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Today's News

  • TransCare Ambulance sold, impact unclear

    The ambulance service that serves all of Grant County, outside the 100-mile service area of the Dry Ridge Fire Department, has been sold.

    “We’ve been told the transfer should be seamless and the county will receive the same service they’ve received all along, possibly even greater because this company has crews in Lexington and Greater Cincinnati,” said Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link.

    Rural/Metro, a national company, has entered into an agreement to acquire TransCare of Kentucky.

  • Fortner named Youth Performance Award winner

    Miles Fortner, a senior at Williamstown High School, is the Youth Performance Award winner for February.

    His schedule this year includes Advanced Placement calculus and English, as well as two college level classes at Northern Kentucky University Grant County Center. At the end of the semester, Fortner will have a total of eight college credits. His favorite subject is AP Calculus.

    “I’m a math kid,” Fortner said. “Calculus is my best subject and my teacher, Deana Cummins, makes it easy to understand.”

  • Water rate hike is under fire

    Chuck Emmons had only one question on his mind when he showed up at the February meeting of the Bullock Pen Water District.

    “Why has the water rate gone up so much?” Emmons, of Verona, asked the water commissioners.

    “There’s been one raise in 22 years,” said Bobby Burgess, chairman of the water board. “We’d been able to live off the growth.”

    Bullock Pen provides water to homes in parts of Grant and Boone counties, as well as to cities such as Williamstown and Dry Ridge.

  • Husband, Father, Coach

    Carl Wenderoth and Hall of Fame go together like basketball and Kentucky.

    Wenderoth, the former basketball coach at Grant County High School, was inducted into the 8th region Hall of Fame in between region semifinal games on March 8. This was the second inductee class from the 8th region.

    “I don’t know what to say because it came up this past weekend and caught me by surprise,” Wenderoth said.

  • Cutting two school days could save $60 million

    The instructional calendar for Kentucky schools could be shortened by two days in an effort to cut costs and get closer to a balanced budget.

    Legislators in the House are crafting a proposed budget that includes eliminating two instructional days in order to save an estimated $60 million.

    The General Assembly has been working to find solutions for a more than $1 billion budget shortfall after rejecting a proposal by Gov. Steve Beshear that included $780 million in revenue through expanded gambling.

  • Jail employee fired for filing for jailer

    A former shift commander at the Grant County Detention Center was fired Jan. 26 after filing to run against his boss in the upcoming primary election.

    Terry Peeples was handed a one-sentence letter signed by jailer Steve Kellam, notifying him that his services were no longer needed.

    The letter came Jan. 26 on the deadline to file for jailer and less than 10 days after Peeples had received a positive review from his supervisor.

  • Hugs from heaven

    I think we all hold onto things: a tattered baby blanket or tiny baby shoes, a fragile piece of china, a broken pocket knife or a family Bible passed through the years and through the tears, from one generation to another.

    Often, these things have no great monetary value, yet they are priceless. How can that be? A baby blanket is not just a blanket, china is not just china and a broken pocket knife is not just a knife. To repeat a line from the PBS series “Lark Rise to Candleford,” it’s simple; there is “love in these things.”

  • Fire destroys Dry Ridge home

    A child playing with a cigarette lighter has left a family of eight homeless.

    Matthew Barker, 17, discovered the fire in the bedroom he shares with his 6-year-old brother when he went upstairs in the wooden, frame farmhouse to go to bed around 9:30 p.m. on March 8.

    He awakened his brothers and sisters and got them to safety.

    “The younger kids were in bed asleep and the older ones were getting ready to go to bed,” said Melissa Barker. “They ran out in their pj’s. They didn’t even have on shoes.”

  • Senior duo led GCHS cheerleaders

    When Danielle Hayek decided to return to Grant County after being away for three years, she knew she wanted to wear blue and gold as a Grant County High School cheerleader.

    She spent the last two years at Simon Kenton High School before trying out for the GCHS varsity squad. When Hayek made it, she joined Paige Mudman as the lone seniors.

    The early practices weren’t easy for Hayek, as the close-knit group treated her as an outsider, but with her work ethic, she won the girls over and now Mudman and Hayek call each other best friends.

  • Community Calendar 3-11-10

    BOOSTER GROUPS

    Grant County Band Boosters - 7 p.m. March 16, GCHS band room. For more information, call Jeff Shelton at 859-391-8555.

    CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    Monthly breakfast meeting - 8 a.m., March 15, Grant County Extension Office on Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.

    CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

    Williamstown Kiwanis - Noon Wednesdays, El Jalisco Mexican Restaurant, Williamstown.

    CLUBS

    Williamstown F&AM No. 85 - 7:30 p.m. March 11, Main Street, Williamstown.