Local News

  • Performance Pipe closes Williamstown plant

    Nearly 50 employees will lose their jobs after Performance Pipe announced Sept. 26 that its Williamstown plant will permanently close.

    The company attributed the closure to the downturn in demand in the the U.S. over the last two years for high pressure pipe used in commodity businesses such as oil exploration and production and mining. Throughout the division, Performance Pipe is eliminating approximately 60 positions, including 48 positions in Williamstown.

  • WHS junior gets jump on college

    Desirae Carpenter may be a junior, but you won’t see her walking the halls of Williamstown High School.

    Instead, Carpenter is spending her last two years of high school on the campus of Western Kentucky University as a member of The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.

  • Lake Pollywog gets facelift with dam project, future fishing pier

    After multiple upgrades and renovations at Piddle Park, Lake Pollywog is also getting a facelift.
    The Dry Ridge lake at the park was drained about two months ago in preparation for construction to fix the spillway to avoid the failure of the lake’s dam.

    “They just poured concrete until the water’s edge,” Dry Ridge Mayor Jim Wells said about the dam when it was originally constructed. “Water was able to get underneath the concrete and floated underneath the concrete and washed it all out.

  • Fiscal court reverses decision to close jail

    The Grant County Detention Center will be keeping its doors open afterall.
    After hearing a presentation of three scenarios to consider for the future of the Grant County Detention Center on Sept. 26, the Grant County Fiscal Court voted to rescind Resolution 16-10, which would have closed the jail.

  • ‘Seussical the Musical, Jr.’ opens Oct. 7 - 9

    A 45-member cast primarily comprised of Grant County and Williamstown students will hit the stage Oct. 7-9 for “Seussical the Musical, Jr.”

    The production is part of Stage Right Musical Theatre Company’s Rising Stars, an arts education initiative.

  • DRE fifth graders make Monster Dolls
  • Rhoton chosen as AARP Grandparent of the Year

    Everyone thinks their papaw is the best but I’m going to tell you why I think mine is the best and why I think he should be the AARP Grandparent of the Year.

    My papaw is David Rhoton.  He is a veteran of the Vietnam Era, a Christian and just a great friend to everyone.

  • Northern Kentucky county health centers to distribute overdose reversal kits

    As part of on-going efforts to reduce the harm of heroin use, the Northern Kentucky Health Department is now offering free naloxone kits to the Northern Kentucky community through its county health centers.

    The overdose reversal kits will be available at the following days, times and locations.

    Those interested are encouraged to call the health center to schedule an appointment and avoid a wait, but walk-ins will be seen on a first-come, first served basis.

  • Flu season starting early

    The flu season may be starting a little early this year in Kentucky.
    ​The Kentucky Department for Public Health has already received reports of laboratory-confirmed influenza cases, indicating the presence of flu circulating in Kentucky. There have been 10 cases reported statewide.

    “Our normal flu monitoring doesn’t begin until Oct. 1,” said Emily Gresham Wherle, public information administrator, Northern Kentucky Health Department.

  • Grant County EMA named ‘Most Improved Program’ in state

    The Grant County Emergency Management Agency was recently recognized as the “Most Improved Program” in the state.

    The award was presented to Grant County EMA director Les Whalen, who also serves as Williamstown Fire chief, Sept. 8 during the Kentucky Emergency Management Association annual awards in Louisville.