Today's News

  • Jail walkaway caught quickly

    Jeff Courtney, a Class D inmate, who was working outside the grant County Detention Center on Barnes Road in Williamstown, climbed into a waiting car and drove off June 5.

    Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples said that Courtney was being supervised while he was working in a garden outside the jail.

    “The deputy saw him get in a car and take off,” Peeples said.

    Peeples said the jail staff notified the Kentucky State Police, per the jail’s protocol and began an investigation.

  • Electrical fire temporarily closes Country Grill

    The Country Grill in Dry Ridge will be closed for at least two weeks, maybe longer, after an electrical fire broke out on Monday, June 6.

    “I’m hoping we’re only closed for two weeks,” said Mike Hare, owner. “My goal is to be up and running before the NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway.”

    The race is set for the first weekend in July.

    Hare said the employees smelled smoke and then noticed a haze in the dining room just after lunch.

  • Cable, Internet coming to Corinth

    High-speed Internet is just around the corner for residents of Corinth.

    The city of Williamstown is putting the final touches on a new cable system for the southern end of Grant County.

    Corinth residents are encouraged to attend an informational/signup meeting planned for 7 p.m. June 16 at the Corinth Community Center.

    The service is courtesy of a $535,000 federal grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Williamstown matched the grant with $134,000.

  • Fiscal court passes $11 million budget

    Editor's note: All numbers are taken from the county's proposed 2011-12 budget, which has gone through one of two readings before it is expected to pass in June.


    The total budgeted appropriations for the 2011-12 year is $11.004,057, a decrease of $91,000 from last year.

    Of that, $5,062,968 was appropriated in the general fund — about $175,000 less than last year's budget.

    The bulk of the rest of the appropriations came from the road and jail funds.

  • Williamstown Junior and Senior High School honor roll June, 9, 2011

    A Honor Roll – fourth nine weeks

    • Sixth grade
    Collin Davis
    Katlyn Gillum
    Caroline Kinsey
    Morgan Lawrence
    Benjamin McCelland
    Jade Pinkston
    Olivia Souder
    Magdalene Walters
    Truly Withorn

    • Seventh grade
    Mckenna Brewer
    Andrew Davis
    Olivia Dezarn
    Megan Garrison
    Marissa Lamp
    Avery March
    Carly Middleton
    Rachel Montgomery
    Savanna Moss

  • Dry Ridge resident killed in Afghanistan

    A Dry Ridge man looking to make some money to move back to his hometown died June 4 in Afghanistan.

    Brett Benton, 37, had recently resigned as a sergeant with the Kenton County Police Department to go to work for a private defense contractor in Afghanistan.

    He was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in the Alingar District, Laghman Province.

    Benton, originally from Richmond, Ky. and his wife, Bethany moved to Dry Ridge to be between her family in Ohio and his in Madison County nine years ago.

  • Burgan, girl, May 25

    Daniel and Amanda Burgan of Dry Ridge would like to announce the birth of their first child.

    Braelynn Sue Burgan was born at 2:18 p.m. on May 25, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood.

    She weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
    Her maternal grandparents are Dennis Gouge of Corinth and Melissa Penn of Dry Ridge. Her maternal great grandparents are Shirley and Linda Coomer of Dry Ridge.

  • Officials recognize former mayor, council members

    Former council members Kym Warren and Martha Hicks and former mayor Gayle Cayton were recognized by Mayor Jim Livingood at the city’s regular meeting on April 5.

    “I wanted you to come back, at least so I could say, I appreciate what you’ve been doing,” said Livingood. “You’ve put in a lot of time giving the city a lot of extra work for not very much pay at all. I appreciate it and I know the council does and the new people coming on, whether they realize it or not, there is a legacy there to follow.”

  • All dogs, cats must have county license

    Grant County pets, your pets, deserve to be licensed and protected. They deserve a way to come home if lost, as well as to be safe from diseases.

    Also, in case you weren’t aware, there’s a county ordinance that requires all dogs and cats in Grant County to be licensed annually.
    In order to make it easy for pet owners to comply with the license, the Grant County Animal Shelter will hold a License/Vaccination Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.

  • Police Reports 6-9-11


    (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.)

    Dry Ridge Police