Local News

  • Computer fire evacuates MCE briefly

    Mason-Corinth Elementary was evacuated Sept. 19 after a computer in a kindergarten classroom caught fire.
    Smoke was seen coming from the computer, prompting the evacuation, according to Nancy Howe, Grant County Schools public information officer.

    The fire alarm was pulled by school staff at 12:49 p.m. and the Williamstown Fire Department responded to the scene.
    Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen said the fire was out when the department arrived.

    “They put it out with a fire extinguisher, but it was still smoldering,” he said.

  • Greg Crockett takes reins at KSP Post 6

    There’s a new lawman in town.
    Greg Crockett has assumed the role of captain at Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge.
    Crockett, a 16-year veteran of the KSP, begin his new assignment on Aug. 15.

    He was worked as a trooper, followed by a detective and then as part of former Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s security detail, as a sergeant, then as a lieutenant in the criminal identification/records branch of KSP in Frankfort and finally as a captain.


    More than 35 police agencies from Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Tennesse and Kentucky came to Grant County last week for a training session of the North American Working Dog Assocation (NAPWADA).
    Forty dogs of various breeds, from a Manchester Terrier to a German Shepherd, trained in vacant buildings, at Grant County Park and on farmland in the community.

  • Jailer sued for alleged sexual harassment

    A former female employee has filed a lawsuit against Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

    Peeples denies the claims made in the lawsuit.
    “As much as I would like to comment, I can not comment on this ridiculous and fraudulent accusation at this time,” he said.
    Lee Ballard of Dry Ridge, who was hired by Peeples in February 2011 as a secretary at the detention center, filed the lawsuit Sept. 12 in Grant Circuit Court.


    Fall means cooler temperatures and shorter nights. It also means there are plenty of festivals and events in the community.
    During the next few weeks, Grant County will be host to fundraisers and festivals.

    Sherman Tavern Old Fashion Chicken Dinner Buffet
    If preserving history is your thing and you like fried chicken, then the Sherman Tavern fundraiser planned for 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 is for you.
    Edna Cummins of Crittenden will be frying chicken and hoping to feed a large crowd.


    Family and friends of soldiers in the Kentucky National Guard Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Artillery, gathered for a community sendoff on Sept. 1 at Carroll County High School.

    The 62 members of the local unit will join more than 500-member battalion at Camp Atterbury in Indiana for a month of training. The unit will then be sent to the Horn of Africa for nine months to provide security to a U.S. naval base. They will also be training with other coalition forces in the region.

  • Verona man kills intruder

    A Richmond, Ky. man is dead and two Dry Ridge men are in jail after a 92-year-old Verona man said the trio broke into his home on Sept. 3.

  • Grant improves, Williamstown ranks high in ACT results

    Grant County High School saw improvements and Williamstown High School remained highly ranked in recently released ACT results.
    The data released by the Kentucky Department of Education is from high school juniors who took the test during the 2011-12 school year.
    Since 2008, state law has mandated all of Kentucky’s public school juniors participate in the ACT, which assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36.


    Where is Christ?
    Williamstown United Methodist Pastor Barry Robinson said that is the question many asked when a devastating March tornado ripped through Crittenden leaving property and homes in destruction.
    As the pews of the church overflowed Saturday with willing volunteers to help tornado victims in Grant and surrounding counties, Robinson provided the answer.

  • Doyle leaves Grant 4-H job to become Carroll agent

    Joyce Doyle has left the county.
    The former teacher, coach, principal, truant officer and 4-H agent has left Grant County to be Carroll County’s newest 4-H agent.
    “I’m a person who really, really has to have a challenge,” Doyle said, last Friday, as she packed up her 4-H office on Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.