Today's News

  • Police investigate fatal hit and run

    Williamstown police are searching for the driver and vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on KY 36 between Skyway Drive and the Marathon gas station at about 7:10 p.m. March 4.
    Police found a Hispanic man, later identified as 30-year-old Jose Jacinto Contreras, lying in the road after arriving at the scene. He was already dead by the time police arrived, according to Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich.
    Rich said Contreras was an employee at El Jalisco restaurant in Williamstown.


    • Feb. 2
    Bobby Maddox, 145 Cobblestone Drive, storage shed, 240 square feet, estimated cost $3,000; permit fee $37.
    • Feb. 3
    Ark Encounter, 1000 Eibeck Lane, pole barn, 534 square feet, estimated cost $15,000; permit fee $59.22.
    • Feb. 9
    Shadow Ridge Properties, 170 Hannah’s Way, new home, 1,718 square feet, estimated cost $250,000; permit fee $564.78.
    Mark Rabe, 275 Eads Road, new home, 2,004 square feet, estimated cost $165,000; permit fee $622.08.
    • Feb. 10

  • What makes news...news?

    Fake News.
    The media lies.
    The media is the Enemy of the State.
    The media’s War on Truth.
    They sound like dystopian movie titles. But they are actually some of the rage coming at us from all sides. And, especially from our newly elected president and his White House.
    The irony of the statements is so thick, it is almost impossible to fathom. Yet, let us try…

  • The time has come for Kentucky to reform its justice system

    Last year, during my visit to the drug treatment program at Roeder Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky, I met a young man there named Joe.
    He was smart and articulate, the son of a police officer and a father himself. He was also a heroin abuser, whose addiction had driven him to rob banks to pay for his drugs.
    On the day that I met him, Joe had joined the drug treatment program at Roeder, and was clear-eyed, reflective, and focused on turning his life around.

  • When the lights go out

    A storm came through our area in Grant County on March 1 and many of us lost power for our homes and business. I personally had no air conditioning power and had some flooding issues in my apartment due to a tree falling on power lines nearby. When we do lose power and the lights go out we are essentially forced to go back to primitive times of when there was no electricity nor power plants nor electrical poles or cables at all.


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)
    Officer Kyle Wallace executed a warrant for Amanda M. Riess, 37, of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear, at 11:16 p.m. Feb. 27 on Meadowview Drive. Riess was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.


    Jan. 6
    Jonathan P. and Rebecca L. Haubner to Kenneth L. Erkskine, Warsaw Road, $167,000
    Theodore and Audrey L. Fisk to Jackie Ritchie, Warsaw Road, $179,900
    Pamela and Allen Iseral to Kenneth E. Ritzi, Vallandingham Road, $135,000
    Summerfield Development to Roell Building and Remodeling LLC, Summerfield Subdivision, $20,500
    Kelly and Lauren Taylor to Tonya M. and Benjamin Robison, Corinth-Stringtown Road, $173,000
    Kenneth A. Cooper to Wallace E. Boian, Southern Hills Subdivision, $104,000

  • Gov. Bevin proclaims March 1 - March 7 severe weather awareness week

    Governor Matt Bevin has signed a proclamation proclaiming March 1 - 7, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.
    Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Grant County Emergency Management recognizes March 1 - 7, 2017, as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.”  

  • Relatives Raising Children

    When talking about the retirement phase of life, it is often referred to as the ‘golden years:’ a time for rest and relaxation, but more and more grandparents are finding themselves back in the role of parenting.

    Far from kicking back and living a life of leisure, they are helping with homework, attending parent-teacher conferences and sometimes chasing after toddlers.

  • Two-percent tax rate can’t be justified

    Many have asked why the mayor of Dry Ridge has become so involved and outspoken about the situation plaguing the fiscal court.
    It seems the county’s solution to fix a revenue shortfall is to levy a payroll tax on the backs of its workforce. And since some of the largest employers in the county are located within my city, it’s my obligation to stand up and fight for each and every employee in the city.