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  • Household hazardous waste collection event returns

    What: Household hazardous waste collection event

    When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7

    Where: Grant County High School parking lot

    Common items to be collected by Environmental Enterprises of Cincinnati: Household cleaners, nail polish and removers, lighter fluids, glues and waxes, drain cleaners, paints, varnishes, auto batteries, lawn and pool chemicals, insecticides, petroleum fuels, florescent light bulbs, mercury and mercury containing devices, aerosol cans and fire extinguishers.

  • GHOST CHASERS

    After a couple hours of looking for any signs of a ghost, Jason Ballmer of Dry Ridge thought he saw something lurking in the shadows.

    “That looks like a head right there. Oh, it is a head,” he laughed as he realized it was an oversized doll head. “On the camera, it shows up as nothing but an outline of a head.”

    Ballmer is one of five Grant Countians who recently looked for real-life paranormal activity in an Erlanger home.

    They aren’t Ghostbusters.

  • Fun on the farm

    A stocked pumpkin patch can seem like Easter in October when screeching, determined children get to it.

    Instead of searching frantically for as many eggs as possible, they seek out the perfect, round orange pumpkin.

    Some rush to the first one they can get their hands on and lift it proudly it into their bag.

    Others are more inquisitive in their choice, making sure not to be too hasty.

    Wanting to be unique, one child may take a liking to a green one, not realizing it’s a actually a gourd.

  • Former UK basketball coach fined, license suspended after DUI guilty plea

    The third time wasn’t a charm for Billy Gillispie.

    Gillispie pleaded guilty Monday morning to driving under the influence earlier this year in Lawrenceburg, marking the first time being charged with that offense has stuck with the former University of Kentucky basketball coach.

    Gillispie was previously charged twice with driving under the influence but never convicted.

  • Schools not immune to flu bug

    The flu bug recently bit local schools hard.

    With flu activity upgraded from regional to widespread across Kentucky, absences and students leaving early due to illness has not been uncommon.

    “It’s definitely amongst us,” said Williamstown Elementary Principal David Poer, who serves as director of pupil personnel for Williamstown Independent Schools.

    Williamstown’s district-wide attendance for Oct. 5 through Oct. 7, three days before fall break, was 93 percent.

  • Tricks, treats can be found for Halloween

    Whether it’s spooky stories, terrific treats or horrifying haunts, Grant County will have something for everyone this Halloween.

    The Monster Mash Halloween in the Park will provide family fun Oct. 30 at Grant County Park in Crittenden.

    Sponsored by the Grant County News and Grant County Parks and Recreation, the annual event will feature 25 to 30 businesses handing out candy in the cattle barn.

    The candy line will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost of admission is a canned good that will be distributed to local food pantries.

  • She's got 'decorating disease'

    Debbie Glass can’t help herself.

    She just likes to decorate – doesn’t matter if it’s for Halloween or Christmas, she just likes to decorate.

    But you don’t have to go inside her Mount Zion-Elliston Road home to see her creativity because she puts it on the outside so everyone can enjoy it.

    “Why decorate inside?” she said, with her usual grin. “Nobody can see that.”

  • How do you celebrate of night of fright?

     A dense, rolling fog momentarily cloaks the nightmare ahead.

    A hunched hag’s deep, unflinching stare greets unsuspecting visitors as she stirs her cauldron.

    A waterfall of blood and a headless corpse is all that remains at the guillotine.

    A dangling skeleton on a hangman’s noose is a warning to all as to what may come next.

    Visiting 240 Rogers Road in Crittenden is only for the strong and that’s the way Rhonda and Randy Larison like it.

    The couple have been transforming their home for Halloween for several years.

  • What do you think?

    Williamstown Independent Schools is seeking input from the community about priorities and expectations of the district.

    “Improving Student Achievement: A Community Discussion,” a structured, but informal meeting, will be conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Williamstown High School cafeteria.

    The school board and administrators will use the feedback to help formulate a set of prioritized goals that will be shared with planners at each school.

  • Hutchison resigns from council

    Bill Hutchison has resigned his seat on the Williamstown City Council for personal reasons, said Williamstown Mayor Glenn Caldwell.

    The resignation was effective Oct. 9.

    Hutchison, a Williamstown farmer and businessman, had served on city council since Jan. 1, 2000. A replacement will fill the rest of his term through Dec. 31, 2010.

    Kentucky law gives the city council 30 days to fill the vacancy. Any resident of the city who is interested should submit a letter of interest as soon as possible.

    For more information, call 824-6351.