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  • Loss of Dana jobs fuels unemployment rate

    Of the eight counties in the northern Kentucky region, Grant County ranks fifth with the lowest unemployment rate.

    Carroll County has the highest unemployment rate in the region with 12.8 percent while Boone County’s 9.7 percent unemployment rate is the lowest.

  • Unemployed?

    Lisa Lunsford became another victim of a faltering economy that has left thousands across the state and country unemployed.

    “It wasn’t really a big shock because of the economy,” Lunsford said. “But, I really never expected that I would not retire from a banking business.”

    Lunsford’s eldest daughter goes to the University of Kentucky while her youngest just enrolled as a freshman at Northern Kentucky University.

    Trying to pay tuition without substantial income has been rough.  

  • 'Twilight' mania comes to library

    Nicole Bright lived out every teenage girl’s dream in April 2008.

    The 33-year-old Oldham County resident went to Portland, Ore., to meet and interview the cast of the movie adaptation of the wildly popular “Twilight” book.

    Written by Stephanie Meyer, the “Twilight” saga is a typical teenage love story between Edward and Bella intertwined with vampires and werewolves.

  • Parental involvement, mentoring top concerns of public meeting

    Heidi Tien chose to send her three children to Williamstown Elementary in part because she loved the small class sizes.

    However, with the district growing, Tien sees what drew her to Williamstown disappearing before her eyes.

  • Sewer project in limbo

    Will Williamstown’s plans to build a $15 million sewer plant on Ky. 36 move forward or falter?

    That’s the question that the Williamstown City Council spent the bulk of their Nov. 2 meeting discussing.

    Construction bids for the project were opened on Oct. 16, 2009, but the bids came in $2.5 million more than engineers predicted they would.

    The city’s dilemma is how to pay for the higher costs.

  • Soccer fields are under way

    The Grant County fiscal court set as one of their priorities making sure that the children of Grant County have ample opportunities to play.

    With a unanimous vote during their Aug. 3 meeting, the fiscal court approved the purchase of land that will become a soccer park for the Grant County Youth Soccer League.

  • Williamstown council adopts new late fee policy

    If you pay any of your Williamstown utility bills after the due date, you’ll be assessed a 10 percent late fee.

    The Williamstown City Council amended five city ordinances, which will now make a uniform late fee of 10 percent on all electric, water, cable and garbage bills if the bills are not paid by the 15th of each month or 5 p.m. on the next business day following the 15th if it falls on the weekend or a holiday.

  • O'Nan to resign from Dry Ridge City Council

    Dry Ridge City Council may be looking for a new member.

    Jason O’Nan, who is in his third term, notified the council Nov. 2 that he would be resigning for “personal reasons.”

    “I will be residing outside the limits of Dry Ridge so with that residential restriction I will be resigning from the council,” O’Nan said.

    If the council does not vote to fill O’Nan’s vacant seat within 30 days after the resignation is effective, the governor will step in and appoint someone to fill the rest of the term.

  • Making music

    They practiced for weeks in the heat, in the rain and sometimes cold.

    They traveled hundreds of miles to perform.

    They marched, even when they were sick, and it all paid off when the Williamstown Band of Spirit brought home the state championship title in Class A for the fifth time since 2004.

     The Grant County High School Marching Band earned second place honors in Class AAAA bands at the state competition held Nov. 7 at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville.

    By the numbers:

    MEMBERS:

    Grant - 65

  • Holiday help available Nov. 1

    For the first time, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission will be assisting families with school-age children with Christmas presents.

    NKCAC is taking over collecting names of needy families from the Grant County Schools family resource and youth service centers.

    The school centers will be assisting, but families must sign up by filling out an application at NKCAC at 134 N. Main St. in Williamstown.

    “This is our first year doing it, I’m hoping we get enough sponsors,” said Carrie Pugh, NKCAC supervisor.