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Today's News

  • Police Beat 10-21-10

    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)

    Dry Ridge

    Chief Rick Kells charged Laura E. Hibbard, 25, of Williamstown, with expired tags and no insurance at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 on Blackburn Drive. Hibbard was also arrested on a Grant County warrant.

    Chief Rick Kells arrested Debra K. Campbell, 30, of Dry Ridge, on a warrant for failure to appear at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 11.

    Grant County

  • Williamstown lowers tax rate

    Williamstown residents  will be paying a little less in taxes on their real and personal property this year.

    The real property tax rate for 2010-2011 will be 30 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property and 42.4 cents on personal property.

    This tax rate is expected to generate $462,236 on real estate and $99,190 on personal property.

    Last year’s rate was 31.9 cents and generated $486,079.

    This means if a person owns a $100,000 home, their real estate tax bill will be $300, a savings of $19 over last year.

  • Dry summer yields slim pickins

    If you’re in the market for fall’s bounty, you might need to keep looking.

    Members of the Grant County Farmer’s Market have struggled to produce in this year’s record-breaking drought.

    “If we could have gotten even a little rain, the plants might have come out of it,” said Tom Duncan of Crittenden.

    “I’ve been out on the tractor with a 500-gallon water barrel behind me and a garden hose trying to get some alive, but didn’t have too much luck,” he said.

  • Progress report

    Recently released test results aren’t all good news for the Grant and Williamstown School districts.

    Both districts and three local schools did not meet federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements, according to data from the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Statewide, 55.6 percent or 640 of Kentucky’s 1,151 public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the 2009-10 school year.

    AYP is the term used in NCLB to refer to the minimum improvement required of each school and district over the course of one year.

  • Ky. Joe's life after Survivor

    It’s been 10 years since Rodger Bingham went from a high school teacher from Crittenden to being known nationwide as “Kentucky Joe.”

    As arguably one of the most popular “Survivor: The Australian Outback” contestants, Bingham finished fifth in the second season of the CBS reality show.

    After surviving more than 50 days on limited food and rough weather, Bingham’s life was forever changed.

  • Missing teen found safe

    A Grant County teenager missing since Sept. 26 was found in Covington on Oct. 5.

    Morgan Brittany Shields, 16, was located “safe and sound” according to Williamstown Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins.

    Hankins said the Williamstown teen was found by Covington police. She was returned to her family after running away, possibly with a boyfriend.

    As news of Shield’s disappearance spread,  pleas for help in locating her were placed on the Internet.

    She is a student at Williamstown High School.

  • Judge issues 'burn ban'

    Seven grass and barn fires in less than a week, prompted Grant County fire chiefs to ask the judge-executive for an outdoor burn ban.

    Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link issued the executive order on Oct. 12 banning all outdoor burning because of the “excessive dryness and fire hazard conditions.”

    “This means no open burning is permitted in Grant County, day or night,” said Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen.

  • $1,000 reward offered for break-in information

    A $1,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for stealing cigarettes and money from Grant County Oil on Oct. 3.

    An employee reporting for work discovered that thieves had knocked out the glass and cut the phone and power lines inside the gas station on Ky. 36 in Williamstown.

    Police said the break in occurred around 2:30 a.m.

    “They took numerous cartons of cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash,” said Williamstown Assistant Chief Chris Hankins.

  • WHS Band of Spirit wins Grand Champion Cup

    Willliamstown Band of Spirit returned home from Tennessee on Sunday with the Chancellor’s Grand Champion Cup from Vanderbilt Marching Invitational.

    The band won the championship trophy as the overall highest scoring small division band.

  • Friendship on the links

    Golf can be a sport for anyone and for two Grant County High School golfers it has caused a lifelong friendship.

    Senior Zach Wright and Tim Livingood have been friends since they were in elementary school.

    When Wright was little, his parents and grandparents played golf, which garnered his interest in the game. Wright began playing golf in school when he was in the sixth grade, catching the “golf bug.”

    For Livingood, it was also family that got him into the game.