Local News

  • Williamstown Middle boys, March take first at Cov. Cath

    It was a successful Saturday for the Williamstown Junior/Senior High cross country team at the Covington Catholic Invitational on Sept. 12 at Devou Park in Covington. Cooler temperatures and great conditions gave the runners the edge over the hilly course, and the team brought home several wins.

    The middle school boys’ team took first place over five other schools.
    Eighth graders Caden Tien and Ben Kinsey continue to lead the team, in second and third place overall.
    Also placing in the top 10 were Micah McCain (seventh) and Jackson Reaves (10th).


    Robin Marshall Jump to Shawna Dawn West and Ronald West, 225 Jericho Road, no amount given
    Robert Riddle and Joyce Riddle to Myron Thornberry II and Tara Thornberry, 1995 Turner Road, $50,000
    Tona Smith and Philip Steinus to Donnie House, 130 Lexington Trails, $185,000
    Gary A. Ruf and Sheila L. Ruf to Michael Caudill and Joyce Caudill, 221 Fairway Drive, $134,000
    David Richmond and Dianna Richmond to John Schulcz and Donna Schulcz, 550 Morgan Creek Road, $153,500


    The grand jury met Aug. 5 and returned indictments against 20 people.
    The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
    • McKayla Frances B. Shaw, 20, promoting contraband, possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, first offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • 3 suspects arrested in robbery at knife-point

    Three Grant County men were arrested Sept. 12 in connection with a robbery at knifepoint at Piddle Park in Dry Ridge.
    Matthew O. Davis, 24, of Crittenden, is charged with first-degree robbery while Michael T. Stamper, 28, and David L. White, 21, both of Williamstown, are charged with complicity to commit first-degree robbery.
    The charges by Kentucky State Police stem from an alleged robbery that was caught on surveillance video at Piddle Park.
    In the video, the victim is approached by the three suspects near the park shelter.

  • Maines recalls ‘turning point’ in career

    What seemed like another routine work day turned into a turning point in his law enforcement career.

    Deputy Brian Maines was alone after hours Dec. 27, 2007, at the Grant County Sheriff’s Office filling out an accident report.

    That’s when he heard a call come over the radio: A man armed with a 20-gauge shotgun was next door at the Grant County Detention Center demanding to see the jailer.
    Maines, who had been on the job less than three years, dropped the paperwork and answered the call.

  • Student numbers dip slightly

    A month into the new school year, enrollment numbers are down slightly at Grant County and Williamstown Independent school districts.
    Despite the decrease in the number of students, school officials are not concerned as enrollment tends to go up and down throughout the year.
    Grant County Schools ended last year with 3,959 students compared to the current enrollment of 3,827 — a decrease of 132 students.

  • Same sex marriages

    While Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is out of jail and back to work, the saga of issuing same-sex marriage licenses likely will continue.

    Davis said she would not stand in the way of the deputy clerks as they began issuing the licenses to same-sex couples last week.

    However, legislators who side with Davis’ view anticipate that the General Assembly could tackle the issue to avoid future conflicts between a clerk’s duties and their religious views on same-sex marriage.

  • Meet & Greet

    Is it hard to do business in Williamstown?
    That’s the question that the three newest members of Williamstown’s City Council wanted an answer to.
    Amanda Howell, Greg Middleton and Ken Stone agreed to serve on the city’s small business committee, something all three are familiar with, and determine what Williamstown’s business climate is like.
    Their first order of business was to talk with businesses that opened recently and to conduct a survey.

  • Remembering 9/11

    Most people remember exactly where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.
    For Joe McManis, it’s a day he will never forget.
    The Dry Ridge resident worked for 17 years as a corporal with the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police Department.

    On that fateful morning, he was stationed at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, VA — about a half mile from the Pentagon.

    Making his rounds in the center pier of the airport, McManis was suddenly grabbed on the arm by a woman in a business suit.

  • Police veteran recalls fatal shooting early in career

    Captain Dennis Switzer wanted to be in law enforcement since he was in the sixth grade.

    He is now a 17-year-veteran with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
    Only five months in, Switzer saw first-hand how dangerous and deadly the job could be any given day.

    An Air Force veteran, Switzer was in southern Grant County on Feb. 3, 1999, when the call came across dispatch of an armed robbery in Williamstown.

    The suspect, 53-year-old Kenneth Hutcherson of Frankfort, had just robbed the BP gas station and fled in a maroon 1995 Buick Skylark.