Local News

  • Presidential visit: Carter tours Ark Encounter

    The biblical Ark Encounter attraction received a presidential visit on June 10.
    The 39th U.S. president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter toured the 510-foot long life-size re-creation of Noah’s Ark in Williamstown.

    Carter came to Grant County to see the Ark at the invitation of his close friend and Habitat For Humanity colleague LeRoy Troyer of the Troyer Group, who is building the Ark along with Amish craftsmen.

    The former president and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter spent more than three hours on-site of Ark Encounter.

  • Jail pulls inmates from work detail

    Grant County Detention Center Class D inmates have been removed from work duty at two locations after evidence was discovered of contraband possibly being smuggled into the jail.
    The inmate work crews who assist with clean-up at the Grant County Judicial Center and the Grant County Animal Shelter recently were pulled as jail officials evaluate the incidents.

  • Zipping Away in Williamstown
  • Grant County’s life expectancy slightly below state average

    Life expectancy, perhaps the most basic measurement of a community’s health, is just under the state average in Grant County.

    A baby that spends its life in the county is expected to live 75 years, one year less than the state average.
    Health researchers say life expectancy is driven by a complex web of factors that influence health — opportunities for education and jobs, safe and affordable housing, availability of nutritious food and places for physical activity and access to health care, child care and social services.

  • Dr. Giesbers named 2016 Outstanding Biology Teacher for Kentucky

    National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), in conjunction with Carolina Biological Supply Company, awarded Williamstown High School teacher,  Dr. Heleen Giesbers with the 2016 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award.
    This honor, given annually since 1961, identifies a teacher from each of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, other US Territories and Canada who have made invaluable contributions to the profession and have enhanced the learning of biology to his/her students.

  • Williamstown superintendant looks back on long career

    Williamstown Independent Schools Superintendent is retiring from education this year.

    Skinner came to Williamstown Independent in June 1998 from Pendleton County where she was employed for more than 22 years as the district’s speech language pathologist.  

  • Grant County Soil and Water Conservation award scholarship to NKU-Grant County student
  • Library kicks off Summer Reading Program
  • Grant Center resident turns 104

    Goldie Loyd of Grant Center in Williamstown celebrated her 104th birthday on June 6.
    She shared her huge birthday cake with her Grant Center friends, her cousins, her daughter-in-law, Donna Barton and her only son, Dallas Barton.


    (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 David Osborne charged Crystal L. Ruble, 25, of Dry Ridge, with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia, at 7:45 p.m. May 30 on Warsaw Avenue. Ruble was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.