Local News

  • Person claiming to be fugitive lawyer Eric Conn says he had help escaping

    A person claiming to be high-profile fugitive Eric C. Conn told the Herald-Leader in an email that he had assistance escaping home detention on June 2.

    The person also said he had noticed attempts by law enforcement to find him through the IP address on his emails, but that he had been “mentored by the master of such things” to avoid detection.
    “Do they really think they can find me with such a blunt method?” he said in an email to the newspaper Sunday evening.

  • Fiscal court holds first reading for 911 fee

    The Grant County Fiscal Court held a first reading of an ordinance that would establish a countywide unit service fee to fund the county’s 911-dispatch service. The E-911 board, comprised of mayors from Grant County’s incorporated cities and Judge-Executive Steve Wood, had met several times to discuss the most viable funding mechanisms for the service.

  • DR man dies in head-on collision

    A Dry Ridge resident died in a fatal collision at 6:45 a.m. May 31 on Taft Highway after his vehicle crossed into the opposing lane, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.
    Detective Scott Conrad said that 29-year-old Jamie Lewis was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu heading east on Taft Highway in Dry Ridge when he lost control in a curve due to wet conditions.
    The vehicle crossed into the westbound lane, striking 23-year-old Jonathon Waller of Tompkinsville, who was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu heading west. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles.

  • St. E announces closure of Owen Co. emergency dpt.

    A short 16 months after beginning operations in Owen County, St. Elizabeth Healthcare announced today its plans to close its local emergency department.
    The closure, set for July 31, comes after months of consistent low patient volume, according to a news release.
    A business analysis has shown that a majority of patients and conditions that have been seen at the emergency department could be cared for at a primary care office, according to the release.

  • KTC wants railroad crossing at Barnes Rd. closed

    The Williamstown City Council discussed a recommendation sent by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 to close the Barnes Road railroad crossing during their June 5 special meeting.
    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner said the transportation cabinet believes the crossing is too dangerous and sent a letter to the council addressing the issue.

  • Annual U.S. 25 Yard Sale brings customers to town

    Grant County locals broke out the antique records and vintage comic books for one of the biggest yard sale extravaganzas of the year from June 1 to June 3 during the sixth annual U.S. 25 Yard Sale.

    The annual event incorporates hundreds of yard sales located along 265 miles of U.S. 25 and U.S. 25 West, running from Rocky Top, Tennessee to southern Boone County in Kentucky.
    Judy Wigginton, who originally created the U.S. 25 Yard Sale, said this year’s optimal turnout likely signals an upward trend for participation in the yard sale that crosses state lines.

  • Construction Coming

    The Grant County Public Library will be expanding by nearly 10,000 square feet after receiving a $1.638 million grant from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
    The library will receive $81,900 per year from KDLA for the next 20 years through the Public Library Facilities

    Construction Fund grant to assist with debt retirement. The grant is a part of a comprehensive, $20 million investment in library construction across Kentucky. The total budget for the expansion, including furnishings, is $3.8 million.

  • Williamstown Family Fun Park offers weekday discounts

    Williamstown Family Fun Park is offering weekday discounts for its Treetop Ziplines and Chutes and Ladders Adventure Course.
    The park, located at 605 KY 36 West near the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, is open during the summer from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and on Sundays, from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays and from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
    The business is closed Mondays except for group events.
    Pricing for the Treetop Ziplines is $29.99 Tuesday through Thursday and $39.99 Friday through Sunday.

  • Wreck on I-75
  • Two motorcycle wreck victims air lifted in two days

    A Dry Ridge resident is in critical but stable condition after sustaining head trauma during a single-vehicle accident near 3400 Taft Highway at about 9:30 p.m. on June 3.
    Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy K.J. Little said that a witness reported that the driver was swaying inside his own lane inbounds toward Dry Ridge, but that witness did not see the crash. Little said the driver, later identified as 48-year-old John Sullivan, is under suspicion of driving while intoxicated.