Local News

  • Back to School Blowout set for Aug. 8

    As summer winds down, students can prepare to head back to class while having fun at the Back to School Blowout.
    The annual event, set for Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Grant County Park in Crittenden, will feature free school supplies, food, a movie and children activities.
    It is a joint partnership between the Grant County Fiscal Court, Grant County Parks and Recreation, Grant County and Williamstown Family Resource Centers, Grant County Public Library and area businesses and churches.

  • Grant County Band Camp

    • June 3
    Diane Butler, 1092 Jacob Drive, demolition, permit fee $50
    Wolf Steel, 103 Miller Drive, addition, 80,588 square feet, estimated cost $200,000; permit fee $3,500
    • June 5
    Dewey Schlueter, 2520 Knoxville Road, deck, square feet, estimated cost $5,200; permit fee $87.98
    • June 11
    Jason Rahschulte, 300 Kells Road, new home, 1,591 square feet, estimated cost $230,000; permit fee $540.24
    • June 15


    (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.)
    Sgt. Dennis Switzer executed a warrant multiple Boone County warrants for Jacqueline L. Conley, 38, of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear, at 7:18 p.m. July 17 on N. Main Street. Conley was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Same-sex marriage hearing held in N. Ky

    COVINGTON — A sometimes-tearful Kim Davis took the stand July 20 to say her decision as Rowan County clerk to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples was a heartfelt one based on her religious convictions.
    “It was something I had prayed and fasted over. ... It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision,” Davis told U.S. District Judge David Bunning, her voice breaking.
    To authorize licenses means “I’m saying I agree with it, and I can’t.”

  • KSP give Hotel Donald fire second look

    Nineteen years ago, two children, both students at Mason-Corinth Elementary, died in a blaze at Hotel Donald in Williamstown.
    While investigators quickly determined the fire was arson, no one was ever charged and the case became a cold case.
    That’s where Bryant Hunger comes in. Hunger started his career with the Kentucky State Police in January.
    “Arson is difficult to investigate,” Hunger said. “That’s why we are putting it out to the public to try and get any information that we can.”

  • Alcohol proponents start wet petition

    A group of Dry Ridge residents would like to see alcohol sales all over Grant County so they’ve begun a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot.
    Darren Spahr, along with his wife, Kellee, is leading the petition drive.
    “We are putting this in the hands of the voters of Grant County,” said Spahr, a Dry Ridge resident. “The people should decide the issue and we believe they will support it.”
    Grant County businessman Bob Wallace is also involved in the effort and said alcohol sales will boost the local economy.

  • Two charged in Bluegrass Tobacco burglary

    After a month-long investigation, a Williamstown couple faces charges in the June 18 break-in at Bluegrass Tobacco.

    Lauren Taylor, 26, and Miguel Hony, 25, were charged July 17with third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.

    The two suspects broke into the tobacco store around 3:20 a.m. through the back door and took thousands of dollars in merchandise.
    Williamstown Police posted several photos of the suspects taken from the store’s surveillance cameras.