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Today's News

  • Local students among NC graduates

    The Florence campus of National College (www.national-college.edu) is proud to announce the graduates recognized at the 2011 graduation ceremony. The following local students received their degrees and diplomas at the ceremony held at the METS Center on May 27.

    • Crittenden
    Lynette R. Faust - Associate Degree
    Marcus J. Ricotta - Associate Degree
    • Dry Ridge
    Rebecca A. Alsip - Associate Degree
    • Williamstown
    Josie A. Mullins - Diploma

  • Lodge sponsors Back-Pack Program at DRE

    Grant Lodge #85 had an evening of activities on July 29.

    The lodge had 52 in attendance for a dinner and fellowship. The lodge introduced Mary Ann Smith, of Dry Ridge Elementary School, who has been helping the lodge with their Back-pack Program. This program gives away food in backpacks to deserving children. If you would like to be a part of this program or would like to give a donation, contact Smith or one of the lodge officers.

    A $500 scholarship was given to Andrea Clark and Edwin Dean Faulkner for their future studies.

  • A PHOTO FINISH

    Members of the Grant County High School cross country team gathered at the middle school on the morning of July 22 to participate in a game designed by coach Marlon Kinsey.

    The object of the game was to run to nine different landmarks in and about the middle school, taking pictures on their cellphones to put into a photo contest near the end of practice.

    Categories included: Best overall, dullest, prettiest/ugliest, most original.

    Judges included Kinsey, Grant County News sports writer Matt Birkholtz, asisstant coaches and parents.

  • Planning key to success

    The Grant County Fair and Horse Show may only last nine days, but it takes weeks and months of preparation.

    “It’s pretty hectic and it’s hot,” said Tena Webster, president of the fair board. “We just got to keep a list of things to do and keep it down to a minimum. We do have a new trailer to sell our food out of. So, a lot of our efforts have gone to fixing that up to get it ready.”

  • Quilt Club has fun preparing for fair

    The fair is nearly here, but the Homemakers quilting club has been knitting, sewing and embroidering away for months.

    “I spend a lot of time sewing, and a lot of weeks I spend everyday sewing,” said Bonny Glass.

    Glass has a total of five different items to enter in the Grant County Fair this year. For some of her pieces, like quilt tops, it will take her three to four months to complete. She also volunteers during the fair.

  • Bladder boats make waves

    The Williamstown City Council and Williamstown Lake Association reached an agreement that will continue to allow bladder boats on Lake Williamstown.

    Bladder boats are motorboats that are artificially filled with water or other liquid that are designed to create a large wake. These type of boats are popular with wakeboarders.

    Opponents of bladder boats say they cause damage to docks and cause soil erosion.

     The issue was discussed on May 17 when an ordinance that would have banned bladder boats from the lake was tabled.

  • West named WHS athletic director

    After 29 years in coaching, T.J. West is taking a new adventure, as he was named the Williamstown High School athletic director for the upcoming 2011-2012 academic year.

    Being an athletic director has been on his mind in the past for West, but the timing wasn’t the easiest for him.

    “I hadn’t retired yet and didn’t have the time for it, but now I am and I’ve been wanting something more to do and have the time for it now,” West said.

  • How Grant Countians play, work in the heat

    With a heat index up as high as 105 degrees, the temperatures have been brutal throughout Grant County the past couple weeks.

    While some may steer clear of the beating sun and stay in air conditioning, those who work or play in the extreme heat have it the worst.

    Here is how some Grant Countians are beating the hear.

    Grant County athletes stay hydrated

    The Grant County High School athletic programs have been dealing with the heat since the July 15 official practice startup.

  • Former pastor sentenced

    MOBILE, Ala. — A former Dry Ridge pastor was sentenced July 19 to 17 and a half years in prison for sending and soliciting child pornography through Facebook.

    Jerry Cannon, 63, pleaded guilty in April to possession and distribution of child pornography in a federal court in Alabama.

    Cannon, a land surveyor, founded the non-denominational God’s House Church in Dry Ridge four years ago.

  • Polling location could return to Jonesville

    The community of Jonesville soon may hear good news after the disappointment of learning the town’s post office and only bank may be gone.

    Members of the Grant County Board of Elections visited the Macedonia Baptist Church in Jonesville July 21 to determine whether the church can be used as a polling place.

    It has been more than 10 years since the community was able to vote without having to drive to Dry Ridge.