Local News

  • Clues needed in Dry Ridge burglary

    Police are asking the public for help in solving a burglary that occurred last week in Dry Ridge.

    Thieves smashed a glass at Arts Rental on Cull Lane in Dry Ridge at 5:40 a.m. on April 15 and made off with several power tools before police arrived.

    “When they smashed the glass, the alarm went off and officers were there in minutes but they were gone,” said Williamstown Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins.

    Items that were taken include a Stihl chainsaw, a concrete saw, a back-pack leaf blower and a gas-powered boring drill.

  • Tea'd Off!

    Waving American flags and signs proclaiming “Cut Taxes, Not Deals”, nearly 100 gathered at the Grant County Courthouse on April 15 to voice their displeasure with increased taxes and unlimited government spending.

    The local Tax Day Tea Party, named after the historical Boston Tea Party, was one of hundreds of rallies held across the state and country.

  • Funny money leads to arrest

    A Williamstown man has been arrested on charges that he was making fake money on his home computer.

    Sgt. Robert Reed charged Thomas Onan, 35, with 75 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. The arrest occurred at 3:54 a.m. on April 8.

    Police searched Onan’s home after receiving a tip and discovered fake $100 bills on his computer.

    Police said Onan has a prior conviction of forgery in Nevada.

    The United States Secret Service is also investigating. Additional charges are pending.

  • SUV vs. tractor

    A Dry Ridge man remains in critical condition at University Hospital in Cincinnati after the tractor he was driving was hit by an SUV at 7:43 a.m. on April 16.

    Marshall Beach, 65, was thrown from the 1964 Ford tractor he was driving west on Warsaw Road when it was hit by a 1995 Geo Tracker driven by Emily Puckett, 15, of Jonesville.

    Beach received multiple injuries when the force of the crash threw him into the tractor’s steering wheel and off the side of the road.

  • Job hunt

    Like many Kentucky communities, the harsh reality of the economic downturn has hit Grant County.

    Recently released data by the state revealed that the unemployment rate rose dramatically in Grant County from 6.8 percent in February 2008 to 11.4 percent February 2009.

    Kentucky’s overall unemployment rate for February 2009 was 10.2 percent.

    The goal of the free Operation: Job Hunt program is to dwindle those statistics by helping participants improve basic writing skills, organize a resume and prepare for a job interview.

  • Corinth men charged in animal ring

    Two Corinth men have been charged in a 20-month investigation into coyote and fox trafficking.

    Elbridge Cook and Michael Ellis, both 62, were among six people from Kentucky and West Virginia arrested through a investigation code named “Gym-Sum”, looking into the illegal practice buying, selling and holding wild-caught foxes and coyotes for the purpose of selling them.

  • Two arrested in Dry Ridge pharmacy burglary

    Two men have been charged in connection with a burglary that occurred at Total Care Pharmacy in Dry  Ridge on April 1.

    Ricky Dwayne Gross, 23, of Dry Ridge, and Lloyd Adam Maxwell, 20, of Williamstown, were arrested on April 13 on charges of third degree burglary.

    Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells said police followed up on information they received which lead them to the two men.

    “We appreciate the public’s willingness to come forward and provide us tips to follow up on,” Kells said.

  • Skinner tapped to fill top Williamstown spot

    A familiar name will be the next person to lead Williamstown Independent Schools.

    Assistant Superintendent Sally Skinner, who has been with the district for 11 years, was selected to replace Superintendent Charles Ed Wilson after his retirement is effective July 1.

    The school board met Wednesday, April 8, in closed session before making the unanimous decision.

    They called Skinner to offer her a four-year contract with an annual salary of $108,267.

  • On the move

    The Grant County Extension Office finally has a new home.

    There’ll be no more digging through stacks of cardboard boxes or shifting boxes around in a portable storage unit to find program materials for Grant County’s three extension agents.

    The agents and office staff moved into their new $1.4 million home at 105 Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown on April 8.

    “It is exciting,” said Joyce Doyle, the county’s extension agent for 4-H. “I didn’t think I’d live to see it.”

  • Touch of Red features Hurd's pencil art

    Each near photo-perfect black and white drawing has some red in it. 

    Some are mere dots of crimson.  Others are splashes of scarlet.  Still more drip drops of rubies. 

    No matter the subject, each has a “touch of red.”  Through April 15, you can see these cardinal kisses in the pencil artwork at the latest Community Enrichment Through The Arts (CETA) Artist of the Month exhibit at the Grant County Tourism Office Art Exhibit:  “A Touch of Red” by Don Hurd.