Local News

  • Dryer fire ignites oxygen tank; damages Dry Ridge duplex

    Firefighters from four departments battled a blaze on April 20 on Cobblestone Drive in Dry Ridge.
    According to Dry Ridge Fire Chief Tom Jump, the fire began in a dryer and ignited an oxygen tank nearby, which caused the tank to explode.

    The fire and explosion occurred around 3:39 p.m.
    Jump said the explosion knocked the front window out of the home, as well as caused damage to the adjoining duplex.

  • GCMS student was ‘fighter’ to the end

    At 4 pounds, 4 ounces, Bree Holt, a preemie, entered the world a fighter.
    At 14 years old, just 36 days shy of her 15th birthday, she left this world still a fighter, according to her grandmother, Tammy Earls of Williamstown.

    Holt, an eighth grade student at Grant County Middle School, died in her sleep on April 14 at the Williamstown home she shared with her grandparents.
    “She was special,” said Earls.
    In Bree’s short life, she had faced tragedy and adversity.

  • The house that love Built

    The long road home is nearly over for Kim Nagle.
    Nagle’s Dry Ridge home on Adams Road was destroyed on March 2, 2012 when a tornado wrecked its way across Grant and Kenton counties.
    In late October, ground was broken by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati on a new home for Nagle and her three grandchildren, Genevieve, Christopher and Sierrah.

    The house, which the family has yet to move into, was dedicated at a celebration April 5.
    The family can’t wait to move in.

  • Day of Prayer set for May 2

    Although events will be scaled backed, there will be no less praying May 2 as Grant County celebrates the National Day of Prayer.
    Volunteers from several local churches are joining to organize the event, which is in its fifth year in the county.
    In previous years, the day kicked off with a free breakfast and included a free luncheon and evening prayer service.
    This year’s celebration, however, will be “vastly simplified and very focused,” said Pastor Tony McKinnon of Family Worship Center of Grant County.

  • Quilt Box keeps customers in stitches

    Tucked away three miles down a gravel drive on E. Flynn Road off Ky. 467 in Dry Ridge is a place that even long-term Grant County residents might not know exists, but to the hundreds of visitors who drive for miles and states away, the Quilt Box is a must stop.


    Sally Skinner will be leading Williamstown Independent Schools until at least 2017 after a contract renewal.
    The school board approved a new four-year contract April 8 that will begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2017.

  • Funding cuts force CAC to close Fridays

    The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Grant County Neighborhood Center will be closed on Friday, effective immediately.
    The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. due to funding cuts from the federal government sequester.
    The sequester was a series of automatic cuts that took place March 1 when President Obama and Republican congressional leadership failed to come to a compromise on reducing the deficit.
    The NKCAC operates eight centers in Grant and surrounding counties.  

  • Library offers forgiveness on fines, fees this week only

    Who doesn’t like to get a little forgiveness?
    The Grant County Public Library is hoping that nearly one-third of their patrons will like it so much, they’ll take advantage of a Fines Discount Week (April 14 through April 20).
    The library is offering to waive 25 percent of a patron’s fines if they pay the remaining balance. This offer doesn’t apply to lost or damaged materials.


    Ann Simpson made a choice no mother wants to have to make.
    Already on probation, her son, Justin, was picked up and arrested in Cincinnati in possession of heroin.
    Although he was set to be released the same night, Ann knew something had to be done, even if it meant keeping her son locked up.

  • State treasurer may have a surprise for you

    The check is in the mail, or at least it might be if you are a Grant County resident who has unclaimed property.