Local News

  • Sidewalk is finished

    Seven years later, the city of Dry Ridge finally has their sidewalk.

    A sidewalk stretching from the Midtown Square shopping center to Kings Drive recently was completed.
    Though construction on the sidewalk took about two weeks, Mayor Clay Crupper said it has been in the works since 2006.

    “It’s been a nightmare,” he said. “But, I stayed with it. They’ve done a nice job.”

  • Flu season begins

    A year after the highest ever number of cases were reported in northern Kentucky, the flu season is back again.
    Flu monitoring for the 2013-2014 season began Sept. 29, however, Emily Gresham Wherle, public information administrator for the Northern Kentucky Health Department, said there has not been any activity yet.
    Last year, a total of 3,492 cases of flu, including eight deaths, were reported, the highest ever in northern Kentucky.
    Grant County had 509 cases of flu reported last season.  

  • Creepy Ridge partners with FFA to scare up funds

    The self-proclaimed “world’s largest haunted haywagon” is hoping to scare up funds for local Future Farmers of America group’s this Halloween season.

    The annual Creepy Ridge haunted attraction is partnering with FFA groups at Grant County and Williamstown high schools to raise money for the student organizations.
    For each ticket a student sells, $5 will go toward the FFA.
    To purchase tickets from the GCHS FFA, e-mail larry.butler@grant.kyschools.us.

  • Old barn gets new life as event venue

    When Brooke Rider looked for a place to hold a wedding reception in 2012, her options were limited.

    She ultimately decided to hold the event close to home, literally her home in the historic Hogan House, and let guests enjoy the lush lawn and property that she and her husband, Mark Cummins enjoy every day.


    An explosion that ripped off the back wall of a Dry Ridge apartment about 10:50 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 seriously burned three Grant County men.

    Apparently one of the men forgot about the “No Smoking” sign on the front door of the apartment and lit a cigarette causing the explosion which blasted out a window and blew brick off the foundation.

    Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells said the trio are believed to have been “making hash oil” in the bathroom of the Locust Ridge apartment.

  • Board approves 4% tax increase

    The Grant County Board of Education voted 3 to 1 to approve a 4 percent increase to the current tax rate earlier this month.
    The rate goes from 52.9 cents to 56.1 cents per $100 of assessed value. That means a homeowner with a $124,300 home, the median home value in Grant County, will be paying $697.32 or $39.78 more than last year.
    The motor vehicle tax rate will be 55.3 cents and the utility tax rate will be 3 cents. These are the same rates as last year.
    The projected revenue from the real and personal property and tangible tax is $5,511,205.


    Kellie Graham, a former Grant County resident, understands that life can change in an instant.
    She noticed that her mother, Ola Haven, had started to forget things. Graham chalked it up to the aging process and wasn’t surprised when two years ago her mother was diagnosed with dementia.

  • Talk of the Town: HEROIN EPIDEMIC

    “I’m a recovering addict, but I’ve been sober seven years,” said Will Smoot, standing before more than 150 of his neighbors, family, friends and strangers last week.
    The crowd broke into applause.

    Smoot started to speak, but had to choke back tears as he told of his downward spiral into heroin addiction; a story that he had never publicly shared.


    In 2012, Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies made seven heroin-related arrests.
    From Jan. 2013 to Sept. 26, 2013, deputies have made 52 heroin-related arrests.
    “We’ve got some major problems on our hands,” said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.

  • Mead faces additional charges after more dogs seized

    Joan Mead, the 85-year-old woman who was charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty after police and animal control officers seized nearly a dozen animals from her Grant County property is in trouble again in Kenton County.

    Kenton County Animal Control officers removed 11 Pomeranians from a home owned by Mead in Latonia after executing a search warrant of her property on Sept. 20.
    The animals were in poor health and infested with fleas.