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Today's News

  • Seniors extend high school cross country careers

    Their high school careers could have ended at the state meet, but several Grant County High School cross country runners decided to lengthen their careers with two races.

    On Nov. 22, Natalie Norman, Jeffrey Covington, Brandon McIntosh and Aaron Jump raced in the KTCCCA Senior Challenge, held at Masterson Station Park in Lexington.

    Norman was selected to represent the North team as one of the top seniors in the region. She proved her worth, coming in third overall and second for the North. Her performance helped the North take first place in the competition.

  • Former jail deputies sentenced

    Wesley Lanham and Shawn Freeman finally found out how long they’ll spend behind bars for their role in a 2003 rape at the Grant County Detention Center.

    Lanham, 31, of Dry Ridge and Freeman, 36, of Erlanger, were sentenced Dec. 8 in U.S. District Court in Covington by Judge Danny Reeves.

    Lanham received a 15-year sentence, while Freeman received a 14-year sentence.

    Both were former deputies at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Homecoming happenings

    The Williamstown boys’ basketball team wanted to enjoy homecoming. They wanted to enjoy the dance that followed their game and have fun with alumni that returned.

    The Demons did all that and more, coming away with a 70-63 win over Lexington Sayre on Dec. 13.

  • Braves earn district win over Simon Kenton

    Before the season started, GCHS coach Ron Kinmon believed that Simon Kenton was the team to beat in the district.

    With a 55-47 win on Dec. 12, the Braves did just that.

    “It’s nice because it was a district win,” Kinmon said. “The team played extremely well. The first half we played a little nervous, but we settled down and played a great second half.”

    The game was back and forth from the beginning, as Simon Kenton scored first, but Caleb Kinmon hit a three pointer to take the lead.

  • School cuts felt locally

    Financially strapped school districts across the state may soon take another hit in state funding.

    Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jon Draud recently sent an e-mail to all state superintendents notifying them that the Office of the State Budget Director wants the Kentucky Department of Education to submit a plan for a 4-percent funding cut across the board.

    The cut would reduce the state budget for primary-12th grade education by approximately $132 million, Draud wrote.

  • Farm manager finds sweet solution for piles of poop

    If you’ve got horses, you’ve got waste. If you got horse manure, then you’ve probably got a smell and flies.

    At Folsom Ridge Farm, their poop doesn’t stink. Well, it doesn’t after Todd Foster, the farm manager, gets through with it.

    Foster, who has worked with horses most of his life has started to recycle the farms horse manure by composting it.

  • Give the gift of art; reception set for Dec. 13

    Wondering what to give that special someone who has everything for Christmas? Or, trying to find something distinctive yet affordable for a unique person in your life? Want to have something different to do in Grant County for the holidays? Look no farther! Grant County Community Enrichment Through the Arts (CETA) has their Third Annual “Give the Gift of Art” exhibit going on now through Jan. 10, 2009.

  • Nusiance ordinance tabled

    The second reading of a lengthy nuisance ordinance that would have targeted properties with out of control weeds, dilapidated buildings and excessive noise was tabled by the Dry Ridge City Council.

    “When we got this nobody realized it was going to be 19 pages,” said Mayor Clay Crupper. “I read the whole thing twice. According to this, you couldn’t even burn wood because the smoke would bother somebody. If you’re working on a car, you couldn’t do it because the noise would be real loud. This has created a monster for us.”

  • GCHS boys’ earn win in final minute against Ludlow

    While the Grant County boys’ basketball team may have been down against Ludlow, they were never out.

    Relying on two seniors and a sophomore, the Braves earned a 61-59 victory, despite being down for most of the second half.

    Seniors Kody Thompson and Cody Kinman got Grant County back into the game with timely three pointers that silenced the Ludlow crowd and rejuvenated their team. But the final shot belonged to sophomore Justin Loomis who sent the Panthers home with a loss and put the Braves at 2-0 on the season.

  • Wilson steps down as superintendent

    Williamstown Independent Schools soon will be looking for a new superintendent.

    Charles Ed Wilson, who is in his sixth year with the district, has decided to retire two years before his contract was scheduled to end.

    In a letter dated Nov. 10 to Williamstown School Board members, Wilson gave his written notice that he will be resigning from his position effective July 1, 2009, giving the board eight months to recruit and select a replacement.

    Wilson’s wife, Rose, also will be retiring as a teacher at Dry Ridge Elementary.