Local News

  • Park society recognizes locals

    Grant County was well represented Nov. 14 at the Kentucky Recreation and Park Society’s awards luncheon at Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron.

    Grant County Parks and Recreation director Tabatha Clemons, who is completing a two-year term as KRPS president, gave presidential citations to two local groups and her assistant.
    Clemons was also recognized herself by the society with the Backbone Award.

  • Santa’s Wonderland set for Dec. 7

    While Thanksgiving and turkey are a week away, it’s never too early to start thinking about celebrating Christmas.

  • Country Pumkins
  • DR Council approves payroll tax hike

    A payroll tax increase that was previously shot down was approved Nov. 18 by the Dry Ridge City Council.
    The council voted 5-1 in favor of a second reading of an occupational tax ordinance increasing the tax from its current .5 percent to 1.25 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
    Council members Sara Cummins, Scott Bates, Kenny Edmondson and Jim Hendy voted in favor of the ordinance while Carisa Hughett voted against the first reading.
    Council member Fred Money abstained from voting, however, his vote counts with the majority.

  • Candidates flock to file

    The 2014 election race is officially on.
    Fifteen candidates filed to run for local offices at the Grant County Clerk’s Office within the first week of filing.
    The first day candidates could file began Nov. 6 and the deadline to file for candidacy in the 2014 May primary is Jan. 28.
    The election will includes races for many county offices, including judge-executive, sheriff, jailer, clerk, magistrates, coroner and county attorney.

  • Who is Rani Peffer?

    A Crittenden woman is getting more than her 15 minutes of fame as the current champion of the popular TV game show Jeopardy.
    Rani Peffer, a corporate finance manager at Procter and Gamble, is a four-day champion of the show, which taped in September.

    “I’ve had a life-long dream to be on Jeopardy since I was a small child and used to watch Jeopardy everyday and play Jeopardy on my computer,” Peffer said. “I always wanted to do it, but never did anything to make it a reality.”

  • Fan scores football from Bengal

    It happened so fast Trish Merritt didn’t even catch the ball.
    The 52-year-old retired Williamstown Elementary teacher was cheering on her beloved Cincinnati Bengals against the New England Patriots on Oct. 6 when running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored a pivotal touchdown.

    Merritt, who was wearing a Green-Ellis jersey, saw the play up close and personal after moving up from her season ticket seats eight rows behind the end zone.



    Grant County paused on Nov. 11 to honor the community’s veterans.
    School children presented veterans with hand-written thank you notes and sang patriotic songs to commemorate the day.At the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery North in  Williamstown, wreaths were placed at the base of the flag honoring each branch of service by Grant County High School JROTC members and local veterans.

    At 11 a.m. on 11-11, the community stopped to thank veterans for their sacrifice.

  • Judge gets out behind bench, visits district

    Judge Allison Jones isn’t simply staying behind the bench.
    Jones was appointed in July to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 6th Appellate District, Division 1 by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    Since her appointment, she has been making her rounds throughout the 21-county district that includes Grant County.

    Locally, Jones spent time at the Marigold Festival in Williamstown, took a tour of the Grant County Justice Center and attended the community forum on heroin use at Grant County High School.


    Kentucky collected more than 9,000 pounds of unused or unneeded medications during the Oct. 26 DEA National Drug Take Back Day, eliminating their risk of being diverted and abused.

    A total of 9,135 pounds were collected at Take Back events, which were held in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Kentucky, according to the Office of Drug Control Policy.
    Champions For a Drug-Free Grant County help organize an event at the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and provided donuts and hot dogs from Beans in Dry Ridge.