http://www.grantky.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Bottoms up: First alcohol sales on tap http://www.grantky.com/content/bottoms-first-alcohol-sales-tap <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/beer_1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> It was termed a &ldquo;historic event in Grant County&rdquo; by Darren Spahr, chairman of the group that petitioned for the Dec. 22, 2015 special election, turning the county from moist to wet. Now, four months since the vote, some people may be asking, where are the changes?</p> <p> The wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly and there has been a state-required 60-day waiting period after the election. This time allowed for certification of the vote and for government officials to set up guidelines for licensing and fees, and to name Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) administrators.</p> GCHS TRACK INVITATIONAL http://www.grantky.com/content/gchs-track-invitational <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_12_13.jpg" alt="Lady Braves runner Antoinette Homer hands off the baton to Kelsey Lund in a relay race at the GCHS Invitational. Photos by Mark Verbeck " title="Lady Braves runner Antoinette Homer hands off the baton to Kelsey Lund in a relay race at the GCHS Invitational. Photos by Mark Verbeck " align="left" hspace="6" width="89" height="85" /> Man flown to hospital in crash with school bus http://www.grantky.com/content/man-flown-hospital-crash-school-bus <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_5_use_this_one.jpg" alt="Members of the Dry Ridge and Williamstown Fire Departments render aid to Donald Roth. Roth was transported by Air Evac Medical Helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Photos by Camille McClanahan" title="Members of the Dry Ridge and Williamstown Fire Departments render aid to Donald Roth. Roth was transported by Air Evac Medical Helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Photos by Camille McClanahan" align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> A 63-year-old Dana employee was taken to the hospital by helicopter April 20 after his vehicle collided with a Grant County Schools bus.</p> The story behind the story: Author speaks at Grant County Library http://www.grantky.com/content/story-behind-story-author-speaks-grant-county-library <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/darcy_adkins.jpg" alt="Darcy Adkins, 16, of Williamstown, poses for her father, Attorney Bill Adkins to take a photo with writer, Jay Asher. Photo by Linda Lawrence" title="Darcy Adkins, 16, of Williamstown, poses for her father, Attorney Bill Adkins to take a photo with writer, Jay Asher. Photo by Linda Lawrence" align="left" hspace="6" width="87" height="85" /><div> After hours of planning and much anticipation, best-selling author Jay Asher walked into the Grant County Public Library on April 19. Dressed California casual, carrying a backpack instead of a briefcase, he addressed his audience as if he were greeting new and special friends.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The ages of his audience was a mixture of children, teens, parents and grandparents. Some had read his New York Times young adult bestseller, &ldquo;Thirteen Reason Why&rdquo; and some had not.<br /> TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL PARK http://www.grantky.com/content/take-me-out-ball-park <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_3_175.jpg" alt="Braeden Sustarich bends down to snatch a bouncing ball. " title="Braeden Sustarich bends down to snatch a bouncing ball. " align="left" hspace="6" width="82" height="85" /> Jonesville Fire Chief Duvall dies at 43 http://www.grantky.com/content/jonesville-fire-chief-duvall-dies-43 <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic6_78.jpg" alt="A Jonesville fire truck takes the casket of Duvall to his final resting place. Photo by Brian Riddle/Owenton News-Herald  " title="A Jonesville fire truck takes the casket of Duvall to his final resting place. Photo by Brian Riddle/Owenton News-Herald  " align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> Nearly every fire department has a &lsquo;cat in the tree&rsquo; story, but for Jonesville Assistant Fire Chief Allen Cammack, that story is a reminder of the many ways Chief Chase Duvall showed his willingness to do whatever it took to help someone in need.</p> Ark road fix part of final road plan http://www.grantky.com/content/ark-road-fix-part-final-road-plan <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/linder.jpg" alt="State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and state Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, speak April 18 during the monthly Grant County Chamber of Commerce breakfast." title="State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and state Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, speak April 18 during the monthly Grant County Chamber of Commerce breakfast." align="left" hspace="6" width="89" height="85" /><p> It took a fight, but more than $10 million in funding for road improvements around the Ark Encounter in Williamstown were included in the final state road plan.</p> <p> <br /> The road plan, along with the state budget, was passed April 15 during the final day of the 2016 General Assembly.</p> <p> The road project to fix the exit and widen KY 36 surrounding the entrance of the Ark attraction was included in the governor&rsquo;s budget, but was taken out of the House road plan by House Democrats, according to Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge.</p> GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY http://www.grantky.com/content/groundbreaking-ceremony <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_2_215.jpg" alt="Kris Mynhier, Dry Ridge Wal-Mart store manager, Dry Ridge Mayor Jimmy Wells, Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood and Candi Cook, Paris Murphy USA store manager break ground on the Murphy USA gas station and convenience store located on Ferguson Boulevard in Wal-Mart parking lot. on April 14. The store is currently under construction and is scheduled to open on July 4 weekend. Photo by Camille McClanahan" title="Kris Mynhier, Dry Ridge Wal-Mart store manager, Dry Ridge Mayor Jimmy Wells, Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood and Candi Cook, Paris Murphy USA store manager break ground on the Murphy USA gas station and convenience store located on Ferguson Boulevard in Wal-Mart parking lot. on April 14. The store is currently under construction and is scheduled to open on July 4 weekend. Photo by Camille McClanahan" align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" />