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  • Landfill will close

    Epperson Landfill is closing.

    Officials from Republic Services, Inc. say the Williamstown site will close within the next few months.

    Grant County officials, who were notified last week via a letter that the landfill was terminating its expansion plans, say Republic is using this as a tactic to force the county to sign a host agreement with them.

  • Man drowns in Williamstown Lake

    A Grant County man died at Williamstown Lake around 3 p.m. on July 3.

    Grant Griffith, 28, of Dry Ridge, was killed after being struck by a boat.

    Police said he was water-skiing with friends, fell off the skis and was waiting for the boat to pick him back up when another boat hit him.

    Police said his friends pulled him from the water and attempted CPR but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Landfill nears capacity, closing possible

    Is Grant County’s landfill closing?

    Depends on whom you ask.

    Republic Services, the landfill’s owner, announced on Monday they would not continue expansion efforts at the Williamstown site. Without an expansion, the landfill will reach capacity soon and be forced to close.

    Grant County officials say the landfill’s owners have continued to stall negotiations on a county host agreement and are trying to scare the public.

  • Kentucky Changers come to county

    About 30 local homes will be transformed for free through fresh paint and minor repairs.

    The unique opportunity is being offered by Kentucky Changers, an organization sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention that uses seventh through 12th graders to refurbish exteriors of homes.

    For the first time, the project will come to Grant County from July 4-11 with support from the Crittenden Baptist Association.

  • Tea Party returns to courthouse July 4

    Verbal fireworks will be on display July 4 when protesters show their displeasure with increased taxes and unlimited government spending.

    A Tea Party will be held at noon at the Grant County Courthouse for the second time in the past three months.

    John Souder of Dry Ridge hosted a Tax Day Tea Party in April that drew more than 150 participants.

    “They’re doing these again all across the country,” Souder said. “So, I thought little, old Grant County needs to participate again.”

  • Motorist rescues family

    Candi Cook was headed home for a family cookout but put her picnic supplies to use to help a family trapped inside a burning car.

    Cook was traveling south on Interstate-75 around 6 p.m. on June 27 when a quarter mile ahead she saw a car flip twice and catch fire.

    “The woman managed to get herself and the two kids out, but the man was still in there,” Cook said.

    The 1996 Lumina stopped rolling and landed on its top trapping Ben Boutwell, 27, of Carrollton inside.

  • Police investigate break in

    Williamstown Police are investigating a recent overnight break-in at Tractor Supply Company.

    The incident took place June 15 and involved an undisclosed amount of money being taken from the store’s safe, said Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins.

    “The manager came in to open up and found the store had been broken into over night,” he said. “We suspect that they entered in through the side entrance of the building by breaking out the glass.”

  • Emerald ash borers march on Kentucky

    The purple boxes are back, which means the emerald ash borer (EAB) has returned to Kentucky. They have found the insects in Franklin County, Shelby County, Jefferson County and Jessamine County.

    There is no evidence of EAB in Grant County as of right now, however, Chris Ammerman, Grant County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, said, “more than likely they’re here; it’s natural for them to migrate here.”

  • Dry Ridge cuts budget

    Money is tight and pennies have to be pinched in Dry Ridge just like most cities across Kentucky.

    The Dry Ridge City Council recently approved a more than $1.7 million general fund budget for 2009-10 that includes funding cuts to almost every department.

    “I think most of the departments are pretty well stripped,” Cindy Harris, city clerk, said during the council meeting. “There isn’t any fat, particularly in public works or in the police department at all.”

  • Lester wins Business Innovation Award

    Roy Lester is only 21 years old, but he’s called “Papa” by local skateboarders.

    He bonded with the young kids who visit the skate park in Dry Ridge daily after he opened The Ridge Skate Shop in June 2007.

    “A lot of my patrons are kids that you see at the park everyday skating,” Lester said. “They’re really the guys who keep my shop up and going. If I wasn’t a stone’s throw away from the skate park, I wouldn’t be able to support this business.”