Local News

  • WHS Band of Spirit named state runner-up, Grant places eighth

    A season that began in the heat of the summer during band camp ended with a state runner-up trophy for the Williamstown Band of Spirit.
    WHS placed second on Oct. 29 in Class A in the 2016 Kentucky Music Educators Association State

    Marching Band Championships at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.
    For 15 consecutive years, the WHS Band of Spirit has competed for a state championship by making it to the final four in Class A.
    Williamstown also is ranked sixth in Kentucky for state band championships with six.

  • The Rileys: Deep roots, double blessings

    Jacqalynn is hyper-organized, and he—not so much. Stanley is the strong, silent type, and she is out-going and talkative. Along with their twin boys, Boone and Brody, they are the Riley family of Williamstown.

    “You want me to tell you about him? Everybody loves Stanley, he’s perfect,” Grandma Flo Napier, 88, said of her grandson.

    Stanley is a big guy who, with his quiet and gentle demeanor, merely smiled and blushed at his grandmother’s praise.

  • Champions group receives $625,000 grant

    Champions for a Drug-Free Grant County was recently awarded $625,000 over a five-year period to help combat drug and alcohol use among local youth.
    The money was awarded through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC), a federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use.  
    Since the passage of the DFC Act in 1997, the DFC Program has funded more than 2,000 coalitions and currently mobilizes nearly 9,000 community volunteers across the country.

  • County, Dry Ridge offer online tax payment

    Taxes for Grant County and the City of Dry Ridge can be paid online for the first time this year.
    “When we went to where you could view your taxes online, we were planning to be able to pay your taxes online,” Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said. “We were already accepting credit cards.

  • Legislative candiates share views at forum

    Three candidates for state legislator shared their ideas on battling the heroin epidemic, solving state pension problems and more on Oct. 20 at the Meet the Candidates Forum.
    The forum, held at Williamstown High School, is sponsored by the Grant County News and Grant County Chamber of Commerce. Jamie Baker, executive director of the chamber, served as the forum moderator. In an election year where the majority of the seats do not have enough candidates for a real race, only three candidates participated in the forum.

  • Grant teacher finalist for national award

    A Grant County teacher is one of only three Kentucky teachers nominated for the Presidential Award For Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

    Shannon Brickler, a curriculum specialist at Sherman Elementary School, was nominated for the PAEMST in mathematics. The PAEMST was established by Congress in 1983 to recognize those teachers who create and implement an instructional program that revolves around content knowledge and helps students to learn.

  • Down On the Farm
  • Bumper sticker theology

    On most days as I’m on my way to work I see a car with a bunch of bumper stickers on the back.
    There’s a “26.2” and a “13.1” sticker that means the driver is probably a marathon/half-marathon runner.
    Other stickers say things like “Easy does it,” “One day at a time” and “Let go and let God.”
    I’ve seen those slogans before and they’re often associated with 12-step programs like AA, although they don’t belong to them exclusively.

  • Bluebirds fly past Braves

    The Highland Bluebirds flew into Grant County on Oct. 21, and left with a 50-0 win over the Grant County Braves.  

    It was a rough senior night for the Braves.
    It didn’t take long for the visiting team to cross the goal line.  

    Less than two minutes into the game, Bluebirds quarterback Brady Gosney completed a seven-yard pass to receiver Braden Posey for the first score of the game.