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    Megan McKamey and Elmer Burchett discovered Williamstown when taking a break from entertaining and touring to do some shopping on the U.S. 25 Yard Sale.

    “We were actually just looking for old instruments,” McKamey said.
    The pair found more than that as they traveled along U.S. 25 and discovered Grant County. Once they heard about the Ark project, expected to open in July 2016 on KY 36 in Williamstown, they decided to move here and set up shop.

  • Ransdell still teaching at 105

    Sitting peacefully in the corner of her Williamstown living room, Caroline Frances McWhorter Ransdell, with her weathered face and crystal blue eyes, reflects on her more than 100 year history living in Grant County. 105-year story.

    She was born on Nov. 13, 1910 on a farm on Lemon-Northcutt in Dry Ridge to the late James Elmer and Edith Browning Vice. She attended school in Dry Ridge and graduated in 1927 from Dry Ridge High School.

  • Dry Ridge city building gets new look

    Caution tape and construction have been greeting citizens at the Dry Ridge City Building the past couple months.
    The city building is undergoing a remodel since Sept. 12 that has forced the clerk’s office to temporally move into the city council chamber area.

    Visitors looking to pay bills and conduct other business now enter through a side entrance while the front of the building is under construction.
    The original timeline for the remodel was 60 days, but things have been pushed back due to unforeseen issues, said Mayor Jim Wells.

  • Attorneys wait for DNA in Russ murder

    FLEMINGSBURG - Circuit Court Judge Stockton B. Wood authorized defense attorneys for suspected murderers Kevin Howard and Charles Black to seek out an accredited DNA expert in anticipation of a trial in February.
    Black and Howard are accused of murdering University of Cincinnati Professor Randall Russ whose body was found in Fleming County on Oct. 1, 2014.
    Both men are facing a charge of murder with a possibility of the death penalty.

  • Heating assistance available

    As temperatures drop and winter approaches, heating a home becomes a necessity that some struggle to afford.
    However, the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission in Williamstown has the ability to help those in need.
    The subsidy component of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins Nov. 4 and will end on Friday, Dec. 11.

    The program, which helps pay a portion of energy bills, is open to income-eligible households who are responsible for their home heating costs.

  • Death penalty will be sought in Russ murder

    FLEMINGSBURG - A notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the University of Cincinnati professor murder case was filed Oct. 14 in Fleming County.
    Defendants Kevin Howard and Charles Black are currently facing murder charges in the death of UC Professor and Grant County resident Randall Russ, whose body was found in Fleming County in October 2014.

  • Dana employee arrested for theft

    A 41-year-old Dana Corporation engineer was arrested Oct. 24 in the theft of thousands worth of auto parts from the company.
    Matthew Alan Stange of Cincinnati was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but under $100,000.
    The investigation began after the human resource director from Dana contacted Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills about possible theft by an employee.


    The Williamstown High School Band of Spirit may not have repeated as state champions, but their third-place finish still brought smiles.


    (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.)
    Officer David Osborne charged Simon L. Casey, 35, of Dry Ridge, with theft by unlawful taking shoplifting under $500, at 6:12 p.m. Oct. 27 on Ferguson Boulevard. Casey was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.
    Officer David Osborne cited Danny K. Akins, 64, of Williamstown, with driving on a suspended or revoked license, at 12:34 p.m. Oct. 28 on Taft Highway.

  • The calm amid the chaos

    I got a text the other day from a friend that said simply: “Life is chaotic.”
    This past year, this friend’s life was turned upside down and inside out, and it’s still spinning seemingly out of control. I say “seemingly” because she’s a Christian and God has her securely in his hands, although it doesn’t look like it and it doesn’t feel like it to her, except sometimes when she’s still enough to recognize him.