Local News

  • Marathon man Marlon Kinsey - Grant County’s Biggest Winner

    The Biggest Winner Challenge, a healthy lifestyle program, was held again this year, from April 4, through April 30. It is sponsored by FFLAG, Northern Kentucky Health Department, Grant County

    Parks and Recreation and the Grant County Extension Service.
    Marlon Kinsey, a seventh grade social studies teacher at Grant County Middle School, lost 20 pounds and was named the 2016 Biggest Winner on May 7. He won $100 for losing the most weight and was also awarded $250 as the Ray Spillman Memorial Overall Winner.

  • Atheists stymied on anti-Ark Park billboards

    An atheist group has been stymied in its planned billboard campaign in Ken­tucky to protest the controversial $92 million Noah’s Ark replica theme park, set to open in July.

    The Tri-State Freethinkers group an­nounced in March it planned to erect sev­eral billboards titled “Genocide & Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths.” In a rendering, the billboard shows peo­ple drowning around an ark.

  • Tourism industry grows in Grant County, across state

    Kentucky’s tourism industry experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate the state has seen since 2005.
    All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains for 2015 compared with 2014.
    Those gains were also present in Grant County.
    With the Ark Encounter set to open July 7, local tourism can expect an even bigger boom.

  • Lady Braves shut out by Lady Rebels 5-4
  • Model hands WHS 10-1 loss on senior night

    Williamstown senior pitcher Austin Jones and shortstop Zach MacPherson were honored May 16 for their career with the Demons.

    Unfortunately, WHS fell 10-1 to Richmond Model on Senior Night.
    The Demons started out confidently with their seniors at the helm, with Jones and MacPherson making all three outs of the first inning.
    On the offensive side, MacPherson singled to right field, followed by a double from Cole Kemper allowing the senior to score.

  • Vintage on the Creek

    (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.)
    Officer KJ Little charged Jamie A. Davis, 44, of Dry Ridge, for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and reckless driving, at 11:25 p.m. May 10 on U.S. 25. Davis was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.
    Chief Rick Kells charged Jacob Wyatt Blankenship, 20, of Dry Ridge, for theft by unlawful taking, at 1:38 p.m. May 11 on Ferguson Boulevard.

  • Foster accepted to Japanese Exchange Program

    Grant County High School sophomore Jackie Foster has been selected to participate in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Japanese Exchange program.
    Foster was selected as one of 14 members from across the United States that will be participating.  
    Japanese Exchange is a scholarship opportunity for FCCLA members to travel to Japan for four-to-six weeks as an exchange student during the summer.

  • Fiscal Court to study future of jail

    The Grant County Fiscal Court will study the possibility of regionalizing or privatizing the Grant County Detention Center.

    A resolution unanimously passed during the May 16 meeting authorizes Judge-Executive Steve Wood to prepare a report on future options related to corrections in the county.

  • Wood looks forward to improvement, growth in county

    With your first year in office complete, what accomplishments are you most proud of and why?

    I am the most proud having opened the term with a strong working relationship between the county and the cities, where we all work together to improve the quality of life in this community.
    The mayors and I meet monthly to discuss issues we are confronting together. I am a true believer we can achieve a lot more working together then we can independently.