Local News

  • Grant County sees boost in tourism dollars

    Grant County experienced an economic boom in tourism between 2015 and 2016, along with the rest of Kentucky. The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky was more than $14.5 billion in 2016. The more than five percent increase from $13.7 billion in 2015 was the strongest economic impact growth rate since 2005, according to the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Department of Tourism.

  • Brownfield views her works as a privilege, not a job

    Vicki Brownfield was trying to make sense of her recent retirement when she got a call from her former employer, Williamstown Jr./Sr. High School. One of their instructors had to be placed on maternity leave, and they needed a long-term substitute to cover for her. Brownfield did not even hesitate.

  • DR still looking at water rate increase

    The Dry Ridge City Council will go back to the drawing board a third time as they discuss increasing water rates to offset dwindling reserves and increased expenses in utilities.
    The council has set a special meeting for 6 p.m. May 18 after rethinking a second proposed rate that underwent a first reading during the May 15 meeting.
    Customers currently pay $10.50 per 1,000 gallons of water with the minimum bill set at $21 for 2,000 gallons.
    Those who use more than 2,000 gallons pay an additional $5 per 1,000 gallons.

  • 911 Board to recommend unit fee

    The E-911 Board agreed during a meeting May 11 to recommend a $36 annual countywide unit service fee for the Grant County Fiscal Court to pass to collect revenue. The recommendation comes after researching details about a potential monthly water bill charge.

  • Meet the 2017 Biggest Winner: Karen Schreyer

    The day after Grant County’s Biggest Winner competition ended, Karen Schreyer fell down while running with friends and broke her clavicle.

    “Maybe I was talking too much and not watching where to step,” she said about the injury. “I’ll start running again in July.”

    However, the 61-year-old’s fortunes were reversed at the Derby Day festival when Schreyer was announced as the overall Biggest Winner.

  • Dr. Ken Rich treats patients like friends

    William “Ken” Rich always thought of himself as a doctor more than a businessman, so it was as much of a surprise to him as anyone else when he learned he was being recognized at Businessman of the Year at the annual Grant County Chamber of Commerce banquet.

  • Car crashes into Crittenden gas station

    An 88-year-old Michigan man accidentally drove into a Crittenden gas station May 8 after putting his vehicle into drive instead of park backing out of a parking space.
    Kenneth Lee was getting ready to leave the Sunoco gas station in his 2012 Lincoln MKZ around 3 p.m. when the accident happened, according to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.
    “He went to put it in reverse and pulled (the gear shift) back too far at the same time as he was giving the car gas,” Dills said. “He was looking backwards but the car went forward.”

  • Annual Relay For Life set for May 19

    Doris Freeman was only 24 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. She and her husband were trying to have a second child, and at the same time she found out she was pregnant, she found out she had uterine, ovarian and cervical cancer.

    The doctor told Freeman that if she was lucky, her body would feed the fetus and not the tumor. The baby was born in October, and by November a biopsy showed the tumor had grown to the size of a golf ball. By the time they removed it in February, it was the size of a grapefruit.