Local News

  • Weather pushes school calendars into June

    Bad weather hasn’t wrecked havoc on Grant County Schools as much as last year — at least not so far.
    Still, even with several snow learning days to soften the blow, the district is discussing plans to keep from going to school further into June.
    One possibility is losing part or all of spring break for a second consecutive year.


    Despite Old Man Winter dumping eight to 14.5 inches of snow here last week, Grant County fared better than other parts of the state.

    “There were no big concerns or issues for us,” said Les Whalen, Grant County’s Emergency Management Director. “It was fairly quiet. We definitely didn’t have the I-65 issues.”
    News reports indicate that at least 65 motorists were stranded on Interstate 65 in Hardin County when the snow kept falling on March 5.

  • Austin Johnson breaks 35-year assist record

    The word assist means to give support to or help to another.
    For the last four years, Austin Johnson, son of Bonnie and Ernie Johnson, has done that for Grant County High School boys basketball.  

    This season, Johnson broke the assists record that was held by Kevin Wright for the past 35 years.  

    Wright’s previous record was 421.  

  • WPD officer resigns following DUI arrest

    A 26-year-old Williamstown Police officer has resigned after being arrested early Feb. 26 for allegedly driving up to 100 miles per hour while under the influence of alcohol.

    Matthew Boshears, who was with WPD since July 2012, was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. just off the Crittenden Interstate 75 exit off ramp by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Ark still floating; lawsuit filed

    Rep. Brian Linder, R- Dry Ridge, is hoping to send a message from the legislature to the state Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
    That message — reverse the decision to remove an $18 million tax incentive from the upcoming $73 million Ark Encounter park being built in Williamstown.
    Linder filed a resolution, HRC 163, in the House last week, asking the state to reconsider its decision to pull the incentives.

  • Heroin bill compromise could happen this session

    The clock is ticking with only three weeks remaining in the 2015 session of the General Assembly.
    The final day of the session is March 24 and lawmakers still have to discuss, debate and compromise on many key proposed bills from a statewide smoking ban to a response to the heroin epidemic.
    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, discuss how the session is going so far and what may lie ahead.

    As the session winds down, how productive has the legislature been?

  • Jump resigns as Dry Ridge fire chief

    Two missteps by Tom Jump has the Dry Ridge Fire Department looking for a new chief.
    Mayor Jim Wells asked Jump to resign from his position after learning the fire department failed to get building permits for a renovation and turnout gear was bought without an advertised bid or an approved purchase order.
    Jump submitted his resignation Feb. 19 to Wells.


    When the flakes start falling, Barry Marksberry’s day starts early.
    Last week, his day began at 4:30 a.m.  on Monday when Grant County was blanketed in winter white.

    Marksberry’s day (and night) didn’t end until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
    “It was a long 36 hours,” he said, as he prepared to make another swipe on his route, which includes Cynthiana Street, KY 36 and side roads such as Hightower Tebelman, Dark Region and Ashbrook.

  • Smoking ban passes House, faces uncertain future in Senate

    Despite narrowly passing the House, a proposed statewide smoking ban could go up up in smoke in the Senate.

    The Senate moved House Bill 145, known as the Smoke-Free Kentucky bill, last week to the Veterans, Military and Public Protection Committee.
    Senate Majority Floor Leader Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has said he does not believe there is much sentiment to pass the bill in his chamber.