Local News

  • Police investigate burglary at Bluegrass Tobacco

    Williamstown Police are investigating a July 8 burglary at Bluegrass Tobacco.

    The store, located at 1214C North Main St. in Williamstown, was allegedly broken into after two men through rocks through the glass front door, according to police.

    Police believe nothing was taken from the store after the suspects attempted to take money from the registers.

    The suspects are described as white males about 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall.

  • Crittenden budget passes without cuts

    While most governmental budgets are getting slashed, there are slight increases in estimated revenues and appropriations in Crittenden’s 2012-13 budget.

    The budget, which takes effect July 1, was passed by Crittenden City Council on June 5.

    “Overall, I feel fine about the budget,” said Mayor James Livingood.

    “We feel like we can stay within it. We have no problems with it.”

  • Kinmon receives EPSB reprimand

    Ron K. Kinmon Jr., the former director of operations for the Grant County School District, had his teaching certificate suspended by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board for seven days beginning June 15, 2012.

    Kinmon resigned his position from the district on June 20, 2011, after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him by a bus driver.

  • New concealed laws take effect July 12

    If you own a home or a business, you won’t need a concealed weapons permit after July 12.

    After the General Assembly passed House Bill 484 86 -5 and the Senate followed by a vote of 36-1, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed the bill into law on April 11.

  • Illegal alien indicted after arrest

    A 34-year-old undocumented alien living in Dry Ridge was indicted June 28 for illegally entering the U.S. for a second time.
    A federal grand jury in London returned an indictment charging Leonel Lopez-Limon with illegal re-entry.

    Lopez-Limon, a Mexican citizen, was previously convicted of committing an aggravated felony on Feb. 22, 2010, in Carroll Circuit Court in Carrollton for theft of a controlled substance and theft of a legend drug.

  • Fair adds contests, shows; gate price rises to $10

    With the days heating up, it won’t be long until it’s time for the Grant County Fair.

    With this year’s annual event, the fair board has added some new contests including an extension homemaker award and a quilt show.

    This year’s fair will begin on Friday, July 27 with an Open Western Pleasure Horse Show, a youth talent contest and a small truck pull. The fair continues through Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Northern Kentucky Fair Grounds on Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.

  • Death row inmate stays in county

    The Grant County Detention Center was the temporary home to a death row inmate last week.

    Roger Epperson, an inmate at the Eddieville State Prison arrived at the Grant County Detention Center at 1 p.m. on July 5 to be deposed by the Attorney General’s Office. He left Grant County on July 6.

    According to a press release issued by Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples, the facility was placed on lockdown while Epperson was in custody there. Peeples, Major Richard Clise, Capt. Mike Webster and Lt. Steven Skinner remained at the jail during Epperson’s stay.


    “Police, open up!”  

    “Keep your hands where we can see them!”

    These two phrases greeted a Dry Ridge man and a couple when they were rousted out of their apartments around 4:45 a.m. on July 9 after an undercover sting at a Dry Ridge factory netted five drug-related arrests.

    Deputies with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, troopers with the Kentucky State Police and Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells served the arrest warrants before dawn following a five-week investigation at Dana Corporation.

  • Dry Ridge teen killed in U.S. 25 crash

    An 18-year-old wife and mother-to-be was killed in a single vehicle crash on U.S. 25 in Williamstown on July 1.

    Chelsea Renee Wright Volker, of Dry Ridge, was killed when the car she was riding in ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a tree at 2:57 p.m. about a mile south of Bruce’s Grocery.

    The vehicle, a 1995 Honda Civic, was driven by her husband, Joseph A. Volker, 21.

    According to Sheriff Chuck Dills, witnesses said Volker appeared to lose control in a slight curve.

  • Williamstown violates water standard due to computer error

    The City of Williamstown violated a drinking water standard that impacted about 8,000 customers, but the problem occurred at the end of 2011, but it was not a health hazard.

    According to Brian Gatewood, Williamstown’s water superintendent, the city did violate the state’s water quality standard in the third and fourth quarter of last year due to a faulty spread sheet.