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  • Road crews prepare to battle snow

    Freezing temperatures and a downpour of snow and sleet can lead to a recipe for disaster on the roadways.

    With meteorologists forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow to hit northern Kentucky on Jan. 7, motorists need to be cautious.

    Children may get out of school to make snowmen and sled down icy hills, but not everyone can stay home because of inclement weather.

    Despite some people’s beliefs, even if a snow emergency is declared by Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link, residents are not necessarily forbidden to go to work.

  • Curry tapped to fill vacant Dry Ridge seat

    Dry Ridge City Council is back to six members again.

    The council had a vacancy after Jason O’Nan resigned in November for personal reasons.

    Judy Curry, a retired social worker who was married to former Dry Ridge mayor Donald Pat Curry, was selected unanimously by the council to fill the position during its Jan. 4 meeting.

    She will serve the remainder of the year, but can run for a full term in the November election.

  • Teacher wins bank contest

    A Williamstown school teacher is the winner of Forcht Bank’s statewide “Pay My Bills” sweepstakes.

    Vicke Crowder, a special education teacher and school bus driver for Williamstown Schools, was presented a check for $2,500 at Forcht Bank in Williamstown on Dec. 31.

    Crowder, a single-mother of two, was eligible for the contest by signing up for online banking and paying her bills at forchtbank.com. The contest was open to non customers, as well as customers, who paid their bills with Forcht Bank’s online service.

  • Corinth sewer project bids to be opened Jan. 21

    The new year brings good news for Corinth’s Marathon Drive sewer expansion project. Bid opening will be held on at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Corinth City Building.

    Mayor Billy Hill said 90 days from the time of the bid awarding the successful bidding company will be able to begin the expansion.

    “There are still some easements outstanding, though the city has a blanket easement in place,” Hill said

  • Kinmon moves from coach to transportation director

    Ron Kinmon is passionate about basketball and teaching.

    As the principal at Eagle Creek Learning Center and head boys’ basketball coach at Grant County High School, Kinmon looked to have an impact on student’s lives.

    Now, he’ll look to have an impact in a different capacity after being named the new Director of Operations for the Grant County school district. Kinmon replaces Mark Hudson, who retired after 28 years in education.

  • Forcht Bank to close branches

    Forcht Bank will be closing the Corinth and North Main branches on March 31, 2010.

    Customers who opened accounts at either of the locations were notified last week via a letter.

    The reason for the branch closings were “due to changing customer patterns and low overall usage,” the letter read.

    “I hate it and think they are making a big mistake,” said Corinth Mayor Billy Hill. “I think not only did Grant County depend on and use that bank but so did people from Scott and Owen counties.”

  • Fires labeled ‘suspicious’

    In the last two months, six vacant houses, barns or outbuildings have burned and fire officials are calling them “suspicious.”

    “There’s no possible ignition source, other than the fires being intentionally set,” said Deputy Fire Marshal Calvin Crupper.

    The fires have occurred throughout the county, from Crittenden to Corinth, and have been in late evening or early morning, usually on Friday or Saturday night.

    “There doesn’t seem to be a pattern,” Crupper said. “They’ve been county-wide.”

  • Two apply for council seat

    The Dry Ridge City Council will soon have a new member.

    Two candidates for a vacant spot on the council made presentations Dec. 28 to current members.

    Judy Curry, a retired social worker who was married to former Dry Ridge mayor Donald Pat Curry, and Jonny Renaker, an organizer of Cruisin’ the Ridge, both applied for the position.

    The vacancy occurred after Jason O’Nan resigned from the council in November for personal reasons.

    The council will vote on his replacement during their Jan. 4 meeting.  

  • Crittenden bank robbed

    Forcht Bank in Crittenden was robbed on Dec. 23.

    According to police, a white male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans entered the bank on Violet Road around 11:30 a.m. He gave the teller a handwritten note and demanded money.

    The man, who tellers described as 5 foot 7 inches to 5 foot 8 inches tall, was wearing a mask.

    He told bank employees he had a gun, but he did not show a weapon.

    The man ran from the bank, towards the BP Station, with an undisclosed amount of money.

  • Relay kickoff set for Jan. 25

    Let’s get this party started! The Grant County Relay For Life will hold a kickoff party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25 at the Grant County Extension Office on Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.

    The relay is the signature fund raising event for the American Cancer Society. Money is used for programs and research. The kickoff event is open to business owners, team captains, cancer survivors or those just wanting more information about the relay.

    For more information on how to get involved, call 824-3343 or 1-800-ACS-2345.