Local News

  • 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.

  • Ark is on the move

    Local officials were not pleased with the state’s decision to pull tax incentives from the Ark Encounter project in Williamstown, but know the project will be built.
    The state gave preliminary approval to the tax incentives on July 29. This would have allowed the park to participate in a program that would let it keep 25 percent of the sales tax the Ark Encounter would collect over 25 years.


    From the start of excavation at the Ark Encounter site in Williamstown to a World War II veteran’s remains being identified and buried, 2014 was an eventful one in Grant County. Many news stories graced the front page of the Grant County News that will have a lasting impact on the community.
    This is a sample of the stories from the year.


  • Special Valentines wanted

    The Grant County News wants to hear about someone special in your life.
    It could be your sweetheart, your children, your parents, a neighbor or family friend.
    The News staff wants to know why they are special.

  • Wrapping up the holidays
  • Christmas wreaths honor veterans

    A wreath lays at the graveside of every veteran laid to rest at the Kentucky Veteran Cemetery North in Williamstown in honor of their service and sacrifice.

    The “Wreaths For Christmas” were laid on Dec. 13 by veterans, families of veterans, veteran riders, Blue Star Mothers, Girl Scouts and other members of the community as part the national Wreaths Across America program.