Local News

  • NRAgate? Hammons, Linder square off over endorsement

    Things got lively between state representative candidates Brian Linder and Wanda Crupper Hammons during the Oct. 11 candidates forum sponsored by the Grant County News and Grant County Chamber of Commerce.

    Hammons and Linder, who are looking to replace the retiring Royce Adams, were the final candidates at the forum at Williamstown High School.


    Connie Taylor is mad.
    Her anger bubbled over as she stared at hours upon hours of hard work that are now nothing more than a pile of soot, ashes and burned, twisted metal.

    “It’s a sad day for Grant County and I’m glad I didn’t see it on fire because it would have just been too hard,” Taylor said.
    Taylor’s gaze was long and hard at what used to be the Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School, which was destroyed in a suspicious blaze around 1:52 a.m. on Oct. 14.


    A third and fourth grade Grant County Youth Football team will not be finishing their season or playing in this year’s playoffs.
    The team, the Blue Mighty Pros, have been suspended from the league for the remainder of the season, causing a firestorm of emotions from parents, boosters and league officials.
    The controversy started last fall when Craig Ruber, coach of the Blue Mighty Pros, gave some of his players a Walton-Verona jersey and told them to urinate on it.

  • Prank 911 call lands man in jail

    A Dry Ridge man found himself behind bars after police say he made a prank 911 call on Oct. 8.
    Police charged Clarence Fagan II, 56, with falsely reporting an incident on a 911 line, disorderly conduct (causing alarm or panic) and possession of marijuana at 8:56 p.m. on Main Street in Dry Ridge.
    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said the 911 dispatch center at Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge received a call at 8:47 p.m. about an armed robbery that was occurring at Grant County Drugs by two men armed with guns.

  • Post offices won’t merge; Jonesville fate undecided

    The Dry Ridge and Williamstown Post offices will not be combined by the United States Postal Service, but the fate of the Jonesville Post Office isn’t as clear.
    Jonesville residents will get a chance to voice their opinion to the postal service at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Jonesville Fire House.
    Due to a drastic decrease in revenue and decline in the amount of items sent via the mail, the USPS began closing small post offices and began discussions on combining those in close proximity.
    The Mason Post Office was closed last year.

  • Voter registration deadline nears

    Grant County residents only have a few days left to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.
    The deadline to register is 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Grant County clerk’s office in downtown Williamstown.
    Voters who have have recently moved also must update their registration information by Oct. 9.
    “It’s pretty heavy,” Grant County Clerk Leatha Conrad said about the number of residents registering the past few weeks. “In a presidential election year, it’s always heavier.”

  • Cash mob invades local businesses

    They came, they saw and they shopped. That’s what happened when Grant County experienced its first Cash Mob last week.
    Q: What is a Cash Mob?
    A: Bring 20 to 25 people together who agree to spend $10 and then turn them loose at a mystery shopping destination.
    The idea was brought to Ken Stone, publisher of the Grant County News, who in turn presented it to the Williamstown Kiwanis. They liked it, so Stone organized the first event, which took place on Sept. 27.


    Will a Love’s Travel Center feel the love from the Williamstown City Council and citizens the second time around?
    Representatives from Love’s Truck Stop will appear before the council at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at a special meeting.
    Love’s will be asking the council to approve a text amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance to allow the truck stop in a highway commercial zone.

  • Dry Ridge woman dies in wreck

    A single-vehicle accident claimed the life of a 53-year-old Dry Ridge woman on Sept. 21.
    Margaret C. Webster, 53, of Dry Ridge, died at the University of Kentucky Hospital, where she was taken by helicopter following the accident.
    The wreck occurred when Webster failed to negotiate a left hand curve on Helton Street at 8:29 a.m. Police believe she was on her way to work at Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home when the wreck occurred.


    The same day a deputy jailer filed a lawsuit against Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples for allegedly being demoted for investigating allegations of corruption, he was given a promotion and raise.
    William McCarthy filed the lawsuit in Boone County on Sept. 17, claiming he was retaliated against by Peeples after McCarthy brought allegations of corruption and wrongdoing at the jail.