Today's News


    (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.)
    Officer K.J. Little charged Leeland L. Caldwell, 29, of Williamstown, with public intoxication-controlled substance (excludes alcohol), possession of a controlled substance first degree first offense, heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, at 5:48 p.m. Aug. 11 on Broadway Street. Caldwell was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Extension office offers classes for all ages

    The Extension Office is offering a variety of classes. All meetings are located at 105 Baton Rouge Road, Williamstown.
    • Sept. 12 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Basket Class: You’ll be making the reverse spiral market basket.  Supply cost is $45, which must be paid in advance to reserve a spot. There is also a small list of common items you will need to bring in order to complete the basket. Call 824-3355 for more information.  Deadline to register is Sept. 1.

  • GCSO, WPD host golf scramble

    The Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Williamstown Police Department will host the 15th annual golf scramble at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21 at Eagle Creek Country Club. Entry fee is $240 per team. Mulligan is $5 and format is a four-man team.
    All proceeds will go to the Grant County Sheriffs’ Office and Williamstown Police Departments Shop with a Cop fund. This fund allows the agencies to take under-privileged children Christmas shopping that otherwise may not be able to do so.

  • Assault suspect pleads guilty; faces 15 years

    A 43-year-old Union man faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty of assaulting several people in a Crittenden home, including several with special needs.
    Eric Unthank agreed to a plea deal Aug. 5 in Grant Circuit Court in connection with a Dec. 17, 2014, incident that left victims bloody and beaten.
    In exchange for pleading guilty to first-degree burglary and first- and second-degree assault, Unthank will receive 15 years in prison and a $1,000 fine. He must complete 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

  • Paddle Williamstown floats into town Aug. 29

    Whether by canoe, kayak or now stand-up paddleboards, people will once again be able to Paddle Williamstown on Aug. 29.
    The fifth annual event, sponsored by the City of Williamstown, will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Williamstown Lake.
    Powerboat and jet ski traffic on Williamstown Lake will be restricted during the event as paddlers explore the nearly 350 acres of water.
    Registration deadline for Paddle Williamstown is Monday, Aug. 17.  
    No rental or race registrations can be made after this date.

  • Dry Ridge gardener enjoys sharing with others

    On a clear, late summer morning, Dawn Dillion set up at the Williamstown/Dry Ridge location of the Grant County Farmers’ Market.  

    She artfully arranged clean, fresh tomatoes, peppers, corn and green beans in a colorful, eye-catching array across the counter top of her booth.  

  • Garden keeps Miss Della’s memory growing

    Della Jones would be grinning from ear to ear to know that her memory is kept alive at a memorial garden tended by children at the Williamstown United Methodist Church “In The Beginning” Preschool.

    The garden began three years ago as a way to honor Miss Della, who died on July 14, 2009 at the age of 106. She was born in Grant County and attended Williamstown Elementary school for black children before moving in with an aunt in Cincinnati to attend high school.

  • Corinth woman, search dogs help in flood recovery efforts

    Melissa Newman’s job is anything but easy.
    In fact, her presence usually follows a tragedy.

    The Corinth resident has been a handler of certified cadaver and search drugs since 1999.
    “It’s an incredible passion,” Newman said. “I never use the word hobby because, to me, hobbies are things you do that are recreational. To use that word for something that’s about bringing home loved ones and finding lost people, that’s not a hobby. It’s got to be your passion.”

  • Thayer: Schools need later start date

    As students head back to class this week, a local legislator hopes to extend the summer in the future.
    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and Sen. Chris Girdler, R-Somerset, have announced plans to file Senate Bill 129 for the 2016 legislative session.
    SB 129 is a measure that would prevent schools from starting earlier than the first Monday closest to Aug. 26, granting local control to school boards should they choose to start classes before Labor Day.