Local News

  • Semi-rollover shuts down I-75 for hours

    One lane of Interstate 75 north was shut down for more than four hours early Aug. 28 after a tractor trailer rolled over.
    The accident happened at 5:54 a.m. at the 152 mile marker when a tractor trailer driven by 47-year-old Ramz Chokheli of Brooklyn, New York, struck an abandoned vehicle on the right side off the interstate.

    Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Burke said that after the driver side-swiped the parked vehicle, he overcorrected his steering and went into a roll.
    The trailer was hauling one-ton rolls of paper, according to Burke.

  • Gov. Bevin launches ‘Beautify the Bluegrass’ initiative

    Gov. Matt Bevin recently launched his new “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative, calling on Kentuckians to come together to make their hometowns shine.
    “I want to encourage people in every Kentucky community to figure how out they can become the most beautiful community in the Commonwealth,” said Bevin. “The concept is simple: Identify a problem that needs attention, and then find a way to get involved in repairing, enhancing or beautifying it.”

  • Consultant proposes cutting some retiree’s pensions, moving state workers to 401 (k) plans

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Many current state and local government retirees would see retirement benefits trimmed while benefits for most current and future public employees would be part of new 401(k)-style benefit plans under a report issued Monday by a consulting firm.
    The firm, PFM Consulting Group, recommended an array of dramatic changes to reduce state and local government risk and to gain control over Kentucky’s public pension liabilities of more than $40 billion.

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  • Grant County bus driver has 45 years behind the wheel

    Ronnie Atha got ready for his 45th first day of school last week as Grant County Schools headed back to class.
    As a way to supplement his farming income, the 67-year-old Dry Ridge resident began driving a school bus in 1972.

  • Barnes Road crossing may remain open

    It appears that Barnes Road railroad crossing in Williamstown will remain open, at least for now.
    In June, the Williamstown City Council discussed a recommendation sent by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 to close the crossing.
    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner said the transportation cabinet believes the crossing is too dangerous and sent a letter to the council addressing the issue.

  • Eimer resigns as NKU-Grant County director

    With mixed emotions, Correy Eimer announced his resignation Aug. 15 as director of the Northern Kentucky University-Grant County Center.
    Eimer took over the reigns at NKU-Grant County in August 2014.
    His last day before leaving to become the Kentucky Career Centers operator with Brighton Center will be Sept. 9.
    Elmer said he will miss the personal relationships he has created the most.

  • Crittenden man wrecks semi after alleged heroin use

    A 28-year-old Crittenden man wrecked his semi tractor-trailer Aug. 18 in Green Township, Ohio after he ingested heroin and lost consciousness, according to police.

    Scotty R. Kinmon was operating a 2000 Freightliner semi-tractor and trailer westbound on Interstate 74 when the semi slowed to a stop and began rolling backward.
    The semi then jackknifed and struck a guardrail blocking all westbound lanes of Interstate 74, according to law enforcement.

  • Total Eclipse of the Sun

    Eyes were to the sky Aug. 21 with the arrival of the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years.
    Of course, those eyes were covered with NASA-approved glasses to safely view the historic event.
    With Hopkinsville, Kentucky deemed the “point of greatest eclipse,” and the totality of the eclipse set for around school dismissal, many districts across the state canceled classes.