Today's News

  • Beckham resigns, headed to Edgewood

    Doug Beckham planned to retire as city administrator for Williamstown; a position he filled 15 ½ years ago, but he’s headed for brighter lights in a larger city.
    Beckham has been hired as the city administrator in Edgewood. He’ll begin his new duties on Feb. 7 and will receive an annual salary of $88,209.
    “I was contacted and asked to apply,” Beckham said.
    Beckham said he submitted a resume on Oct. 20 and was called for an interview on Nov. 1. He interviewed on Nov. 4 and was offered a job on Nov. 5.


    While many families are making holiday plans, others are wondering how they’ll make ends meet.
    Several organizations and groups in Grant County are making plans to help families in need this holiday season.

    Cash Express in Dry Ridge is collecting coats, toys, shoes and non-perishable food items through Dec. 15.
    Items can be dropped off at the following:
    In Crittenden: Crittenden Post or Edwardo’s Pizza
    In Dry Ridge: Cash Express, Family Dentistry, Cheap Beds and Furniture, Save-A-Lot

  • Governor announces tourist project

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has something to say on Dec. 1 and Grant Countians are anxious to hear what it is.

    According to a media release received at the News office on Nov. 30, Beshear, along with Ark Encounter LLC and Answers in Genesis will make a joint announcement about a major new tourist attraction in Northern Kentucky.

    The announcement should end months of talk and speculation about a “big” development coming to Williamstown.

    Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link is also scheduled to speak at the press conference.

  • It's finally here!

    If you are like me there is no better time in Kentucky than early November. The temperatures have finally cooled down, the leaves are falling, deer hunting starts, and most importantly the Kentucky Wildcats basketball season finally gets started in earnest. Even in a year where I was able to attend my beloved Cincinnati Reds’ first playoff baseball game in 20 years the start of a new UK season can never get here fast enough. 

  • Shelter animals to be euthanized Nov. 15

    Williamstown, Kentucky – November 12, 2010 – It is literally a life or death situation this weekend at the Grant County Animal Shelter.

    The shelter must either successfully adopt out a large number of dogs and cats this weekend or many animals will be euthanized on Monday, Nov. 15.

    Grant County Animal Shelter is currently housing over 75 dogs but only has only 60 kennels. The numbers must be reduced quickly to make room for new animals – often entire litters of animals - arriving daily.

  • Gone, but never forgotten

    Ruben Lewis Baker was a handsome man at 19 years old. He’s what the girls called “a looker” with his wavy dark hair and mischievious grin. It probably didn’t hurt that he drove a Chevrolet Malibu, which was also the cool car to have back in 1967.

    He had just graduated from Walton-Verona High School and had his whole life ahead of him, but when Uncle Sam called in 1968, he answered the call because it was his civic duty.


    This is in response to a letter written by John Waltz. Congressman Geoff Davis has been very helpful to myself and all of the soldiers that I have referred to him since our deployment to Afghanistan in 2007-08. He continues to be a strong asset to our unit and, he has also helped other units in this area. Congressman Davis came to my unit’s deployment ceremony and he was at our welcome home ceremony.


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)

    Dry Ridge

    Chief Rick Kells executed a warrant, for nonpayment of fines, for Michael S. Ellis, 38, of Sadieville, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28 on S. Main Street. Ellis was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Gold Powerhouse wins second title

    Not many kids can say they have won a Super Bowl, but for seven players on the Grant County Powerhouse, they can say they have won back-to-back titles, defeating Owen County Oct. 31.

    For coach Scott Mann it was an unexpected, but a big moment.

    “The coaches and I emphasized it had not been done since the teams were split five years ago,” he said.

    In most towns or counties for each level of youth football, there is only one team to play on.

  • Cancer patients receive items of comfort

    More than 50 hats have been delivered to cancer patients at St. Elizabeth Hospital Grant, who suffer the side effects of chemotherapy and radiations treatments.

    The project is being spearheaded by Linda Evans of Dry Ridge. Evans, president of the Dry Ridge Homemakers, brought the project to the Happy Stitchers sewing group, after being contacted by Tina Ellis, administrative secretary at the hospital.

    “It’s one of the the most meaningful things I’ve ever done,” Evans said, after delivering the first batch of hats and heart-shaped pillows.