• Dry Ridge man puts heart, soul into serving community

    Charlie Conley has been a volunteer firefighter for the Dry Ridge Fire Department for 33 years and this year was recognized as the Grant County Volunteer of the Year at the Grant Chamber of Commerce annual banquet April 21.

    “It made me proud,” Conley said. “It made me appreciate everything I have done here.”

    Conley, who has also worked as a truck driver and welder, came to the DRFD in 1979 and currently is the safety chief for the department. He was drawn into joining after a neighbor of his introduced him to it.


    What’s next?

    After several proposals, countless meetings and endless debate, the future of funding for fire and ambulance service in Grant County is still cloudy.

    However, things may get a little clearer next week.

    The Grant County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a first reading April 16 of an ordinance for subscriber fees for fire departments.

    A final reading will be voted on during the May 7 meeting at the Grant County Courthouse.


    Police need the public’s help in identifying the driver of a vehicle that drove the wrong way on Taft Highway, struck two other vehicles, ran off the road and left the scene before police arrived.

    The incident occurred at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 20 at the intersection of Taft Highway and Warsaw Road.

    Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells said witnesses described the car as a maroon Pontiac.

    “The suspect was driving south in the north bound lane,” Kells said.


    Some survivors of the severe storms and tornadoes that struck Kentucky Feb. 29 through March 3 may not have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance because they don’t understand the process.

    May 7 is the deadline to register for federal assistance. FEMA officials say it’s important that all tornado victims who suffered damage register as soon as possible.

    There are some common myths surrounding registration.

    FEMA has attempted to address the most common misconceptions including the following:

  • ‘Flaming’ fowl feces causes fire

    Laura Webster sat on a white wooden kitchen chair across the road from her Corinth home.

    She watched firefighters from Corinth, Williamstown and Dry Ridge, climb the roof and peel back the blackened tin roof to shoot streams of water inside.

    Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen ran in and out of the frame home grabbing personal items, including a motorized wheelchair, a metal cane and family photos, laying them on the grass in Webster’s front yard.


    Tom Jump is returning to his roots after being named the new chief of the Dry Ridge Fire Department.

    He was unanimously approved for the position during the March 19 Dry Ridge City Council meeting.

    Jump began his duties April 1.


    Magistrate Brian Linder called it “a step in the right direction” to providing much-needed funding to the county’s five fire departments.

    The Grant County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a first reading April 16 of an ordinance for subscriber fees for fire departments.

    The cost of the dues, which residents of Dry Ridge and Williamstown would be exempt from, would be $25 for the first year.

    A property owner who owns multiple real estate parcels will only have to pay fire dues on three of those for a total of $75.


    Fire chiefs believe fire dues proposed by Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link won’t solve their funding issues and will likely make the lack of funding more of an issue.

    Link introduced the possibility of fire dues at the last fiscal court meeting and a first reading is expected to be voted on during the April 16 meeting.

    The cost of the dues would be $25 for the first year with the fire chiefs setting the amount for their district after that.

  • Is county’s fire funding adequate?

    Is $25,000 adequate funding provided by the Grant County Fiscal Court each year to the five fire departments?
    Depends on who you ask.

    The fire chiefs say the money only helps pay for fuel in a time that expenditures are rising and revenue is not increasing.

    However, the county gives more money to its fire departments than most in the state, according Judge-Executive Darrell Link.


    Judge-Executive Darrell Link admits that the emergency services tax proposed by the Grant County Fire Chiefs’ Association would provide much-needed funding for fire and ambulance services.

    But, he doesn’t think voters would approve paying for a new tax during tough economic times.