Local News

  • Woman faces animal cruelty charges

    An 85-year-old woman has been charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty less than two weeks after dogs were rescued from deplorable conditions at her Grant County property.

    Joan Mead was arrested Sept. 6 by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for running an alleged puppy mill from a feces and flea covered building next to her trailer.

    The white block building, with closed windows, no lights and no comfort from the heat, sits next to a trailer on Dixie Highway about a half mile past Bruce’s Grocery.

  • Lawmakers hear Bluegrass Pipeline testimony

    FRANKFORT—A proposed interstate natural gas liquids pipeline that would impact landowners in at least 25 Kentucky counties, including Grant, does not qualify under the state’s eminent domain law, the head of the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet yesterday quoted his agency’s general counsel as saying.

  • Search dogs, Safety Night to highlight annual NAPWDA training

    Grant County will literally be going to the dogs next week.
    About 75 canines and their handlers, along with trainers/evaluators from across the country will be attending the third North American Police Working Dog Association training and certification held Sept. 16 through Sept. 20.
    “When it comes to police, people are often used to the bad stuff, but this is good stuff and we want to showcase what Grant County has to offer,” said Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Morgan, one of the organizers of the event.

  • Williamstown schools keep same tax rate

    The Williamstown Independent School Board recently voted to keep 2013-14 tax rates the same as last year.
    The tax rate for real and personal property will once again be 88.4 cents per $100 of assessed value.
    The tangible tax rate will also be 88.4 cents per $100 assessed value while the motor vehicle and utility tax rates will be 59.1 cents and 3 cents, respectively.
    The projected revenue from the real and personal property and tangible tax is $1,324,918.
    Last year, the district received $1,300,280.92.

  • Grant keeps Thayer, Linder

    Grant County came away unscathed in the redistricting plan approved by the General Assembly in the recently ended special session.

    Residents in Grant County will continue to be represented by Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown in the plan signed by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    However, the total area which the legislators will represent has changed.


    If you renovate it, they will come.
    That’s the hope for the new 9,000 square-foot Grant County Career Advancement Center located at the old JMB Center at 2020 Taft Highway in Dry Ridge.

  • Fewer inmates being housed at GC jail

    Cells inside the Grant County Detention Center are holding fewer and fewer inmates, which could cause a financial problem at the jail and the county.
    The inmate population on Aug. 21 was 214.
    At the beginning of the year, it was common to have about 330 inmates daily.
    The jail’s capacity is 349, according to Jailer Terry Peeples.

  • Body Works Day Camp

    Body Works Gym in Dry Ridge held a Camp Fit4AKid recently for fitness and health.
    At Camp Fit4AKid, students participated in various outdoor activities promoting exercise. The students met new friends and were taught how to work as a team. This camp was designed to help children develop healthy habits for the future.

  • Jailer disputes recent lawsuit

    Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples is lashing out against a recent lawsuit filed by a former inmate, saying the suit is filled with “outrageous, false statements.”
    Lonzie Maggard-Owen and her husband, William Owen, filed the lawsuit Aug. 20 in Grant Circuit Court against the detention center, Jailer Terry Peeples, the Grant County Fiscal Court, two nurses and multiple deputy jailers.
    Maggard-Owen claims she was pepper sprayed after being put in a restraint chair while waiting to be booked into the jail.