Local News

  • Family Fun Park zips into Williamstown June 10

    The Ark Encounter is not the only attraction opening this summer in Williamstown hoping to bring visitors to Grant County.
    Williamstown Family Fun Park, featuring an 18-hole miniature golf course, a treetop zipline course and childrens’ rope adventure course, is set to open Friday, June 10 at 605 KY 36 West, one mile west of the Ark Encounter.

  • Needle exchange program ‘success’ so far

    The Northern Kentucky Health Department is seeing success more than two months into its first-ever needle exchange program  in Grant County.
    The program, which began March 16, operates from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Grant County Health Center at 234 Barnes Rd. in Williamstown.
    The goal of the program, which allows participants to exchange dirty, heroin-tainted syringes for clean needles, is to halt the dramatic rise of hepatitis C cases in northern Kentucky during the heroin epidemic.

  • Corinth to add sewer bill surcharge

    The Corinth City Commission is moving forward with adding surcharges to city sewer bills.
    The Commission continued the discussion from the previous month during its May 9 meeting concerning the possible surcharge.  
    The original city sewer billing included the city paying for all pump station repairs plus the electric bills of all pump stations on the city lines.  
     Since 1995, rates have only been raised one time, according to city clerk Tara Wright, yet electric bills have risen within that timeframe.  


    The grand jury met April 6 and returned indictments against 15 people.
    The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
    Those indicted were:
    • Michael S. Mathena, 35, possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    • Jean M. Dunakin, 42, possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Dalzell named to All-Resilient team

    Maddie Dalzell has spent her whole life overcoming obstacles.
    Living with a neurological disorder known as Strabismus means that her day to day life is full of dramatic discrepancy in her vision.

    These obstacles would normally be a reasonable cause for one to not compete in sports, due to the lack of peripheral vision, depth perception and even double vision.
    Not Maddie.

  • GCHS senior doubles team makes it to region semis

    Grant County senior tennis players Ronnie Kinman and Joey Saylor found success as they made it to the regional semifinals.
    The special thing about this season was that it almost didn’t happen.  

    “This was my first year playing, and Joey’s second,” Kinman said. “He was the only reason I even played this season.”

  • Simon Kenton ends Demons’ season with 15-4 defeat

    The Williamstown Demons baseball season ended May 23 in the first round of the district tournament as they were defeated in five innings, 15-4 by Simon Kenton.
    Williamstown finished their season with a record of 8-11. The Pioneers gained a huge advantage over the

    Demons in the first inning alone scoring 12 runs.
    Every player in Simon Kenton’s lineup scored at least once before Williamstown had a chance to bat.
    The deficit rattled Williamstown but lead-off hitter Corey Fryman found his way on base with a single to left field.

  • POLICE REPORTS 5-26-16

    (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 KJ Little cited Dawn M. Haggard, 54, of Williamstown, for obstructed vision and/or windshield, at 8:23 p.m. May 15 on Taft Highway.
    Chief Rick Kells charged William S. Wilkinson Jr., 27, of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear and probation violation, at 2:30 p.m. May 16 on McCoy Drive. Wilkinson was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 days

    Once again we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall.  
    I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May and by early November we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods!  Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive.  
    We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables.  

  • In defense of ordinary

    I confess: I am not trendy or radical. Never was. Probably never will be.
    What I am is ordinary. Average. I would add normal, but the jury is still out on that.
    Over the years, the Christian church in North America has gone through trends. From the Jesus Movement in the 1960s and 70s to the rise of megachurches in the 80s and 90s to the hipster craze with pastors in skinny jeans sipping lattes as they preach while sitting atop a lone, high stool on a bare stage — or in a craft brew pub.