Today's News

  • Op-ed: Saving Kentucky’s retirement systems

    Kentucky’s pension systems are in critical condition. While certain state retirement plans are arguably in “better shape” than others are, every system is severely underfunded and rapidly spiraling downward towards a single outcome: no more money to pay Kentucky’s retirees.
    Understandably, retirees and those nearing retirement are concerned. Over the past 10 years, Kentucky’s pension systems have lost more than $7 billion in value.

  • Immunizations remain important part of back-to school routine

    One of the toughest things a parent will do is send their child to college. I have done it twice and still find myself worrying: Are they eating enough? Meeting new friends? Finding time to study?
    Fortunately, parents today have much less to stress about when it comes to their children’s health. Thanks to modern medicine and immunizations, we no longer live in fear of many serious illnesses that once posed massive threats.

  • Favorite fall perennials

    There are some perennials that I can’t live without because of their fabulous late summer and fall performance.  Plant them in your garden now because you will overlook them at garden centers come spring. My mixed perennial beds look the best this time of the year (barring any unpleasant summer drought- and please ignore the weeds!)  The black-eyed Susan’s, Russian sage and various species of Aster, Salvia and Nepeta are prolific but they are only mediocre anchor plants compared to some of the other species that come on this time of the year.

  • The folly of Eyeore faith

    Years ago, I had a friend who was desperately trying to get a book published.
    Every time she sent her manuscript out to yet one more publisher, she’d get her hopes up.
    “This one could be the one,” she’d tell me.
    But it was never “the one,” and she continued to get her manuscript returned, albeit always with a kind rejection letter attached.
    She tried to stay positive, but with constant rejection, it began to tax her faith.


    (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.)
    Deputy KJ Little charged Robert J. Chaney, 46, of Dry Ridge, with theft by unlawful taking under $500 (shoplifting) and possession of a controlled substance first-degree first offense (methamphetamine), at 3:32 p.m. Aug. 27 on Ferguson Boulevard. Chaney was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Grant County Schools seek tax-rate increase

    Grant County Schools is seeking a 4-percent increase in revenue for the 2017-18 school year by raising the tax on real and tangible property.

    The school board will vote on the tax rates at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Grant County School Board Office.
    The proposed property tax will increase the tax on real and tangible property from 56.1 to 57.4 cents per $100 of assessed value.  

    The motor vehicle tax rate would remain at 55.3 cents per $100 of assessed value.
    For a $150,000 home, the cost of the increased tax rates would be $19.50.

  • GCHS steady, WHS sees growth in ACT scores

    Grant County High School held steady while Williamstown saw increases in recently released ACT results.
    The results are from tests current seniors took last year while juniors.
    The 282 juniors at Grant County High School who took the test last year scored either the same or less than a point away from the results from the the 2015-16 junior class.
    All of the GCHS results remained below the state average in the four content areas and the composite score.
    In English, GCHS once again scored a 17.6, which was below the state average of 19.2.

  • Woman injured at factory after hair caught in machine

    A 32-year-old Williamstown woman was severely injured Aug. 24 when her hair got caught in a machine at Miami Valley Paper Tube in Crittenden.
    Detective Scott Conrad of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Kristian Collins was heading to lunch when the accident occurred at a machine that includes a saw.

  • Narcan distributed to help curb fatal overdoses

    The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is one of many agencies in Northern Kentucky receiving doses of Narcan to help curb the number of fatal overdoses from heroin and other opioids.

    Gov. Matt Bevin and Northern Kentucky officials announced Aug. 23 at the Boone County Sheriff’s Training Center a partnership to provide 720 doses of Narcan to first responders.