Local News

  • Report: Brent Spence No. 2 on Trump’s priority list

    President Donald Trump apparently has taken at least a small step toward fulfilling a big campaign promise he made to Greater Cincinnati.
    The Trump administration has the Brent Spence Bridge project ranked No. 2 on its list of nationwide transportation priorities, according to a document obtained by the Kansas City Star and Tacoma News Tribune. The newspapers, owned by Sacramento-based McClatchy, reported on the list Jan. 24.
    The White House would not confirm the document when reached late Tuesday night by The Enquirer.

  • GCHS hosts robotics tourney
  • County looks for answers to dire financial crisis

    The Grant County Fiscal Court is looking at any and all options to get out of a deep financial crisis.
    The fiscal court met in a caucus meeting Jan. 23 to discuss ways to crawl out of the financial hole and generate more revenue.

    The ideas thrown around ran the gamut of instituting an occupational tax, an insurance premium tax or both.

    With state inmates slow to return to the Grant County Detention Center, revenue has stalled and the county has been forced to transfer money from the general fund into the jail fund to cover payroll and other expenses.

  • DR hotel, restaurant development moves forward

    Behind-the-scenes work is ongoing to help pave the way for a proposed $15 million development project that could bring three hotels and several restaurants to Dry Ridge.

    The development plans were discussed during the Jan. 16 Dry Ridge City Council meeting as the city looks at aggressive options to draw businesses to the area.

    The project, which would likely be seven parcels of land, would be located on Ferguson Boulevard behind Wal-Mart.

    Mayor Jim Wells said the developers are wanting to locate three hotels, along with three spots for restaurants.

  • Top lobbyists make more than Bevin does

    Top lobbyists are by far the highest paid people who work at the state Capitol, some making many times the $140,070 annual salary of Gov. Matt Bevin.
    The approximately 700 corporations and associations that pay lobbyists to represent their interests before the Kentucky General Assembly are required to report exactly how much they pay each lobbyist they retain. These reports are filed periodically with the Legislative Ethics Commission.

  • Williamstown still feeling loss of Performance Pipe

    Almost four months since the Performance Pipe plant in Williamstown ceased operations on Sept. 26, the local city and school systems are still feeling the effects of 48 people losing their jobs.
    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner said that whenever significant shutdowns like this happen, there is a trickledown effect in the community because fewer people are using their incomes at local businesses.
    Skinner said the plant was the biggest source of electric revenue for the city by far, comprising about seven percent of the city’s budget.   

  • Kentuckians, including one equine, participate in inaugural festivities

    A horse trained at Asbury University will be in the spotlight Friday during the presidential inaugural parade.
    Bojangles, who was part of Asbury’s Service Mount Training Program, is now part of the Black Horse Troop at Culver Academies in Indiana. Asbury said in a news release that Bojangles will escort the president as the lead horse in the troop.
    Asbury’s training program for service mounts allows equine studies students to get training experience while preparing horses to become police mounts or to serve in other capacities.

  • Two Grant County locals attend Presidential Inauguration in nation’s capital

    Two Grant County citizens attended the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Friday, Jan. 20, witnessing history as Donald Trump took the oath of office and assumed the U.S. presidency.

    As soon as Trump was announced the victor on Election Day, Bren Murphy, owner and director of Iron Crow Art Gallery, wrote a letter to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul requesting to represent Kentucky during the inauguration, alongside husband Dustin Murphy. Bren said they knew the ceremony would be memorable because of the polarizing nature of the election.

  • Will. city council approves police training for body cameras

    The Williamstown City Council passed a municipal order on Tuesday, Jan. 17 authorizing city police to begin training to use body cameras as part of new department policy.
    The cameras will be attached to the officers’ uniforms and are to be activated during any interactions with citizens, according to Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich.  All five officers will begin training in about a week.

  • Shively family still healing from bus crash

    Every morning when Cody Shively opens his eyes and views the world with double vision, he is reminded of that fateful day 10 years ago that changed his life forever.

    Cody was one of 17 students onboard a Grant County school bus on Jan. 17, 2007 when the driver, Angelynna Young, overcorrected after veering off the road on U.S. 25 near Sherman and sent the bus crashing into a utility pole.  A drug test showed that Young had marijuana, cocaine and painkillers in her system at the time of the crash.