Local News

  • Forcht buys Grant Co. Deposit

    Forcht Bancorp, Inc. reached an agreement on June 9 to buy Grant County Deposit Bank.
    The Forcht Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Forcht Bank, N.A., will acquire all the outstanding shares of Grant County Bancorp, Inc. of Williamstown, the holding company of Grant County Deposit Bank.
    Upon regulatory and shareholder approval, Grant County Deposit Bank will be merged with Forcht Bank.

  • In your face!

    Twenty five teams have been working hard in preparation for Friday, June 13 when all that hard work culminates in the annual Grant County Relay For Life.

    The relay is the signature fundrasing event of the American Cancer Society.

    The event begins at 7 p.m. with opening ceremonies and lasts until 7 a.m. on June 14.

  • DR budget features raises

    The City of Dry Ridge had more money in their pockets heading into the 2014-15 budget after dealing with bone-deep cuts and dwindling reserves the past several years.
    While the city’s budget has decreased or remained relatively stagnant recently, the city council’s approved budget for next fiscal year includes increases in nearly every department.
    Money has also been budgeted for pay raises and two new employees, if needed.
    “I think it was a fair budget,” said Mayor Clay Crupper. “I think it was fair to everybody.”

  • Wet and Wild
  • From fighter to survivor: WHS graduate is cancer-free

    Skyler Faulkner just had the best week of her young life.
    What culminated in her walking onstage at Williamstown High School to receive her diploma, began with even better news.
    The 18-year-old is now cancer free.

    “I was so relieved. I was so happy,” Skyler said. “I really don’t have time to do anymore treatments. I just have so much that I want to accomplish that I don’t need this holding me back anymore.”

  • FDIC investigation at Grant bank yields consent order

    Grant County Deposit Bank has seen some rough months, thanks to a weak economy, new tougher banking regulations, loss of board members and theft by a vice president, but the financial institution’s customers remain a priority to the bank’s board of directors.
    “Grant County Deposit Bank, at the present time, is operating the way it always has and will continue to serve its customers in the same manner it always has,” said Wade Gutman, a 17-year-member of the board.

  • Budget passed despite objections

    The unanimous vote approving the 2014-15 county budget was quick June 2, but not before some displeasure was expressed with sheriff’s office funding.
    Judge-Executive Darrell Link was set to ask for a motion to approve the second and final reading of the 2014-15 budget as Sheriff Chuck Dills spoke up.
    “I just wish we had the opportunity to go over this budget with you as we have in past years,” Dills said to the fiscal court. “There is some concerns of some shortfalls that I wish we could have addressed with the court.”


    A passionate debate about the sheriff’s office budget boiled into a heated confrontation and near physical altercation after the June 2 Grant County Fiscal Court meeting.
    The incident featured Judge-Executive Darrell Link and members of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office exchanging words with Link allegedly making threats and bumping into an off-duty deputy.


    By the #s:



    3 Richard L. Austin - 1,179
    Keith Ellington - 307
    Anitra Jump - 411
    Shirley Wilson - 469

    Magistrate 1st District

    Timothy Burgess II - 194
    Ray “Bubba” Kinmon - 289
    Douglas Tatum - 136
    3Royce “Rusty” Willoughby - 364

    Magistrate 2nd District

    3Wanda Hammons - 568
    Carisa Hassman Hughett - 306

    County Clerk