Local News

  • Car crashes through Advance Auto in Dry Ridge

    A Ford Taurus crashed through the front entrance of the Advance Auto Parts on Brentwood Drive in Dry Ridge at about 10:45 a.m. April 25. According to retail manager Cody Shell, the driver, later identified as Leonard Owens, said he came to the store in need of new brakes.

    Shell was outside tending to a check engine light when he noticed the car slowly approaching the store. He was checking his data sheet when he heard a loud sound.


    • March 1
    Scott Crisler, 890 Jacob Drive, deck, 480 square feet, estimated cost $1,800; permit fee $53.50.
    • March 3
    Tom Smith, 122 Charles Givin, car port, 560 square feet, estimated cost $2,200; permit fee $65.70.
    • March 7
    Thomas Brag, 8200 Taft Highway, porch and roof, 600 square feet, estimated cost $13,000; permit fee $162.28.
    • March 13
    Jonathan Aquazel, 4775 Elliston-Mt. Zion Road, doublewide, 1,568 square feet, estimated cost $30,000; permit fee $114.55.
    • March 17

  • 911 Board to hold public meeting to discuss funding

    A town hall meeting to dicuss 911 funding options is still set for 5 p.m. Thursday, April 27, despite confusion  whether the meeting had been cancelled.

    Judge-Executive Steve Wood said April 25 that the meeting to discuss potentially implementing a countywide unit service fee as a funding mechanism for the 911-dispatch service had been cancelled.

    Wood said he spoke with the other board members, which includes mayors from the major cities in Grant County, and the majority consensus was to call the meeting off.

  • Tensions rise at jail budget meeting

    Discussions at a jail budget meeting on April 24 turned sour when members of the Grant County Fiscal Court and officials from the detention center sparred over the necessary number of jail staff and the use of labor from Class D inmates.

    Jailer Chris Hankins and Major Jason Hankins presented their case for the fiscal court to approve provisions for additional employees at the jail, pointing to a staffing analysis from Rodney Ballard of the Kentucky Department of Corrections that recommended 48 active employees.

  • Second fire hits Turner Road in a month

    For the second time in one month, a mobile home fire broke out near the 3000 block of Turner Road on the outskirts of Williamstown. Firefighters responded to the call at about 5:30 p.m. April 19, and were able to knock down the fire in the bedroom, according to Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen.

  • Woman found unconscious from possible OD

    Police will not be arresting the woman who was found unconscious in the bathroom at the Subway in Williamstown from a possible overdose.
    Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich said his department will file an incident report to document the situation. Rich said several Emergency Medical Service employees were in the Subway ordering lunch when the woman was discovered in the restroom, but they did not have to transport her to the hospital or inject her with Narcan, a prescription medication that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses overdoses.

  • Derby Day coming to Williamstown

    The Grant County Animal Shelter is still working to maintain their nationally esteemed status despite dealing with staff reductions and the loss of labor from the Grant County Detention Center in the past year.
    The shelter has a storied history, going from a 96 percent euthanasia rate for dogs in 1997 to being named

  • Businesses react to safety fee

    Two local businesses, including the famous Ark Encounter, are expressing their disappointment about the safety assessment fee approved by the Williamstown City Council on April 18.
    The 50-cent fee on single admission charges or participation charges applies to admission-based businesses within the city.
    Mike Zovath, chief action officer for the Ark Encounter, said there was no communication between his communications team and the Williamstown City Council, and added that the passing of the safety assessment fee was a total surprise to them.

  • Shipp honored for medical career

    Darl Shipp clinched the steering wheel of his car as he began to cry. He had just finished an hour-long conversation with his terminally ill friend, who had been his patient for years. He knew that death was one of the unfortunate realities of his occupation, but that didn’t change the heartbreak he felt in that moment.

  • Boltz Lake warning lowered to Watch Level

    FRANKFORT—The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) have reduced the harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational public health warning for Boltz Lake in Grant County to the “watch” level.