Local News

  • Grant Fair gets underway July 26

    If you go:

    Grant County Fair at the Northern Kentucky Fairgrounds, 115 Baton Rouge Rd., Williamstown. July 26-Aug. 3. Rides open at 6 p.m. nightly beginning July 29. Cost is $10 at the gate. Discount tickets can be purchased for $8 until July 26 at Dry Ridge Toyota, Grant County Deposit banks or Forcht Bank.

    Event highlights:


    • Demolition Derby/Flat Track Bash, 7 p.m. July 26

    • KOI Drag Racing, 7 p.m. July 27

    • Miss Grant County Fair Pageant, 8 p.m. July 29

  • Thayer to appear on 'Daily Show'


    Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” has filmed a segment that will feature state Sen. Damon Thayer discussing a LaRue County ordinance nullifying a failed state law nullifying a failed federal gun-control law.

    Thayer, a Grant County Republican who is leader of the state Senate’s GOP majority, said he was contacted a few weeks ago by producers of “The Daily Show,” a daily satire of the news media and national politics that tends to lean left.

  • Sheriff's office makes warrant arrests


    When Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies went to execute warrants at a Williamstown home last week, they ended up arresting four of the same family.

    According to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills, deputies went to a home on Charlotte Heights to serve a warrant on Marylyn K. Abney, 49, for unlawful transaction with a minor third degree at 10:55 a.m. on July 17.

    Abney was lodged in the Grant County Detention Center. She was later served with an additional warrant for non-payment of fines out of Grant County District Court.

  • Dry Ridge man wanted for alleged meth manufacturing


    A Dry Ridge man is wanted in connection with manufacturing methamphetamine after fleeing a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy.

    Deputy Robert Morgan located a male and female inside a vehicle parked at Boltz Lake at 6 a.m. July 19. 

    While investigating, the male suspect, Alec Jones, 25, of Dry Ridge, fled on foot.

    Morgan’s K-9 officer, Toro, got an alert on the vehicle, which led to a search.

  • Complaints prompt OEA investigation at GCHS

    The Office of Educational Accountability has completed an investigation of complaints against Grant County High School Principal Claudette Herald and has recommended two procedural changes.
    The OEA, which is under the Kentucky Department of Education, is responsible for investigating complaints.
    “We will address the report, but there was nothing of high concern that’s a problem,” said Grant County Superintendent Ron Livingood.

  • Grant brothers serve country at the same time

    Ed and Ronnie Gabbert share a bond like few brothers.
    The Grant County siblings both were drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in the Vietnam War a year apart, to the day.
    They were even in the same unit.

  • Gone, but not forgotten

    Tears streamed down the tall, white-haired man’s face. He dabbed at his eyes behind dark sunglasses and wrestled inwardly with finding his voice.
    “I’m sorry,” he said quietly, after a long pause.
    Charles Lorentz’s voice cracked when he found the words to express what being able to see the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall meant to him.


    The grand jury, which met July 10, returned indictments against 13 people.
    The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
    Those indicted were:
    • Amber J. Flanagan, 24, trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, first offense.  
    • Alyssa M. Cull, 18,  trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, first offense.  
    • Bobby W. Amyx, 29, receiving stolen property with a value of $500 or more.  

  • WHS educator chosen as Ky. Teacher Fellow

    A Williamstown High School social studies teacher will be among a small group of educators selected to help voice opinions from across the state on reform efforts.

    Paradise Forbes is one of 21 educators chosen from a large pool of highly competitive candidates as part of Hope Street Group’s inaugural cohort of Kentucky Teacher Fellows.
    Hope Street Group is a national nonprofit organization known for its teacher engagement work.

  • Council votes down payroll tax increase

    A standing-room only crowd of more than 40 people watched July 1 as the Dry Ridge City Council shot down a payroll increase.
    The question remains, however, if another increase will be brought back to the table.
    “I think it’s dead,” said Mayor Clay Crupper. “They can’t seem to agree.”