Local News

  • Dana Corp., UAW union approve new contract

    Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union approved a contract agreement reached with Dana Corporation leadership last week that will ensure the current healthcare benefits of union employees.
    Union leader Troy Lawrence said 80 percent of the union’s 365 Dana employees approved the contract, which went into effect after the former contract expired at the end of May. The contract secures the continuation of the union employees’ current benefits, chiefly preventing rising premium costs, as well as offering a lump sum bonus.

  • Rockin’ the Ridge set for June 24

    Music and fireworks will be Rockin’ the Ridge for a second straight year.
    The City of Dry Ridge’s annual music festival at Piddle Park is set for Saturday, June 24 with country stars Joe Diffie and Colt Ford serving as headliners.

    The biggest news is that admission will be free this year for the day of music-filled entertainment ending with a fireworks display by Casabella pyrotechnics over Lake Pollywog.

  • Library to show patrons ‘How-To’ at new festival

    From making a simple will and dressing for a job interview to playing hopscotch and using chopsticks, the Grant County Public Library will help patrons learn “How-To” during a new event.
    The How-To Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the library.
    Many of the how-to seminars will be 30 minutes long during a particular time on the event schedule, which can be seen in the library’s June and July calendar and online at www.grantlib.org.

  • Fueling the Mind
  • KY schools would get one to five stars in proposed rating system

    Frankfort - Kentucky schools, including charter schools, would be rated from one to five stars, with five being the highest, under a proposed new accountability system discussed Wednesday at the Kentucky Board of Education meeting.
    Under the current system, schools are rated with designations such as “needs improvement,” “proficient” or “distinguished.”

  • KSP warns warmer weather poses danger for children

    FRANKFORT – Temperatures are on the rise this week and KSP warns parents not to leave a child alone in a hot car. It may seem like common sense, but every year law enforcement agencies answer calls about unattended children in vehicles.
    KidsandCars.org reports that 39 children died in the U.S. during 2016 from vehicular heat stroke with 11 deaths already in 2017.

  • KSP searching for escaped inmate from Fulton County

    Mayfield, Ky. - The Fulton County Detention Center contacted Kentucky State Police Post 1 dispatched at 2:22 a.m. to advise of an escaped inmate.
    Fulton County Detention Center advised that the last scheduled head count was at 9 p.m. June 10 and the inmate Reggie Rankins was present at this head count. 
    At 1:18 a.m. Fulton dispatch advised they received a call of a gas station down the street from the detention center being broken into.
    An emergency head count was performed at 1:30 a.m. and Reggie Rankins was not present.

  • Legislative panel warns of tight budgets ahead

    COVINGTON – The mainframe computer processing all of Kentucky’s unemployment insurance claims was built a decade before the 1980s-era arcade game Pac-Man.

  • Beshear creates statewide victim advocates map to better serve Kentuckians

    FRANKFORT, KY. (June 12, 2017) – In his ongoing efforts to help improve responses to victims, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Office of Victims Advocacy have created a statewide mapofvictim advocates that includes local and regional prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.
    A core mission of Beshear’s is to seek justice for victims, and the map is necessary to strengthen and publicize the network of victim advocacy across the Commonwealth, Beshear said.

  • Person claiming to be fugitive lawyer Eric Conn says he had help escaping

    A person claiming to be high-profile fugitive Eric C. Conn told the Herald-Leader in an email that he had assistance escaping home detention on June 2.

    The person also said he had noticed attempts by law enforcement to find him through the IP address on his emails, but that he had been “mentored by the master of such things” to avoid detection.
    “Do they really think they can find me with such a blunt method?” he said in an email to the newspaper Sunday evening.