Today's News

  • Utility surcharge capped at 5 percent

    Residents of Williamstown might cool down after city council approved a 5 percent cap on the city’s utility surcharge.

    Surcharges on residents’ utility bills, which started showing up in 2009, happened when consumers actually used less power than the city contracted to purchase and the surplus was sold back on the open market.

    If the city paid $60 per megawatt hour, but the same hour sold for $40 on the open market, the cost difference falls back to the utility customer.


    The bridge on U.S. 25 in Williamstown is now closed.

    The bridge officially closed after morning traffic on March 1 and the closing doesn’t sit well with Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.

    “It’s very disappointing that it didn’t work out and I hope it’s not a huge inconvenience for the traffic flow,” Skinner said.

    Skinner asked the state to reconsider closing the bridge and keeping it at least open to cars and trucks.

  • Garden Connection planned for March 3

    Master Gardener instructor Sharon Tepe will demonstrate Seed Starting Basics from 6 to 8 p.m. March 3 at the Grant County Extension Office, 105 Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.
    Tepe, an avid gardener, graduated from the Master Gardener training class at the Civic Garden Center in Cincinnati. The class consisted of 50 hours of classroom training with the topics ranging from botany and soils to pests and diseases and a hosts of other gardening related topics.


    Grant County fire fighters were glad to see the recent rains.

    During the last four weeks, each of the county’s five fire departments have been busy with grass fires, as many as eight in a two-day time frame.

    Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen said his department had fought 10 grass fires since the beginning of February.

    “That’s way above what we normally have,” he said.

  • Times gone by, those were the days

    I remember a character in a book I must have read years ago who always read the obituaries to see if he was still alive.

  • Minister’s legacy is community service

    Chances are you might never have heard of R.T. Daugherty.
    He left Grant County in 2006 when he retired to Florida.
    However, if you’ve ever had an emergency and gone to St. Elizabeth Hospital Grant County, you can thank him.
    If you’ve ever eaten a free pancake or hotdog during the Williamstown Kiwanis Breakfast/Lunch with Santa event, you can thank R.T.
    His community involvement and service to the community could fill a notebook. See story on page 1 of this issue.

  • Mullins prepares for national stage

    New Orleans may lay claim to professional trumpet player Wynton Marsalis, but Grant County Middle School has Cassidy Mullins, an eighth grade musician, who is heading to the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. this month.
    Mullins, who has been playing for two years, competed against hundreds of middle school students from across the nation, who sent in recorded auditions. She was one of only eight trumpet players chosen as a semi-finalist.

  • Parents complete leadership course

    Parents from the Grant County and Williamstown school districts were two of 31 parents from northern Kentucky who took part in the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, an initiative of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The nationally recognized program helps parents become more effective advocates for their children’s education.

  • Star Students

    Dana Bailey
    Dana Bailey is the WES Primary Student of the Week. She is in Diane Dungan’s second grade class.
    “Dana Bailey is a wonderful student who sets a great example for others to follow.” Dungan said. “She is a hard worker, a self starter and doesn’t give up until her goals are accomplished. Her determined attitude allows her to excel in all areas. Dana is a great friend and helper to others in the classroom.”

  • 2010-2011 Grant County Seniors

    Grant County High School honored seniors of all the winter sports before the Grant County/Lloyd Memorial game.

    Here are the list of seniors from each sport.

    Cheerleading: Karri Edmondson, Ashley Long, Emily Riley, Briana Shandel

    Wrestling: Jake Clise, Nick Cox, Austin Beard-Ruth

    Basketball: Josh Blackburn, Brittany Hearn, Logan Kidwell, Seneca Sullivan

    Dance: Christianna Smith, Deya Torres (not pictured, due to illness)