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  • 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.

  • Honoring the fallen
  • Hay Read promotes literacy, anti-bullying

    Pete is a new kid in school and he comes in with a chip on his shoulder, but instead of being an outcast or treated badly, the other kids in “The Juice Box Bully” encourage him to take the promise they did and not be a bully or be a bystander to bullying.
    “The Juice Box Bully” is a book that every first and second grader in the Grant County School District will receive a free copy of this year as part of the annual Hay Read program.

  • FLYING LEAP
  • Missing man’s car located

    Police have located the vehicle of a 54-year-old Dry Ridge man who has been missing for more than a month.
    Kentucky State Police Trooper Joshua Giles responded to a missing person call on Randall Russ on Aug. 30 after he had not been seen or heard from in more than two weeks.
    Russ, who was a part-time computer science professor at the University of Cincinnati, was last seen by neighbors on Aug. 17 at his residence on Lemon-Northcutt Road in Grant County.
    Police had been searching for Russ’ 2006 green Ford Focus with a Kentucky Veterans license plate.

  • HEPATITIS C CASES ON RISE

    The heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky has led to a surge in hepatitis C cases.
    The number of hepatitis C cases in Northern Kentucky has doubled in recent years from 23 in 2010 to 55 reported cases, including 10 in Grant County, in 2013.

    There are already 31 cases reported this year.
    Northern Kentucky’s hepatitis C rates are about 13 times the national average.

  • GC staff face-off with UK Alumni