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Today's News

  • All-stars take first at Memorial Day tourney

    Practice makes perfect, but the Grant County 7-year-old all-stars didn’t need much practice to be near-perfect.

    The all-stars were only able to practice three times before they entered the KABA Memorial Weekend Machine-Pitch Tournament, but came away with four wins and the championship.

    “I assumed we’d hit the ball well, but I wasn’t sure about our defense,” coach Steve Hurley said. “We hit the ball extremely well and our defense played pretty solid.”

  • Lady Demons seniors show Williamstown pride

    Although their final year on the softball diamond was shortened due to rainouts, the Williamstown softball seniors will remember the time they spent together.

    Miranda Snow, Amber Vance, Amanda Goodrich, Mellissa Snow, Emily Webster and Ashlee Holt spent their final months of their senior year playing side-by-side.

  • Lester wins Business Innovation Award

    Roy Lester is only 21 years old, but he’s called “Papa” by local skateboarders.

    He bonded with the young kids who visit the skate park in Dry Ridge daily after he opened The Ridge Skate Shop in June 2007.

    “A lot of my patrons are kids that you see at the park everyday skating,” Lester said. “They’re really the guys who keep my shop up and going. If I wasn’t a stone’s throw away from the skate park, I wouldn’t be able to support this business.”

  • Feline adoptions needed to prevent euthanization

    An unexpected and drastic increase of felines at the Grant County Animal Shelter may lead to the euthanization of some kittens if adoptions do not increase.

    The shelter normally has around 40 cats and kittens up for adoption at a time, said Brent Caldwell, interim director.

    That number has jumped to more than 150 recently, forcing the shelter to scramble to find them homes as soon as possible.

    “One truck brought 20 cats in,” Caldwell said. “We haven’t figured out why we’re getting so many so quick.”

  • Cooper-Nickell to wed June 20

    Janelle Gibbs of Hickory, N.C and Mark Cooper of Williamstown announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kristina Marie Cooper, to Brian Thomas Nickell, son of Dwayne and Linda Nickell of Williamstown.

    The wedding is being planned for 6:30 p.m. June 20 at Williamstown Baptist Church. A reception will follow at Granduer Hall in Walton.

    The bride is a 2006 graduate of Williamstown High School. She is employed by Grant Manor and St. Elizabeth Hospital.

  • Ghost, Gourmets and Rain, let's do it again

    Unaware that the ghost of Mrs. Hogan was jumping angrily around them, ghost shotgun in hand, screaming “boo” and “get off my porch,” 29 guests dined oblivious to the rain under the protection of the double porch at the back of the historic Hogan House.

    The guests were momentarily oblivious to the beautiful surroundings while they consumed, with passion, the finest salmon that mankind could offer or Larry Spear’s ¾ inch smoked Bruce’s pork chops.

  • Cid completes ‘unique experience’ at Gatton Academy

    It has been two years since Ruben Cid has taken a class at Grant County High School.

    Yet, the 18-year-old Dry Ridge resident will walk side-by-side the class of 2009 during graduation to receive his high school diploma.

    Cid spent his junior and senior years at Western Kentucky University as the first local student selected to the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.

  • Williamstown man sentenced for sexual exploitation

    A Williamstown man will be spending nearly 20 years behind bars after he was found guilty of sexual exploitation of children.

    Ricky Lawrence was indicted July 12, 2008, and found guilty late last year. He was formally sentenced earlier in 2009 in U.S. District Court in Covington.

    Lawrence was found guilty of having sexually explicit photographs and images on his home computer of young children as well as photographs of his genitalia.

  • Williamstown reinstates some positions

    Several positions recently eliminated at Williamstown Independent Schools have been reinstated by the school board.

    A total of 6.8 positions — 2.3 in the elementary school, 2.5 in the middle and high school and 2 in special education — were cut for the 2009-10 school year because of financial concerns.

  • Community Calendar 6-18-09

    CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

    • The Friends of Sherman Tavern will meet at 7 p.m. June 23 at the Senior Citizens Center in Williamstown. All who are interested in preserving and restoring this historical landmark are invited to attend. A tax deductible donation can be sent to Friends of Sherman Tavern, 1002 Rogers Road, Crittenden, Ky. 41030. For more information call 824-9292 or bb15chips@aol.com.

    • The Kentucky League of Property Owners will meet at 7 p.m. June 24 at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Building, 486 Helton Street in Williamstown.