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  • Lady Braves dominated 71-37 by Simon Kenton

    The Grant County Lady Braves found it difficult to compete with Simon Kenton’s combination of size, strength and three-point shooting Feb. 22 in the district tournament.

    The Lady Braves were defeated 71-37 to end their season with a 6-22 record.
    From the opening whistle, Grant County did their best to maintain possession.

  • Demons end season with 54-40 loss to Pioneers

    Williamstown managed to keep it close until the fourth quarter, but the boys’ basketball team finally fell 54-40 to Simon Kenton in the first round of the 32nd district tournament.

    Early in the game, the size of Simon Kenton dictated the matchup.
    With their entire lineup towering over Williamstown, it was easy for the Pioneers to grab rebounds and get easy three-point shots.

    All of the rebounds for Williamstown came off of hustle and fight as they managed to get 13 total rebounds on the night.


    (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.)

    Kentucky State Police charged Bobby L. McNay, 40, of Williamstown, with failure to signal, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, failure to provide insurance, possession of a controlled substance heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, at 10:37 p.m. Feb. 16 on Broadway Street. McNay was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.


    Andrew Davis is the Williamstown High School Youth Performance Award winner for January.
    He is a senior at WHS and is the son of Todd and Amy Davis of Williamstown.
    Extra-curricular activities: Marching Band and academic team
    Community involvement: Tutors at Williamstown High School and participates in $100 Solution at Western Kentucky University.
    Class schedule: Differential equations, Intro to discrete mathematics, chemistry 1 and chemistry 1 lab, writing in the disciplines and research.

  • Dry Ridge dentist dies following car wreck

    A Dry Ridge dentist died from the injuries he suffered following a car accident a month ago on his way home from work.

    Dr. Thad Thomas, 70, of Sparta, died on Feb. 17 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.
    Thomas who operated Thad Thomas Dentistry for 20 years was on his way home from the dental office on Jan. 19 when his 2010 Kia Forte exited the roadway on Warsaw Road about two miles from Dry Ridge and struck a utility pole.


    • Jan. 5
    Chris Stover, 127 Admiral Drive, addition, 1,003 square feet, estimated cost $108,000; permit fee $262.39.
    Rex McClanahan, 695 Cash Drive, demo; permit fee $50.
    • Jan. 7
    Rick Rich, 1665 Sugar Creek Road, addition, 374 square feet, estimated cost $30,000; permit fee $134.24.
    • Jan. 12
    Ben Jackson, 23 S. Main Street, repair, 100 square feet, estimated cost $600; permit fee $35.
    • Jan. 28
    Rodney Howe, 3720 Knoxville Road, demo; permit fee $50.


    The grand jury met Jan. 27 and returned indictments against 22 people.
    The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
    Those indicted were:
    • Christopher Allen Cline, 43, theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more and theft of identity.
    • Silver O’Banion Jackson, 32, bail jumping in the first degree and being a persistent felony offender.

  • Court reverses Gray murder conviction

    The Kentucky Supreme Court has unanimously reversed the 2013 conviction of a Scott County man convicted of murdering his parents in 2007.
    The court ordered the case against James Anthony Gray to be remanded to Scott County Circuit Court for retrial.
    Gray was convicted of two counts of murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence by a Scott County jury in February 2013.
    The charges stemmed from the shooting deaths of James and Vivian Gray in their home on U.S. 25 north of Sadieville in April 2007.

  • Lady Demon seniors lead team to 54-41 win

    The Williamstown Lady Demons looked to get their second win of the season against the Carroll County Lady Panthers on Feb. 12.
    However, it was not solely about the basketball that night.
    Families and friends gathered to celebrate the two seniors on the roster; Katie Cheek and Rachel Montgomery.
    The Lady Demons treated their seniors to a win 54-41 over the Lady Panthers.
    It was truly a special night for the two seniors who have played nearly their entire basketball careers together.