Local News

  • 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.

  • MSU student killed in I-75 collision

    A senior at Morehead State University was killed on March 16 when he rear-ended a tractor trailer truck on Interstate-75.
    Joseph “Joey” Lorenz, 23, of Covington, was pronounced dead at the scene by Grant County Deputy Coroner Lamar Fowler.
    Lorenz was traveling southbound around 7:32 p.m. near the 149 mile marker when the wreck occurred in the middle of a snow squall.
    Williamstown Officer Steve Cornman said there was a wreck involving several vehicles ahead of the semi truck.

  • Spring forest fire hazard season now in effect

    Kentucky’s Division of Forestry reminds everyone that February 15th through April 30th is spring forest fire hazard season in the state.
    That means it’s illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of woods or brush between six in the morning and six at night.  The idea is to prevent forest fires by burning outdoors only at night when a forest fire is less likely to spread.

  • Sheriff’s office alerts residents with phone app

    First came Facebook, now the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the community with a smart phone mobile application.
    The free MobilePatrol app allows users to have access to up-to-date information, including emergency alerts, arrest warrants, jail bookings, VINE notifications, a county directory and links to other valuable information.

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  • Crittenden woman’s quick thinking saves choking toddler

    A routine trip to the dog groomer turned out to be anything but routine for Nancy Owens recently.

    Owens, of Crittenden, was driving along Mary C. Grubbs Highway in Walton with her Boston Terrier, Sparky, when she noticed a van in front of her kept hitting their brakes.
    “I saw a lady jump out and jump in the backseat and heard her screaming,” Owens said.
    Owens got out of her car and ran to the other vehicle.

  • Arrest made in Crittenden home invasion

    A 23-year-old man is facing charges after being arrested in connection with a Crittenden home invasion in which the owner was tied up in his bathroom.
    Jacob W. Sharp of Crittenden was indicted March 5 by a Grant County grand jury on charges of second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more and second-degree being a persistent felony offender.
    The charges stem from a Feb. 11 invasion of the Alexander Road home of 65-year-old Larry Brown, who told police he answered his door only to be tackled while in his wheelchair by an unknown white male.

  • Former Grant superintendent dies in Okla.

    Former Grant County Schools Superintendent James Gardner died March 3 at his Oklahoma home.
    Gardner, who was “Jimmy Joe” to all who knew him, served as superintendent from July 1989 to September 1994.

    He was a 1959 graduate of Grant County High School before going on to Georgetown College, where he earned his bachelors degree in 1963 and his masters degree in 1969.
    Gardner’s career in Grant County Schools began in the fall of 1963, when he assumed a position at Grant County High School teaching Bookkeeping, Typing I and Business English.