Local News

  • Old barn gets new life as event venue

    When Brooke Rider looked for a place to hold a wedding reception in 2012, her options were limited.

    She ultimately decided to hold the event close to home, literally her home in the historic Hogan House, and let guests enjoy the lush lawn and property that she and her husband, Mark Cummins enjoy every day.


    An explosion that ripped off the back wall of a Dry Ridge apartment about 10:50 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 seriously burned three Grant County men.

    Apparently one of the men forgot about the “No Smoking” sign on the front door of the apartment and lit a cigarette causing the explosion which blasted out a window and blew brick off the foundation.

    Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells said the trio are believed to have been “making hash oil” in the bathroom of the Locust Ridge apartment.

  • Board approves 4% tax increase

    The Grant County Board of Education voted 3 to 1 to approve a 4 percent increase to the current tax rate earlier this month.
    The rate goes from 52.9 cents to 56.1 cents per $100 of assessed value. That means a homeowner with a $124,300 home, the median home value in Grant County, will be paying $697.32 or $39.78 more than last year.
    The motor vehicle tax rate will be 55.3 cents and the utility tax rate will be 3 cents. These are the same rates as last year.
    The projected revenue from the real and personal property and tangible tax is $5,511,205.


    Kellie Graham, a former Grant County resident, understands that life can change in an instant.
    She noticed that her mother, Ola Haven, had started to forget things. Graham chalked it up to the aging process and wasn’t surprised when two years ago her mother was diagnosed with dementia.

  • Talk of the Town: HEROIN EPIDEMIC

    “I’m a recovering addict, but I’ve been sober seven years,” said Will Smoot, standing before more than 150 of his neighbors, family, friends and strangers last week.
    The crowd broke into applause.

    Smoot started to speak, but had to choke back tears as he told of his downward spiral into heroin addiction; a story that he had never publicly shared.


    In 2012, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies made seven heroin-related arrests.
    From Jan. 2013 to Sept. 26, 2013, deputies have made 52 heroin-related arrests.
    “We’ve got some major problems on our hands,” said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.

  • Mead faces additional charges after more dogs seized

    Joan Mead, the 85-year-old woman who was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty after police and animal control officers seized nearly a dozen animals from her Grant County property is in trouble again in Kenton County.

    Kenton County Animal Control officers removed 11 Pomeranians from a home owned by Mead in Latonia after executing a search warrant of her property on Sept. 20.
    The animals were in poor health and infested with fleas.


    Grant County senior citizens were treated to a free lunch, goodie bags filled with items from local businesses, as well as entertainment and door prizes during the 2013 Senior Bash held Sept. 19 at Grant County Park. Despite a downpour earlier in the day, more than 600 seniors attended the annual event.

  • Former band directors indicted

    The former band director at Grant County High School and his wife, the former band director at Grant County Middle School, have both been indicted by a Grant County grand jury on Sept. 18.
    Kenneth David Owens, 34, is charged with two counts of sexual abuse and tampering with a witness.
    JoAnn Owens, 32, was indicted for two counts of tampering with a witness.
    Both charges are Class D felonies.
    David Owens is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a former student at GCHS. The contact occurred in 2011 when the girl was 16 years old.

  • Marigold Day 2013