Local News

  • Library’s Literacy Bell rings in new readers

    With each ring of the bell, smiles from Williamstown Elementary kindergartners and first graders grew bigger.
    The Grant County Public Library held its inaugural Literacy Bell event Nov. 21 to celebrate local students who have learned to read.


    (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.)
    Kentucky State Police charged Ely Helton, 24, of Corinth, with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting) and theft by deception, at 9:16 p.m. Nov. 11 on Spears Lane. Helton was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Elliston-Stanley, Eckler McDaniel to host Celebration of Remembrance

    As providers of funeral services in our community since 1881, the staff of the Stanley Funeral Homes and McDaniel Funeral Homes are aware the holidays are often a difficult time for those who have experienced the death of a loved one.
    The staff of the Elliston-Stanley Funeral Homes in Williamstown and Crittenden will host the 22nd annual Celebration of Remembrance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Elliston Stanley Funeral Home in Williamstown.  

  • Library to host Christmas Extravaganza Dec. 2

    The Grant County Public Library will celebrate the holidays with a Christmas Extravaganza.
    The festive event will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.
    Geneva Hoffman, youth services librarian and early literacy specialist, will read the book “Christmas Extravaganza.”
    Then, families will compete to “over decorate” a small cardboard house for a prize.  
    The decorating contest is inspired from the movie “Deck the Halls,” which attendees will get to enjoy watching while eating popcorn and a cookie.

  • Grant County gears up for holiday season

    Several organizations and groups in Grant County are making plans to help families in need this holiday season.

     The Salvation Army of Grant County is seeking help from the community in its efforts to make sure everyone in the community can celebrate this winter.
    There are several ways to get involved with the Grant County Unit of Salvation Army.
    There is a need for bell ringers. Bells will be ringing outside Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge on Friday and Saturdays.

  • Video of bus stuck at train crossing sparks outrage

    A video of a Grant County school bus caught under a Dry Ridge railroad crossing gate as a train closely passes by has some in an uproar.

    The video, which was posted on social media, was taken from inside the bus and shows the arm of the crossing gate coming down on top of the bus at the south crossing on Needham Lane. Outside the bus window, a train can be seen passing dangerously close by on a second track.

    Comments posted on Facebook ranged from demanding the bus driver be fired to being thankful the situation did not end in tragedy.

  • State inmates to return soon after jail improvements

    Work on fixing deficiencies at the Grant County Detention Center are well underway with an influx of state inmates expected soon.

    Fresh paint, a newly fixed smoke evacuation system and plumbing problems soon to be taken care of will likely lead to the population-stricken facility being filled back up.

  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • Williamstown Band named Class A national runner-up

    Name of competition:  2016 Bands of America Grand National Championships

    Location and date:  Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Nov. 10 through Nov. 12

    Ranking and any awards:   
    The Band Of Spirit performed on Friday evening at 8:45 p.m. in front of their largest audience of the season.
    There were 100 competing bands performing in the quarterfinals at this event from across the country, which 36 bands were selected for the semi-finals.