Local News

  • Wtown proposes EMS fee on garbage bills

    Williamstown City Council heard a first reading of an ordinance that would tack on an emergency medical services monthly fee to the utility fee for all garbage customers.
    The fee adds a $2 per month fee to cover EMS/ambulance services to “each separate dwelling unit and each separate business, professional, commercial or industrial enterprise,” according to the ordinance that was presented July 1 during a regular meeting.

  • Critt. Council passes law enforcement resolution

    Crittenden City Council outlined their expectations of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office in a resolution that was passed during the July 2 meeting.
    Instead of adding the requirements to the interlocal agreement between the city and GCSO, the resolution covers what the city wants out of the contract in exchange for $292,000 in funding.

  • County adopts short-term rental ordinance

    Grant County Fiscal Court recently approved an ordinance authorizing and regulating peer-to-peer short-term home rentals in the unincorporated parts of the county.

    “We currently don’t have enough hotels to accommodate a lot of the visitors of the Ark so short-term rentals have become more and more popular,” said Grant County Judge-Executive Chuck Dills. “There wasn’t an ordinance established to allow them in the (unincorporated areas of the) county so we adopted this ordinance with certain restrictions.”

  • Spring rains hurt GC Farmers’ Market, farmers

    Mother Nature is to blame as Grant County farmers and Grant County Farmers’ Market members and shoppers wait for the best yield possible this season.
    Early in the day recently, Grant County Farmers’ Market President Debby Lucas Angel set up at the Williamstown location to sell tomato and pepper transplants. One shopper pulled over to ask if tomatoes were ready, but Angel had to break the news to them.

  • ‘Vivacious Vada’ keeps smiling through dialysis treatments

    Vada Varney, affectionately known as Vivacious Vada, is bringing some life to the Fresenius Kidney Care dialysis center in Florence.

    Hailing from Dry Ridge, the 87-year old creative is well-loved for her poetry and songwriting but is making the biggest impression at the clinic for her creative costume ideas.

    Each holiday, the Fresenius Kidney Care clinic hosts a small get-together for the patients on dialysis with food, decorations and, Varney’s favorite, the costume contest.

  • Crittenden to make July 13 ‘Joyce Doyle Day’

    Crittenden Mayor Camilla “Kay” Patton has proclaimed July 13 to be “Joyce Doyle Day” in Crittenden, honoring Doyle for her longtime commitment to the growth of Grant County and its children.

    A celebration dinner is planned for 6:30 p.m. July 13 at Edwardo’s in Williamstown. Dinner costs will not be covered for those in attendance.
    Patton said friends and family of Doyle, along with the public, are invited to come and visit with Doyle during the celebration.

  • Tick populatons on the rise in Northern Kentucky

    Summer is in full swing in northern Kentucky; bringing with it heat waves, long days at the pool and something much more sinister.
    Ticks have been running rampant all over the state with an especially significant increase in population this season.
    Typically, ticks begin to appear in late March or early April and are most prevalent until the weather begins to cool off in the fall and early winter and the below-freezing temperatures kill off a significant amount of the population.

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  • William Arnold House now open to vistors

    The William Arnold Log House in downtown Williamstown is now staffed to allow visitor tours.
    The log structure was the home of Williamstown founder William Arnold and is located on the south entrance of downtown.
    Through October, the house will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays. It also will be open on Monday holidays.
    Group tours are also available by calling 859-824-3322.
    The Grant County Tourism and Convention Commission is funding the project.

  • Multicultural communities encourage organ donation

    The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk’s Trust For Life (TFL) supports national effort to educate multicultural communities on organ donation through social media during ECHO Donate Life.  From July 14-27, Donate Life America begins the annual campaign focused on making the message of organ donation one of diversity and inclusion.  The goal of ECHO Donate Life is to empower multicultural communities to save and heal lives by registering as organ, eye and tissue donors when they get their driver’s license or online.