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  • High school ACT scores show progress

    Williamstown High School stayed above the state average while Grant County High School fell just below in recently released ACT scores.
    The data is from high school juniors who took the test during the 2013-14 school year. Those students are seniors this year.
    Since 2008, state law has mandated all of Kentucky’s public school juniors participate in the ACT, which assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36.

  • Cancer diagnosis doesn’t clip Grant hair dresser’s style

    Monica Schneider has beaten the odds and has no plans of giving up hope now.

    Schneider, a hair stylist for more than 40 years, has helped countless men and women feel better with a look, cut or curl.
    She’s been there for first hair cuts, proms, weddings and even giving the last style for a deceased client.
    Now her family hopes those customers and friends will give back to her by attending a benefit in her honor from 10:30 a.m. to close on Aug. 27 at LaRosa’s in Dry Ridge.

  • Preston to lead Grant Co. Middle School

    The Grant County Middle School students have a new principal.
    John Preston has been named as principal of Grant County Middle School. Preston assumed the role of principal on July 1, replacing Tim Grayson, who accepted a position with Newport Independent Schools.

    Preston is not a new face in the community and became a member of the GCMS administrative team after coming to Grant County Middle School as an assistant principal for the 2013-2014 school year.  

  • Hiles indicted in double murder

    A 35-year-old Dry Ridge man has been indicted on two counts of murder and two counts of
    Shaun Hiles was indicted Aug. 6 by a Grant County grand jury,
    Hiles is accused of fatally shooting his 33-year-old estranged wife, Nicole Hiles, and 32-year-old Larry Whiteker.
      Hiles is currently in the intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in stable condition recovering from two self-inflicted gun shot wounds.
    The grand jury also returned indictments against eight additional people.

  • Teacher fired for alleged inappropriate communications

    A Williamstown Junior High veteran teacher was fired at the end of the 2013-14 school year after allegations of inappropriate communications with a student.
    Angela Williams, who taught social studies at Williamstown for nine years, had her contract officially terminated June 3.
    Through a letter from Superintendent Sally Skinner, Williams was suspended with pay May 27 while the district investigated the alleged conduct.

  • Former bank VP gets year in jail

    A senior vice president for Grant County Deposit Bank was sentenced July 22 to a year and one day in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 over a three-year period.
    The sentencing in U.S. District Court in Covington came after the 57-year-old Dry Ridge resident pled guilty in March, admitting that, from 2010 until 2013, she defrauded her employer by transferring bank funds to her personal account and issuing cashier checks and money orders to herself.

  • Fairest of them all!
  • Dry Ridge man charged in 2 murders

    A Dry Ridge man turned a gun on himself after fatally shooting his estranged wife and another man.
    Shaun E. Hiles, 35, was in critical condition in intensive care at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center as of July 29, a day after he allegedly killed his wife, 33-year-old Nicole L. Hiles, and a man she was with, 32-year-old Larry G. Whiteker, both of Dry Ridge.
    Police received a call at 11:37 p.m. July 28 from a female reporting she thought she heard something hit her house, followed by gunshots.

  • Juveniles face charges in church break-ins

    Charges have been filed against two juveniles after a Dry Ridge church was broken into for the fourth time in a month and a half.
    The Grant County Sheriff’s Office filed charges of burglary and criminal mischief against two 14-year-old boys on July 22 in connection with the break-ins at Open Door Baptist Church on Dry Ridge Road.
    Sheriff Chuck Dills said the charges stem from a July 15 break-in, the latest of four incidents which was caught on surveillance video installed two days before the latest break-in.

  • CLERK INJURED IN ARMED ROBBERY

    Chasity Hornsby went through a sleepless and emotional night after being struck in the head with a gun during a robbery at the Speedway gas station in Dry Ridge.
    The 26-year-old clerk was alone in the store, putting pennies in a cash register, when two armed black male suspects entered shortly before midnight July 21.
    The suspects went behind the counter and demanded money.
    After taking money from the open register, the suspects told Hornsby to lay down on the floor.