Local News

  • Kentucky’s 2016 annual unemployment rate falls 5 percent

    FRANKFORT - Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in 2016 from 5.3 percent in 2015, while nonfarm employment gained 28,100 jobs, according to the Office of Employment and Training. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent.

  • Answers in Genesis receives Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications

    The apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG) was recognized for excellence at the annual National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention in Orlando with the prestigious Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications. The award is one of the top commendations given by NRB.

  • Teen dies of accidental self-inflicted gunshot

    A Grant County teenager died from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound at about 2:20 a.m. March 6, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper David Jones.

    Jones said 17-year-old Roy Hamon III, of Crittenden, was pronounced dead by the Grant County coroner just prior to being airlifted from the Grant County Park. The initial investigation indicates that Hamon III was holding a handgun when he accidentally shot himself in the head. No foul play is suspected at this time.

  • Severe storm causes damage throughout county

    A severe thunderstorm caused sporadic damage throughout Grant County on March 1, leaving several buildings without roofs, and knocking over multiple trees and electric lines.

    Grant County Emergency Management Director Les Whalen said the Crittenden area was probably hit hardest, with structural damage to several homes, including roofs blown off a mobile home and several barns, a tree knocked over onto a truck and several porch roofs ripped off as well.

  • Police investigate fatal hit and run

    Williamstown police are searching for the driver and vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on KY 36 between Skyway Drive and the Marathon gas station at about 7:10 p.m. March 4.
    Police found a Hispanic man, later identified as 30-year-old Jose Jacinto Contreras, lying in the road after arriving at the scene. He was already dead by the time police arrived, according to Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich.
    Rich said Contreras was an employee at El Jalisco restaurant in Williamstown.

  • Gov. Bevin proclaims March 1 - March 7 severe weather awareness week

    Governor Matt Bevin has signed a proclamation proclaiming March 1 - 7, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.
    Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Grant County Emergency Management recognizes March 1 - 7, 2017, as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.”  

  • Grant County Schools’ preschools earn five-star rating

    Grant County Schools recently announced that 100 percent of its Preschool programs – located at Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary, Dry Ridge Elementary, Mason-Corinth Elementary and Sherman Elementary -- have earned the highest Kentucky All STARS rating for early childhood education programs.  This mark of excellence comes after rigorous independent reviews of facilities, staff, instruction, family engagement, policies and procedures.  

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    All STARS?

  • A Look at Linder

    Brian Linder may work at the state legislature, but he firmly believes government operates best at the local level.

    “The closer you are to the voter, the more you’re held accountable,” Linder said. “The mayor of Dry Ridge, Jim Wells, anybody can walk in and see him right now. Not everybody can walk in and see the governor of Kentucky. So I think that’s where most decisions need to be pushed.”


  • Ark opens new exhibit, to expand hours

    The Ark Encounter officially opened the new exhibit, “Searching For Truth: Why the Bible Is True,” on Feb. 24.
    Several hundred people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 2,500-square foot exhibit inside the re-creation of Noah’s Ark in Williamstown.

    It is the largest exhibit inside the Ark Encounter.

  • Change coming to kindergarten admission

    A new cut-off date has been instituted for kindergarten admission as Grant County and Williamstown Independent Schools prepare to begin registering students for the 2017-18 school year.
    The General Assembly changed the statutory cut-off date in 2012 for initial admission to public schools from Oct. 1 to Aug. 1 with the law to go into effect for the upcoming school year.
    An early enrollment option also was created for those students not meeting the birthday deadline but wishing to attend kindergarten.