Local News

  • Mother advocates for Casey’s Law enacted to honor dead son

    Charlotte Wethington did not have any evidence that her son was addicted to drugs, but she had a gut feeling that something wasn’t quite right. Her instincts proved to be correct, as her son Casey would overdose three times and eventually die at age 23 after the third time.


    Northern Kentucky has been called the “heroin ground zero.”
    The deadly statistics validate that moniker.
    Four heroin overdose deaths have occurred in Grant County in less than three months this year.

    Last year, there was only one heroin death.
    “It should be alarming to everybody,” said Robert McDaniel, Grant County coroner. “It’s extremely problematic to everyone in the community.”

  • Loss of uncle sparks desire to help others

    Lee Wilson remembers the exact moment he found out his uncle, Joey Smallwood, had died from a heroin overdose.
    He got the call at 4:18 a.m. March 4.
    “Growing up I was inseparable from him,” the 20-year-old Grant County resident said. “He was like the older brother I didn’t have. I guess the first thing that hit me was tears. I’m not going to lie. I was crying and thinking that I would never ever get to see him again. The memories of playing video games, watching him ride his street bike.”

  • April 2014 Child Abuse Prevention

    Grant County Cook: Rhonda Rich

    Residence: Williamstown

    Background: native of Grant County

    Day job: works as a clerk at Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge for 13 years

    Family: Husband, Al; son, Corey and wife, Caitlyn and daughter, Ali

    Signature dish: “I’ve got three recipes that people always ask for - Mom’s Meatloaf, Granny Simpson’s Chocolate Cake and my Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms, with the most requested being the cake. It’s rich and easy.”

  • GET FIT!

    Grant library to host health fair

    • March 27
    • 2 to 7 p.m.
    • In conjunction with registration for Fitness For Life Around Grant County’s annual Biggest Winner challenge
    • Vendors include:
     - NKHDD will be providing free adult vaccines for Tetanus, Dipheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
    - Free video otoscopy from Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky
    - Acupuncture therapy by Dr. Greg Koo
    - Stroke prevention from St. Elizabeth Cardiovascular

    What can I win?

  • Pain clinic owner sentenced

    The former owner of pain clinics in Dry Ridge and Georgetown that illegally dispensed prescription drugs to thousands of patients, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on March 18.
    Ernest William Singleton was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell for drug trafficking, money laundering, opening and maintaining a drug involved premise and conspiracy offenses.
    Singleton will have to serve at least 85 percent or 17 years of his prison sentence.


    Diana Morgan is no stranger to packing her bags quickly and heading off to a town she may never have visited before.
    That’s what happens when you’ve worked as a Red Cross volunteer for 21 years.
    Morgan, of Dry Ridge, has been deployed to the Falmouth flood in 1997, as well as ice storms in Pendleton County, followed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
    Most recently, she traveled to Charleston, West Virginia in response to a chemical spill on Jan. 9.

  • Wtown driver hits train

    A Williamstown woman reportedly suffered non life-threatening injuries March 16 when her vehicle collided with a train in Richwood.
    Melissa Hemingway, 44, drove her 1986 Buick Somerset approximately a half mile southbound on the tracks on Old Lexington Pike before colliding with an oncoming northbound Norfolk Southern train, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.  
    The train, estimated to be traveling at 25 miles per hour, went into full emergency brake mode, but still pushed the car back 215 yards.  

  • Vigil to honor overdose victims

    Kim Haubner is tired of reacting to bad things that happen in Grant County.
    Instead she wants to be proactive and help find solutions.
    Haubner, the founder of Helping Out People Everywhere or HOPE, a volunteer community based organization that provides food, clothing and other necessities to families in need, has organized a Candle Light Vigil to remember those lost to heroin and other drugs.