Local News

  • Election brings 54 percent turnout

    With only one contested local race, Grant County voters still turned out in larger-than-usual numbers to cast their ballot for president and other offices.
    There were 9,690 ballots cast for a 54.68 percent turnout locally, about 4 percent lower than the state-wide turnout.
    Grant County Clerk Tabatha Clemons said she was encouraged by the turnout.

  • Health officials see success in needle exchange


  • Grant County names interim superintendent

    Grant County Schools has decided who will take over for Superintendent Ron Livingood after his mid-year retirement.

    Livingood recently announced he would retire at the end of December.
    The Grant County School Board now has named Matt Morgan, assistant superintendent of finance and personnel, as interim superintendent beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

  • Ark attendance nearing 500,000

    Since opening on July 7, the Ark Encounter in Williamstown has been flooded with more than 425,000 visitors in four months.
    The life-sized Noah’s Ark attraction is expected to reach a half million visitors by the end of the month, according to Mark Looy, chief communications officer for Answers in Genesis and the Ark Encounter.

  • Jimmy Thorne: One veteran’s story

    Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Thorne, Sr., a retired Marine Corps veteran, served his country for three decades, plus 17 days.

    He endured the hardships of frigid winter darkness in Norway, near the Arctic Circle, to the hot, humid snake-infested jungles of Vietnam.
    Thorne, of Williamstown, can be seen at many charitable and civic functions working on behalf of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, in his capacity as president of Volunteers In Community Events (VICE).

  • Images of war still haunt Dry Ridge war veteran

    Butch Barlow can still feel the texture of a thin rolled-up newspaper he held in his hand, as he looks at a photo from nearly 50 years ago taken in Vietnam.

    “Every time we’d get mail call, when we would be out in the rice paddies or the jungle, they wouldn’t holler my name out, they would holler out, ‘Grant County News, Dry Ridge, Kentucky,’ then everybody would start laughing,” Barlow said. “Everybody would read it, I told my mother to send me the paper. I always read it, so I would know what was going on in Grant County.

  • Donald Crupper named 2016 Williamstown Veteran of the Year

    Donald Crupper was recognized as the 2016 Williamstown Veteran of the Year at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony sponsored by the City of Williamstown and Williamstown Independent Schools.

    He was given a plaque, the key to the City of Williamstown, Senate and House of Representatives citations and named an honorary Kentucky Colonel.
    Donald Crupper was born on Oct. 12, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the oldest of four children.  
    His family moved to Owen County, Kentucky, during the great depression in 1934.  

  • Grant County hosts archery tourney
  • A Country Christmas to kick off holidays in Williamstown

    Grant County will be celebrating the upcoming holiday with A Country Christmas, the annual festival formerly known as Santa’s Wonderland.
    The event, highlighted by a parade, live nativity, merchant open houses, festive music and more, is sponsored by the Grant County Chamber and Grant County Tourist and Convention Commission.