Local News

  • Council delays payroll tax decision

    The debate is not over about whether or not to increase the occupational tax in Dry Ridge to help generate much-needed revenue.
    The city council decided to not vote during its June 17 meeting on a second reading that would have increased the payroll tax from .5 percent to 1.5 percent on anyone who works in the city limits.
    Instead, the discussion will continue during the 7 p.m. July 1 meeting, after about 25 employees and business owners within the city attended the meeting in opposition of the tax increase.

  • Diana Morgan’s compassion, care earns award twice

    As a former police dispatcher, an Emergency Medical Technician and firefighters, Diana Morgan has seen a lot of shocking things, but they didn’t prepare her for the shock of being chosen as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

    The honor, given annually by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, is a title she has earned not once, but twice. Morgan, of Dry Ridge, was named Volunteer of the Year in 2002.

  • Lawsuits could impact Grant library

    The Grant County Public Library could see tax revenue slashed depending on the outcome of a legal ruling against libraries in Kenton and Campbell counties.
    Lawsuits were filed against the public libraries in Kenton and Campbell counties earlier this year claiming that the libraries have been using the wrong law to raise taxes since 1979.

  • Sliding into Summer



    • Adults, teens and children can participate by keeping a reading log. One is available online at
    www.grantlib.org or by phonne at 859-824-2080.

    • Prizes include gift cards to local businesses and a grand prize drawing for a Barnes and Noble Nook HD.

    • June 17 - 6:30 p.m. - Geology Rocks (for ages 7 and up) Hands-on program from the Cincinnati Museum Center. See page 2 in this issue for more programs.

  • Corinth fire dept. to survey residents

    Corinth residents should not be alarmed if firefighters knock on their doors in the next few weeks.
    Members of the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department will be visiting Corinth homes to conduct a survey concerning a $200,000 grant, which if obtained will be used to construct a new firehouse.

  • DR approves payroll tax hike

    With reserves threatening to dwindle to dust, Dry Ridge Mayor Clay Crupper said there was “no option” but to seek more revenue for the city.

    That additional revenue looks to be coming from an increase in the city’s occupational tax from .5 percent to 1.5 percent on anyone who works in the city limits.

  • Bargain hunters!

    One Williamstown woman hopes that bargain hunters will line up for this weekend’s U.S. 25 yard sale.
    The U.S. 25 yard sale begins Thursday, June 6 and continues through Saturday, June 8.
    Judy Wigginton got the idea for the three-day event from the infamous U.S. 127 yard sale held in August and last year she began working the phones to make it happen.
    Wiggington was given office space  by the city of Williamstown.


    They came, they walked, they gave, they laughed and they cried. Thirty-six teams, despite rain and wind gusts, raised more than $80,000 on May 31 at the Grant County Relay For Life in the community’s fight against cancer.

    Despite the rain and wet conditions, teams and survivors gathered for a meal prepared by Performance Pipe employees. Activities such as a live auction, a visit from Elvis, a pizza eating contest and a team tug-of-war were held.

  • GCHS grad killed in N. Ky. home invasion

    The Grant County High School community was “shocked” and “devastated” after learning one of their own was murdered last week in an apparent home invasion.

    Eighteen-year-old Michaela Briede, a 2012 GCHS graduate, was shot to death at her Fort Mitchell apartment May 28.
    GCHS Principal Claudette Herald said staff and faculty were closing the school year down for the summer when they first heard the news.
    Gathered together in the library, teachers and staff then were notified of Briede’s death.

  • Soldiers visit third grade pen pals

    Every other Williamstown Elementary student was outside enjoying the annual field day, except for Michelle Whaley’s third grade reading group.
    They were inside their classroom waiting on a bigger and better surprise.
    Eyes widened and smiles blossomed as two soldiers, Lt. John Benson and Lance Corporal Richard Barton, walked into the room dressed in uniform.
    “They’re so anxious that I think they are in shock,” Whaley said.
    The third graders had become pen pals with the soldiers throughout the school year.