Local News

  • Bill takes aim to help heroin addicts, families

    Family members soon could help stop an overdose of a loved one addicted to heroin and painkillers.
    Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to sign House Bill 366 into law, which will allow physicians to prescribe a nasal version of Narcan to the public so they can administer the drug to opiate overdose patients.


    The skyrocketing rise of heroin abuse in Grant and other Northern Kentucky counties may be grabbing headlines.
    However, those in the front lines have seen the growing problem face-to-face for a long time.
    “Northern Kentucky as a whole has had a heroin problem for almost 10 years now,” said Dry Ridge Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Jamison. “It’s just now starting to be seen by the majority of the people. That’s the scary part.”

  • Council sets sights on vacant buildings

    As a merchant and now mayor, Rick Skinner has kept his eyes on downtown Williamstown for a long time.
    One of the items on his “to do list” was to address the deteriorated, vacant buildings in the city limits and now he’s asking the city council to adopt some rules for how to get the job done.

    Four ordinances were on the council’s April 1 agenda, but were tabled after discussion on whether the ordinances were too stringent. Council members agreed to discuss them again at a special council meeting on April 16.

  • Legislators reflect on 2013 session

    With the 2013 30-day legislative session in the rearview mirror, Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, looked back over what was accomplished and what they would have liked to see addressed during the 2013 General Assembly.

    What grade would you give this year’s short legislative session and why?

  • Scam bilks DR woman out of $10,000

    When JimAn Hilligas received a $1,000 check to be a ‘secret shopper” at Wal-Mart, she thought she was lucky.
    The letter came in the mail and instructed her to take the check she received and cash it at her local bank. She was then to go to Wal-Mart and purchase a $300 gift card. The gift card was to be mailed in a self addressed, stamped envelope back to the sender and she could keep the change.

  • Playing with death

    A man slumps over the steering wheel of his truck in a driveway on Lebanon Road in Crittenden.
    A passing motorist calls for help.

    As Grant County Sheriff’s deputies approach the truck, they side step vomit, which covers the ground at the driver’s side door.
    The man is passed out, a partially filled syringe laying in the front seat.
    The deputies get the man in the cruiser and rush him to the hospital.
    Hospital staff work feverishly to save him from the drugs running through his body.

  • Dry Ridge changes utility bill due dates

    Dry Ridge residents will now have a little less time to pay their utility bills.
    A recent ordinance approved by the Dry Ridge City Council makes several changes to utility billing, including moving the due date from the last business day of the month to the 15th.
    If the 15th of the month falls on a weekend, the bill will then be due by 5 p.m. the next business day.
    Bills will continue to be mailed at the beginning of the month.
    A notice of the changes, which go into effect this month, was sent to residents along with their March bill.

  • Corinth approves Dollar General site plan

    The Corinth Board of Adjustments met on March 18 and approved a site plan for a proposed Dollar General Store.
    Dollar General was asking for a variance to the county’s zoning ordinance for four parking spaces per 1,000 feet of interior space as oppsed to the 5.5 spaces recquired in the county’s zoning ordinance.
    Corinth Mayor Billy Hill said the city had been working with representatives from Dollar General for several months.
    The store would be built at the site of a defunct car wash on Hwy. 330.

  • Distribution garden continues to grow in third season

    Heading into its third year, the Grant County Distribution Garden has proven if you grow it, they will come.
    The Grant County Fiscal Court, Grant County Extension Service, along with the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission and the Vineyard Church of Grant County, joined in May 2011 to plant a 1-acre community garden on the grounds of the county maintenance facility on Hopperton Lane in Dry Ridge.
    The mission of the garden is to help feed those in need in Grant County, in particular seniors and low-income families.