Local News

  • Clerk’s office gets new look, web site

    Jan. 5 was a big day for Tabatha Clemons.
    Clemons, who spent eight years as Grant County Parks and Recreation director, began a new chapter in her life as county clerk.

    On her first day, she presented her budget for the clerk’s office to the Grant County Fiscal Court and the Grant County Clerk’s Office website — www.grantcountyclerk.org — went live.

  • From the Bench

    Stephen Bates is used to working while working out.
    For the last 29 years, he spent hours on his exercise bike with a circuit court case from Grant, Owen or Carroll counties in his hand.

    Bates, of Dry Ridge, was the longest sitting circuit judge in Kentucky. Last year, he opted not to seek another term.

    As of Jan. 5, he found himself with a lot more time on his hands. But the law and seeing justice served is close to his heart, so he plans to work as a consultant in his son, Stephen Bates II’s law firm and to work as a mediator.

  • Family, friends wait on body ID

    The family and friends of Randall Russ can do nothing but wait more than three months after a body was found in Fleming County.

    While all indications are the body is that of the 54-year-old Dry Ridge resident, Kentucky State Police said they are awaiting DNA results before positively identifying the remains.

  • Flu bug bites; schools bounce back

    Local schools hit hard by the flu before Christmas break appear to be bouncing back as students return to classes in the new year.
    Whether the good news continues or the flu returns with a vengeance is still up in the air.

  • Succulents for indoor bloom

    Plant collectors have long appreciated orchids and African violets for their winter bloom cycle.  I have amassed a collection of both and they help me get through the winter with their colorful interest. But violets and orchids are not the only classes of plants that can deliver in the winter; think succulents.  

  • Legislators return to Frankfort for short session

    Lawmakers will soon be heading back to Frankfort for the 2015 legislative session.
    While the General Assembly will only meet for 30 days, there will be lots of issues debated over a short time span.
    The short session begins Jan. 6 and is scheduled to end March 24.
    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, spoke to the Grant County News about what to expect in the coming weeks.

    What do you see as the biggest issues to tackle in the upcoming General Assembly?

  • Police seek robbery suspect

    Police are looking for a white male who robbed Grant County Drugs in Crittenden in the early afternoon on Jan. 6.

    “The man walked into the pharmacy and produced a note listing his intentions, his demands and the consequences for not complying with those demands,” said Chief Deputy Troy Hagedorn of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

    Once the female pharmacist complied with the demands, the suspect gave the employees instructions of what to do as he exited the building.

  • New court hires deputy judge-exec

    Grant County’s first Republican judge and fiscal court magistrates held their first meeting Monday night.
    The court’s first executive order included hiring Scott Kimmich as Grant County’s deputy judge-executive.
    His salary was set at $55,000.
    Kimmich isn’t new to politics, having previously served as the deputy judge in Boone and Kenton counties.
    David Rose, who was attending the fiscal court meeting, questioned where the county was going to get the money for Kimmich’s salary.

  • AUDIT: Jail had no checks, balances

    An audit of the Grant County Detention Center concludes that the facility had “no checks and balances” during the four-year term of former jailer Terry Peeples.
    The audit, performed by auditor Denise Keene, was authorized by the Grant County Fiscal Court late last year.  
    It included all operations in former jailer Terry Peeples’ tenure from 2011 to 2014, except November and December 2014.


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)
    Deputy Bobby Webb executed a warrant for Paul M. Mullins, 36, of Dry Ridge, for probation violation, at 8 a.m. Dec. 22 on Barnes Road. Mullins was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.