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  • Three teens charged in ‘White Power’ vandalism

    Three Dry Ridge juveniles were charged with criminal mischief and trespassing in connection with a local restaurant that was vandalized with white supremacist imagery.

    Passing drivers first noticed the words “White Power” and two swastikas painted onto the outdoor sidewall of The Funky Chicken Cupcakery and Café, an upcoming restaurant off Main Street in Dry Ridge, on July 2.
    The Grant County Sheriff’s Department said the crime likely occurred during the morning on July 1. The three teens were arrested on July 5.

  • Bevin’s case for pension, tax reform boosted by $138.5M shortfall, legislators say

    FRANKFORT, Ky — As Gov. Matt Bevin advocates for pension and tax reform, his administration must grapple with a $138.5 million shortfall in tax revenues for the most recent fiscal year.
    The shortfall — announced in a Monday news release from State Budget Director John Chilton — presents a short-term challenge for Bevin’s administration since the state is constitutionally required to have a balanced budget each year.

  • Fiscal court approves new position

    The Grant County Fiscal Court hired Riley Colson into a triad position during their special meeting on July 10. Colson will serve as an administrative assistant, human resources coordinator and payroll clerk for the fiscal court.
    The position was originally intended to only be an administrative assistant, but District 1 Magistrate Jacqalynn Riley and District 2 Magistrate Shawna Coldiron said they wanted someone who could oversee HR matters as well.

  • Will. Council goes into executive session to discuss Ark Encounter, safety fee

    The Williamstown City Council went into executive session during their meeting on July 10 to discuss possible litigation concerning the Ark Encounter.
    According to the Kentucky Open Meetings, public agencies can discuss certain subjects in a closed, or executive, meeting if notice is given in the regular meeting of the general nature of the business to be discussed, and the agency cites the specific exemption authorizing the closed session.

  • Little Dippers have fun in the sun
  • The Art of Training ‘Ninjas’: Local driving instructor teaches students to B-Safe

    As Brian Fannon sits in the passenger seat of his instructional vehicle, he gives coaching commands to his student as they grasp the steering wheel.
    He encourages them to run through their designated checklist of safety precautions before moving from the parking spot, all while they hold the wheel – or “life and death,” as Fannon calls it – in their hands.

  • Stage Right hopes audiences will be off to see ‘Wizard of Oz’

    Stage Right Musical Theatre in Williamstown will be taking audiences “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for its first mainstay show of its second season.

    The theatrical group will present “The Wizard of Oz” on weekends July 14-30 at Main Street Gardens, 1418 N. Main Street in Williamstown.

  • Attendance doubles for Rockin’ the Ridge

    Attendance was more than double than last year for the second year of the Rockin’ the Ridge festival on June 24.
    Dry Ridge Mayor Jim Wells said estimates for the attendance for the event, which featured headliners Colt Ford and Joe Diffie, are between 10,000 and 12,000 people.

  • Ark Encounter: One Year Later

    One year since the Ark Encounter arrived in Grant County, the real-life imagining of the famous Biblical tale and its impact on the local economy remain a major point of conversation among business owners and elected officials.

    When the Ark Encounter officially opened its doors in July 2016, many anticipated it would bring a surge of out-of-town dollars to local businesses, and attract new industries to open their doors in Williamstown and Grant County. Some business owners say they have experienced such an economic boom, while some remain skeptical.