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  • Country Grill to reopen, serve alcohol

    The Country Grill will soon reopen its doors after major renovations and the addition of alcohol sales.

    The restaurant closed Oct. 20, 2008, and shortly after was deeded back to its original owner, John DiGirolamo.

    He opened The Country Grill with his wife, Barbara, Nov. 22, 1988, before selling it in 1999.

    DiGirolamo originally planned to sell the restaurant after recently retaining ownership.

    “We had some bites, but a lot of people wanted to lease it,” he said. “I didn’t really want to lease it.”

  • Dry Ridge changes nuisance ordinance

    The city of Dry Ridge has a new ordinance to deal with properties with dilapidated buildings, out of control grass and weeds and other nuisances.

    The city council passed a second reading of the nuisance ordinance May 18 after tabling a similar, but lengthier ordinance late last year.

    “This ordinance is a lot shorter,” said Mayor Clay Crupper. “We cut out a lot of stuff about burning wood and smoke and noises and things like that. We wanted to keep it simple.”

  • Remembering the fallen

    Geneva Seale gingerly dabbed at the tears filling her eyes during Memorial Day services at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

    Seale just buried her husband, a navy veteran, in November.

    “I don’t know why I’m crying,” she said. “I didn’t cry at Christmas, but this is moving with it being Memorial Day and everyone here.”

  • Shrinking dollars = belt tightening

    The state’s budget woes have trickled down to Williamstown Independent Schools as 13 faculty and staff members recently received non-renewal letters for next school year.

    Superintendent Charles Ed Wilson gave “pink slips” to 10 certified non-renewal letters and three classified non-renewal letters by the May 15 deadline.

  • Inmates removed from shelter

    The Grant County Animal Shelter is hurting for help after assistance by local inmates was cut off amid a criminal investigation.

    Four to six inmates of the Grant County Detention Center have worked daily at the animal shelter for years as part of a Class D community service work program.

    Those inmates who are deemed to be a minimal risk are selected for the program in return for following certain guidelines.

    The sheriff’s department is investigating whether inmates broke rules by having in their possession restricted items while working at the shelter.

  • Hoping for a cure

    Encouragement. That is the word that was said over and over during Grant County’s relay for life, Friday, May 29.

    Susan Williams, a cancer survivor, said the relay “helps you understand you’re not the only one and we’re fighting through it.”

    The total amount raised for this year’s relay is $89,604. There were 35 teams this year. The team that raised the most money overall is Dry Ridge Elementary.

  • Cancer survivor continues her battle

    Tracy Ison has had a world wind year with all the highs and lows of a rollercoaster ride.

    After doctor’s discovered ductal carcinoma in her breast last April, she’s been poked and prodded.

    Ison, a nurse, went faithfully for annual mammograms. She watched what she ate and drank. She was concerned and conscientious about her health.

    She watched her cousin, Hope Catron, battle breast cancer and survive, but she’s learned that cancer doesn’t care if you’re healthy or not or if you are young or old.

  • Crittenden man arrested for sodomy

    Police have charged a Crittenden man with sodomy, sexual abuse and criminal coercion after teachers heard his two male students talking about what he had allegedly done to them.

    Daniel Newman, 52, was arrested on a charge of sodomy, a class A felony, sexual abuse first degree, a class C felony and two counts of criminal coercion, a class A misdemeanor on May 15.

    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said he received a call from teachers after they overheard students talking about what happened to them at a neighbor’s apartment.

  • Honoring a fallen officer

    Wreaths were placed on gravesites and salutes were given to three fallen Kentucky State Police troopers buried in the Dry Ridge Post area.

    The memorial on Wednesday, May 13, was in collaboration with National Police Memorial week.

    Post 6 troopers placed a wreath at the gravesites of Troopers Herbert C. Bush, Robert R. Miller and Joe Ward, Jr. who were all killed in the line of duty.

    There have been 25 troopers who have died in the line of duty since the agency’s inception in 1948.

  • Redemption Road leads to Grant County

     

    Looking for a way to reach out to the community and pay for sending a dozen teenagers to camp, Grassy Run Baptist Church is hosting a benefit concert.