Local News

  • Grant County Schools seek tax-rate increase

    Grant County Schools is seeking a 4-percent increase in revenue for the 2017-18 school year by raising the tax on real and tangible property.

    The school board will vote on the tax rates at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Grant County School Board Office.
    The proposed property tax will increase the tax on real and tangible property from 56.1 to 57.4 cents per $100 of assessed value.  

    The motor vehicle tax rate would remain at 55.3 cents per $100 of assessed value.
    For a $150,000 home, the cost of the increased tax rates would be $19.50.

  • Woman injured at factory after hair caught in machine

    A 32-year-old Williamstown woman was severely injured Aug. 24 when her hair got caught in a machine at Miami Valley Paper Tube in Crittenden.
    Detective Scott Conrad of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Kristian Collins was heading to lunch when the accident occurred at a machine that includes a saw.

  • Narcan distributed to help curb fatal overdoses

    The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is one of many agencies in Northern Kentucky receiving doses of Narcan to help curb the number of fatal overdoses from heroin and other opioids.

    Gov. Matt Bevin and Northern Kentucky officials announced Aug. 23 at the Boone County Sheriff’s Training Center a partnership to provide 720 doses of Narcan to first responders.

  • Semi-rollover shuts down I-75 for hours

    One lane of Interstate 75 north was shut down for more than four hours early Aug. 28 after a tractor trailer rolled over.
    The accident happened at 5:54 a.m. at the 152 mile marker when a tractor trailer driven by 47-year-old Ramz Chokheli of Brooklyn, New York, struck an abandoned vehicle on the right side off the interstate.

    Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Burke said that after the driver side-swiped the parked vehicle, he overcorrected his steering and went into a roll.
    The trailer was hauling one-ton rolls of paper, according to Burke.

  • Gov. Bevin launches ‘Beautify the Bluegrass’ initiative

    Gov. Matt Bevin recently launched his new “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative, calling on Kentuckians to come together to make their hometowns shine.
    “I want to encourage people in every Kentucky community to figure how out they can become the most beautiful community in the Commonwealth,” said Bevin. “The concept is simple: Identify a problem that needs attention, and then find a way to get involved in repairing, enhancing or beautifying it.”

  • Consultant proposes cutting some retiree’s pensions, moving state workers to 401 (k) plans

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Many current state and local government retirees would see retirement benefits trimmed while benefits for most current and future public employees would be part of new 401(k)-style benefit plans under a report issued Monday by a consulting firm.
    The firm, PFM Consulting Group, recommended an array of dramatic changes to reduce state and local government risk and to gain control over Kentucky’s public pension liabilities of more than $40 billion.

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  • Grant County bus driver has 45 years behind the wheel

    Ronnie Atha got ready for his 45th first day of school last week as Grant County Schools headed back to class.
    As a way to supplement his farming income, the 67-year-old Dry Ridge resident began driving a school bus in 1972.

  • Barnes Road crossing may remain open

    It appears that Barnes Road railroad crossing in Williamstown will remain open, at least for now.
    In June, the Williamstown City Council discussed a recommendation sent by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 to close the crossing.
    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner said the transportation cabinet believes the crossing is too dangerous and sent a letter to the council addressing the issue.