Local News

  • Moist vote goes to Dry Ridge voters

    Dry Ridge residents will be choosing more than their pick for the next U.S. president or local office on election day.

    Voters will once again decide if they want their city to go moist.

    J.B. Barnes filed a signed petition on Aug. 14 to get the vote on the ballot that, if passed, would make alcohol available by the drink at restaurants and dining facilities with a seating capacity of at least 100 people and which derive at least 70 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of food.

  • Howls, Hounds benefit shelter

    Man’s best friend can dress up in a cape or wear their favorite mask Saturday, Oct. 25, to benefit the Grant County Animal Shelter.

    The inaugural Howls and Hounds 2008 Halloween Dog Walk at Grant County Park will feature costume contests, adoptions, micro-chipping and photos.

  • Household hazardous waste to be collected

    It may not be spring, but Grant County residents have an opportunity to do some major cleaning.

    For the first time, household hazardous waste will be collected during an event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Grant County High School parking lot.

    “We’ve never had an event to take care of the stuff that you can’t necessarily not put out to the garbage, but you probably shouldn’t,” said Bryan Miles, Grant County solid waste coordinator.

  • Dry Ridge moist issue questioned

    The Dry Ridge moist vote hit a possible snag Friday, Oct. 17, after court papers were filed asking a judge to decide if the local option election can continue on the ballot in its current language.

    Grant County Attorney Jack Gatlin filed a petition for declaratory judgement on behalf of Grant County Clerk Leatha Conrad in circuit court after a question arose about the difference in wording in the certified petition filed by J.B. Barnes and the state law that allows for a local option election on alcohol sales.

  • OUCH!

    Influenza causes an average of 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations every year across the country.

    “The danger is not so much from the flu itself, but, if you’re sick with the flu, you are more susceptible for complications,” said Emily Gresham Wherle, public information manager for Northern Kentucky Health Department. “Pneumonia is a good example.”

    However, receiving an annual vaccination can help prevent contracting the flu, Wherle said.

  • Cars, motorcycles cruise in to Dry Ridge event

    No one can say that there is not anything to do in Dry Ridge.

    That is the message that Cruisin’ the Ridge showed during its successful first summer, said Tony Nickol, who helped organize the event with the Good Old Cruisers Car Club.

    Whether they were classic sports cars or historic antiques, a seemingly endless line of vehicles decorated downtown Dry Ridge for onlookers to check out during the festivities.

  • Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1

    While the official tally is not in yet, Grant County Clerk Leatha Conrad said quite a few people registered to vote before the Oct. 6 deadline.

    “They tend to pretty much get in here,” she said. “We had a few straggly ones who came in a day late trying to register.”

    As of Sept. 15, there were 15,322 total registered voters in Grant County, including 9,023 Democrats, 4,910 Republicans and 1,389 classified as “others.”

  • Second Sunday strives to get community active

    A portion of U.S. 25 in front of Grant County Middle School was closed on Sunday, Oct. 12 but not for road construction.

    A statewide effort to encourage Kentuckians to exercise more came to Grant County. Patty Poer, cooperative extension agent for family and consumer sciences, said the 2nd Sunday Event, which was organized by the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Services in cooperation with participating government entities, will bring attention to a statewide need for an increase in physical activity.

  • News wins six state press awards

    The Grant County News captured six awards during a meeting last week of the Kentucky Press Association in Lexington.

    The News competed in the Weekly Class III division, which is for larger Kentucky weekly newspapers.

    Jamie Baker-Nantz, editor of the Grant County News, won five awards, including two first place awards, one second place and two third place awards.

    Baker-Nantz was awarded Best On-Going/Extended Coverage for her coverage of the Jan. 17, 2007 school bus crash.

    The judge's comments included, "Excellent coverage."

  • Newton or Newtown? Road name returns

    It didn't take a proverbial act of Congress, but it did take an act of Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link to restore the name of Sherman-Newtown Road to just that - Sherman-Newtown Road.

    Through the years, citizens have lobbied the sitting judge-executives, county attorneys, magistrates, anyone who would listen, about restoring the name after it was accidentally changed to Sherman-Newton Road as part of E911 addressing, according to Link.