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Today's News

  • Bumper crop squash not a sure thing

    You know all the jokes about people having bumper crops of summer squash?  Squash shows up in people’s cars or in public spaces because there is so much that the gardener can’t even give it away.  Well, that’s never really been a problem for me.  I have a little bit of that problem this year and I give credit to the variety and the fact that it was plated later than usual.  Others, however, have not been so blessed.

  • Anticipation high as Williamstown students return for 2014-15 school year

    Welcome back to Williamstown Independent Schools for the 14 – 15 school year. Anticipation is high among students as well as staff for another outstanding year.
    Although we miss those who have left us, as this new school year begins, we are excited to meet and greet the many new faces we are welcoming to our schools and community.  
    I would like to express my appreciation to our custodial and grounds crews who have worked diligently through the summer to prepare our buildings and grounds for the return of our students.  

  • Bullying isn’t fun when you’re the victim

    I was 13-years-old when my little world was turned upside down. I came from a smaller town than most can imagine, was born and raised most of my life in the south and loved it.
    My mom was a single mom of three children and the concept of meeting someone and marrying them was just foreign.
    Well, it smacked me in the face because she met my stepfather in 1998 and in Jan. 1999 they married. I was thrilled my mom had found someone that was finally going to be the man she deserved and a father to me and my younger brother.

  • Tolles host benefit for sister

    Becky Tolle Hensley, 48, who lives in Dry Ridge, was diagnosed with small cell cancer on June 1.
    Henry Hensley, Becky’s husband, along with her siblings, Brenda, Donald and Barbara Tolle and her mother, Thelma Tolle were all devastated by the news.
    “She was having pains in her side so he (Henry) took her to the St. Elizabeth Hospital.” Brenda said.
    Hensley also has a step daughter, Melissa and son-in-law, Josh Collins who live in Texas.
    She is a wife, daughter, sister and aunt.

  • Candidates set for city races as filing deadline passes

    The Aug. 12 filing deadline has passed and the November ballot is set.
    The following candidates filed for non-partisan races:
    Williamstown City Council
    • Ken Stone
    • Tommy J. Judd
    • Troy Gutman
    • Kim Crupper
    • Amanda Howell
    • John C. Coleman
    • Robert Perry
    • Greg Middleton
    • Elizabeth Wagoner
    Dry Ridge City Council
    • Fred Money
    • James “Jim” Hendy
    • Karen Glore
    • Sara Cummins

  • Get Fit For Brit event raises thousands

    The life of Brittany Butler was celebrated and remembered July 26, just days before she would have turned 22 years old.
    Brittany died March 4, 2014, of a heroin overdose, leaving behind many friends and family, including her young daughter Paisley.
    In her memory, a Get Fit For Britt event was held at Body Works Gym in Dry Ridge to not only bring awareness to the heroin epidemic, but to raise money to fight it.

  • SAFETY FIRST

    A gunshot rings out from the hallway at Williamstown High School.
    Sitting inside a nearby classroom, Molly McComas immediately jumps up from her seat to shut and lock the door.
    Inches away from being closed, the doorway is breached by a sudden intruder, dressed in red protective padding and armed with a gun and a knife.
    McComas uses all her strength to force out the attacker while a fellow staff member pins the man’s gun-armed hand in the doorjamb.
    The man never gets inside as a Kentucky State Police trooper blows his whistle.

  • Hiles indicted in double murder

    A 35-year-old Dry Ridge man has been indicted on two counts of murder and two counts of
    Shaun Hiles was indicted Aug. 6 by a Grant County grand jury,
    Hiles is accused of fatally shooting his 33-year-old estranged wife, Nicole Hiles, and 32-year-old Larry Whiteker.
      Hiles is currently in the intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in stable condition recovering from two self-inflicted gun shot wounds.
    The grand jury also returned indictments against eight additional people.

  • Woman recalls double murder scene

    Deborah Collins thought it was just a bad accident.
    She was heading to her home on Mulligan Road late July 28 after picking up her 14-year-old grandson and his friend when she drove up on it.
    A Chevy Tahoe and a pickup truck facing opposite directions were blocking the roadway and a man was laying on the ground.
    Collins had no idea it was the scene of a double murder as a Dry Ridge man is accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife and another man before turning the gun on himself.

  • The problem with dating your phone

    “I love texting! It’s so much more impersonal than talking face to face.” – a text from me to my friend Tara
     In the movie “Her,” a man in Los Angeles dates his smartphone.
    It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds.
    The movie is set in the future, but not that far into the future, in a time when people feel more comfortable and connected with their pocket-size computers than with other humans.