Today's News

  • Jail captain remains on job after guilty verdict

    A captain at the Grant County Detention Center was still on the job days after being found guilty of domestic violence charges.
    Steven Skinner, 27,  and his wife, Michelle Skinner, were both charged with fourth-degree assault April 17 after an alleged domestic dispute with his wife.
    A Grant County jury found Steven Skinner guilty on the charges July 31. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs, but no jail time or probation.
    After Skinner’s arrest, Jailer Terry Peeples said, if convicted, Skinner would be fired.

  • Filing deadline nears; slate slim so far

    Candidates are scarce in most non-partisan races for the November election a week away from the filing deadline.
    The May primary has up multiple races in the general election for county offices, including judge-executive, jailer, clerk and magistrates, pitting a Republican against a Democrat.
    However, non-partisan candidates who would like to run for mayor and city council or commission seats in Williamstown, Dry Ridge, Crittenden or Corinth have until 4 p.m. Aug. 12 to file.

  • Benefit will help Howard family pay for baby’s new legs

    Zeke Howard has a mega watt smile.
    He’s a 1 year old bundle of joy that crawls and moves quickly despite having been born with skeletal dysplasia, often referred to as dwarfism.
    A child with this condition will have abnormal differences in the size and shape of their legs, arms, trunk or skull.
    In Zeke’s case, his fingers were joined together. At birth, his left foot was attached to his knee and his right leg was formed without the bones to support his foot, which causes his balance to be off.

  • Jailer accused of sexual assault

    (Editor’s note: This story contains sexually-explicit allegations in a lawsuit filed against the Grant County jailer.)
    Terry Peeples is accused of sexual assault and harassment in the latest lawsuit filed against the Grant County jailer.
    Peeples, who is seeking his second term in the November election, has had previous lawsuits filed against him by at least six former employees since taking office in 2011.

  • State approves Ark Encounter tax incentives

    The Ark Encounter received good news last week when the Kentucky Tourism Board gave approval to $18 million in tax incentives.
    The board unanimously voted on July 26 to approve sales tax incentives for the theme park, which is being constructed off Ky. 36 in Williamstown.
    The Ark Encounter is another development of Answers In Genesis, a conservative Christian non-profit that also operates the Creation Museum in Boone County.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Williamstown Archery places 17th in World Tournament

    The Williamstown Archery team wrapped up its second year by placing 17 out of 44 in the 2014 NASP World Tournament; an improvement from the 25th that they placed in last year’s tournament.