Local News

  • 2011 Year In Review

    • Two men, Cecil R. Rose II of Williamstown, and Curtis J. Morrison of Hebron were arrested after police say they broke into an unoccupied home on Cummins Lane in Dry Ridge and set fire to it.
    • The Helping Hands Thrift Store found a new home at 1398 N. Main St. in Williamstown in the former Butternut Bread store from behind Grant County Drugs on Barnes Road.
    • Dry Ridge City Council approved an increase in sewer rates to help pay for construction on a new $15 million sewer plant on KY 36 in Williamstown.

  • Collarobration earns Williamstown schools $$$

    FALMOUTH— Williamstown Independent Schools will share a $498,546 federal grant with Pendleton and Gallatin County school districts to implement a distance learning system.
    The project will enable the three school districts to share a system that will allow teachers to share classes as one large virtual school.
    It will include the use of mobile media carts, video conferencing equipment, white boards and interactive displays.

  • Driver charged in deaths of two Dry Ridge women

    A 22-year-old Nancy man has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with a one-car accident that killed two passengers from Dry Ridge.
    The Boone County Sheriff’s Department charged Logan Ellis with two counts of (wanton) murder, driving under the influence (aggravated) and having no insurance after turning himself into police.
    He was the driver of a vehicle that claimed the lives of passengers Heather Stanley, 21, and Stacy Hopkins, 43, both of Dry Ridge.

  • The Nutcracker in a nutshell

    When Dawn Baker Barrett went to the Cincinnati Ballet last year to see the “Nutcracker,” she told her young daughter who had just begun to take dance lessons that maybe someday she could perform in the annual event.
    Little did Barrett, a Grant County native, know that it would happen in just a year.
    Her daughter, Shayla Halsey, will perform as a bumblebee in this year’s production, which opens Dec. 15 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati.

  • Grand jury issues jail report

    A Grant County grand jury decided not to indict Jailer Terry Peeples after hearing testimony involving inmates working on personal vehicles owned by jail staff or their family members.
    However, a three-page report by the grand jury dated Dec. 7 lists several problem areas of the jail and recommends that the next grand jury, scheduled for January to June 2012, continue to monitor the Grant County Detention Center.
    Peeples said he appeared in front of the grand jury multiple times since August, with the last time being in December.

  • Poverty simulation highlights struggles families face

    For two hours, Wynita Worley was a 21-year community college student who was suddenly in charge of three younger siblings when her father was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
    While the family’s rent and child care was paid, there was no income for utilities and groceries.
    Worley and her siblings had to find a way to survive not unlike many other struggling families in Kentucky.

  • How do you celebrate a Night of Fright?

    Ghost hunter to visit library

  • Teenager saves mom; honored by firefighters

    Casey Jones is polite and has a sweet smile.
    The freshman at Grant County High School can also add “hero” to what people say about him.
    “He’s got a big responsibility on his shoulders and we felt like he should be honored for that,” said Charlie Conley, safety officer for the Dry Ridge Fire Department.
    Casey was made an honorary member of the Dry Ridge Fire Department earlier this month for keeping calm when his mother has a diabetic emergency.

  • What happened to patriotism?

    Wade Gutman was so moved by the events of 9/11, he went up and down the streets of Williamstown placing flags outside of businesses to show American pride.
    Judy Conrad, of Dry Ridge, has always considered herself patriotic, especially since she comes from a family with a history  of military service.
    “I think we’ve fallen into a rut,” Conrad said.”Until something else happens, people forget about patriotism.”

  • 'Love Out Loud' comes to county

    A Florida-based ministry will be partnering with local churches to show Grant County their “Love Out Loud” during three weekend events.
    Just For Him Ministries, which brought JamFest to Grant County in 2007 and 2008, is organizing two separate events at Grant County Park in Crittenden to reach students of all ages within the community.
    A middle school and high school event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 featuring free food, music and activities, including bounce houses.