Local News

  • Woman faces manslaughter after chase ends in fatality

    A 27-year-old woman faces manslaughter charges after a high-speed police chase ended with a crash that ultimately killed the passenger of her vehicle.
    Samantha Lynn Gibson was indicted by a Grant County grand jury July 13 on charges of second-degree manslaughter, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, operating a vehicle under the influence and not having an operator’s license.
    The indictments stem from a high-speed police pursuit on Dec. 7, 2015 in Grant County.

  • I-75 crash claims one, injures passengers

    A one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 on July 11 left the driver dead and a passenger critically injured. The incident happened right at 9 p.m. before the KY 36 exit on the right shoulder going southbound, according to the Williamstown Police Department report.
    Witnesses said the vehicle was all over the road before leaving the roadway on the far right side going up the embankment and flipping, according to the police report.

  • Glencoe man drowns in Williamstown Lake

    The body of a 32-year-old Glencoe man resurfaced July 16 after authorities unsuccessfully searched Williamstown Lake for two days.
    Kenneth Curtis, who was two weeks short of his birthday, died of an apparent drowning.

  • Two plead guilty to lesser charges in death of Dry Ridge man

    FLEMINGSBURG -- A plea deal was reached July 15 in the murder case of Dry Ridge resident and University of Cincinnati professor Randall Russ.

    Fifty-two-year-old Charles Black and 39-year-old Kevin Howard appeared in Fleming County Circuit Court to plead guilty to multiple lesser charges in the death of the professor.
    Howard pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and two counts of tampering with physical evidence. Black pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit robbery and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

  • Fiscal Court moves forward with closure of Grant County Jail

    The Grant County Fiscal Court took further steps during its July 18 meeting to close the Grant County Detention Center.
    However, the court still left open the possibility that the decision could be reversed.

    A resolution was passed to reduce each line item in the jail budget by 75 percent and transfer the money into a reserve fund in the event the jail remains open.

    The goal of the transfers is to curtail spending in preparation for the phased closeout of the jail.

  • Group wants no school field trips to Ark

    Can school children be taken on organized field trips to the Ark? That is the question facing Kentucky’s school districts.
    The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is based in Madison, Wis. and boasts 23,500 members. It is the “nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics), and has been working since 1978 to keep religion and government separate,” according to their website.
    Since the ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Ark Encounter on July 5, Grant County specifically has received scrutiny by the group.

  • Harvard biologist provides research behind Ark

    Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson, who has a doctorate in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University, was at Ark Encounter in Williamstown on July 5 to talk about his work with Answers in Genesis (AiG).
    “I do basic genetic research largely on the origin of species,” Jeanson said. “That’s really the big question for me, both of species in general, and some significant focus on humans in particular.”
    Jeanson spent six years with the Institute for Creation Research in Dallas, Texas, and is the newest addition to the AiG faculty.

  • From Jaws to Noah: Ark Encounter designer pairs curiosity with technical skills

    As art director for Universal Studios in Florida, Patrick Marsh was the creative mind behind the Jaws and King Kong attractions.
    He coordinated designers for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and was involved in the 1986 restoration of the Statue of Liberty.
    Before joining Answers in Genesis (AiG) to work on exhibits for the Creation Museum and the recently opened Ark Encounter, Marsh worked in Japan, where he designed theme parks for Dream Makers.


  • Williamstown not flooded with traffic from Ark

    By Jamilyn Hall, KPA Intern

  • Opening Day brings group of Anti-Ark protesters

    By Jamilyn Hall, KPA Intern