Local News

  • GCHS students take on role of candidates

    “Do you want a Socialist world or a Mitt Romney world?” asked Mitt Romney last week at Grant County High School.
    OK, maybe it’s wasn’t the real Mitt Romney, but rather Stephen Fightmaster, a senior at GCHS, who was portraying Romney in a mock presidential debate.


    They aren’t quite 18, but that did not stop local elementary students from making their vote heard.

    Kindergarten and fifth graders were just two of the groups of students at Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary who headed to the polls Nov. 2 to choose a president.

    Using a makeshift voting booth, one-by-one, the students circled the photo of the candidate they wanted for president.
    After they cast their ballot into a baby wipe container, they received an American flag sticker, symbolizing that they voted.


    U.S. Representative

    Bill Adkins (D) - 3,268
    Thomas Massie (R) - 4,824

    State Senator

    David Holcomb (D) -2,594
    3Damon Thayer (R) - 5,782

    Grant Circuit Clerk

    Tina Melton (R) - 5,167
    Shirley Wilson (D) -3,343

    Grant Bd. of Ed - Dist. 5

    Richard Bredenberg - 744
    Deborah Rogers -987

    Crittenden City Council


    The fourth of six planned Cash Mobs takes place on Thursday, November 15.  The meeting location will be next to Marlene’s on Main Street in Williamstown. Shoppers should gather between 5 and 5:30 p.m. to learn of the secret shopping destination and enjoy refreshments provided by Marlene McComas of Marlene’s.

    Anyone can participate by committing to spend at least $10 at the mystery shopping locations that will be announced after 5 p.m. at the meeting site.

  • Two more lawsuits filed against Grant jailer

    Two additional lawsuits have been filed by former employees of Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples, brining the total to four in the past six weeks.

    In all, there have been at least six lawsuits filed against Peeples by former or current employees since he took office in January 2011.
    The latest lawsuits were filed both on Oct. 24 — one in Grant Circuit Court and one in Boone Circuit Court.

  • Dry Ridge man killed in tractor accident

    When Chris Ammerman heard the news that his friend, Craig Ruber, had been killed in a tractor accident, he thought it was just another prank that Ruber was notorious for pulling on friends.

    “It’s just hard to wrap your head around,” said Ammerman, Grant County’s extension agent for agriculture.
    Ruber, 40, of Dry Ridge, was moving hay on a farm he owned on Lightfoot Fork Road in Pendleton County, when a bridge he was driving across collapsed around 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 28.

  • Grant band earns runner up honors; WHS places fourth at state contest

    The Grant County High School Band and the Williamstown Band of Spirit once again took center stage at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state finals at Western Kentucky University on Oct. 27.
    Both bands qualified for the evening finals after placing in the top four among 16 other bands in their class earlier in the day.

    In the semi-finals, Grant County placed second, only behind Madisonville North Hopkins while WHS placed fourth behind Hazard, Murray and Beechwood.


    A 25-year-old Bourbon County man was arrested Oct. 25 after an alleged carjacking and armed robbery on Barnes Road in Williamstown.

    David Hager was charged with kidnapping, first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking of an automobile.  

  • From tragedy comes triumph

    With her arms tightly around her family, Kim Nagle witnessed the first step in her long journey back home.
    Nagle’s Dry Ridge mobile home was destroyed March 2 when a tornado ripped through Kentucky, leaving several dead and many residences damaged in Crittenden.


    Eight months later, there was a little more love for a proposed truck stop coming to Barnes Road in Williamstown.
    Mayor Rick Skinner broke a 3-3 tie on Oct. 16 by voting in favor of presenting a text amendment  to the Grant County Planning Commission to allow a truck stop in a highway commercial zone.
    The vote was the first step in a lengthy process to making the proposed project a reality.