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  • Will lawmakers return to Frankfort?

    Legislators could potentially be headed back to Frankfort to discuss ways to increase state revenue.

    Gov. Steve Beshear would have to call a special session, an idea he has toyed with but not said he would definitely do.

    The governor announced April 30 that he is asking the Consensus Forecasting Group for a formal projection for fiscal year 2010, based on internal estimates that predict a potential budget shortfall next year of between $818 million and $1.094 billion.

  • Cruisin the Ridge is back

    After last year’s success, Cruisin’ the Ridge is back.

    Classic sports cars, historic antiques and revved up motorcycles will line downtown Dry Ridge from 3 to 8 p.m. the second Saturday of the month from May to October.

    Hosted by city of Dry Ridge and the Good Old Cruisers, the event is scheduled for May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12 and Oct. 10

    “We had 532 cars from last year and not everyone who came registered,” said Jonny Renaker, one of the organizers of Cruisin’ the Ridge.

  • Dear Lord

    With heads bowed and eyes closed, prayer spread throughout Grant County on May 7 in celebration of the 58th Annual National Day of Prayer.

    A free breakfast was held at First Love Community Church in Crittenden and Williamstown Christian Church with a complementary lunch offered at the courthouse, where a celebration was also held in the evening.

    A prayer was said to attendees every 30 minutes.

  • In the know

    Census workers canvas area

    Census workers are now collecting data in Grant County.

    Census workers wear official identification badges and use handheld computers to record addresses. Census workers may also be carrying black workbags with the words “U.S. Census Bureau” on them.

    The workers are updating and completing a confidential address list that will be used to mail or deliver 2010 Census questionnaires next March.

  • Cancer changes Sherman teacher

    For B.J. Walters, her motivation for participating in Relay For Life has come full circle.

    Shortly after her dad died in 1994 of lung, liver and bone cancer, Walters and several family members joined the fight to find a cure for cancer.

    “It was after his death that we found out that there was an event in the county,” she said. “So, we started way back then. At the time, there was only six to eight teams involved.”

  • Cleanup complete

    The remnants of Grant County’s January ice storms littered yards and roadsides far after the ice melted, but reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will ease the memories.

    Judge-Executive Darrell Link declared an emergency in Grant County after heavy snowfall and ice left many residents without electricity for days, which means the fiscal court and cities are eligible for federal aid.

    Paul Antone, a public assistance coordinator with FEMA, came to Grant County and assisted the county and cities in their reimbursement applications.

  • Farmer’s Market now open for business

    The Grant County Farmer’s Market is open for the season.

    The market which operates from two locations – one on U.S. 25 by Whippy Dip in Crittenden and the other next to Eagle Creek Learning Center on U.S. 25 in Williamstown will have as many as 15 vendors at the height of the growing season, said President Deborah Lucas Angel.

    In the early part of the season, vendors will be selling Cole crops, herbs and bedding plants, as well as honey, eggs and baked and canned goods.

  • Howard chosen as Grant Countian of Year

    Shirley Howard turns 72 in June, but the Williamstown resident won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

    “I have to be busy,” he said. “That’s why I’m still working. I want to keep active physically and mentally. I have no immediate plans to retire permanently.”

    From educator to county judge-executive, Howard’s life has been filled with a laundry list of accomplishments.

    One more was added recently when Howard was named the 2009 Grant Countian of the Year at the Grant County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.

  • Swine flu not here

    The good news for Grant County and the rest of Northern Kentucky is that swine flu hasn’t shown up here.

    People do not normally get swine flu, a respiratory disease found in pigs, but human infections of a strain of swine flu have been reported in several states in the U.S., including northern Ohio.

    “There have been no cases confirmed in Northern Kentucky or Kentucky,” said Emily Gresham-Werley, public information manager for the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District.

  • Library Express chugs into Crittenden, Corinth

    If you live in Crittenden or Corinth and would like to check out a book from  the Grant County Public Library, but don’t want to make the drive to Williamstown, books will be coming to you.

    Susan Nimersheim, library directory, received a $20,000 grant through the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives for an outreach development.

    Nimersheim used the money to buy units that resemble the mailbox unit for an apartment building and have them installed at Grant County Deposit Bank in Corinth and Crittenden.