Local News

  • The Art of Training ‘Ninjas’: Local driving instructor teaches students to B-Safe

    As Brian Fannon sits in the passenger seat of his instructional vehicle, he gives coaching commands to his student as they grasp the steering wheel.
    He encourages them to run through their designated checklist of safety precautions before moving from the parking spot, all while they hold the wheel – or “life and death,” as Fannon calls it – in their hands.

  • Stage Right hopes audiences will be off to see ‘Wizard of Oz’

    Stage Right Musical Theatre in Williamstown will be taking audiences “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for its first mainstay show of its second season.

    The theatrical group will present “The Wizard of Oz” on weekends July 14-30 at Main Street Gardens, 1418 N. Main Street in Williamstown.

  • Attendance doubles for Rockin’ the Ridge

    Attendance was more than double than last year for the second year of the Rockin’ the Ridge festival on June 24.
    Dry Ridge Mayor Jim Wells said estimates for the attendance for the event, which featured headliners Colt Ford and Joe Diffie, are between 10,000 and 12,000 people.

  • Ark Encounter: One Year Later

    One year since the Ark Encounter arrived in Grant County, the real-life imagining of the famous Biblical tale and its impact on the local economy remain a major point of conversation among business owners and elected officials.

    When the Ark Encounter officially opened its doors in July 2016, many anticipated it would bring a surge of out-of-town dollars to local businesses, and attract new industries to open their doors in Williamstown and Grant County. Some business owners say they have experienced such an economic boom, while some remain skeptical.

  • School districts to address TELL survey results

    Local school administrators are discussing strategies to continually improve academic performance after reviewing the results of the 2017 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky Survey.

  • Williamstown Council passes tobacco-free parks policy

    The Williamstown City Council passed their annual budget as well as a resolution to create a policy prohibiting tobacco in city parks during their June 20 meeting.
    After the council briefly discussed and then passed the budget, Zachary Raney from the Northern Kentucky Health Department gave a presentation to the council detailing the risks of second-hand smoke and the benefits of a tobacco-free park policy. He noted that the surgeon general has commented that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • Jail conditions improve, inmate population rises

    As physical conditions at the Grant County Detention Center continue to improve, Jailer Chris Hankins plans to hire more deputies so the jail can increase its state inmate count and collect more revenue from the state.

  • Ark Encounter requests safety fee exemption

    The City of Williamstown plans to reject a request from the Ark Encounter claiming exemption from the recently implemented safety assessment fee on the grounds that they are a religious entity.

  • Harmful Algal Bloom recreational advisory lifted for Boltz Lake

    FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) are removing the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) recreational public health watch for Boltz Lake in Grant County effective immediately.
    Results from recent sampling by the Dept. for Environmental Protection indicate the levels of toxins occurring in the lake are now below the advisory threshold for recreating in the lake.