Today's News

  • Braves’ season ends with 28-27 heartbreaking playoff loss

    A nightmare first half turned into a near miraculous, history-making finish Nov. 6 for the Grant County football team.
    Unfortunately, the Braves came up one-point short of winning their first ever playoff game, falling 28-27 to Madison Southern.

    Grant trailed 28-7 at halftime after scoring their only points on a 22-yard TD pass from Joe Knipp to Robert Spohn.
    “Turnovers and special teams killed us,” Coach Kevin Siple said.

  • Department for Community Based Services policy advisor joins KAHCF

    The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) announced that Bruce Linder joined the Association as its Executive Vice President recently. Linder currently serves as a policy advisor with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) in Frankfort.


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  • Wet vote set for Dec. 22

    The decision whether or not Grant County goes “wet” will be in the hands of the voters on Dec. 22.
    Judge-Executive Stephen Wood has issued an order setting a vote on the county-wide sale of alcohol after a citizen petition was certified allowing the special election.
    “There are certain constraints in the statute as to when you are to set wet dry votes and having just completed a general election, this is the first date that works at a time when the schools are not in session and can be used as polling places,” Wood said.

  • Ransdell still teaching at 105

    Sitting peacefully in the corner of her Williamstown living room, Caroline Frances McWhorter Ransdell, with her weathered face and crystal blue eyes, reflects on her more than 100 year history living in Grant County. 105-year story.

    She was born on Nov. 13, 1910 on a farm on Lemon-Northcutt in Dry Ridge to the late James Elmer and Edith Browning Vice. She attended school in Dry Ridge and graduated in 1927 from Dry Ridge High School.

  • Attorneys wait for DNA in Russ murder

    FLEMINGSBURG - Circuit Court Judge Stockton B. Wood authorized defense attorneys for suspected murderers Kevin Howard and Charles Black to seek out an accredited DNA expert in anticipation of a trial in February.
    Black and Howard are accused of murdering University of Cincinnati Professor Randall Russ whose body was found in Fleming County on Oct. 1, 2014.
    Both men are facing a charge of murder with a possibility of the death penalty.

  • Death penalty will be sought in Russ murder

    FLEMINGSBURG - A notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the University of Cincinnati professor murder case was filed Oct. 14 in Fleming County.
    Defendants Kevin Howard and Charles Black are currently facing murder charges in the death of UC Professor and Grant County resident Randall Russ, whose body was found in Fleming County in October 2014.

  • Dana employee arrested for theft

    A 41-year-old Dana Corporation engineer was arrested Oct. 24 in the theft of thousands worth of auto parts from the company.
    Matthew Alan Stange of Cincinnati was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 but under $100,000.
    The investigation began after the human resource director from Dana contacted Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills about possible theft by an employee.


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)
    Officer David Osborne charged Simon L. Casey, 35, of Dry Ridge, with theft by unlawful taking shoplifting under $500, at 6:12 p.m. Oct. 27 on Ferguson Boulevard. Casey was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.
    Officer David Osborne cited Danny K. Akins, 64, of Williamstown, with driving on a suspended or revoked license, at 12:34 p.m. Oct. 28 on Taft Highway.

  • The calm amid the chaos

    I got a text the other day from a friend that said simply: “Life is chaotic.”
    This past year, this friend’s life was turned upside down and inside out, and it’s still spinning seemingly out of control. I say “seemingly” because she’s a Christian and God has her securely in his hands, although it doesn’t look like it and it doesn’t feel like it to her, except sometimes when she’s still enough to recognize him.