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Local News

  • Candidates can start filing Nov. 8 for 2018 election

    The May 2018 primary election may be months away, but candidates interested in running can begin filing for office Nov. 8 at the Grant County Clerk’s Office in Williamstown.

    The deadline for filing is 4 p.m. Jan. 30, 2018.

  • Jail food service worker accused of misconduct with inmate

    A Kellwell Food Management employee was arrested for having sexual relations with a Grant County Detention Center inmate. 

    Shivon Fields, 38, of Mount Sterling, was charged with third-degree sodomy Oct. 17. 

  • Dry Ridge proposes cost-sharing plan for EMS funding

    Dry Ridge officials hope a proposed cost-sharing plan will ease the long-time burden of the city shouldering the cost of emergency medical services for Grant County.

    Mayor Jim Wells presented the plan during the Dry Ridge City Council meeting on Oct. 16.

    Wells also has talked to all of the mayors and Judge-Executive Steve Wood about the plan.

  • A View From Above

    EYE IN THE SKY- Williamstown High School senior Harold Fernandez has been taking his photography talents to the sky by taking weekly aerial photos using a drone.

    The drone photos are part of Fernandez’s participation in the WHS Student Technology Leadership program (STLP.) 

    Along with the photos, Fernandez posts a thought to go with the image.

  • Vaccination urged as flu season begins

    For fall weather finally starting to appear, flu season also is here.

    Influenza is a serious disease that results in tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations every year, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department. 

    During the 2016-2017 flu season, more than 2,200 cases were reported in Northern Kentucky, and 14 deaths were attributed to complications from the flu. 

  • Halloween in the Park set for Oct. 28

    For the second consecutive year, the Grant County News will partner with the City of Dry Ridge for Halloween in the Park.

    The 31st annual event will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Piddle Park in Dry Ridge on Saturday Oct. 28.

    The event will kick off at 3:30 p.m. with pumpkin decorating. The first 200 children will receive a free small pumpkin, provided by Country Pumpkins and paid for by the Grant County Tourism Commission, to decorate and take home.

  • Duke Energy customers to receive smart meters

    Duke Energy is bringing smart meters to Grant County customers.

    Duke Energy announced the switch from walk-by, or traditional meters, to the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meter starting February 2018 through June 2018 at the Sept. 5 Grant County Fiscal Court meeting. 

  • Enrollment drops for Grant, Williamstown schools

    Student enrollment has dropped for Grant County and Williamstown Independent school districts for the 2017-18 year.

    Grant County Schools’ enrollment dropped 72 students from the 2016-17 school year to the end of this year’s first month.

    District-wide, the enrollment was 3,650 students compared to 3,722 students last year.

  • New online tool demonstrates differences in health across Northern Kentucky

    Your ZIP code may have a larger impact on your health than your genetic code. As part of an analysis of health status across Northern Kentucky communities, the Northern Kentucky Health Department examined a variety of factors that can impact health, including levels of education and income. The results show significant differences in communities, with life expectancy in certain areas almost 10 years higher than others.
    The analysis is part of a larger project to examine health equity in Northern Kentucky.

  • NKADD Mitigation will help region better prepare for natural disasters

    The Northern Kentucky Area Development District’s eight-county region is better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of its local hazard mitigation plan, which is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters.
    The plan identifies hazards and potential hazards in the Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties. It also creates a framework to help community officials make decisions that may ultimately protect lives and property. This recently approved plan expires in August 2022.