Today's News

  • Engines roaring: My take on the Quaker State 400

    I was never into NASCAR.

    Usually I would watch “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” or listen to the jokes that comedian Jeff Dunham made about NASCAR just being about left turns.

    When I was given the assignment of the first inaugural Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, I will admit I wasn’t marking it as one of my favorites, but when I arrived on July 8 to receive my credentials, something changed.

  • Davis gets first experience of NASCAR

    Amanda Davis of Crittenden knew about NASCAR, but had never experienced a race for herself.

    That was until she went to the first inaugural Sprint Cup Race, “Quaker State 400,” at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta July 9.

    “It was my first race personally,” she said. “I had always followed the sport when I was little. I knew who Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are, but I never went to a NASCAR race or had a big interest in it. I just thought why not go to the race.”


    What should have been a routine traffic stopped turned into a pursuit through Grant County, ending in a head-on collision involving a deputy sheriff’s cruiser.

    A Kentucky State Police trooper clocked a 1995 Chevy Prism going in excess of 90 miles per hour shortly before 9 p.m. July 11 on northbound Interstate 75 between Williamstown and Dry Ridge.

    When the trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver drove off the Dry Ridge exit and headed toward Williamstown.

  • Witnesses thwart bank robbery attempt

    A bank robber got away without any money thanks to witnesses in a mini-van who saw the suspect fleeing Grant County Deposit Bank in Crittenden.

    A man wearing a camouflage bandanna covering his face approached a female employee who was stocking the bank’s ATM machine in the morning on July 8.

    The suspect, dressed in a gray-hooded sweatshirt and black shorts over top dark-colored pants, elbowed the employee while grabbing a bag filled with money.


    Paws will be running through the grass and digging in the dirt soon at the Grant County Animal Shelter. Eight large play areas are being built to accommodate the adult dogs at the shelter, which means they will stand a better chance to find a permanent home.

    “Play yards makes the dogs more adoptable because it’ll allow them to exercise and they won’t be as excitable when people come to look at them,” said Marsha Chaney, animal shelter director.

  • Speedway brings $$$ to Grant businesses

    A historical event like the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series can have an impact for miles, not just around the track, but also for an impact in the local economy.

    Grant County felt the impact at the hotels and restaurants, as many were booked in advance of the race, some just an hour and a half after the announcement last year.

    “Everybody sold out,” said Karen McIntire, general manager of Hampton Inn. “The fans caught us before we could even think about changing our rates.”

  • Williamstown approves Ark agreement

    After some intense questions and some tense moments of silence, Williamstown’s city council voted in favor of entering into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ark Encounter.

    Mike Zovath, senior vice president and Jim Parsons, attorney, for Answers in Genesis, the developer behind the Ark Encounter, came to the July 5 council meeting to assure council members that their approval of the agreement didn’t obligate the city financially, but would allow the project to continue to move forward.

  • Police Reports 7-14-11


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)

    Dry Ridge Police

  • Building Permits 7-14-11


  • For the Record 7-14-11