Local News

  • Woman recalls double murder scene

    Deborah Collins thought it was just a bad accident.
    She was heading to her home on Mulligan Road late July 28 after picking up her 14-year-old grandson and his friend when she drove up on it.
    A Chevy Tahoe and a pickup truck facing opposite directions were blocking the roadway and a man was laying on the ground.
    Collins had no idea it was the scene of a double murder as a Dry Ridge man is accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife and another man before turning the gun on himself.


    Q and A with Tom Droege, spokesperson for Bluegrass Pipeline

    How much of the proposed pipeline would go through Grant County?
    “It’s important to understand that it’s very preliminary at this point. (We will not have any estimates) until it is finalized. It’s still kind of moving.”

    How much land surveying for the pipeline has been done in Grant County?

  • Get Fit For Brit event raises thousands

    The life of Brittany Butler was celebrated and remembered July 26, just days before she would have turned 22 years old.
    Brittany died March 4, 2014, of a heroin overdose, leaving behind many friends and family, including her young daughter Paisley.
    In her memory, a Get Fit For Britt event was held at Body Works Gym in Dry Ridge to not only bring awareness to the heroin epidemic, but to raise money to fight it.

  • Candidates set for city races as filing deadline passes

    The Aug. 12 filing deadline has passed and the November ballot is set.
    The following candidates filed for non-partisan races:
    Williamstown City Council
    • Ken Stone
    • Tommy J. Judd
    • Troy Gutman
    • Kim Crupper
    • Amanda Howell
    • John C. Coleman
    • Robert Perry
    • Greg Middleton
    • Elizabeth Wagoner
    Dry Ridge City Council
    • Fred Money
    • James “Jim” Hendy
    • Karen Glore
    • Sara Cummins

  • Tolles host benefit for sister

    Becky Tolle Hensley, 48, who lives in Dry Ridge, was diagnosed with small cell cancer on June 1.
    Henry Hensley, Becky’s husband, along with her siblings, Brenda, Donald and Barbara Tolle and her mother, Thelma Tolle were all devastated by the news.
    “She was having pains in her side so he (Henry) took her to the St. Elizabeth Hospital.” Brenda said.
    Hensley also has a step daughter, Melissa and son-in-law, Josh Collins who live in Texas.
    She is a wife, daughter, sister and aunt.

  • Benefit will help Howard family pay for baby’s new legs

    Zeke Howard has a mega watt smile.
    He’s a 1 year old bundle of joy that crawls and moves quickly despite having been born with skeletal dysplasia, often referred to as dwarfism.
    A child with this condition will have abnormal differences in the size and shape of their legs, arms, trunk or skull.
    In Zeke’s case, his fingers were joined together. At birth, his left foot was attached to his knee and his right leg was formed without the bones to support his foot, which causes his balance to be off.

  • Reward offered in July 25 mobile home fire

    Mike and Stacy McCormick are hoping a $10,000 reward will be enough to entice the public to come forth with information about a fire that destroyed their home.
    The McCormicks were notified by a neighbor around 4 a.m. on July 25 that the mobile home they were setting up at 4740 Cynthiana Street in Williamstown was engulfed in flames.
    The couple had been working on the property since January, waiting for the ground to settle before making final improvements on the site one of their sons would be living.

  • John Halsey: A man with a green thumb

    You could say that John Halsey, a man of many talents, who despite being 87 years young, has lots of life left, has a green thumb.
    Born on May 6, 1927 in Oakdale,  in Breathitt County, Kentucky, Halsey is the father of five children, three step children, 12 grandchildren and “don’t ask me how many great grandchildren”--but he will tell you there are three sets of twins in the greats.  

  • Trenary competed for Miss Kentucky title

    Thirty-two contestants represented local scholarship pageants from across the state for the title of Miss Kentucky 2014.
    Dakoda Trenary, 21, of Corinth, carries the title of Miss Heartland and represented the area. She is a student at Morehead State University and performed “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” on the piano. Her platform is “Learn, Earn and Return.”
    She is the daughter of Scott and Lori Trenary.

  • Captain John Lillard Chapter DAR presents awards

    At the April 2014 meeting of the Captain John Lillard Chapter of the Daughters of the the American Revolution, awards were presented to two Grant Countians,. One a senior, the other a high school senior.
    Frances Rae Clinkscales Stanley  was honored for her outstanding achievements in Fiber Arts.