Today's Features


  • R.T. Daugherty, the former pastor of Williamstown Baptist Church, died last week.

    Many of the younger generation may never have heard his name, but for older Grant County residents, the name is familiar.

    Daugherty, 96, served as Williamstown’s pastor for 25 years from 1955 to 1980, but even in semi-retirement, he served as interim pastor at other churches including Sherman Baptist Church, Vine Run Baptist and Marcus Baptist Church, as well as several others outside Grant County.

  • Nominations for the annual Grant County Chamber of Commerce awards are now being taken. Categories include Grant Countian of the Year, Excellence in Business, Excellence in Education and Volunteer of the Year. Individuals may be nominated for more than one award, but may receive only one award per year.
    All nominees must be a resident of Grant County or be employed in Grant County. The nominator does not have to be a member of the chamber of commerce.

  • Three decades of volunteer service later, Dwayne Hammons said he still has lots to give the Dry Ridge Fire Department.
    “Knowing that a person’s home is on fire or a person is injured or ill makes me want to care for my community,” he said. “Being a part of the fire and EMS service is like having a second family and it’s really hard not to be a part of it.”
    Hammons recently was recognized by the Dry Ridge Fire Department for more than 30 years of volunteer service to the department.

  • Harmon B. Conrad, formerly of Grant County, celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 30 in Clearwater, Fla.
    Conrad celebrated at a party with his family and friends. He and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Clearwater in 1968, after retiring from the Coca Cola Co. in Dayton, Ohio.
    Elizabeth died in 1976 and he married Lillian Fraley Jones in 1977. They belong to Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater.
    He graduated from Dry Ridge High School in 1929, and he is the only member of his family to reach the milestone of a 100th birthday.

  • Master Gardener instructor Sharon Tepe will demonstrate Seed Starting Basics from 6 to 8 p.m. March 3 at the Grant County Extension Office, 105 Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.
    Tepe, an avid gardener, graduated from the Master Gardener training class at the Civic Garden Center in Cincinnati. The class consisted of 50 hours of classroom training with the topics ranging from botany and soils to pests and diseases and a hosts of other gardening related topics.

  • Fred Domaschko says he’s not a hero, just a man at the right place at the right time.
    Domaschko was on his way home from work around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 3 when he noticed the car in front of him swerving wildly.
    It was then that Domaschko noticed a 3-year-old child standing on the side of the road.
    The boy had wandered out of his Baton Rouge Road home and walked over a mile and a half in the snow. The child had no shoes and was wearing only a t-shirt and jogging pants.

  • Phillip A. Clough graduated from the Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Ga. on Feb. 4.
    Pfc. Clough graduated basic training and infantry school on Dec. 15, 2010 at Ft. Benning, Ga. Clough is currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C. in the 82nd Airborne Division, 1/325 Parachute Infantry Regiment.
    He is a 2010 graduate of Grant County High School and is the son of Jason and Cindy Clough of Dry Ridge.