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    The rain fell, sometimes beating so loudly, the veterans in the crowd strained to hear, but the rain, nor cooler temperatures didn’t deter a small crowd of veterans from gathering at schools throughout the county on Nov. 12 for Veterans Day ceremonies.

    A ceremony was also held at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

    Members of the Grant County JROTC program stood respectfully outside in the cold rain waiting to place wreaths at the base of flags for each branch of service.

  • Scores reveal mixed results

    A new assessment and accountability system provided mixed results, but a path for the future for Grant County and Williamstown Independent school districts.

  • Grant Co. News seeks sports correspondents

    The Grant County News is now accepting resumes for sports correspondents to cover boys and girls basketball (high school, middle school and elementary), high school wrestling, cheerleading and dance competitions.
    Correspondents work as independent contractors and are paid per story/photo.
    Resumes should be sent to jbakernantz@grantky.com. No phone calls.
    Interviews for correspondents will be scheduled based on resumes received.

  • GCHS students take on role of candidates

    “Do you want a Socialist world or a Mitt Romney world?” asked Mitt Romney last week at Grant County High School.
    OK, maybe it’s wasn’t the real Mitt Romney, but rather Stephen Fightmaster, a senior at GCHS, who was portraying Romney in a mock presidential debate.


    They aren’t quite 18, but that did not stop local elementary students from making their vote heard.

    Kindergarten and fifth graders were just two of the groups of students at Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary who headed to the polls Nov. 2 to choose a president.

    Using a makeshift voting booth, one-by-one, the students circled the photo of the candidate they wanted for president.
    After they cast their ballot into a baby wipe container, they received an American flag sticker, symbolizing that they voted.


    U.S. Representative

    Bill Adkins (D) - 3,268
    Thomas Massie (R) - 4,824

    State Senator

    David Holcomb (D) -2,594
    3Damon Thayer (R) - 5,782

    Grant Circuit Clerk

    Tina Melton (R) - 5,167
    Shirley Wilson (D) -3,343

    Grant Bd. of Ed - Dist. 5

    Richard Bredenberg - 744
    Deborah Rogers -987

    Crittenden City Council


    The fourth of six planned Cash Mobs takes place on Thursday, November 15.  The meeting location will be next to Marlene’s on Main Street in Williamstown. Shoppers should gather between 5 and 5:30 p.m. to learn of the secret shopping destination and enjoy refreshments provided by Marlene McComas of Marlene’s.

    Anyone can participate by committing to spend at least $10 at the mystery shopping locations that will be announced after 5 p.m. at the meeting site.

  • Two more lawsuits filed against Grant jailer

    Two additional lawsuits have been filed by former employees of Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples, brining the total to four in the past six weeks.

    In all, there have been at least six lawsuits filed against Peeples by former or current employees since he took office in January 2011.
    The latest lawsuits were filed both on Oct. 24 — one in Grant Circuit Court and one in Boone Circuit Court.

  • Dry Ridge man killed in tractor accident

    When Chris Ammerman heard the news that his friend, Craig Ruber, had been killed in a tractor accident, he thought it was just another prank that Ruber was notorious for pulling on friends.

    “It’s just hard to wrap your head around,” said Ammerman, Grant County’s extension agent for agriculture.
    Ruber, 40, of Dry Ridge, was moving hay on a farm he owned on Lightfoot Fork Road in Pendleton County, when a bridge he was driving across collapsed around 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 28.

  • Grant band earns runner up honors; WHS places fourth at state contest

    The Grant County High School Band and the Williamstown Band of Spirit once again took center stage at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state finals at Western Kentucky University on Oct. 27.
    Both bands qualified for the evening finals after placing in the top four among 16 other bands in their class earlier in the day.

    In the semi-finals, Grant County placed second, only behind Madisonville North Hopkins while WHS placed fourth behind Hazard, Murray and Beechwood.