Today's News

  • Williamstown man dies when pickup crashes

    Walter H. Hyden, 36, of Williamstown, died after his 2004 Dodge pickup truck wrecked around 11 p.m. on April 30 on Cordova Road.

    Hyden was pronounced dead at the scene by Grant County Coroner Robert McDaniel.

    Police believe Hyden was headed to work at DHL and lost control of the truck, possibly due to the heavy rains in the area or a medical condition.

    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said Hyden ran off the left side of the roadway, traveled 100 feet in a ditch before going airborne and crashing through the side of a barn.

  • Dry Ridge man puts heart, soul into serving community

    Charlie Conley has been a volunteer firefighter for the Dry Ridge Fire Department for 33 years and this year was recognized as the Grant County Volunteer of the Year at the Grant Chamber of Commerce annual banquet April 21.

    “It made me proud,” Conley said. “It made me appreciate everything I have done here.”

    Conley, who has also worked as a truck driver and welder, came to the DRFD in 1979 and currently is the safety chief for the department. He was drawn into joining after a neighbor of his introduced him to it.

  • Run for the Roses

    Before Kentucky’s big race, downtown Williamstown will be jam-packed with activities May 5 at the annual Derby Day Festival.

    Attendees this year can run a race, listen to a variety of local talent, play countless childrens’ games or even attend a wedding.

    Approximately 80 craft and food vendors will be on hand as the city celebrates the Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby.

    The Derby Day parade will be at 2 p.m.


    What’s next?

    After several proposals, countless meetings and endless debate, the future of funding for fire and ambulance service in Grant County is still cloudy.

    However, things may get a little clearer next week.

    The Grant County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a first reading April 16 of an ordinance for subscriber fees for fire departments.

    A final reading will be voted on during the May 7 meeting at the Grant County Courthouse.


    I am writing to offer my wholehearted support for Wanda Crupper Hammons, a Democratic candidate for state representative of the 61st district.


    I would like to invite the public to visit Webb Park. Two new play centers and swings have been recently added. The improvements were made possible because of a grant the city received from KaBOOM! and generous donations from the community. 


    I hate cancer! It’s ugly and sneaky and sucks (mom, please forgive my use of that word, but that’s just how I feel.)
    Cancer has always been a dirty word in my family, mostly because my mom lost five of her eight brothers to various forms of the disease.


    The Crittenden Alumni Association will be having their annual banquet with social hour beginning at 3 p.m. and banquet beginning at 4 p.m. on May 19 at Crittenden Baptist Church.
    The public is invited to come celebrate. For information and reservations, call Julian Wills at 859-824-5772 or Ruth Glacken Meadows at 859-485-7271.


  • ON THE HOME FRONT-Sandy Thornton

    Name: Sandy Thornton of Dry Ridge

    Club: I’m president of the Lunch and Learn Club

    Hobbies: I enjoy crafts, quilting and sewing

    Other clubs/organizations: I’m a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church

    Years involved in homemakers: 3 years

    What do you get out of being a member of homemakers: I value the friendship and enjoy the crafts and community projects.

  • NKU honors Lawrence for service

    For several years, Sam Lapin knew that the administrative assistant at the Northern Kentucky University - Grant County Center was hard working and dedicated.

    That prompted Lapin, a faculty member, to nominate Connie Lawrence for NKU’s annual awards program.
    Now the rest of the employees know how good she is at her job after she was named one of the school’s outstanding office/clerical staff as part of the 2012 Regents Distinguished Service Awards program.
    Lapin hired Lawrence in 1998 as secretary for the NKU-Grant County Center.