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  • Death penalty will be sought in Russ murder

    FLEMINGSBURG - A notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the University of Cincinnati professor murder case was filed Oct. 14 in Fleming County.
    Defendants Kevin Howard and Charles Black are currently facing murder charges in the death of UC Professor and Grant County resident Randall Russ, whose body was found in Fleming County in October 2014.

  • Dana employee arrested for theft

    A 41-year-old Dana Corporation engineer was arrested Oct. 24 in the theft of thousands worth of auto parts from the company.
    Matthew Alan Stange of Cincinnati was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but under $100,000.
    The investigation began after the human resource director from Dana contacted Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills about possible theft by an employee.


    The Williamstown High School Band of Spirit may not have repeated as state champions, but their third-place finish still brought smiles.


    (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.)
    Officer David Osborne charged Simon L. Casey, 35, of Dry Ridge, with theft by unlawful taking shoplifting under $500, at 6:12 p.m. Oct. 27 on Ferguson Boulevard. Casey was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.
    Officer David Osborne cited Danny K. Akins, 64, of Williamstown, with driving on a suspended or revoked license, at 12:34 p.m. Oct. 28 on Taft Highway.

  • The calm amid the chaos

    I got a text the other day from a friend that said simply: “Life is chaotic.”
    This past year, this friend’s life was turned upside down and inside out, and it’s still spinning seemingly out of control. I say “seemingly” because she’s a Christian and God has her securely in his hands, although it doesn’t look like it and it doesn’t feel like it to her, except sometimes when she’s still enough to recognize him.

  • Williamstown Fall Fest
  • Braves get much-needed win as team heads to playoffs

    The Grant County football team got a much-needed win as they head into the Class 5A state playoffs.
    The Braves snapped a four-game losing streak Oct. 30 with a 13-7 win against Western Hills in the final regular game of the season.

  • Keepin the beat!

    Tears of joy and screams of excitement went through the Grant County Marching Band on Oct. 31 after wining the state championship.

    After finishing second in five of the last six state finals, Grant brought home the school’s third title from Western Kentucky University at the Kentucky Music Educators Association championship.
    GCHS scored 89.9, just ahead of Madisonville-North Hopkins, who scored 89.4.

  • Light at U.S. 25 intersection may be removed

    A 90-day review of whether or not to remove a traffic signal on U.S. 25 in front of Tractor Supply in Williamstown is nearly up.
    Since July 22, the traffic signal has been put on flash by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to determine whether the light can be removed.

    “The Cabinet periodically reviews areas for proper highway operation/efficiency,” said Nancy Wood, public information officer for KTC’s District 6 office. “This signal/intersection appeared to be not operating as previously when traffic volumes were greater.”