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  • CAC is hungry for help, volunteers

    Are the shelves in your pantry well stocked?

    At the Grant County Neighborhood Center of the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, the shelves are getting bare.

    “We’ve developed some good partnerships with Food Lion, Helping Hands and the Vineyard Church,” said Carrie Pugh, supervisor of the center, “But with cold weather approaching we know we’re going to need more.”

    The NKCAC operates from a federal block grant and from local donations.

  • Corinth woman dies

    A Corinth woman was killed when her younger brother ran over her.

    Angela Jackson Ripley, 41, was attempting to stop her brother, Robin James, 31, from leaving their home around 8:45 a.m. on Aug. 16.

    Police said she stepped in front of his truck and he hit her with the 1997 Ford Ranger. She was dragged about 100 feet.

    Ripley was flown by helicopter to University of Kentucky Hospital where she later died

    Police said Ripley’s brother suffered from mental health issues and did not “believe that he intended to hurt his sister.”

  • Owens named GCHS band director

    The Grant County High School band program welcomes Dave Owens as their new band director. He brings experience and a sense of success to start off the year.

    Owens wife, JoAnn is the band director at Grant County Middle School.

    “Grant County has a good history with the band program. Most people don’t know but in 1994 we were state finals.” Owens said.

    He brought some of Grant County’s old band trophies in and displayed them in the band room.

    “I want the students to develop a sense of excellence,” he said.

  • Five charged in Dry Ridge meth bust

    Police and parole officers who were attempting to serve a warrant on Aug. 13 in Dry Ridge found a meth lab.

    Three men and two women were arrested at a home on Dixie Highway in Sherman about 8:45 p.m. Police discovered methamphetamine sitting in the open, so they obtained a search warrant and later found ingredients used to make meth.

    Mia Smith, of Dry Ridge, was charged with manufacturing meth, child endangerment, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and unlawful distribution of a meth precursor.

  • Williamstown Band of Spirit looks to defend title

    The Williamstown Band of Spirit is hard at work this summer preparing to defend their back-to-back Class A state titles.

    Two weeks of full band camp followed a week of instruction for rookies.

    The band, directed by Bob Gregg, won their fourth state championship in five years last year.

    Williamstown previously won state in 2004, 2005 and 2007, all with Gregg as band director.

    Summer camp is vital to the band’s success, he said.

  • Family brings carols, cakes for birthdays

    Who said caroling is for Christmas? Not the Roberts family.

    A 13-year-old decided she needed to give more to the people around her and sing carols for birthdays.

    Rachel Roberts, daughter of Gail Roberts, from Crittenden, started the Christian Birthday Carolers.

    “She’s the one who came up with the idea,” Gail said.

  • Where were Corinth's firefighters?

    Where were Corinth’s firefighters?

    A fire caused by lightning was the second fire in less than a month in the Corinth area that firefighters from Corinth did not respond to.

    “It’s not that we don’t want to,” said Elsie Cook, a member of the department. “It’s just that so many of us work and can’t make the fires.”

    Cook said the department has 14 members.

    three of which have medical issues with a few more actually living in Georgetown.

  • Blood drive is personal for Crittenden family

    Shauna Slaughter knows how important donating blood can be.

    The Crittenden mom’s two youngest children have had a combined seven blood transfusions since October 2008.

    Three-year-old Ashlynn and her 1-year-old brother, Aren, battle a severe anemia disorder called Hereditary Spherocytosis.

    Shauna suffers from the disorder as well, but has never had to have a transfusion.

    “Basically, your blood cells are abnormally shaped,” she said. “They get trapped in the spleen. They’re anemic from it.”

  • Epperson cuts Saturday hours

    Epperson Waste Disposal is changing its Saturday schedule.

    Effective Aug. 31, Epperson Waste Disposal in Williamstown will no longer be open to accept waste every Saturday.

    The landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to accept a pickup truck of garbage at no cost to any Grant County resident.

    Due to low volume of garbage being brought to the landfill on Saturdays, Epperson officials opted to cut back on Saturday hours.

  • Homes needed for unwanted dogs, cats

    Just when Brent Caldwell thinks he’ll be able to find more homes for the animals that are being dropped off at the Grant County Animal Shelter, a new car arrives bearing unwanted dogs and cats.

    The facility has about 130 dogs and puppies and 100 cats that need homes.

    “That number has actually declined from when I started, but these animals need homes, that hasn’t changed,” Caldwell said.