Local News

  • VICE awarded Kentucky Colonel awards

    Jimmy R. Thorne, president of VICE (Volunteers In Community Events), commissioned five new Kentucky Colonels.

    They include Stan and Rachael Gardner, Ann Resing, Johann Schreyer and Ruth Slone. This award is being bestowed due to what they have done and are doing to make Grant County a better and safer place to live.

  • Ballot set for Nov. election

    The ballot is set for local races in the November general election after the passing of the Aug. 9 filing deadline.
    The real story, however, is the lack of candidates and competitive races for city government and school board seats.
    In Dry Ridge, Williamstown and Crittenden, the number of candidates who filed for city council was the same number of seats up for grabs in the election.
    Therefore, each candidate who filed in those races will be on the council beginning in 2017.

  • Will jail close or not?

    Will the Grant County Detention Center really be closing or will the fiscal court’s decision be reversed and the jail’s doors remained open?

    The Grant County Fiscal Court approved July 12 a resolution outlining multiple steps the county must take in the path to shut down the jail within 90 to 120 days,

    Nearly a month later, there has been numerous discussions about the jail, the facility’s issues and finances and what the ultimate conclusion will be to the seemingly never-ending saga.


    The Friends of Sherman Tavern organization is seeking the community’s help in furnishing the historic building as a museum.

    The structure was built by Louis (later changed to Lewis in documents) Myers in 1812, and has had only five different owners in more than 200 years.
    Edna Cummins is the secretary for the group, and can be found most Wednesdays with a handful of volunteers working on the building.

  • Paddle Williamstown set to hit lake Aug. 27

    Grab your canoe, kayak or paddleboard and get ready to take part in the sixth annual Paddle Williamstown from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 27.

    The event is sponsored by the City of Williamstown and takes place on Williamstown Lake, which spreads over nearly 350 acres of placid water, and is Northern Kentucky’s largest lake.

    The deadline to register to rent a canoe or kayak is 11:59 p.m. on Aug.17.
    For those who pre-register before that deadline, the cost is $10 for ages 15 and up, $5 for ages 4 to 14, and it is free for ages 3 and under.

  • Old Dry Ridge gas station holds nostalgia, gets some TLC

    It sits almost in the center of Dry Ridge, at 14 N. Main Street, and in the 1940s, it was a gas station owned by Lee Points.

    In those days, a gas station was a service station, and just like Gomer Pyle on the Andy Grffith show of the 1960s, a station attendant would run out, greet you, wash your windows, check your oil, give your tires a kick, and sometimes hand you S&H Green Stamps. The stamps were part of a rewards program and could be redeemed for products in a catalog.


    (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 Wyatt Gayer charged Aaron J. Fairley, 25, of Dry Ridge, for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure of owner to maintain required insurance and operating on a suspended license, at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 on Meadowview Circle.

  • New faces you'll see at Williamstown Independent Schools

     LaTinna “Dale” Lyons
    Address: Waddy
    Immediate family: Spouse - Michael and three boys: Eric, Zack and Jacob
    Subject/grade you’ll be teaching: Eighth/Ninth Grade Pre Alg/Alg I
    Educational background: BS Middle Grades Math/SS, National Board EA Mathematics
    Previous teaching experience: Lincoln County - 10 years. Shelby, Bourbon, Scott, Henry - 10 years.

  • KSP cautions motorists to be aware of back-to-school travel

    FRANKFORT, Ky.  – As thousands of Kentucky students head back to school this week, Kentucky State Police is urging motorists to remain cautious behind the wheel and help prevent injuries and deaths that result each year from school bus-related crashes.
    Last year, Kentucky had 852 school bus related crashes, resulting in 297 injuries and three deaths. With school starting in many communities, KSP Spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb is urging motorists to be alert for loading and unloading school buses.

  • Magistrates tour jail after DOC report

    The Grant County Fiscal Court left in the middle of its Aug. 1 meeting to take a tour of the jail to review the physical condition of the facility.
    The impromptu tour came after the Department of Corrections sent a report on July 22 detailing its July 7 inspection of the Grant County Detention Center.