergence of swine flu (H1N1) this year, seasonal influenza is still a concern. Seasonal influenza is a serious disease that results in 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations every year on average. Fortunately, there is a way to protect yourself and those you love from the seasonal flu-getting an annual seasonal flu vaccine.

  • Market Day deadline nears

    Junior ROTC cadets at Grant County High School are participating in the Market Day fundraising program.

    Market Day is a fundraising food cooperative. Each month Market Day offers 150 convenient and nutritious products including poultry, meats, seafood, family meals, appetizers, breakfast items, beverages and desserts.

    During the month of October, a pie sale is underway.

  • Districts, hit and miss, NCLB goals

    The test results are in and they are mostly positive.

    Only two local schools did not meet federal No Child Left Behind requirements, according to recently released data from the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Statewide, 60.2 percent of Kentucky’s 1,157 public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the 2008-09 school year.

    AYP is the term used in NCLB to refer to the minimum improvement required of each school and district over the course of one year.

  • Angel Food orders due Oct. 15

    Get a medium-sized box of groceries for $30 per unit. Each month’s menu is different and includes fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of at least $50.

    Angel Food is not just for low-income families, but anyone who wishes to order.

    Orders must be placed through Family Worship Center and be paid for at the time of order.

    Cash, check, money orders, credit and debit cards and food stamps are accepted.

    The deadline to order is 3 p.m. Oct. 15.

    Orders can be placed at:

  • Help Wanted:

    A non-profit organization always willing to lend a helping hand needs several of their own.

    The Grant County Unit of the American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter is looking for volunteers to help the community in disaster situations.

    The Red Cross responds to disasters from fires and tornados to floods and ice storms 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

    Volunteer duties include being on call to provide assistance to families impacted by disasters as well as setting up canteen for emergency responders.

  • Family escapes as fire destroys Dry Ridge home

    John Courtney stood across the road from his burning home on Tuesday, Sept. 29. He alternated going into his neighbor’s house and standing outside in the cool air as fire fighters from three departments attempted to extinguish the blaze.

    Courtney said the fire started in the living room of the brick home he shared with his wife, Tina and sons, Grayson Dawson, 5 and Garriane Courtney, 3.

    “All I know is I saw a blanket on fire,” he said.