Today's News

  • Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations

    Nominations for the annual Grant County Chamber of Commerce awards are now being taken. Categories include Grant Countian of the Year, Excellence in Business, Excellence in Education and Volunteer of the Year. Individuals may be nominated for more than one award, but may receive only one award per year.
    All nominees must be a resident of Grant County or be employed in Grant County. The nominator does not have to be a member of the chamber of commerce.

  • Hammons recognized for volunteer service

    Three decades of volunteer service later, Dwayne Hammons said he still has lots to give the Dry Ridge Fire Department.
    “Knowing that a person’s home is on fire or a person is injured or ill makes me want to care for my community,” he said. “Being a part of the fire and EMS service is like having a second family and it’s really hard not to be a part of it.”
    Hammons recently was recognized by the Dry Ridge Fire Department for more than 30 years of volunteer service to the department.

  • Harmon Conrad celebrates 100th birthday

    Harmon B. Conrad, formerly of Grant County, celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 30 in Clearwater, Fla.
    Conrad celebrated at a party with his family and friends. He and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Clearwater in 1968, after retiring from the Coca Cola Co. in Dayton, Ohio.
    Elizabeth died in 1976 and he married Lillian Fraley Jones in 1977. They belong to Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater.
    He graduated from Dry Ridge High School in 1929, and he is the only member of his family to reach the milestone of a 100th birthday.

  • Utility surcharge capped at 5 percent

    Residents of Williamstown might cool down after city council approved a 5 percent cap on the city’s utility surcharge.

    Surcharges on residents’ utility bills, which started showing up in 2009, happened when consumers actually used less power than the city contracted to purchase and the surplus was sold back on the open market.

    If the city paid $60 per megawatt hour, but the same hour sold for $40 on the open market, the cost difference falls back to the utility customer.


    The bridge on U.S. 25 in Williamstown is now closed.

    The bridge officially closed after morning traffic on March 1 and the closing doesn’t sit well with Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.

    “It’s very disappointing that it didn’t work out and I hope it’s not a huge inconvenience for the traffic flow,” Skinner said.

    Skinner asked the state to reconsider closing the bridge and keeping it at least open to cars and trucks.

  • Garden Connection planned for March 3

    Master Gardener instructor Sharon Tepe will demonstrate Seed Starting Basics from 6 to 8 p.m. March 3 at the Grant County Extension Office, 105 Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.
    Tepe, an avid gardener, graduated from the Master Gardener training class at the Civic Garden Center in Cincinnati. The class consisted of 50 hours of classroom training with the topics ranging from botany and soils to pests and diseases and a hosts of other gardening related topics.


    Grant County fire fighters were glad to see the recent rains.

    During the last four weeks, each of the county’s five fire departments have been busy with grass fires, as many as eight in a two-day time frame.

    Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen said his department had fought 10 grass fires since the beginning of February.

    “That’s way above what we normally have,” he said.

  • Times gone by, those were the days

    I remember a character in a book I must have read years ago who always read the obituaries to see if he was still alive.

  • Minister’s legacy is community service

    Chances are you might never have heard of R.T. Daugherty.
    He left Grant County in 2006 when he retired to Florida.
    However, if you’ve ever had an emergency and gone to St. Elizabeth Hospital Grant County, you can thank him.
    If you’ve ever eaten a free pancake or hotdog during the Williamstown Kiwanis Breakfast/Lunch with Santa event, you can thank R.T.
    His community involvement and service to the community could fill a notebook. See story on page 1 of this issue.

  • Mullins prepares for national stage

    New Orleans may lay claim to professional trumpet player Wynton Marsalis, but Grant County Middle School has Cassidy Mullins, an eighth grade musician, who is heading to the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. this month.
    Mullins, who has been playing for two years, competed against hundreds of middle school students from across the nation, who sent in recorded auditions. She was one of only eight trumpet players chosen as a semi-finalist.