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  • Justice Center construction moving along

    The Grant County Judicial Center likely will open more than two years after ground broke on the $14.5 million facility in downtown Williamstown.

    The 50,000 square-feet center is on target to be completed by the end of the year, said Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link.

    Although the project is behind schedule, Link said he was pleased with the work.

    “I think it could be as early as December, maybe as late as January,” he said about when the center will open. “We hope to start the new year down there.”

  • New learning academy to help struggling students

    Williamstown Middle and High schools will offer an alternative form of education for the 2009-2010 school year.

    The Williamstown Learning Academy is designed to help students who may be struggling in a traditional classroom setting for a variety of reasons.

    The school board approved the academy during its regular July meeting.

    “This is an alternative education program,” said Principal Misty Buchanan. “It is not a separate school.”

  • Clarks Creek Baptist names new minister

    Tom Watkins is the new minister at Clarks Creek Baptist.

    Watkins and his wife, Louise Watkins, have been married for 25 years. They have two sons, Neil, who graduated from Ryle High School and Tommy, who graduated from Owen County High School.

    Tom said his vision for the church is to create more opportunities for a younger generation to spark interest in the church and to reach more people in the community. He wants to eventually start a Wednesday night service.

  • Junior board helps with annual event

    Like mother, like daughter.

    Nineteen-year-old Katelyn Bachman of Williamstown has helped her mother with the Grant County Fair and Horse Show ever since she can remember.

    Denise Bachman has been a member of the fair board for 19 years.

    When the junior fair board was created three years ago, Katelyn jumped at the chance to be a member.

    Now, the University of Louisville sophomore is the president.

  • Emmy time!

    Anthony Mirones certainly is no Susan Lucci.

    The Crittenden resident recently won his eighth Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    “It’s frightening,” Mirones said. “When your see the names up there and you know they’re about to name the winner, you just kind of cringe and hope and pray. When I win, it’s a relief off my back.

    “You do it for the passion of it and to tell decent stories,” he said. “I do it to try to put meaning behind whatever the issue is.”

  • Tourism office moves to Williamstown

    Grant County Tourism and Convention Commission soon will have a new home.

    The commission’s last day at its office in the Dry Ridge Outlet Center will be July 31.

    A new, smaller office will be relocated inside the Grant County Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Williamstown.

    The move is a financial decision, said director Judy Mullins.

    “Since the economy is bad, the tourism board felt to maintain this large of space was not worthwhile,” she said.

  • Landscape worker electrocuted

    A Dry Ridge man was electrocuted Monday night as he was removing brush from a dump truck.

    Kenneth Tyler Cummins, 23, died instantly when the dump bed truck he was working near either hit a power line or came in close enough contact with the line to cause the truck to be “electrified.”

    Cummins and two other employees of Showplace Landscaping on U.S. 25 between Crittenden and Dry Ridge were emptying the truck around 5:30 p.m.

    Grant County Coroner Marylee Willoby said Cummins was touching the truck when it moved forward.

  • Grayson hired to lead GCMS

    Grant County Middle School will have a new leader for the 2009-2010 school year.

    Tim Grayson recently was hired to replace Martha Hall as principal at the school.

    The 49-year-old Lewis County native has spent the past six years as middle school and assistant high school principal at Dayton Independent Schools in northern Kentucky.

  • Grant County Schools

    All students who will be new to the Grant County School District in the fall, 2009, are asked to enroll via the Grant County Schools Welcome Center.

    The Welcome Center, located at the Sherman Elementary School, 3987 Dixie Highway, Dry Ridge, Kentucky, will provide a convenient, one-stop enrollment process for all students, regardless of which school in the Grant County District the student will attend.

    The Welcome Center is now open and will remain open, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each school day throughout the school year.

  • Fair fun

    Q: Was Monday, July 27, 2009 "the best Monday night" ever?

    A: Yes, with 2,844 in paid attendance. Broke previous record attendance of 2,700.

    Q: What had to be cancelled/re-scheduled due to weather? When will they occur?

    A: • Baby and Toddler show rescheduled for Sat., Aug. 1 at noon (baby show) and 4 p.m. (toddler show)

    • Arabian/English/Pleasure/Road Horse Show is rescheduled for Sept. 11

    • Demo Derby from July 25 is rescheduled for Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m. (Note: Event is one hour later than original time.)