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Today's News

  • Social media: the good, bad and the ugly

    Social media can be an extremely valuable tool.
    You can keep up with that old friend from high school that you haven’t seen in years on Facebook.
    People can make lost connections with family members.
    News updates fly furiously second-by-second on Twitter.
    Photographs can be shared and even LIKED.
    However, as new social media is thought up everyday, we lose the actual human interactions that make relationships special.
    We also see that for every benefit of social media, there is a flaw that can’t be denied.

  • John Halsey: A man with a green thumb

    You could say that John Halsey, a man of many talents, who despite being 87 years young, has lots of life left, has a green thumb.
    Born on May 6, 1927 in Oakdale,  in Breathitt County, Kentucky, Halsey is the father of five children, three step children, 12 grandchildren and “don’t ask me how many great grandchildren”--but he will tell you there are three sets of twins in the greats.  

  • Reward offered in July 25 mobile home fire

    Mike and Stacy McCormick are hoping a $10,000 reward will be enough to entice the public to come forth with information about a fire that destroyed their home.
    The McCormicks were notified by a neighbor around 4 a.m. on July 25 that the mobile home they were setting up at 4740 Cynthiana Street in Williamstown was engulfed in flames.
    The couple had been working on the property since January, waiting for the ground to settle before making final improvements on the site one of their sons would be living.

  • Jail captain remains on job after guilty verdict

    A captain at the Grant County Detention Center was still on the job days after being found guilty of domestic violence charges.
    Steven Skinner, 27,  and his wife, Michelle Skinner, were both charged with fourth-degree assault April 17 after an alleged domestic dispute with his wife.
    A Grant County jury found Steven Skinner guilty on the charges July 31. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs, but no jail time or probation.
    After Skinner’s arrest, Jailer Terry Peeples said, if convicted, Skinner would be fired.

  • Filing deadline nears; slate slim so far

    Candidates are scarce in most non-partisan races for the November election a week away from the filing deadline.
    The May primary has up multiple races in the general election for county offices, including judge-executive, jailer, clerk and magistrates, pitting a Republican against a Democrat.
    However, non-partisan candidates who would like to run for mayor and city council or commission seats in Williamstown, Dry Ridge, Crittenden or Corinth have until 4 p.m. Aug. 12 to file.

  • Benefit will help Howard family pay for baby’s new legs

    Zeke Howard has a mega watt smile.
    He’s a 1 year old bundle of joy that crawls and moves quickly despite having been born with skeletal dysplasia, often referred to as dwarfism.
    A child with this condition will have abnormal differences in the size and shape of their legs, arms, trunk or skull.
    In Zeke’s case, his fingers were joined together. At birth, his left foot was attached to his knee and his right leg was formed without the bones to support his foot, which causes his balance to be off.

  • Jailer accused of sexual assault

    (Editor’s note: This story contains sexually-explicit allegations in a lawsuit filed against the Grant County jailer.)
    Terry Peeples is accused of sexual assault and harassment in the latest lawsuit filed against the Grant County jailer.
    Peeples, who is seeking his second term in the November election, has had previous lawsuits filed against him by at least six former employees since taking office in 2011.

  • State approves Ark Encounter tax incentives

    The Ark Encounter received good news last week when the Kentucky Tourism Board gave approval to $18 million in tax incentives.
    The board unanimously voted on July 26 to approve sales tax incentives for the theme park, which is being constructed off Ky. 36 in Williamstown.
    The Ark Encounter is another development of Answers In Genesis, a conservative Christian non-profit that also operates the Creation Museum in Boone County.

  • Teacher fired for alleged inappropriate communications

    A Williamstown Junior High veteran teacher was fired at the end of the 2013-14 school year after allegations of inappropriate communications with a student.
    Angela Williams, who taught social studies at Williamstown for nine years, had her contract officially terminated June 3.
    Through a letter from Superintendent Sally Skinner, Williams was suspended with pay May 27 while the district investigated the alleged conduct.

  • Former bank VP gets year in jail

    A senior vice president for Grant County Deposit Bank was sentenced July 22 to a year and one day in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 over a three-year period.
    The sentencing in U.S. District Court in Covington came after the 57-year-old Dry Ridge resident pled guilty in March, admitting that, from 2010 until 2013, she defrauded her employer by transferring bank funds to her personal account and issuing cashier checks and money orders to herself.