Local News

  • Voter registration deadline nears

    Grant County residents only have a few days left to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.
    The deadline to register is 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Grant County clerk’s office in downtown Williamstown.
    Voters who have have recently moved also must update their registration information by Oct. 9.
    “It’s pretty heavy,” Grant County Clerk Leatha Conrad said about the number of residents registering the past few weeks. “In a presidential election year, it’s always heavier.”

  • Cash mob invades local businesses

    They came, they saw and they shopped. That’s what happened when Grant County experienced its first Cash Mob last week.
    Q: What is a Cash Mob?
    A: Bring 20 to 25 people together who agree to spend $10 and then turn them loose at a mystery shopping destination.
    The idea was brought to Ken Stone, publisher of the Grant County News, who in turn presented it to the Williamstown Kiwanis. They liked it, so Stone organized the first event, which took place on Sept. 27.


    Will a Love’s Travel Center feel the love from the Williamstown City Council and citizens the second time around?
    Representatives from Love’s Truck Stop will appear before the council at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at a special meeting.
    Love’s will be asking the council to approve a text amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance to allow the truck stop in a highway commercial zone.

  • Dry Ridge woman dies in wreck

    A single-vehicle accident claimed the life of a 53-year-old Dry Ridge woman on Sept. 21.
    Margaret C. Webster, 53, of Dry Ridge, died at the University of Kentucky Hospital, where she was taken by helicopter following the accident.
    The wreck occurred when Webster failed to negotiate a left hand curve on Helton Street at 8:29 a.m. Police believe she was on her way to work at Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home when the wreck occurred.


    The same day a deputy jailer filed a lawsuit against Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples for allegedly being demoted for investigating allegations of corruption, he was given a promotion and raise.
    William McCarthy filed the lawsuit in Boone County on Sept. 17, claiming he was retaliated against by Peeples after McCarthy brought allegations of corruption and wrongdoing at the jail.

  • Computer fire evacuates MCE briefly

    Mason-Corinth Elementary was evacuated Sept. 19 after a computer in a kindergarten classroom caught fire.
    Smoke was seen coming from the computer, prompting the evacuation, according to Nancy Howe, Grant County Schools public information officer.

    The fire alarm was pulled by school staff at 12:49 p.m. and the Williamstown Fire Department responded to the scene.
    Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen said the fire was out when the department arrived.

    “They put it out with a fire extinguisher, but it was still smoldering,” he said.

  • Greg Crockett takes reins at KSP Post 6

    There’s a new lawman in town.
    Greg Crockett has assumed the role of captain at Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge.
    Crockett, a 16-year veteran of the KSP, begin his new assignment on Aug. 15.

    He was worked as a trooper, followed by a detective and then as part of former Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s security detail, as a sergeant, then as a lieutenant in the criminal identification/records branch of KSP in Frankfort and finally as a captain.


    More than 35 police agencies from Michigan, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Tennesse and Kentucky came to Grant County last week for a training session of the North American Working Dog Assocation (NAPWADA).
    Forty dogs of various breeds, from a Manchester Terrier to a German Shepherd, trained in vacant buildings, at Grant County Park and on farmland in the community.

  • Jailer sued for alleged sexual harassment

    A former female employee has filed a lawsuit against Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

    Peeples denies the claims made in the lawsuit.
    “As much as I would like to comment, I can not comment on this ridiculous and fraudulent accusation at this time,” he said.
    Lee Ballard of Dry Ridge, who was hired by Peeples in February 2011 as a secretary at the detention center, filed the lawsuit Sept. 12 in Grant Circuit Court.


    Fall means cooler temperatures and shorter nights. It also means there are plenty of festivals and events in the community.
    During the next few weeks, Grant County will be host to fundraisers and festivals.

    Sherman Tavern Old Fashion Chicken Dinner Buffet
    If preserving history is your thing and you like fried chicken, then the Sherman Tavern fundraiser planned for 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 is for you.
    Edna Cummins of Crittenden will be frying chicken and hoping to feed a large crowd.