Local News

  • GCHS teacher dies from stroke

    A popular Grant County High School teacher died last week.

    Tom Pitts, an electrical technology instructor at the Grant County Career and Technical Center, died Dec. 17 following a stroke over the weekend.
    He began teaching in Grant County when the career/technical center opened in 2011.


    Earl Hampton, minister of the Vineyard Church of Grant County, came to Mason-Corinth on Dec. 17, to speak with the students in Heather Curd’s third grade class about the events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14.

    On that day a gunman entered the school and shot six adults and 20 students before turning the gun on himself.
    Sara Edwards, Family Resource Coordinator at Mason-Corinth Elementary, requested that Hampton visit Mason-Corinth Elementary.


    The Grant County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 against establishing an emergency services taxing district.
    All three magistrates (Dick Austin, Brian Linder and Bobby Young) voted against the district, while Judge-Executive Darrell Link voted in favor of it.
    The vote took less than five minutes at the Dec. 17 fiscal court meeting.
    The Grant County Fire Chiefs Association said they are disappointed “that the court has chosen not to move forward on this critical issue.”


    A Union man was killed while walking along Ky. 36 on Dec. 16.
    William “Jargo” Bowling, 53, was struck by a pickup truck driven by Sheila Ray, 36, of Williamstown around 8 p.m. in the 3000 block of Ky. 36. Ray was driving a 2001 Dodge pickup and was traveling east.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Ray was unable to avoid hitting Bowling because he was walking in the road and there was oncoming traffic.
    Bowling was transported by helicopter to University of Cincinnati Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m.

  • It's a family tradition

    For some families, Christmas means gathering and baking cookies or candy, for others it’s letting the grandchildren decorate the family tree and for others it’s putting up a miniature Christmas village, but these scenarios all have on thing in common, they’re all about family.

    The News invited readers to share their holiday traditions and here is a sampling of how Grant County families celebrate.

    Horton’s enjoy trimming ‘birthday’ tree

  • Santa Sightings
  • Melton, Rogers prepare to take office in 2013

    Incumbents did not fare well in two local races in Grant County.
    Shirley Wilson, who has spent 30 years in the circuit clerk’s office, was beaten by Republican challenger Tina Beach Melton by 1,824 votes.

  • Officers play Santa

    With lights flashing and sirens blaring, police descended on Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge on Saturday, Dec. 8.

    There hadn’t been an armed robbery. No one got pushed or shoved in a shopping frenzy, but there were plenty of smiles as 20 children got to choose clothes and toys for Christmas as part of the annual Shop With A Cop program.

    Money for the annual event comes from a golf scramble and donations. A few businesses either raise  or donate money to help pay for a child to participate.  Thrivent Lutheran’s Financial also donated $1,000.


    The Grant County Fiscal Court paln to hear more public comments about a proposed emergency services taxing district at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13.

    The Grant County Fire Chiefs’ Association proposed an emergency services tax last year to to help generate revenue for both fire and ambulance services.

    After initially proposing a tax rate of 11 cents per $100 assessed value, the association dropped the rate to 7.5 cents, which would cost taxpayers $75 on a $100,000 home.
    It is estimated the 7. 5 percent tax rate would generate about $600,000 per year.

  • KDE recognizes Williamstown’s accreditation accomplishment

    Williamstown Independent was one of seven Kentucky school districts recognized Oct. 8 for achieving voluntary system accreditation earlier this year.
    Superintendent Sally Skinner, school board chair Connie Lawrence and instructional supervisor Misty Middleton were on hand in Frankfort to receive a plaque and banner for their accomplishment from Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday and others.