Local News

  • Library offers forgiveness on fines, fees this week only

    Who doesn’t like to get a little forgiveness?
    The Grant County Public Library is hoping that nearly one-third of their patrons will like it so much, they’ll take advantage of a Fines Discount Week (April 14 through April 20).
    The library is offering to waive 25 percent of a patron’s fines if they pay the remaining balance. This offer doesn’t apply to lost or damaged materials.


    Ann Simpson made a choice no mother wants to have to make.
    Already on probation, her son, Justin, was picked up and arrested in Cincinnati in possession of heroin.
    Although he was set to be released the same night, Ann knew something had to be done, even if it meant keeping her son locked up.

  • State treasurer may have a surprise for you

    The check is in the mail, or at least it might be if you are a Grant County resident who has unclaimed property.

  • Bill takes aim to help heroin addicts, families

    Family members soon could help stop an overdose of a loved one addicted to heroin and painkillers.
    Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to sign House Bill 366 into law, which will allow physicians to prescribe a nasal version of Narcan to the public so they can administer the drug to opiate overdose patients.


    The skyrocketing rise of heroin abuse in Grant and other Northern Kentucky counties may be grabbing headlines.
    However, those in the front lines have seen the growing problem face-to-face for a long time.
    “Northern Kentucky as a whole has had a heroin problem for almost 10 years now,” said Dry Ridge Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Jamison. “It’s just now starting to be seen by the majority of the people. That’s the scary part.”

  • Council sets sights on vacant buildings

    As a merchant and now mayor, Rick Skinner has kept his eyes on downtown Williamstown for a long time.
    One of the items on his “to do list” was to address the deteriorated, vacant buildings in the city limits and now he’s asking the city council to adopt some rules for how to get the job done.

    Four ordinances were on the council’s April 1 agenda, but were tabled after discussion on whether the ordinances were too stringent. Council members agreed to discuss them again at a special council meeting on April 16.

  • Legislators reflect on 2013 session

    With the 2013 30-day legislative session in the rearview mirror, Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, looked back over what was accomplished and what they would have liked to see addressed during the 2013 General Assembly.

    What grade would you give this year’s short legislative session and why?

  • Scam bilks DR woman out of $10,000

    When JimAn Hilligas received a $1,000 check to be a ‘secret shopper” at Wal-Mart, she thought she was lucky.
    The letter came in the mail and instructed her to take the check she received and cash it at her local bank. She was then to go to Wal-Mart and purchase a $300 gift card. The gift card was to be mailed in a self addressed, stamped envelope back to the sender and she could keep the change.

  • Playing with death

    A man slumps over the steering wheel of his truck in a driveway on Lebanon Road in Crittenden.
    A passing motorist calls for help.

    As Grant County Sheriff’s deputies approach the truck, they side step vomit, which covers the ground at the driver’s side door.
    The man is passed out, a partially filled syringe laying in the front seat.
    The deputies get the man in the cruiser and rush him to the hospital.
    Hospital staff work feverishly to save him from the drugs running through his body.