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  • When jail deaths go unnoticed

    HAZARD, Ky. – Larry Trent was just one of the 154 or more inmates who died in a Kentucky jail during the past 6½ years.
     Arrested on July 5, 2013, in his car outside a Hazard doughnut shop, the 54-year-old Trent told police he drank “about four beers and mouthwash” before driving to the store with his 10-year-old grandson.
     Booked into the Kentucky River Regional Jail, Trent couldn’t post bond, so he remained in custody. Four days later, he was dead, allegedly the victim of a fatal beating by two jail deputies.

  • ‘Wet’ petition is now in clerk’s hands

    Those interested in seeing Grant County have alcohol sales have amassed more than 2,000 signatures.

    The petition containing 2,409 signatures was delivered to the Grant County Clerk’s office on Monday, Oct. 8.
    The minimum number of signatures needed for the petition was 1,613, but Darren Spahr, a Dry Ridge resident, who leads the wet drive wanted the petition to include more than the law required in case some of the names are not valid.

  • Witness alleges Grant connections in multiple murders

    (Editor’s Note: This story contains graphic content and language.)
    A female witness in the case of a pregnant woman killed in Brown County, Ohio, also told police her ex-boyfriend committed other murders and buried at least one body in Grant County.
    An affidavit for a search warrant of a residence on Hogg Ridge Road, just across the Grant-Pendleton County line, details several Grant County connections in one or more alleged murders.

  • Problems plague Grant jail

    Danny Ray Burden fell asleep in mid-sentence as he was booked into the Grant County jail, toppling over on the bench where he sat. Prodded awake, he coughed, shook and pleaded for emergency medical attention.

    A blood test showed that the 41-year-old diabetic badly needed insulin, and a doctor ordered it. But Burden never received the drug. Instead, deputies put him in a cell, where they found Burden unconscious just three hours after he had entered the jail on March 27, 2013. He died a week later.

  • Four employee lawsuits settled for $585,000

    WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. – As a candidate for Grant County jailer in 2010, Terry Peeples promised change. Once in office, he delivered it.
    But what he delivered -- a jail wracked by allegations of sexual perversion, intimidation and threats, involving an array of employees as victims and Peeples as the perpetrator -- couldn’t have been what voters had in mind.

  • Knipp is Mr. Grant County Football Leader

    Joseph Knipp, son of Bill and Angela Knipp of Dry Ridge, is putting together quite a football season for the Grant County Braves.  

    Knipp is the recipient of a lot of praise from head football coach Kevin Siple.  
    Siple said that Knipp is a great athlete.  

    He has been a three-year starter the Grant County Braves on both sides of the ball and he has been putting together quite a career as far as stats are concerned.

  • Braves ready for tough district road ahead

    Coach Kevin Siple knows it’s a brand new season for his Grant County Braves football team.
    Despite an encouraging 3-3 record, Grant now enters the all important district play portion of the schedule starting with a road trip at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 to Covington Catholic.
    “In Kentucky, that’s all that matters, in terms of playoffs,” Siple said about district games. “No matter what, it’s a new season. Whether you are 6-0, or 0-6, the district results are what count toward us reaching our goals.”

  • Boden, Scroggins advance to state golf championship

    Local golfers Sarah Boden of Grant County and Hannah Scroggins of Williamstown are heading to state.
    The girl’s region 6 golf meet was held at AJ Jolly Golf Course on Sept. 29.  
    The Grant County Lady Braves finished fifth overall with a score of 382.  
    Notre Dame and Ryle finished first and second in the region with team scores of 316 and 343.  
    Eleven schools in all competed in the rain soaked outing.  

  • Lady Braves conquer Ludlow 4-0, Braves fall to 1-0 Carrollton
  • Lady Braves lose tough battle with SK

    That Grant County Lady Braves faced off with district foe Simon Kenton on Sept. 29, in a stiff volleyball match at Grant County High School.  

    The Lady Braves lost in three straight sets 25-16, 25-23 and 25-11 to move their record to 19-7 on the season.
    Despite the loss, Coach Kelli Hollenkamp was pleased with the effort of her team.