Local News

  • Braves Bash to provide free school supplies

    For years, local students have gone to Grant County Park in Crittenden at the end of the summer as vendors handed out free school supplies for the new year.
    However, the annual Back to School Blowout, along with Senior Bash, were eliminated this year due to county budget cuts.
    Knowing the importance of the event, the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers for Grant County Schools decided to organize Braves Bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Grant County High School to make sure students still get the supplies they need for school.

  • Black remains in jail in role in DR man’s death

    One of two men sentenced in connected to the 2014 death of a Dry Ridge man was denied parole on July 20.
    Kevin Howard and Charles Black both pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of University of Cincinnati professor Randall Russ, who was killed in Fleming County in October 2014.
    In July 2016, Howard, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.
    Black, 53, pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit robbery and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

  • Ark Encounter agrees to pay safety assessment fee

    The Ark Encounter has agreed to pay the 50-cent per ticket Williamstown safety assessment fee after a lengthy debate with the city council that has spanned weeks.

    Answers in Genesis Co-Founder Ken Ham offered a statement to the Grant County News, in which he explained that Ark Encounter officials never said they would not pay into the fee. He added that the Ark Encounter has been paying into the fee since the city began collecting from businesses on July 1, and offered to pay the city a capped amount of $350,000, later increasing the cap to $500,000.

  • Duke Energy bringing solar power project to Grant

    Grant County will host one of the three small solar power facilities brought to Northern Kentucky through Duke Energy.

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission approved a proposal by Duke Energy Kentucky on July 10 to build the Grant County plant, along with two in Kenton County, according to a press release from the PSC.

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  • DR Council member dies at age 54

    The Dry Ridge City Council lost one of its own last week.
    Joni Pelfrey died at age 54 on July 12 after battling health issues. She was born Sept. 22, 1962 in Owenton and was the daughter of the late Harold Edward and Anna Lee Barnett Pelfrey.
    Funeral services were held July 15 at the Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home in Williamstown. Burial was in the Williamstown Cemetery.
    Joni was in her second two-year term on the Dry Ridge Council after taking her seat in January 2015.

  • Fiscal Court approves audit agreement

    The Grant County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a motion to accept an Audit Participation Agreement with Telecom Audit Group during their meeting on July 17. The agreement was crafted for the purpose of identifying improper charges and errors, including but not limited to; excessive tariffs, excessive features, inflated billing and over provision of services that may have been charged to the fiscal court.
    Any excesses the group finds will be returned to the general fund, other than funds from the 911-unit service fee.

  • Williamstown officials question Ark property transfer

    Williamstown city officials are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst ahead of discussions regarding a potential lawsuit with the Ark Encounter.

    City attorney Jeff Shipp sent a letter to the tourist attraction on June 29 rejecting their request to be exempt from the safety assessment fee that establishes a 50-cent charge on three admission-based businesses in Williamstown.

  • Corinth Post Office relocation in holding pattern

    The slow days of summer have settled into Corinth.
    With little ready funds and the post office relocation slowing; the city maintains at regular pace including, their routine commissioners’ meetings at the city building at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.  
    In June, items discussed included budgeting revenue and expenses of $75,000 for the city.  
    The first reading of Budget Ordinance, #2017-01 was conducted and approved.  A special meeting was called for June 19 for second reading.