Local News

  • Kentucky pension crisis: State retirees now outnumber active state workers

    It’s impossible to know exactly who, where or when, but one day in 2016, a Kentucky state employee packed up her desk, said goodbye to her colleagues and retired.
    Once she hit the exit, the number of retirees drawing a pension from the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (Non-Hazardous), the struggling $2.6 billion fund that serves most of state government, officially topped the number of active workers paying into it.
    The 60-year-old fund has been mathematically upside down from that day forward.

  • Man arrested, suspected of stealing nine trailers

    A Fort Wright man was arrested for allegedly stealing a trailer in Grant County, but police suspect it’s not the only one.
    Jon Tyson Carter, 29, was charged with one count of receiving stolen property under $10,000, possession of marijuana and buying or possessing drug paraphernalia on Sept. 28.
    Williamstown Police Sgt. Steve Cornman said he and Officer Chris Collins snuffed out Carter after the victim told police his trailer had been listed for sale on Craigslist.

  • Dry Ridge water main break affects 16 roads

    A mid-morning water main break at the corner of Taft Highway and Warsaw Road left many residents under a boil advisory Oct. 9.
    City Clerk Amy Kenner said the boil warning was just a precaution since service was disrupted for all homes on the west side of I-75 in Dry Ridge.
    Kenner said public works was able to fix the issue in a few hours after the break happened around 11:30 a.m.
    Kenner said the city doesn’t know how many gallons of water escaped or how many residents were affected.
    The following streets were impacted:

  • Williamstown’s Fall Fest on Main set for Oct. 20

    Get ready for Williamstown’s Fall Fest on Main on Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Fall means cooler weather, pumpkin-spiced everything and festivals, and festival organizer Bren Murphy encourages everyone to come downtown and have family-friendly fun during the festival.

  • Scholarship to honor memory of GCHS graduate

    Lacking closure for their son’s untimely death, Tony Cooper and Rhonda Carpenter hope to find some positivity with a memorial scholarship fund in honor of their son, Logan Cooper.
    Organized by family friend Christina Pugh, a deserving Grant County High School football player will be able to help pay for higher education in honor of Logan Cooper.

  • Carrollton bus crash survivor shares story with students

    Many eighth-grade students sat in ghosts’ seats on a replica of the bus involved in the 1988 Carrollton bus crash that claimed 27 lives to learn about the dangers of drunk driving.
    Grant County Middle School hosted its first Truth and Consequences program Oct. 3, teaching GCMS and Williamstown Jr. High students about what could happen if they drove while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • Fiscal Court has not approved courthouse assessment hire

    Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood said he didn’t actually hire Brandstetter Carroll Inc. (BCI) for a courthouse renovation assessment despite residents and Grant County Fiscal Court magistrates believing he had.
    Magistrates Jacqalynn Riley and Shawna Coldiron also said they do not like BCI as a candidate for the improvements should they vote to go forward with repairs in the future.

  • Businesses scammed with fake $100 bills

    Two people have been scamming local businesses in Grant County with counterfeit $100 bills, according to police.
    Williamstown Police Department Sgt. Steve Cornman said about seven or eight “mom and pop” shops and yard sales have been duped with fake money around Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 in Williamstown and one yard sale in Corinth.

  • Police find child porn in Dry Ridge man’s possession

    Kentucky State Police discovered several storage devices containing child pornography in a Grant County man’s possession while executing a search warrant. 

    Kevin Duane Havens, 57, was charged with five counts of view/possess matter portray sexual performance by minor May 4, 2017. He had a pre-trial conference Sept. 29 in Grant County Circuit Court. 

  • No sewage leak despite fire at sanitary sewer plant

    A quick response prevented any leaks from the Grant County sanitary sewage district plant after a fire destroyed the plant July 21. 

    The fire started due to a faulty air conditioning system, said Charles Givin, chairman of the board for the sewage district.