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Today's News

  • Are you there, God?

    By Rachel Dawn, Guest Columnist

    It was a sweltering Friday in July, but I was inside. I was sitting just outside of a hotel meeting room door anxiously waiting for my name to be called. 

    It was my first writer’s conference and I had scored one of the few, coveted appointment slots with a publisher; during which I would pitch my book in hopes they would offer me a contract.

  • Williamstown Homeschool Co-op

    There is a spirit of new life in the old white frame church building on Heekin-Lawrenceville Road.

    Since January 2017, the growing ministry of Clover Mission Baptist Church, which now includes the Williamstown Homeschool Co-op, has called the former Mt. Olivet Christian Church building home.

  • Police find child porn in Dry Ridge man’s possession

    Kentucky State Police discovered several storage devices containing child pornography in a Grant County man’s possession while executing a search warrant. 

    Kevin Duane Havens, 57, was charged with five counts of view/possess matter portray sexual performance by minor May 4, 2017. He had a pre-trial conference Sept. 29 in Grant County Circuit Court. 

  • No sewage leak despite fire at sanitary sewer plant

    A quick response prevented any leaks from the Grant County sanitary sewage district plant after a fire destroyed the plant July 21. 

    The fire started due to a faulty air conditioning system, said Charles Givin, chairman of the board for the sewage district. 

  • Trash pickup rate increases in Dry Ridge

    Dry Ridge residents will see an increase in their trash bill starting this month.

    The city council approved a second reading of a trash pickup rate increase from $9.50 to $10.75 per month during its Oct. 2 meeting.

    The increase passed 4-0 with yes votes from council members Ron Maddox, Clay Crupper, Kenny Edmondson and Jim Hendy. 

  • Hope beyond the garden

    I remember watching the “Lord of the Rings” movies for the first time. In the beginning of the story, the viewer is immediately introduced to the Shire, a place that can only be described as a simple, light-hearted state of innocency.

  • Lessons about the Florida Hurricane

    It was wonderful to read the Grant County News last week and learn about the many people in the county who graciously and generously helped in hurricane relief efforts in Florida.
     These tragic times offer some teaching moments for all of us. First, we should be reminded that we are to show compassion towards others, as taught in Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan. Second, as I said to the Grant County News last week, Christians can use this time to better understand why God allows suffering and death in the world.

  • Assessing the courthouse is smart move

    Touring the Grant County Courthouse, one thing is abundantly clear.  The place needs some work.
    After all, it is an 80-year-old building, so it stands to reason that time and use of the facility would help deteriorate things.
    The building used to house the sheriff’s office, which has since moved to Barnes Road in Williamstown.
    Although it is difficult to imagine, the jail even was located inside the courthouse at one time.
    Of course, there are way more beds in the current detention center now than there were back then.

  • Tractor-trailer catches fire on I-75

    No one was injured when a tractor-trailer caught fire on southbound I-75 on Sept. 25.
    But a truckload of yogurt was lost in the flames.
    The truck caught fire twice — once while on the side of the interstate near mile marker 151 and a second time while being towed away, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Charles Loudermilk.
    The truck driver called 911, saying one of his tires was on fire. Emergency response arrived to find the truck engulfed in flames, Loudermilk said.

  • Fiscal court approves new food service provider for jail

    The Grant County Fiscal Court approved a contract with Kellwell Food Management to provide meals for Grant County Jail inmates. The measure passed with a 2-1 vote Sept. 25.
    Issues with current food and commissary provider Aramark pushed Grant County Jailer Chris Hankins to request a new service after months of inconsistency and lack of staffing from Aramark.