Local News

  • Ark road fix part of final road plan

    It took a fight, but more than $10 million in funding for road improvements around the Ark Encounter in Williamstown were included in the final state road plan.

    The road plan, along with the state budget, was passed April 15 during the final day of the 2016 General Assembly.

    The road project to fix the exit and widen KY 36 surrounding the entrance of the Ark attraction was included in the governor’s budget, but was taken out of the House road plan by House Democrats, according to Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge.

  • Jonesville Fire Chief Duvall dies at 43

    Nearly every fire department has a ‘cat in the tree’ story, but for Jonesville Assistant Fire Chief Allen Cammack, that story is a reminder of the many ways Chief Chase Duvall showed his willingness to do whatever it took to help someone in need.

  • Recycling taken to landfill for years

    Recyclable materials collected at curbsides of Grant County homes since at least 2011 have been delivered by Republic Services to the landfill instead of a recycling center.
    Around 100 customers subscribe and pay for the curbside recycling pickup in Grant County.
    An investigation revealed the improper recycling processing after Bryan Miles, Grant County solid waster coordinator, received a tip with Republic Services.

  • Lady Demons beat Gallatin, fall to Walton in ‘All A’

    The weather is finally heating up, and so is the Williamstown softball team.
    The 80-degree weather didn’t effect junior pitcher Jade Pinkston as she led Williamstown to a 9-6 victory April 15 over the Gallatin County Wildcats in the first round of the 8th Region All A Classic.
    Pinkston wasn’t the only one feeling the heat, as the Williamstown bats started quick with four runs in the bottom of the first.
    Pinkston started things off with a double up the middle, then Delaney Kemper soon batted her in.


    (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.)
    Officer David Osborne charged Keith A. Mesmer, 21, of Dry Ridge, for theft by deception cold checks under $500, no time given, April 11 on Broadway Street.
    Officer KJ Little cited Cody D. Stull, 22, of Dry Ridge, with no registration plates, at 10:24 p.m. April 11 on Warsaw Road.

  • If the prodigal were a daughter

    A few years ago, the late Janice Chaffee wrote the book, “If the Prodigal Were A Daughter.”
    In it, she took several parables of Jesus and rewrote them, making women the main characters in 21st-century settings.
    My favorite story is her take of the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15. She called it “Solana: A Loved Daughter.”

  • Mt. Olivet Christian Church celebrates dedication

    “We are a group of ordinary, imperfect people saved from what we deserve by the sacrifice of God’s Son. As such, it is our desire to share what we have found with the world.” —Mount Olivet Christian Church Website
    Leaders and staff of Mount Olivet Christian Church moved to the front of the worship area for laying on of hands and prayers of blessing by ministers and others in the congregation who attended the dedication service on April 17.

  • Price takes over as Extension agent

    While Grant County grew and changed, there was someone living in Maysville, Ky. who still called it home.

    Mason County Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Agent Rachael Price had been keeping an eye on Grant County Extension Services and when she learned that FCS Agent Patty Poor was changing positions, she was eager to apply for the job.

    “Grant County has always been home to me and it always will be,” Price said. “So it was always in the back of my mind.”

  • Acclaimed author coming to library April 19

    When Melissa Wallace worked as a media specialist for Grant County High School there was one book that was on constant loan, “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher.

    “I had five copies of it and it stayed off the shelf,” said Wallace, now public services librarian for the Grant County Public Library. “It was constantly being read and there was a time when this was an issue because we had had an incident with a student.”