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Today's News

  • Camels, Zebras and Emus, Oh My!

    Ark Encounter’s Ararat Ridge Zoo plans to nearly double its size and add 40 to 50 more animals for next summer or fall. 

    Hosting nine to 10 animal kinds, including kangaroos, emus and camels, Ararat Ridge Zoo Director Matt De Voe said he hopes to bring in several different animals to join the zoo’s growing exhibits. Some animals include binturongs, collared peccary and Barbary sheep.

  • Rain, cool temperatures delay harvest season

    More rain, cooler temperatures and overcast conditions spelled trouble for farmers as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma tracked north to Grant County. But inconsistent summer weather also made this a rough season for local farmers and gardeners. 

    Grant County 4-H Extension agent Chris Ammerman said the current weather has “caused farmers a good deal of distress for some harvest seasons.” 

  • Jones hired as newest Williamstown police officer

    Andrew Jones said he always wanted to be a police officer. Now, he is one. 

    A local man, Jones started working as the newest Williamstown officer Sept. 27 having graduated from the police academy the week before. 

    “I just want to be the best police officer I can be and serve the community,” Jones said. 

  • Local schools receive assessment report cards

    Local students proved their proficiency in reading, math and social studies as Kentucky Department of Education released the annual report cards Sept. 28. 

    Williamstown Independent saw improved scores for each school while Grant County Schools saw significant improvements on specific subjects for most of their schools, with some getting closer to an overall proficient rating. 

  • Stage Right’s Rising Stars to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

    Stage Right Musical Theatre will once again showcase local youth talent with performances of “Once Upon a Mattress” at Grant County High School on Oct. 6-8.

    The production is based on the classic “The Princess and the Pea” story and features eight students from Williamstown Independent and Grant County school districts.
    Stage Right has previously presented “Seussical, Jr.” last year and “Annie, Jr.” earlier this year as part of its Rising Stars Academy.

  • Courthouse to undergo assessment for possible renovations

    Judge-Executive Steve Wood wants to make much-needed improvements to the deteriorating Grant County Courthouse.
    The laundry list of problems with the courthouse, which was built in 1937, include bathrooms that are not handicapped-accessible, a falling ceiling and bricks coming out of the back wall of the building.
    An addition, which houses the judge-executive’s office, was built in 1976.

  • Williamstown raises property tax rate

    Williamstown City Council passed a property tax hike Sept. 25.
    The council raised the real property tax for 2017-18 to $0.340 per $100 value and personal property to $0.526 per $100 value as a compensating rate, according to the official ordinance.

  • United Way and partners launch early childhood public awareness campaign in Northern Kentucky

     United Way Success By 6 and its early childhood partners are proud to launch MyPre-K, an early childhood public awareness campaign in Northern Kentucky. The purpose of the general campaign is to show the unlimited potential of young children and elevate Pre-K as the first educational step toward shaping our youth. The tagline for the campaign is “There is no one way to Pre-K.”

  • How to help those in need this holiday season

     Salvation Army

  • Indictments

     The grand jury met Nov. 15 and returned indictments against 20 people.