Local News

  • Weather alters school calendars

    Snow and icy roads have caused Grant County and Williamstown Independent to be on pace to miss more school days than last year.
    Grant County Schools missed seven days last year.
    That number is already at four missed days so far for the 2013-14 school year.

  • what’s new in Dry Ridge?

    When Hazel Massey and her daughter, Jene`, ran out of room in their homes for their collection of glassware, salvaged and repurposed furniture and crafts, they took the next logical step.


    Grant County native W. Rodney McMullen, a long-time employee at Kroger, becomes CEO of the Cincinnati-based company on Jan. 1.

    One could say that he has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, for he started working at the grocery giant in 1978 as a part-time stock clerk while attending the University of Kentucky.

    McMullen is currently the company’s president and chief operating officer.
    After growing up on a farm in Williamstown, McMullen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from UK.

  • County, city offices closed for holidays

    Due to the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holiday, county and city offices will be observing holiday hours.
    Following is a holiday schedule:
    • County offices (Grant County Judge-Executive’s office and Grant County Courthouse) – closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
    • Grant County Circuit Clerk’s Office (at the Grant County Judicial Center) will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, Dec. 28, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

  • Seven-year-old gives back, in spite of illness

    Three months after receiving a heart transplant, 7-year-old Luke Landrum hopes to make other children feel better.
    The Grant County resident, who was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, has created Luke’s Coloring Company.
    The idea is to provide colorful artwork to children who, like Luke, have struggled with health issues at a young age.

  • Former band director faces more charges

    Former Grant County High School band director David Owens has been indicted on three additional sex charges in Kenton County.
    A grand jury indicted Owens on Dec. 5 with one charge each of third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy.
    Owens was previously charged with two counts of sexual abuse and tampering with a witness in Grant County and one county of first-degree sexual abuse in Boone County for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship in 2011 with a former student at GCHS when the girl was 16 years old.

  • Report tracks graduates after high school

    More than half of the Class of 2011 at Grant County High School and nearly three-fourths at Williamstown High School enrolled in college after graduation.
    The statistics were recently released as part of the Kentucky High School Feedback Report on College Going by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.
    The report focuses on high school graduates from the 2010-11 school year.
    Of 236 Grant County High School graduates, 52.1 percent went on to college, compared with the state average of 60.2 percent.