Today's News

  • Shade devices for the vegetable garden

    It’s been hot and humid the last few weeks! I was hopeful that this summer was going to be idyllic…at least we got pop up rainstorms to keep things hydrated. These 90-degree days, however, are putting us on track for some serious heat and some of our vegetables will love it and some will not.  
    I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a 90 degree day but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.

  • 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 Bobby Webb executed a warrant for Lora Manning, 31, of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear, at noon June 11 on S. Main Street. Manning was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.


    It would have been easy to make a phone call, send a text or make a post on social media to announce her verbal commitment to the Kentucky basketball program.
    Junior Emma King of Lincoln County didn’t want to do that. She thought it would be more “special” for everyone if she went to Lexington to tell Coach Matthew Mitchell face to face.
     “That way I also got to visit them all (UK coaches and players). I love them all. It was a good excuse to go up there,” said King. “Plus, I wanted to see his reaction.

  • Rand Paul recounts harrowing baseball practice shooting where Majority Whip was wounded

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is uninjured after a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where Republican Congress members were practicing for a coming Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, which was scheduled for June 15.
    Rep. Steve Scalise was shot. Scalise is the House Majority Whip. Five people were taken to area hospitals, including the shooter.
    Witnesses reported that more than 50 shots were fired.
    It has been reported that Scalise is in stable condition with wounds to the hip area.


    The grand jury met June 14 and returned indictments against 30 people.
    The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
    Those indicted were:
    • Kevin Duane Havens, 56, five counts of possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
    • David Benjamin Tucker, 63, possession of a controlled substance in the first degree, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

  • Heroin problem continues to worsen in Grant Co., NKY

    Shari Reed awakened to the sound of someone violently knocking at her door at about 1:30 a.m. one day in April 2016. The Williamstown resident wondered who would be knocking so loudly, and at such a late hour. After answering, she opened the door to find a police officer, her oldest son and her mother standing in the entranceway with somber faces.

    She knew immediately that something was wrong.
    “You need to sit down,” her oldest son told her. “Matt is gone.”

  • Youth prepare for ‘Annie, Jr.’ at Rising Stars camp

    The sun might come out tomorrow, but the young actors and actresses at the Rising Stars Summer Academy have another week to perfect their upcoming rendition of the musical “Annie Jr.”

    The second annual theater camp, hosted by Grant County’s Stage Right Musical Theatre Company, focuses on building not only the musical and acting skills of aspiring stage stars and starlets, but building character traits that will hopefully last the students a lifetime.

  • Former Corinth fire chief ‘Red’ Smith dies at age 54

    Most people run away from a burning building, but a select few run into them. Former Corinth Fire Chief Robert “Red” Howard Smith of Georgetown, who died on June 6, was one of those people.

    Robert was an imposing figure, standing at about 6’3’’ and weighing more than 300 pounds. When a door needed to be kicked down and a life needed saving, he was never far away, as public service was central to his personality, according to his brother James Smith.

  • Dana Corp., UAW union approve new contract

    Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union approved a contract agreement reached with Dana Corporation leadership last week that will ensure the current healthcare benefits of union employees.
    Union leader Troy Lawrence said 80 percent of the union’s 365 Dana employees approved the contract, which went into effect after the former contract expired at the end of May. The contract secures the continuation of the union employees’ current benefits, chiefly preventing rising premium costs, as well as offering a lump sum bonus.