Local News

  • GC population projected to steadily decline over next 20 years

    Grant County’s population is expected to steadily decline over the next 20 years after a slight initial increase, according to the Kentucky State Data Center’s annual growth report.
    University of Louisville Research coordinator Sarah Ehresman said that counties with older populations, like Grant County, tend to have decreasing populations because death rates are slightly increasing while the birth rates are remaining steady.

  • State pension crisis could have untold effects on Grant County

    Two pivotal meetings in Frankfort in as many weeks centered on the state pension crisis – one of the most urgent matters facing Kentucky according to state policymakers.

  • Country music star, former resident reflects on career

    When Judy Ashcraft formed her three-piece band and set out for Boston, she was ready to create her legacy in the country music world. Boston probably isn’t the first city that comes to mind when many people think of country music, but Ashcraft was confident she had just the flare the local music scene was craving. Fast forward to 2017, and Ashcraft, also known as Robin Right, is happily retired and able to reflect on a successful music career that spanned nearly four decades.

  • Hawaii resident seeks local Vietnam veteran photos for ‘Wall of Faces’

    My name is Janna Hoehn, I am a 26 year resident of Maui, Hawaii. Eight years ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Washington D.C. Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

  • NSDAR holds memorial service

    The Captain John Lillard Chapter, NSDAR met at the Williamstown Senior Center on May 13 for their regular monthly meeting. Following the business portion of the meeting.
    The chaplain, Ann Green, and regent, Robin Menefee, led the members in a memorial service for three members that passed away over the past year: Caroline Vice Ransdell, Dorothy Points Vallandingham and Barbara Loomis Brown. Ann Green gave eulogies for the three.
    Caroline Vice Ransdell was a charter member of the chapter joining in 1942 during the first year of the chapter.

  • Car chase leads police into Pendleton County

    Police are searching for an adult male who pulled several local law enforcement agencies into a high-speed pursuit across county lines on May 23.

    Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich said that officers from his department began pursuing a Chevrolet pickup truck at about 2 p.m. after one officer recognized the truck as a stolen vehicle he had previously investigated.

    The driver sped down Highway 22 into Pendleton County, and at some point fled the scene on foot, leaving behind an adult female and male juvenile.

  • Police charge Corinth man in fatal hit-and-run

    Williamstown police have charged a Corinth man in connection to a March 4 hit-and-run collision that left a 30-year-old restaurant employee dead, according to a press release from Kentucky State Police Trooper David Jones.
    Jones said that Officer Cody Blevins of the Williamstown Police Department and Detective Troy Brooks of KSP Post 6 charged Victor E. Parr, 57, with leaving the scene of an accident and failing to assist, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by 90 days to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $500.

  • KSP asking for public’s help in fatal hit-and-run investigation

    Kentucky State Police Post 6 is seeking the public’s assistance in their investigation of a hit-and-run collision that left a young Dry Ridge resident dead on May 21. 

    Trooper David Jones wrote in a press release that the vehicle fled the scene from Dixie Highway near Grant County Foods after striking 19-year-old Logan Michael Cooper, a 2016 Grant County High School graduate and football player.

  • Project Sticker Shock fights to curb underage drinking

    Customers who went to eight local businesses this week to buy packaged beer were met with a warning.
    Champions For a Drug-Free Grant County participated in Project Sticker Shock, a community awareness initiative designed to prevent adults over the age of 21 from purchasing and providing alcohol to minors.  

    The project includes placing stickers on multi-packs of alcohol warning adults of the penalties for providing alcohol to minors, which in Kentucky includes fines up to $500 or up to one year in jail.