Today's News

  • Bomb threat puts GCHS on brief lockdown

    Grant County High School was briefly put on lockdown and evacuated Feb. 22 after “I’m going to blow this building up at 12:45 on Feb. 22” was found written with a black marker on a bathroom stall door.

    The origin of the threat was quickly discovered and a male juvenile student will be charged in the incident.
    Police found no credible threat at the high school.

    The threat was discovered at 8 a.m. on a bathroom stall inside a boy’s restroom near the high school gym.

  • Republican caucus set for March 5

    Registered Republicans in Grant County will have a chance to vote for their party’s presidential candidate in a caucus on Saturday, March 5.

    The Republican Presidential Caucus will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Williamstown High School cafeteria.
    Voters who were registered as Republicans by Dec. 31, 2015, are eligible to vote in the caucus.  

  • Dry Ridge dentist dies following car wreck

    A Dry Ridge dentist died from the injuries he suffered following a car accident a month ago on his way home from work.

    Dr. Thad Thomas, 70, of Sparta, died on Feb. 17 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.
    Thomas who operated Thad Thomas Dentistry for 20 years was on his way home from the dental office on Jan. 19 when his 2010 Kia Forte exited the roadway on Warsaw Road about two miles from Dry Ridge and struck a utility pole.

  • Jailer, fiscal court dispute continues

    The struggle between the Grant County Jailer and the Grant County Fiscal Court continues.

    The situation started shortly after all took office last year and has centered on whether the judge and magistrates are stepping over their authority in approving operations at the center or whether the jailer has control over the facility’s operations.

    After months of discussion, both at public meetings and between the judge, magistrates and Jailer Chris Hankins, the facility still does not have policies and procedures nor a command structure in place.

  • Gripshover qualifies for state wrestling tournament

    Whether it was a single leg or double leg, the Grant County boys wrestling team took their opponents down all season.

    With only four members on their team, they had an uphill battle to climb.
    With only one senior on the team, Quinton Rayburn, the boys were not experienced, but they put in the work and showed that they all had the potential to be fantastic wrestlers.

  • Jail monthly water bill tops $36,000

    When the Grant County Detention Center got a $36,158 water bill for December, the three fiscal court magistrates took notice.
    They questioned Jailer Chris Hankins in January and he said he’d look into the bill to see if it was a mistake.

    But the January water bill at the facility was $25,299, which again caused concern from the magistrates.

    Revenue is down at the facility, but expenditures are up, so Magistrate Jacqalynn Riley wants to discuss the situation before approving any more transfers from the county’s general fund to the jail fund.

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    For more than 20 years, Wade Gutman, the former executive director of the Grant County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, promoted the community and worked to bring business, jobs and educational opportunities to its citizens.

  • Skinner to retire at end of year

    “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” — Confucius
    For Williamstown Independent Schools Superintendent Sally Skinner, that saying describes her career perfectly.
    After more than 40 years in education, Skinner has decided to retire after the 2015-16 school year.