Today's News

  • March Mayhem!

    With the NCAA Tournament starting up this week, students and teachers at Grant County Middle School got their mayhem on with a student-faculty basketball game March 11.

    The game was played between eighth graders and faculty members at GCMS, with the faculty winning the game.

    Proceeds from the concessions at the game went to the GCMS Relay for Life team. Veronica Camacho, co-captain of the relay team, estimated that they raised around $1,000.

  • Addicted

    Jimmie thought he was a good father. Three years later, he knows he was lying to himself.

    The 30-year-old Grant County resident would come home after a day of landscaping full of energy and play with his daughters.

    Jimmie was there for them when they needed him, taking them to the bus stop every morning and driving them to school if need be.

    A football-field length away in a shed behind his Dry Ridge home, Jimmie was making methamphetamine daily.

  • Motorists feel pain at the pumps

    With rising gas prices having no end in sight, people are finding different ways of getting to and from work.
    The national average of gas according to AAA for March 14 is $3.55 per gallon and in Kentucky the average is $3.53 per gallon.
    For Claude Jones of Williamstown, the recent increase in prices has made some lifestyle changes for him and his mother, Rhoda Jones.
    “I live with her right now so that helps cut some money down,” he said. “We have carpooled with both of our vehicles to help with gas.”

  • What if you’re just plain wrong?

    How do you react when your belief turns out to be wrong? When in the face of overwhelming evidence, do you change your belief or do you ignore the evidence?  
    In the first church I served, we had a wonderful elderly woman by the name of Ms. Cricket. Ms. Cricket was unlike any other elderly church-going woman I had ever met. She was in her mid 80s, still plowed her own fields, still drank her own homemade moonshine and still had a house full of birds that she spoke with.

  • Looking to volunteer?

    Marc Tepe might be retired but he’s still young and believed he had time to give back to his community.
    Tepe began volunteering in October 2010 for the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission’s Grant County Neighborhood Center.
    “We help unload food from the FreeStore truck and distribute to the people of Grant County in need,” Tepe said. “I work with a great bunch of people, including my wife, Sharon, and it’s very fulfilling.”


    Although, Rhonda Fields had not planned to be a pastor when she came to Grant County, her love of ministry had led her to be prepared.
    When Cornerstone Assemblies of God Church in Dry Ridge decided to disband, there were five people who wanted to stay together and their resolve culminated into Christ Community Church at 139 N. Main Street in Williamstown.

  • Williamstown to study new water plant

    The city of Williamstown is looking to the future and that means there will be a need for more water.
    The city council approved in a special meeting on Feb. 22 for HDR/Quest Engineers to proceed with a preliminary design for a new water treatment plant.
    “We realize that we need a new water treatment plant sooner rather than later,” said Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.

  • Stinky business

    Who is going to pick up the garbage from your home each week?
    Will it continue to be CSI or another company remains to be seen as the Grant County Fiscal Court approved advertising to bid the county’s waste collection contract.
    Companies interested in bidding for garbage collection for the county and Crittenden, Dry Ridge, Williamstown and Corinth must submit a bid by March 30.
    The county and cities currently contracts with CSI in Williamstown. This contract runs through June 30, 2011.

  • Mobile mammography van to visit area

    The St. Elizabeth Healthcare mobile mammography van will visit several locations throughout Northern Kentucky in March. Following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer can improve the chances that the disease can be diagnosed at an early stage and can be treated successfully. Women age 40 and over should have a screening mammogram every year. The van will be at the following locations:
    • March 19 – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walton Pharmacy, 305 Mary Grubbs Highway in Walton


    Maxine Brown’s eyes sparkle like diamonds, especially when she’s talking quilts.
    They adorn her living room, stacked neatly behind her couch, waiting their turn to be part of her seasonal display.
    “Fabric addict, that’s me,” Brown said, her hands waving to all her handiwork on display inside her home.
    Quilts and quilted wall hangings can be found in her bedroom and family room. She made the log cabin quilt that sits proudly on her bed and used leftover material to sew matching curtains.