Local News

  • Jail repairs estimated at $1.5 million

    Stepping inside the kitchen at the Grant County Detention Center isn’t pretty.
    Water spews continually from a faucet, while more water covers parts of the tile floor as it backs up from a drain.
    For a facility that feeds more than 300 people a day, cooking is completed on three burners because the rest don’t work.
    Monday’s lunch is two slices of bread, a glop of peanut butter, applesauce, a cookie and a small Styrofoam cup of tea.

  • Easter is for laughing

    When I was a new Christian, I discovered a portrait of Jesus called the “Laughing Christ” at a Christian book store.
    At the time I was attending a serious church, a church where the thought of Jesus laughing was most likely frowned on. Maybe Jesus smiled at babies and puppies, but telling jokes with his friends? God forbid.
    Consequently, because the serious people at that serious church were so serious about their Christian faith, they presented Jesus as serious too. Serious equals somber and sober, which equals humorless and kinda mean.


    Bethany Baptist
    • April 5 – Sunrise service followed by breakfast. Easter egg hunt after 11 a.m. worship service.  There will be no evening services.
    • Sunday School at 10 a.m.; worship service at 11 a.m. and evening worship at 7 p.m.
    • Pastor - Donald Joe Kannady
    • The church is located at 7770 Lawrenceville Road in Holbrook. For more information, call 859-391-5993.

    Bible Believers Baptist


    (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 for Megan Hearn, 25, of Williamstown, for flagrant non-support, at 1:22 p.m. March 24 on Barnes Road. Hearn was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Lady Demons defeat Carroll, lose to Walton-Verona

    The ladies fast pitch softball team at Williamstown High School is off to a good start picking up a 13-3 win against Carroll County on March 23.
    The game was called after five innings due to the run rule.
    Sophomore pitcher Jade Pinkston, picked up the win in the contest.  
    Coach Katie McLafferty said that she pitched a great game that was a big key to the success of the team.
    “The team as a whole had the bats going throughout the night and their aggressiveness at the plate paid off,” said McLafferty.  

  • Local drug ring members indicted on federal charges

    Members of an alleged Mexican drug cartel were convicted March 12 for distributing large quantities of heroin and marijuana in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky, including Grant County.
    Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Joseph Reagan, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, jointly made the announcement.

  • Snappy Tomato opens in Dry Ridge March 23

    Snappy Tomato Pizza is back!
    The long-standing pizza place in Dry Ridge has re-opened under new ownership.

    March 23 was the grand opening for the new Snappy Tomato Pizza, located at 118 S. Main, next to Gold Star Chili in Dry Ridge.

    Tim Gayhart, owns a total of 11 Snappy Tomato franchises with the closest being in Walton. Gayhart also serves as the Snappy franchiser for the state.

    The new Snappy will employ about 20.

  • Dry Ridge seeks police proposals

    The City of Dry Ridge is looking to explore its options to provide police protection 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    The city currently has a full-time police chief who works from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    Police services are then supplemented from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week through a contract with Williamstown Police.
    Dry Ridge pays the City of Williamstown $132,000 per year for the supplemental police services.


    Diana Morgan is looking for a few good men and women to become volunteers with the Grant County Unit of the American Red Cross.

    Morgan, of Dry Ridge, serves as the disaster leader for the Grant County Unit. She has been involved with Red Cross for more than 15 years.

  • Grant man charged with child porn distribution

    A 27-year-old Grant County man has been arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography.

    The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, with assistance from KSP Post 6 in Dry Ridge, arrested Justin T. Hamilton on March 19 with 11 counts of possession and nine counts of distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.