Local News

  • ‘Snow days’ law cuts school calendar

    A new law passed by the General Assembly will give some relief to Grant County Schools and others around the state.
    Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law House Bill 211 that will give school districts until June 6 to complete all 1,062 instructional hours required by the state per school year.
    The law drops the required 170 school days for school districts.
    Districts may choose to extend school instructional time for the remainder of the school year to make up the lost time, as long as instructional time does not exceed seven hours a day.

  • Neighbors helping neighbors

    Josiah Goins was taking out the trash at his Crittenden home on Feb. 13 when he heard a feeble cry for help coming from across the street.
    Goins, a fourth grade student at Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary, rushed over and found his elderly neighbor lying between two parked cars in her driveway.
    Della McCoy, 82, had been lying outside in freezing temperatures after falling and breaking her hip. McCoy was unable to stand and her daughter, who lives in the bottom story on her two-story home, couldn’t hear her cries for help.

  • Mother advocates for Casey’s Law enacted to honor dead son

    Charlotte Wethington did not have any evidence that her son was addicted to drugs, but she had a gut feeling that something wasn’t quite right. Her instincts proved to be correct, as her son Casey would overdose three times and eventually die at age 23 after the third time.


    Northern Kentucky has been called the “heroin ground zero.”
    The deadly statistics validate that moniker.
    Four heroin overdose deaths have occurred in Grant County in less than three months this year.

    Last year, there was only one heroin death.
    “It should be alarming to everybody,” said Robert McDaniel, Grant County coroner. “It’s extremely problematic to everyone in the community.”

  • Loss of uncle sparks desire to help others

    Lee Wilson remembers the exact moment he found out his uncle, Joey Smallwood, had died from a heroin overdose.
    He got the call at 4:18 a.m. March 4.
    “Growing up I was inseparable from him,” the 20-year-old Grant County resident said. “He was like the older brother I didn’t have. I guess the first thing that hit me was tears. I’m not going to lie. I was crying and thinking that I would never ever get to see him again. The memories of playing video games, watching him ride his street bike.”

  • April 2014 Child Abuse Prevention

    Grant County Cook: Rhonda Rich

    Residence: Williamstown

    Background: native of Grant County

    Day job: works as a clerk at Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge for 13 years

    Family: Husband, Al; son, Corey and wife, Caitlyn and daughter, Ali

    Signature dish: “I’ve got three recipes that people always ask for - Mom’s Meatloaf, Granny Simpson’s Chocolate Cake and my Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms, with the most requested being the cake. It’s rich and easy.”

  • GET FIT!

    Grant library to host health fair

    • March 27
    • 2 to 7 p.m.
    • In conjunction with registration for Fitness For Life Around Grant County’s annual Biggest Winner challenge
    • Vendors include:
     - NKHDD will be providing free adult vaccines for Tetanus, Dipheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
    - Free video otoscopy from Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky
    - Acupuncture therapy by Dr. Greg Koo
    - Stroke prevention from St. Elizabeth Cardiovascular

    What can I win?

  • Pain clinic owner sentenced

    The former owner of pain clinics in Dry Ridge and Georgetown that illegally dispensed prescription drugs to thousands of patients, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on March 18.
    Ernest William Singleton was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell for drug trafficking, money laundering, opening and maintaining a drug involved premise and conspiracy offenses.
    Singleton will have to serve at least 85 percent or 17 years of his prison sentence.


    Diana Morgan is no stranger to packing her bags quickly and heading off to a town she may never have visited before.
    That’s what happens when you’ve worked as a Red Cross volunteer for 21 years.
    Morgan, of Dry Ridge, has been deployed to the Falmouth flood in 1997, as well as ice storms in Pendleton County, followed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
    Most recently, she traveled to Charleston, West Virginia in response to a chemical spill on Jan. 9.