Local News

  • DR Council member dies at age 54

    The Dry Ridge City Council lost one of its own last week.
    Joni Pelfrey died at age 54 on July 12 after battling health issues. She was born Sept. 22, 1962 in Owenton and was the daughter of the late Harold Edward and Anna Lee Barnett Pelfrey.
    Funeral services were held July 15 at the Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home in Williamstown. Burial was in the Williamstown Cemetery.
    Joni was in her second two-year term on the Dry Ridge Council after taking her seat in January 2015.

  • Fiscal Court approves audit agreement

    The Grant County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a motion to accept an Audit Participation Agreement with Telecom Audit Group during their meeting on July 17. The agreement was crafted for the purpose of identifying improper charges and errors, including but not limited to; excessive tariffs, excessive features, inflated billing and over provision of services that may have been charged to the fiscal court.
    Any excesses the group finds will be returned to the general fund, other than funds from the 911-unit service fee.

  • Williamstown officials question Ark property transfer

    Williamstown city officials are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst ahead of discussions regarding a potential lawsuit with the Ark Encounter.

    City attorney Jeff Shipp sent a letter to the tourist attraction on June 29 rejecting their request to be exempt from the safety assessment fee that establishes a 50-cent charge on three admission-based businesses in Williamstown.

  • Corinth Post Office relocation in holding pattern

    The slow days of summer have settled into Corinth.
    With little ready funds and the post office relocation slowing; the city maintains at regular pace including, their routine commissioners’ meetings at the city building at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.  
    In June, items discussed included budgeting revenue and expenses of $75,000 for the city.  
    The first reading of Budget Ordinance, #2017-01 was conducted and approved.  A special meeting was called for June 19 for second reading.  

  • Volunteers needed in 71 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

     Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 71 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care.
    The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

  • Tax reform measure introduced at State Capitol

    Advocates for modernization and fairness in Kentucky’s tax system filed a tax reform measure recently for consideration by the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Transportation cabinet releases data-driven plan of infrastructure projects

    Kentucky will begin to address its structurally deficient infrastructure system with a data-driven list of statewide transportation projects released by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on June 26.

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  • Secular groups protest Ark Encounter after one-year anniversary

    More than 100 protesters gathered outside of the Ark Encounter in Williamstown on July 8 to voice their concerns over the business’ influence in the area. The protest lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and featured several notable guest speakers, like author of the Friendly Atheist blog Hemant Mehta and Planned Parenthood state director Lauren Blauvelt-Copelin.

  • Faith to Stand event to focus on drug prevention, education

    For the second year, several community organizations will collaborate for an event focused on education and the prevention of drug addiction running rampant in Northern Kentucky.