Local News

  • Doyle leaves Grant 4-H job to become Carroll agent

    Joyce Doyle has left the county.
    The former teacher, coach, principal, truant officer and 4-H agent has left Grant County to be Carroll County’s newest 4-H agent.
    “I’m a person who really, really has to have a challenge,” Doyle said, last Friday, as she packed up her 4-H office on Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.

  • U.S. 25 yard sale brings in shoppers, even Gumby

    They came, they saw and they bought.
    That’s what Judy Wigginton had in mind when she organized the U.S. 25 yard sale held last weekend.
    Several yard sales dotted lawns and parking lots throughout the county, and in surrounding states.
    Tyler Tolle, of Williamstown, found a unique way to grab motorists attention.

    Despite heat and humidity on Aug. 16, the first day of the four-day event, he donned a pickle green Gumby costume and waved people into his yard.

  • Touchdown helps 12-year-old kick cancer

    Jacob Vickers is just 12 years old, but he’s a fighter and a survivor. He was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, or a cancerous tumor of the muscles attached to bone. It is rare and the most common soft tissue tumor in children. In the six years since it was discovered, he’s fought hard and undergone round after round of chemotherapy and radiation. This past July was spent in the hospital.

    His cancer is in remission and he’s been able to return to schools. This year he’s in sixth grade at Grant County Middle School.

  • Back 2 School
  • Background checks no longer free for school districts

    State budget cuts have led school districts to scramble to decide how to pay for mandatory criminal background checks for volunteers.
    From field trip chaperones and athletic and band boosters to reading mentors, schools rely on volunteers daily.
    The Administrative Office of the Courts has covered the $10 cost per background check for nearly 20 years at the state public and private schools, including processing nearly 217,000 criminal record reports statewide in 2011.

  • Volunteers needed to give hope, help on Aug. 25

    Hope reigns and the members of Williamstown United Methodist Church want hope to rain down on the community on Aug. 25.
    Impact Kentucky,  a state-wide initiative of United Methodist Churches, will be in communities across the state using more than 700 volunteers to repair homes and businesses damaged by the spring’s tornadoes, as well as distributing clothes and food and hosting a free carnival.


    ‘These are my people
    This is where I come from
    We’re givin’ this life everything we’ve got and then some
    It ain’t always pretty
    But it’s real
    That’s the way we were made
    Wouldn’t have it any other way
    These are my people’
    - Rodney Atkins
    (one of Josh Lilly’s favorite songs)


  • NKU, community partner to continue extended campus

    The Northern Kentucky University – Grant County Center is one of a kind and a recent agreement between NKU and local officials will keep it around for a long while.

    Dr. James Votruba, president of NKU, joined Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner and Wade Gutman, executive director of the Grant County Industrial Development Authority, in signing an agreement that defines the operations of the center.

    In this agreement, NKU has agreed to pay for operational costs at the Williamstown facility. The city leases the building to NKU at $1 per year.


    Williamstown Independent School will join as one campus to celebrate returning to class Aug. 10 with a Back to School Bash.
    The district decided to forego its usual Sundae Social, Readi-Fest and back to school events for each school for the 2012-13 school year.
    The bash will include games, food and a free movie to kick off the school year.

  • Former NBA star, Williamstown native dies

    Hall of Famer Arnie Risen, known as “Flash” and “Stilts” during his illustrious basketball career, died Aug. 4 in Beechwood, Ohio.
    Risen, who played basketball at Williamstown High School before playing in the NBA, was 87.

    The 1942 WHS graduate, who has a street named after him in Williamstown, was recognized by the school district in 1999 by being named a member of the Williamstown Wall of Fame at graduation.
    Risen was also named “Alumni of the Year” in 2012.