Today's News


    The Grant County community is mourning the loss of a family of five after a fatal car crash Oct. 26 in Independence. 

    Twenty-six-year-old Rodney Eric Pollitt Jr. and 27-year-old Samantha Michelle Malohn, along with their three children, 9-year-old Hailieann Faith Pollitt, 8-year-old Brenden Eric Cole Pollitt and 6-year-old Cailie Michelle Pollitt died in a car accident around 4:30 p.m. 

  • Library patrons ‘ain’t afraid of no ghosts’ during hunt

    A few Grant County Public Library patrons had the chance to encounter ghosts with actual supernatural hunters Oct. 28. 

    No, the library is not haunted by any spirits, but some children were able to pick up readings that indicated ghostly activity near historical exhibits in the library, according to ghost hunter Eddie Parks. 

  • Students learn importance of internet safety

    A history of Grant County students sending inappropriate messages pushed law enforcement and judicial officials to have a talk with Williamstown middle and high schoolers last week. 

    Sheriff Chuck Dills and Assistant County Attorney Julie Scott Jernigan warned students about the dangers and consequences of sexting, telling them they’re not immune from the law despite being minors. 


    As a Kentucky State trooper and detective, Steve Kellam dealt with serious issues, but in his view, nothing more significant than his new role as pastor of Knoxville Baptist Church.

  • Dry Ridge proposes cost-sharing plan for EMS funding

    Dry Ridge officials hope a proposed cost-sharing plan will ease the long-time burden of the city shouldering the cost of emergency medical services for Grant County.

    Mayor Jim Wells presented the plan during the Dry Ridge City Council meeting on Oct. 16.

    Wells also has talked to all of the mayors and Judge-Executive Steve Wood about the plan.

  • Jail food service worker accused of misconduct with inmate

    A Kellwell Food Management employee was arrested for having sexual relations with a Grant County Detention Center inmate. 

    Shivon Fields, 38, of Mount Sterling, was charged with third-degree sodomy Oct. 17. 

  • CMZ first graders ring literacy bell

    First grade students rang the literacy bell standing outside Grant County Public Library on Oct. 20 to let the world, or at least Grant County residents, know they learned how to read. In fact, each student had read at least one book in order to ring the bell. 

    Students clapped, laughed and cheered on classmates as their respective names were called to tug the bell rope.

  • Local schools visit Country Pumpkins
  • Gov. Bevin announces pension crisis plan

    Gov. Matt Bevin announced his solution to save the country’s worst-funded pension system Oct. 18. 

    His plan protects current retirees’ benefits, ensures most benefits for current employees and restructures the system. 

  • Vaccination urged as flu season begins

    For fall weather finally starting to appear, flu season also is here.

    Influenza is a serious disease that results in tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations every year, according to the Northern Kentucky Health Department. 

    During the 2016-2017 flu season, more than 2,200 cases were reported in Northern Kentucky, and 14 deaths were attributed to complications from the flu.