Local News

  • GCHS grad killed in N. Ky. home invasion

    The Grant County High School community was “shocked” and “devastated” after learning one of their own was murdered last week in an apparent home invasion.

    Eighteen-year-old Michaela Briede, a 2012 GCHS graduate, was shot to death at her Fort Mitchell apartment May 28.
    GCHS Principal Claudette Herald said staff and faculty were closing the school year down for the summer when they first heard the news.
    Gathered together in the library, teachers and staff then were notified of Briede’s death.

  • Soldiers visit third grade pen pals

    Every other Williamstown Elementary student was outside enjoying the annual field day, except for Michelle Whaley’s third grade reading group.
    They were inside their classroom waiting on a bigger and better surprise.
    Eyes widened and smiles blossomed as two soldiers, Lt. John Benson and Lance Corporal Richard Barton, walked into the room dressed in uniform.
    “They’re so anxious that I think they are in shock,” Whaley said.
    The third graders had become pen pals with the soldiers throughout the school year.

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  • Prisoner runs away from funeral

    An inmate at the Grant County Detention Center did not return to the facility last week after a judge let him out to attend a family funeral.
    Anthony Houston, 23, of Dry Ridge, was granted a furlough to attend a funeral in Dry Ridge, but when family members returned him to the facility on May 23, he jumped from the vehicle and ran into the woods.

    Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples said the Kentucky State Police were notified and began searching for Houston soon after he ran around 7 p.m.

  • Dry Ridge man killed in wreck

    A Dry Ridge man was killed when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a SUV on Crittenden-Mt. Zion Road.
    The wreck occurred at 9:58 p.m. on May 25 when Jack G. Masters, 21, pulled from a driveway in his 1999 Cavalier and was hit by a 2006 Dodge Durango driven by Tabatha J. Noble, 31, of Dry Ridge.
    Masters’ car was struck in the driver’s side door and came to rest in the eastbound lane of Crittenden-Mt. Zion Road.
    Noble’s Durango flipped onto the driver’s side door and landed on the road.


    Every Memorial Day, troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge honor Trooper Joe Ward, a native of Williamstown, by placing a wreath on his grave at Hill Crest Cemetery in Dry Ridge. Ward was killed in 1973 when he pushed a subject out of the path of an oncoming vehicle. He was struck and killed. Ward was assigned to KSP Post 2 in Madisonville at the time of his death. Photos by Jamie Baker-Nantz

  • Camp Cranium offers hands-on summer learning program

    A new hands-on educational camp will combine Angry Birds, self-defense, anatomy and more this summer at Williamstown Elementary.
    Camp Cranium, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 17- June 21, will allow students to problem solve, collaborate and create.
    The camp is for incoming first through sixth graders at Williamstown Elementary for the 2013-14 school year.
    The cost is $135 per person, which covers all expenses, lunch, snack and a T-shirt. Breakfast is not provided.

  • One Stop NKY Career Center expands hours

    The Grant County One Stop Northern Kentucky Career Center will be expanding its hours to five days a week beginning May 28.
    The center, located currently in room 306 in the Grant County Courthouse in downtown Williamstown, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

  • Parks dept. gears up for activities

    The next Rafael Nadal could get his start at the new Youth Tennis program for children ages 5 to 13 years old.
    Three sessions teaching the fundamentals of tennis will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 3, June 10 and June 17 at Webb Park in Williamstown.
    The cost is $15 per person and registration is required by 4 p.m. Friday, May 31.
    Rackets and balls will be provided, but youth can also bring their own equipment.



    An 11-year-old Grant County Middle School student said bullies broke his leg in three places after an altercation in the bathroom.
    The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, but have not determined who is to blame.

    “Obviously, one child does have a broken leg, but we don’t know who the real victim is,” said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.