Local News

  • Traveling Vietnam Memorial to arrive July 9



    The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will arrive in Williamstown around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at the Williamstown (Ky 36) exit and travel south on U.S. 25 to Eibeck Lane.

    Opening ceremonies for the wall will be held at 7 p.m. on July 10.


    Kentucky state law will kick in on July 1 and automatically raise the state’s gas tax 2.4 cents a gallon. The law has raised the state’s gas tax in nine of the last 10 years.
    The state will collect an additional $72 million in tax revenue as Kentucky’s tax on a gallon of gasoline goes up to 32.3 cents. That will be almost twice the gas tax we were paying a decade ago.
    The law partly ties the gas tax rate to the average wholesale price of gasoline.


    Members of the Grant County Friends of the Shelter are hoping to collect unwanted items for a yard sale later this month that will benefit the four-legged residents of the Grant County Animal Shelter.
    The yard sale is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 27 at the Grant County Chamber Office, 1350 N. Main (across from the Thrift Store) in Williamstown. A rain date is planned for Aug. 3


    A standoff with police that began around 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 ended with a Williamstown man dead.
    Williamstown police, along with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police shut down U.S. 25 near 617 N. Main in Williamstown when shots were fired.
    A KSP Special Response Team was called to the home.
    Rural Metro Ambulance and members of the Williamstown Fire Department were also on scene.

  • Former jail deputy arrested for gun thefts

    A former deputy jailer was back at the Grant County Detention Center on June 19, but this time as an inmate.
    James C. Stephens, 36,  of Dry Ridge, was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property (firearm) and two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
    The guns Stephens allegedly stole were owned by two jail employees, Lula See and Jason Hankins, according to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.

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  • Ramey dies from injuries

    Michael Ramey was a dependable worker and likable.

    That’s how Brian Gatewood, superintendent of Williamstown’s water plant, described the 34-year-old Williamstown man who died from injuries he received in an accident on June 16.

    Ramey and his girlfriend, Alesha Monk, were driving north on Interstate 75 in Boone County around 1:05 p.m. when the left front wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was traveling south came off, bounced over the wall and smashed into Ramey’s windshield, crushing the truck’s top onto him.

  • Water search turns up no clues in Briede murder

    Investigators took to the water recently in search of evidence in the May 28 murder of a 2012 Grant County High School graduate.
    The Boone County Water Rescue team used divers and a robotic camera to search the bottom of a lake June 19 near the scene of 18-year-old Michaela Briede’s murder in Ft. Mitchell.

  • Fire dues ordinance could be amended to include mobile homes

    Local fire departments could see an increase in revenue next year, but not as much as they hoped.
    The Grant County Fiscal Court approved the first reading June 17 of an amendment to the fire dues ordinance to include mobile homes with mobile home parks.
    The amendment, which will have its second reading July 1, will mean more residents will be paying the $25 fire dues fee the fiscal court passed in May 2012.

  • New Kentucky laws take effect next week

    FRANKFORT -- New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2013 regular session go into effect on June 25.
    That means laws against human trafficking will soon be strengthened. More DNA testing will be allowed as evidence in post-conviction felony cases. And school districts can start deciding whether they want to raise their compulsory attendance age to 18, though the 2015-16 school year would be the first year any changes could actually impact students.