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Today's News

  • Fiscal Court has not approved courthouse assessment hire

    Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood said he didn’t actually hire Brandstetter Carroll Inc. (BCI) for a courthouse renovation assessment despite residents and Grant County Fiscal Court magistrates believing he had.
    Magistrates Jacqalynn Riley and Shawna Coldiron also said they do not like BCI as a candidate for the improvements should they vote to go forward with repairs in the future.

  • Williamstown Fall Fest to be held Oct. 20

    Williamstown Fall Fest will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 in downtown Williamstown. There will be live music, cakewalk, craft vendors, chili cook-off and pumpkin decorating. For more information, contact Bren Murphy at 859-429-7877 or email bren.ironcrow@gmail.com.

  • 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.

  • Lady Braves victorious against WHS Lady Demons

    The Grant County Lady Braves hosted the Williamstown Lady Demons in a district battle on Monday, Dec. 11, and ran away from the Lady Demons 82-30.

    Grant County’s full court pressure was too much for the youthful Lady Demons. The Lady Demons committed 14 first quarter turnovers, which led to easy buckets for the Lady Braves in the early going. They committed 38 turnovers in the game.