Local News

  • Accident claims Crittenden man

    A Crittenden man died after his riding lawnmower overturned on a steep embankment on Aug. 3.

    Donald March, 66, of Hopwell Road, was pronounced dead at his home by Grant County Coroner Marylee Willoby.

    The accident occurred just after 1 p.m. when his wife found him near their home.

    Willoby said March died from “traumatic injuries.”

    An autopsy was performed checking for medical conditions, but Willoby said the mower flipped over and landed on March.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Doug Carter is investigating.

  • Soldier saves Afghan baby

    Sgt. Rob Huff misses being away from his family while he’s serving in the military, but an incident last week made it worthwhile for the Williamstown solider.

    Huff rescued three children from flash floods on July 28 in a small village outside Jalalabad.

    Huff, along with three other soliders, managed to rescue the children and several adults from homes that were inundated with rising flash flood waters. Minutes before the soldiers arrived, a villager was swept away by the powerful current.

  • Grant schools see enrollment decline

    Declining student enrollment led the Grant County School District to eliminate six positions in the 2010-11 tentative budget.

    The budget, which included $21.8 million in expenses in the general fund, eliminated four teaching positions at the elementary schools and one teacher and an assistant principal at Grant County High School.

  • Police seek info on home break ins

    A teenager watching TV in his Williamstown home surprised a would be burglar last week.

    Police said the teen discovered a white male in his late teens/early 20s wearing a baseball cap and white baseball jersey attempting to steal a large television around noon on July 21 on Harbor Court.

    The teen told police the man ran from the home and jumped into a black four-door sedan.

    Anyone with information should call Williamstown Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins at 859-824-3353.

  • Cruisin' the Ridge under fire from residents

    Not everyone is pleased when classic cars line the streets of downtown Dry Ridge monthly for Cruisin’ the Ridge.

    In its third year,  the cruise-in events  hosted by the Good Old Cruisers and the city of Dry Ridge are open to all show cars, trucks, antiques, classics, muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles and tractors.

    Some area residents say the event is an inconvenience and a potential safety hazard when parts of downtown are shut down to through traffic for the event.

  • Merchants take concerns to council

    The Williamstown Main Street Merchants want downtown Williamstown to be cleaned up to encourage new growth.

    That’s the message that merchants plan to bring to city council meeting on Aug. 2.

    “Other cities have worked with merchants to clean things up and that’s what we want,” said Marlene McComas, a long-time business owner in Williamstown.

    Debbie Stone, owner of Massage on Main, will serve as spokesperson for the merchants group and has prepared a Power Point presentation for the city council.

  • Purcell tapped to fill seat on Crittenden council

    Crittenden City Council has a new face at the table, after member Gary Greenwell offered a letter of resignation at the June meeting, citing health issues.

    James Purcell, county attorney for 21 years and Grant County District Judge from 2003 to 2006, was sworn into office, by Megan Simpson, the city clerk/treasurer, on July 6 and immediately took his seat at the table. Purcell will finish the term vacated by Greenwell and has filed for election to council in November.


    Grilling for

    the cause

    St. Elizabeth Healthcare-Grant County will hold a grill out fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 29 on Barnes Road in Williamstown.

    The lunch cost $6, which includes: rib eye steak sandwich, baked beans, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw and dessert. All proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer patients.

    Free eye screenings

    offered at St. Elizabeth

    Dr. Charles Breen will conduct free eye screenings at St. Elizabeth Healthcare-Grant County in Williamstown from 9:30 to 11 a.m. July 30.

  • Sex crimes land Crittenden man in prison

    A 54-year-old Crittenden man was sentenced to life in prison July 22 after being found guilty of two counts of first-degree sodomy of an 11-year-old boy.

    Daniel Newman, who had previously been convicted of 21 felony sex crimes against children in other northern Kentucky counties, could be eligible for parole after 20 years in prison.

    He was arrested May 15, 2009, at his apartment in the Harvesters Subdivision in Crittenden after teachers at Crittenden-Mount Zion Elementary overheard two male students talking about the crimes the previous day.

  • Dry Ridge man dies in Mentor wreck

    A Dry Ridge man died in the early morning hours after losing control of his car on Mary Ingles Highway in Campbell County.

    Randy Whitley, 32, was killed when his Ford Mustang left the roadway, struck an embankment and rolled over around 2:30 a.m. on July 20.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene and was not wearing a seatbelt, police said. The accident remains under investigation.