Local News

  • Ark attendance nearing 500,000

    Since opening on July 7, the Ark Encounter in Williamstown has been flooded with more than 425,000 visitors in four months.
    The life-sized Noah’s Ark attraction is expected to reach a half million visitors by the end of the month, according to Mark Looy, chief communications officer for Answers in Genesis and the Ark Encounter.

  • Jimmy Thorne: One veteran’s story

    Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Thorne, Sr., a retired Marine Corps veteran, served his country for three decades, plus 17 days.

    He endured the hardships of frigid winter darkness in Norway, near the Arctic Circle, to the hot, humid snake-infested jungles of Vietnam.
    Thorne, of Williamstown, can be seen at many charitable and civic functions working on behalf of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, in his capacity as president of Volunteers In Community Events (VICE).

  • Images of war still haunt Dry Ridge war veteran

    Butch Barlow can still feel the texture of a thin rolled-up newspaper he held in his hand, as he looks at a photo from nearly 50 years ago taken in Vietnam.

    “Every time we’d get mail call, when we would be out in the rice paddies or the jungle, they wouldn’t holler my name out, they would holler out, ‘Grant County News, Dry Ridge, Kentucky,’ then everybody would start laughing,” Barlow said. “Everybody would read it, I told my mother to send me the paper. I always read it, so I would know what was going on in Grant County.

  • Donald Crupper named 2016 Williamstown Veteran of the Year

    Donald Crupper was recognized as the 2016 Williamstown Veteran of the Year at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony sponsored by the City of Williamstown and Williamstown Independent Schools.

    He was given a plaque, the key to the City of Williamstown, Senate and House of Representatives citations and named an honorary Kentucky Colonel.
    Donald Crupper was born on Oct. 12, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the oldest of four children.  
    His family moved to Owen County, Kentucky, during the great depression in 1934.  

  • Grant County hosts archery tourney
  • A Country Christmas to kick off holidays in Williamstown

    Grant County will be celebrating the upcoming holiday with A Country Christmas, the annual festival formerly known as Santa’s Wonderland.
    The event, highlighted by a parade, live nativity, merchant open houses, festive music and more, is sponsored by the Grant County Chamber and Grant County Tourist and Convention Commission.

  • Citizen advisory commission to help evaluate Grant County Jail

    A four-citizen Grant County Jail Advisory Commission will assist in the evaluation of the operation and maintenance of the Grant County Detention Center.
    The commission, chaired by Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood, will include Carolyn Thomas Thompson of Dry Ridge, Barry Greene and Ralph East of Crittenden and Mike Taylor of Williamstown.

  • Dry Ridge sees big jump in business licenses

    The number of business licenses have increased by more than 140 from last year after the City of Dry Ridge updated its ordinance.
    Earlier this year, the Dry Ridge City Council updated business license fee amounts and strengthened enforcement for businesses that fail to get a license.
    Currently, the city has 460 business licenses on file with about 40 known businesses who have not paid their license fees.
    That number has increased from 317 from the 2015-16 fiscal year.


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)
    Deputy Ben Duffy executed a warrant for David W. Robinson, 36, of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear, at 11:04 p.m. Nov. 1 on Jillian Drive. Robinson was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.