Local News

  • No slowdown in fire, EMS calls

    Grant County’s three most populous cities had a combined total of 1,313 responses from local fire departments in 2016; about 45 percent of which were Emergency Medical Responder assists.
    Crittenden Fire Department Chief Lee Burton said his department made 433 responses in the calendar year, a noticeable surge compared to his first year as chief. He noted that Crittenden’s population is growing each year, and more residencies and trailer homes are being added.

  • Needle exchange hits 1-year mark

    The Grant County syringe access program had 130 participants, 63 of which visited two or more times, during its first year of operation.

    The program launched March 16, 2016, and is the only needle-exchange program operating in the health department’s jurisdiction.

  • Library to host annual Early Childhood Fair April 1

    Parents and caregivers of children from birth to 5 years old will have resources at their fingertips during the Early Childhood Fair.

    The sixth annual free event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at Grant County Public Library in Williamstown.
    “The fair will be a ‘one-stop shop’ that will provide a great variety of information and resources to parents and caregivers of young children in Grant County, specifically children from birth to 5 years old,” said Geneva

  • Former football star Zeke Pike talks tragedy, triumph to GC students

    Zeke Pike held a loaded 9mm pistol to his head as he contemplated taking his own life. The former high school football star once dubbed as the “next Cam Newton” hit rock bottom after years of drug and behavioral problems slammed the door on his once promising career.

  • GC Chamber executive director named head of tourism

    Jamie S. Baker has been named tourism director for Grant County.
    The appointment was made by members of the Grant County Tourist and Convention Commission at their March meeting.
    Baker will be responsible for directing tourism efforts, which include marketing/promotions, for Grant County. She presently serves as the executive director of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce/ Economic Development Authority. Her new tourism duties will be in addition to her other duties with the chamber and economic development.

  • Stage Right’s 2nd season to feature ‘Wizard of Oz’, ‘Annie Jr.’

    Stage Right Musical Theatre hope audiences will be “Over the Rainbow” for its second season lineup.
    After a successful inaugural season, Stage Right announced its second year of shows March 10 during the season’s kickoff Gala.

    The Gala at Main Street Gardens in Williamstown featured musical highlights from last season, along with Broadway tunes and a peak into what audiences will see in 2017.

  • Faith to Stand event to address substance abuse epidemic

    The Grant County Drug Task Force and Champions for a Drug-Free Grant County are collaborating to educate, encourage and empower churches and the community to address substance abuse.
    The groups are sponsoring the Faith to Stand event from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Grant County High School.
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered participants.
    Workshops will include Sources of Strength, Giving Hope through Biblical Counseling, A Biblical Approach to Addiction and more.

  • Business license fees likely for Grant County

    Grant County Fiscal Court held a first reading on March 13 for a proposed annual business-licensing fee applicable to all businesses in Grant County.

    Businesses would document all of their active employees so the court could have a more accurate idea of how many employees would be contributing to the payroll tax.

  • County adopts 2 percent payroll tax

    Grant County Fiscal Court approved an ordinance to implement a 2 percent payroll tax in a second hearing on March 9 to help avoid impending bankruptcy. The ordinance passed with a 3-1 vote, with Judge-Executive Steve Wood, District 2 Magistrate Shawna Coldiron and District 3 Magistrate Bobby Newman voting yes, and District 1 Magistrate Jacqalynn Riley voting no.

  • GCHS senior Haley Bryan wins second Poetry Out Loud championship

    Grant County High School senior Haley Bryan won her second state championship at the Kentucky Poetry Out Loud state finals in Frankfort on March 7.

    Bryan won gold at the state poetry competition by reciting poems like “Please Don’t” by Tony Hoagland and “Self-Portrait” by Chase Twitchell as well as her interpretation of “Hap” by Thomas Hardy, which clinched her the title. She will now represent Kentucky at the Poetry Out Loud national finals on April 25-26 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.