Local News

  • St. E announces closure of Owen Co. emergency dpt.

    A short 16 months after beginning operations in Owen County, St. Elizabeth Healthcare announced today its plans to close its local emergency department.
    The closure, set for July 31, comes after months of consistent low patient volume, according to a news release.
    A business analysis has shown that a majority of patients and conditions that have been seen at the emergency department could be cared for at a primary care office, according to the release.

  • KTC wants railroad crossing at Barnes Rd. closed

    The Williamstown City Council discussed a recommendation sent by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 to close the Barnes Road railroad crossing during their June 5 special meeting.
    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner said the transportation cabinet believes the crossing is too dangerous and sent a letter to the council addressing the issue.

  • Annual U.S. 25 Yard Sale brings customers to town

    Grant County locals broke out the antique records and vintage comic books for one of the biggest yard sale extravaganzas of the year from June 1 to June 3 during the sixth annual U.S. 25 Yard Sale.

    The annual event incorporates hundreds of yard sales located along 265 miles of U.S. 25 and U.S. 25 West, running from Rocky Top, Tennessee to southern Boone County in Kentucky.
    Judy Wigginton, who originally created the U.S. 25 Yard Sale, said this year’s optimal turnout likely signals an upward trend for participation in the yard sale that crosses state lines.

  • Construction Coming

    The Grant County Public Library will be expanding by nearly 10,000 square feet after receiving a $1.638 million grant from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
    The library will receive $81,900 per year from KDLA for the next 20 years through the Public Library Facilities

    Construction Fund grant to assist with debt retirement. The grant is a part of a comprehensive, $20 million investment in library construction across Kentucky. The total budget for the expansion, including furnishings, is $3.8 million.

  • Williamstown Family Fun Park offers weekday discounts

    Williamstown Family Fun Park is offering weekday discounts for its Treetop Ziplines and Chutes and Ladders Adventure Course.
    The park, located at 605 KY 36 West near the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, is open during the summer from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and on Sundays, from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays and from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
    The business is closed Mondays except for group events.
    Pricing for the Treetop Ziplines is $29.99 Tuesday through Thursday and $39.99 Friday through Sunday.

  • Wreck on I-75
  • Two motorcycle wreck victims air lifted in two days

    A Dry Ridge resident is in critical but stable condition after sustaining head trauma during a single-vehicle accident near 3400 Taft Highway at about 9:30 p.m. on June 3.
    Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy K.J. Little said that a witness reported that the driver was swaying inside his own lane inbounds toward Dry Ridge, but that witness did not see the crash. Little said the driver, later identified as 48-year-old John Sullivan, is under suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

  • Library to kick off summer reading June 3

    The Grant County Public Library hopes to “Build a Better World” as it kicks off its annual summer reading program.
    The summer reading kickoff event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the library in Williamstown.
    Attendees can enjoy lots of free activities at the kickoff, said Geneva Hoffman, youth services librarian.

  • GC Schools participate in Summer Food Service program

    The Grant County Schools Food Service is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.
    Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
    Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

  • Fountain added to Lake Pollywog to help fishing

    Visitors to Lake Pollywog at Dry Ridge’s Piddle Park recently noticed a new added feature.
    A newly installed fountain in the middle of the lake sprays water up as high as 25 feet in the air.

    A slight mist from the fountain can be felt while walking around the lake on a windy day.
    While pleasing to the eyes, Mayor Jim Wells said the fountain serves a more practical purpose.