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  • Police find child porn in Dry Ridge man’s possession

    Kentucky State Police discovered several storage devices containing child pornography in a Grant County man’s possession while executing a search warrant. 

    Kevin Duane Havens, 57, was charged with five counts of view/possess matter portray sexual performance by minor May 4, 2017. He had a pre-trial conference Sept. 29 in Grant County Circuit Court. 

  • No sewage leak despite fire at sanitary sewer plant

    A quick response prevented any leaks from the Grant County sanitary sewage district plant after a fire destroyed the plant July 21. 

    The fire started due to a faulty air conditioning system, said Charles Givin, chairman of the board for the sewage district. 

  • Rain, cool temperatures delay harvest season

    More rain, cooler temperatures and overcast conditions spelled trouble for farmers as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma tracked north to Grant County. But inconsistent summer weather also made this a rough season for local farmers and gardeners. 

    Grant County 4-H Extension agent Chris Ammerman said the current weather has “caused farmers a good deal of distress for some harvest seasons.” 

  • Jones hired as newest Williamstown police officer

    Andrew Jones said he always wanted to be a police officer. Now, he is one. 

    A local man, Jones started working as the newest Williamstown officer Sept. 27 having graduated from the police academy the week before. 

    “I just want to be the best police officer I can be and serve the community,” Jones said. 

  • Trash pickup rate increases in Dry Ridge

    Dry Ridge residents will see an increase in their trash bill starting this month.

    The city council approved a second reading of a trash pickup rate increase from $9.50 to $10.75 per month during its Oct. 2 meeting.

    The increase passed 4-0 with yes votes from council members Ron Maddox, Clay Crupper, Kenny Edmondson and Jim Hendy. 

  • Camels, Zebras and Emus, Oh My!

    Ark Encounter’s Ararat Ridge Zoo plans to nearly double its size and add 40 to 50 more animals for next summer or fall. 

    Hosting nine to 10 animal kinds, including kangaroos, emus and camels, Ararat Ridge Zoo Director Matt De Voe said he hopes to bring in several different animals to join the zoo’s growing exhibits. Some animals include binturongs, collared peccary and Barbary sheep.

  • Local schools receive assessment report cards

    Local students proved their proficiency in reading, math and social studies as Kentucky Department of Education released the annual report cards Sept. 28. 

    Williamstown Independent saw improved scores for each school while Grant County Schools saw significant improvements on specific subjects for most of their schools, with some getting closer to an overall proficient rating. 

  • Tractor-trailer catches fire on I-75

    No one was injured when a tractor-trailer caught fire on southbound I-75 on Sept. 25.
    But a truckload of yogurt was lost in the flames.
    The truck caught fire twice — once while on the side of the interstate near mile marker 151 and a second time while being towed away, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Charles Loudermilk.
    The truck driver called 911, saying one of his tires was on fire. Emergency response arrived to find the truck engulfed in flames, Loudermilk said.

  • Williamstown raises property tax rate

    Williamstown City Council passed a property tax hike Sept. 25.
    The council raised the real property tax for 2017-18 to $0.340 per $100 value and personal property to $0.526 per $100 value as a compensating rate, according to the official ordinance.

  • Stage Right’s Rising Stars to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

    Stage Right Musical Theatre will once again showcase local youth talent with performances of “Once Upon a Mattress” at Grant County High School on Oct. 6-8.

    The production is based on the classic “The Princess and the Pea” story and features eight students from Williamstown Independent and Grant County school districts.
    Stage Right has previously presented “Seussical, Jr.” last year and “Annie, Jr.” earlier this year as part of its Rising Stars Academy.