Local News

  • Kentucky Changers come to county

    About 30 local homes will be transformed for free through fresh paint and minor repairs.

    The unique opportunity is being offered by Kentucky Changers, an organization sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention that uses seventh through 12th graders to refurbish exteriors of homes.

    For the first time, the project will come to Grant County from July 4-11 with support from the Crittenden Baptist Association.

  • Tea Party returns to courthouse July 4

    Verbal fireworks will be on display July 4 when protesters show their displeasure with increased taxes and unlimited government spending.

    A Tea Party will be held at noon at the Grant County Courthouse for the second time in the past three months.

    John Souder of Dry Ridge hosted a Tax Day Tea Party in April that drew more than 150 participants.

    “They’re doing these again all across the country,” Souder said. “So, I thought little, old Grant County needs to participate again.”

  • Motorist rescues family

    Candi Cook was headed home for a family cookout but put her picnic supplies to use to help a family trapped inside a burning car.

    Cook was traveling south on Interstate-75 around 6 p.m. on June 27 when a quarter mile ahead she saw a car flip twice and catch fire.

    “The woman managed to get herself and the two kids out, but the man was still in there,” Cook said.

    The 1996 Lumina stopped rolling and landed on its top trapping Ben Boutwell, 27, of Carrollton inside.

  • Police investigate break in

    Williamstown Police are investigating a recent overnight break-in at Tractor Supply Company.

    The incident took place June 15 and involved an undisclosed amount of money being taken from the store’s safe, said Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins.

    “The manager came in to open up and found the store had been broken into over night,” he said. “We suspect that they entered in through the side entrance of the building by breaking out the glass.”

  • Emerald ash borers march on Kentucky

    The purple boxes are back, which means the emerald ash borer (EAB) has returned to Kentucky. They have found the insects in Franklin County, Shelby County, Jefferson County and Jessamine County.

    There is no evidence of EAB in Grant County as of right now, however, Chris Ammerman, Grant County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, said, “more than likely they’re here; it’s natural for them to migrate here.”

  • Dry Ridge cuts budget

    Money is tight and pennies have to be pinched in Dry Ridge just like most cities across Kentucky.

    The Dry Ridge City Council recently approved a more than $1.7 million general fund budget for 2009-10 that includes funding cuts to almost every department.

    “I think most of the departments are pretty well stripped,” Cindy Harris, city clerk, said during the council meeting. “There isn’t any fat, particularly in public works or in the police department at all.”

  • Lester wins Business Innovation Award

    Roy Lester is only 21 years old, but he’s called “Papa” by local skateboarders.

    He bonded with the young kids who visit the skate park in Dry Ridge daily after he opened The Ridge Skate Shop in June 2007.

    “A lot of my patrons are kids that you see at the park everyday skating,” Lester said. “They’re really the guys who keep my shop up and going. If I wasn’t a stone’s throw away from the skate park, I wouldn’t be able to support this business.”

  • Feline adoptions needed to prevent euthanization

    An unexpected and drastic increase of felines at the Grant County Animal Shelter may lead to the euthanization of some kittens if adoptions do not increase.

    The shelter normally has around 40 cats and kittens up for adoption at a time, said Brent Caldwell, interim director.

    That number has jumped to more than 150 recently, forcing the shelter to scramble to find them homes as soon as possible.

    “One truck brought 20 cats in,” Caldwell said. “We haven’t figured out why we’re getting so many so quick.”

  • Williamstown reinstates some positions

    Several positions recently eliminated at Williamstown Independent Schools have been reinstated by the school board.

    A total of 6.8 positions — 2.3 in the elementary school, 2.5 in the middle and high school and 2 in special education — were cut for the 2009-10 school year because of financial concerns.

  • Wilson honored for vision, service to school

    Keeping a watchful eye on the steady stream of cars delivering precious cargo to the doors of Williamstown schools, Charles Ed Wilson checked his watch.

    “Just want to see how this new traffic pattern is working out,” he shouts to a parent.

    That’s Wilson – not afraid to get dirty or down in the trenches for the sake of students.

    He’s been described as tenacious, intelligent, hard working, honest, caring, dedicated and supportive.