Today's News

  • Grant, Pendleton counties provide volunteer opportunities

    The following volunteer opportunities are available in Grant and Pendleton counties:
    • Grant County
    Community Action Commission – help with food distribution, donation sorting and pickup, assist with energy assistance applications and office/clerical assistance.
    Helping Hands Ministries – help with food distribution, assist in the Thrift Store, sorting clothes and food donations, pick up donations on as-needed basis.
    St. Elizabeth Hospice - assist with patient care and respite care.

  • Combs-Smider unite in marriage

    Addie Rose Combs and Joshua Todd Smider were united in marriage on March 19, 2011 at the Grant County Courthouse in Williamstown. Judge Executive Darrell Link officiated at the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of James Combs of Buffalo, N.Y. and Margaret Combs of Williamstown. She is a 2008 graduate of Williamstown and is currently attending Salon Professional Academy in New York.

    The groom is the son of  Todd and Carole Smider of Williamstown. He is a 2006 graduate of Williamstown High School and is employed by Tops Foods in New York.

  • Grant board approves 2011-12 school calendar

    As one school year gets ready to close, a new one has been set, as Grant County School Board adopted the 2011-2012 school calendar at their April 14 meeting.

    School will start for the district on Aug. 15 – the same week as last year.

    Some changes to the calendar are the teacher’s professional development days. This school year, the students went to school for a half day and the remainder of the day was for professional development.

  • Gilmore-Blackburn set date

    Bruce and Dee Wilson of Barbourville, Ky. are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittany Nicole Gilmore to Roger Daryl Blackburn, Jr., son of Roger and Sharon Blackburn of Dry Ridge.

    The wedding is being planned for 6:30 p.m. on June 18 at the Barbourville Church of God in Barbourville.

    The groom is a 2006 graduate of Grant County High School.

    The couple met while attending the University of Kentucky, where they both will graduate on May 8.

  • Livingood named new Grant Co. superintendent

    From maintenance worker to superintendent, Ron Livingood has worked his way to the top of the Grant County School District.

    The 53-year-old Crittenden man was named superintendent April 20, replacing a retiring Michael Hibbett.
    Livingood received a four-year contract, beginning July 1, worth $116,197 annually.

  • Antrobus-Gaines plan wedding

    Tom and Sonya Antrobus of Falmouth and Bryan and Tammy Woodyard of Astor, Fla. are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brandi Kay Antrobus to Adam Tyler Gaines, son of Donette and Charlie Gaines of Owenton.

    The wedding is being planned for 6:30 p.m. on May 21 at Trinity Southern Baptist. A reception will follow at Stonewood Gardens.

    The bride is a 2006 graduate of Grant County High School and is presently attending Northern Kentucky University. She is employed by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

  • Did county’s weather warning system work?

    Those weren’t just high, strong winds that ripped through Grant County on April 24, but tornadoes that touched down in two confirmed locations.

    The first, classified as an EF-O touched down, in Folsom around 2:59 p.m. This tornado had wind speeds up to 75 miles per hour.


    Bright, warm sunlight peeped through the clouds briefly on Easter Sunday as John and Carol Cuneo took advantage of a break in the rain showers to survey the mess at their Folsom Jonesville Road home.

    Twenty-four hours earlier, John Cuneo watched a tornado touch down in his side yard, veer around a barn and head for his house.

    “I was standing on the back deck and I heard this woo, woo, woo sound and then I saw it sit down right there,” he said, pointing to the barn about 200 feet from his wooden, frame home.

  • Leach first runner-up, wins $1,000 scholarship

    Hayley Frances Leach, daughter of Tom and Rebecca Leach of Dry Ridge, competed in the Miss Junior Teen America Pageant held in Nashville, Tenn. from Jan. 13 to 16.

    Leach represented the Commonwealth with the title of Miss Kentucky Junior Teen America 2010, which she won in January 2010. The pageant was held at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and several young ladies from throughout the United States competed for this title.


    (Editor’s Note: Other elected officials have been invited to submit a guest column. Those will be published in upcoming issues.)

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