Local News

  • Dry Ridge man killed in tractor accident

    When Chris Ammerman heard the news that his friend, Craig Ruber, had been killed in a tractor accident, he thought it was just another prank that Ruber was notorious for pulling on friends.

    “It’s just hard to wrap your head around,” said Ammerman, Grant County’s extension agent for agriculture.
    Ruber, 40, of Dry Ridge, was moving hay on a farm he owned on Lightfoot Fork Road in Pendleton County, when a bridge he was driving across collapsed around 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 28.

  • Grant band earns runner up honors; WHS places fourth at state contest

    The Grant County High School Band and the Williamstown Band of Spirit once again took center stage at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state finals at Western Kentucky University on Oct. 27.
    Both bands qualified for the evening finals after placing in the top four among 16 other bands in their class earlier in the day.

    In the semi-finals, Grant County placed second, only behind Madisonville North Hopkins while WHS placed fourth behind Hazard, Murray and Beechwood.


    A 25-year-old Bourbon County man was arrested Oct. 25 after an alleged carjacking and armed robbery on Barnes Road in Williamstown.

    David Hager was charged with kidnapping, first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking of an automobile.  

  • From tragedy comes triumph

    With her arms tightly around her family, Kim Nagle witnessed the first step in her long journey back home.
    Nagle’s Dry Ridge mobile home was destroyed March 2 when a tornado ripped through Kentucky, leaving several dead and many residences damaged in Crittenden.


    Eight months later, there was a little more love for a proposed truck stop coming to Barnes Road in Williamstown.
    Mayor Rick Skinner broke a 3-3 tie on Oct. 16 by voting in favor of presenting a text amendment  to the Grant County Planning Commission to allow a truck stop in a highway commercial zone.
    The vote was the first step in a lengthy process to making the proposed project a reality.

  • NRAgate? Hammons, Linder square off over endorsement

    Things got lively between state representative candidates Brian Linder and Wanda Crupper Hammons during the Oct. 11 candidates forum sponsored by the Grant County News and Grant County Chamber of Commerce.

    Hammons and Linder, who are looking to replace the retiring Royce Adams, were the final candidates at the forum at Williamstown High School.


    Connie Taylor is mad.
    Her anger bubbled over as she stared at hours upon hours of hard work that are now nothing more than a pile of soot, ashes and burned, twisted metal.

    “It’s a sad day for Grant County and I’m glad I didn’t see it on fire because it would have just been too hard,” Taylor said.
    Taylor’s gaze was long and hard at what used to be the Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School, which was destroyed in a suspicious blaze around 1:52 a.m. on Oct. 14.


    A third and fourth grade Grant County Youth Football team will not be finishing their season or playing in this year’s playoffs.
    The team, the Blue Mighty Pros, have been suspended from the league for the remainder of the season, causing a firestorm of emotions from parents, boosters and league officials.
    The controversy started last fall when Craig Ruber, coach of the Blue Mighty Pros, gave some of his players a Walton-Verona jersey and told them to urinate on it.

  • Prank 911 call lands man in jail

    A Dry Ridge man found himself behind bars after police say he made a prank 911 call on Oct. 8.
    Police charged Clarence Fagan II, 56, with falsely reporting an incident on a 911 line, disorderly conduct (causing alarm or panic) and possession of marijuana at 8:56 p.m. on Main Street in Dry Ridge.
    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said the 911 dispatch center at Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge received a call at 8:47 p.m. about an armed robbery that was occurring at Grant County Drugs by two men armed with guns.

  • Post offices won’t merge; Jonesville fate undecided

    The Dry Ridge and Williamstown Post offices will not be combined by the United States Postal Service, but the fate of the Jonesville Post Office isn’t as clear.
    Jonesville residents will get a chance to voice their opinion to the postal service at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Jonesville Fire House.
    Due to a drastic decrease in revenue and decline in the amount of items sent via the mail, the USPS began closing small post offices and began discussions on combining those in close proximity.
    The Mason Post Office was closed last year.