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  • MUD, SWEAT AND TEARS
  • MentorHOPE helps at-risk youth

    The statistics are alarming.
    Sixty-three percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
    Ninety percent of all homeless and runaway children are living without fathers in their lives.
    Of all high school dropouts, 71 percent come from fatherless homes.
    A new non-profit, faith-based program in Grant County hopes to alter those statistics by matching local at-risk children from single parent households with Christian adults.
    MentorHOPE, a one-on-one mentoring program, targets children ages 6 to 14 years old.

  • Town hall meeting to focus on drug abuse

    Community members will gather Oct. 23 to discuss how to be part of the solution against drug abuse in Grant County.
    The town hall meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grant County High School.
    Last fall, Champions for a Drug Free Grant County held a similar town hall meeting focused on the rising heroin epidemic with more than 300 people in attendance.

  • Escaped inmate caught

    An escaped inmate is back in custody at the Grant County Detention Center after more than a month of freedom.
    Uriah Lee Snyder, 31, was caught last week by the Parke County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Office, in Rockville, Indiana.
    He was extradited back to Kentucky on Oct. 13 by Bobby Webb and Mike Webster of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
    Snyder was in jail on probation charges stemming from prior charges of second-degree robbery.
    He was found living in a tent behind a friend’s house with his girlfriend, said Sheriff Chuck Dills.

  • Second man arrested on murder charge

    A second man has been arrested on murder charges in connection to a body discovered Oct. 1 in Fleming County.

    The body, which has not been positively identified, is believed to be that of Randall Russ, a 54-year-old Dry Ridge man who has been missing for nearly two months.
    The second arrest comes a week after Charles Black, 50, of Hillsboro was arrested and charged with murder, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and theft by unlawful taking auto-over $500 in connection with the investigation.

  • Helping Hands needs help

    Helping Hands could use some help.
    Wil Jones, president of Helping Hands, said food donations are at an all time low and the community’s food pantry is having trouble keeping up with demand.
    “Donations are down all over,” Jones said. “The Free Store Food Bank, Master Provisions, Matthew 25 are all under stress.”
    Jones said that Helping Hands assists up to 200 families on the monthly food distribution day along with as many as 60 families from the local food pantry that Helping Hands operates.

  • Russ’ friends remember a ‘giving’ man

    Brad Schadler still recalls the last time he saw his Lemon-Northcutt Road neighbor, Randall Russ.

    “He had shaven his beard off and gotten a haircut,” Schadler said. “He said it’s time to start back to (University of Cincinnati) shortly and ‘better clean up my image.’ We talked about different things but he seemed just like the average Randy to me.”

    Not long after, Russ would go missing and is now feared dead after a body was discovered in Fleming County.

  • Firefighter’s home gutted by fire

    On the crisp Oct. 1 morning around 10 a.m. fire broke out in the home of Robert McPheron on Hopewell Road.

    Firefighters from Crittenden, Dry Ridge Fire Department and Piner-Fiskburg battled the blaze. Crittenden Fire Chief Lee Burton said the fire started in a back room and was electrical. 

    “While the back room was a total loss and the loss on the contents was significant the structure remains sound,” Burton said. The family did have insurance on the home and plans on rebuilding and living in the home before winter.

  • Dump truck driver dies in train collision

    A 52-year-old Williamstown man was killed Oct. 3 after a train struck a dump truck he was driving in Boone County.

    Steven Hess, who was working for Crupper Transport of Williamstown, was driving a 2011 Kenworth dump truck when it collided with a Norfolk Southern Railroad train on Old Lexington Pike near U.S. 25 (Dixie Highway) in Walton.

    The train was traveling northbound approaching the intersection as Hess proceeded through the intersection onto the railroad tracks, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Body discovered; ID pending

    One man is charged with murder and another suspect is wanted by police in connection with a body discovered Oct. 1 in Fleming County.
    The body, which has not been positively identified, is believed to be that of Randall Russ, a 54-year-old Dry Ridge man who has been missing for nearly two months.