Today's News

  • Murder Charges

    As family and friends were preparing to lay to rest Rodney Pollitt, Jr. and Samantha Malohn and their three young children, murder charges were announced Nov. 2 against the driver who fatally hit the family in a head-on collision.

    Fifty-seven year-old Daniel Greis was over the legal blood-alcohol limit and had traces of marijuana in his system when he struck head-on the Pollitt family’s 1993 Honda Accord. 

  • Fiscal court hears EMS cost-sharing plan

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    Grant County magistrates responded with hesitance and lots of questions after Dry Ridge Mayor Jim Wells’ EMS cost-sharing proposal Nov. 2 during a caucus meeting. 

  • Piddle Park bench dedicated to late council member

    A sister, a friend, a neighbor — that’s how Dry Ridge residents and family of late city council member Joni Pelfrey describe her. 

    Although her death was in July, friends, family and former neighbors and colleagues worked hard to honor Pelfrey’s memory and her legacy by dedicating a bench for her at Piddle Park. 

  • Linder confirms harassment settlement, apologizes

    Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, confirmed Nov. 7 that he was one of four members of the House, along with House Speaker Jeff Hoover and two other legislators, that signed a confidential settlement with a female House Republican Caucus staffer.

    The controversy stems from sexual harassment allegations from a female member on Hoover’s staff, who resigned her position voluntarily on Nov. 6.


    The Grant County community is mourning the loss of a family of five after a fatal car crash Oct. 26 in Independence. 

    Twenty-six-year-old Rodney Eric Pollitt Jr. and 27-year-old Samantha Michelle Malohn, along with their three children, 9-year-old Hailieann Faith Pollitt, 8-year-old Brenden Eric Cole Pollitt and 6-year-old Cailie Michelle Pollitt died in a car accident around 4:30 p.m. 

  • Library patrons ‘ain’t afraid of no ghosts’ during hunt

    A few Grant County Public Library patrons had the chance to encounter ghosts with actual supernatural hunters Oct. 28. 

    No, the library is not haunted by any spirits, but some children were able to pick up readings that indicated ghostly activity near historical exhibits in the library, according to ghost hunter Eddie Parks. 

  • Students learn importance of internet safety

    A history of Grant County students sending inappropriate messages pushed law enforcement and judicial officials to have a talk with Williamstown middle and high schoolers last week. 

    Sheriff Chuck Dills and Assistant County Attorney Julie Scott Jernigan warned students about the dangers and consequences of sexting, telling them they’re not immune from the law despite being minors. 


    As a Kentucky State trooper and detective, Steve Kellam dealt with serious issues, but in his view, nothing more significant than his new role as pastor of Knoxville Baptist Church.

  • Dry Ridge proposes cost-sharing plan for EMS funding

    Dry Ridge officials hope a proposed cost-sharing plan will ease the long-time burden of the city shouldering the cost of emergency medical services for Grant County.

    Mayor Jim Wells presented the plan during the Dry Ridge City Council meeting on Oct. 16.

    Wells also has talked to all of the mayors and Judge-Executive Steve Wood about the plan.

  • Jail food service worker accused of misconduct with inmate

    A Kellwell Food Management employee was arrested for having sexual relations with a Grant County Detention Center inmate. 

    Shivon Fields, 38, of Mount Sterling, was charged with third-degree sodomy Oct. 17.