Local News

  • Double murder trial begins

    A frantic 911 call and graphic crime scene photos started the double murder trial Jan. 12 of a Dry Ridge man accused of killing his 33-year-old estranged wife and a 32-year-old man.
    Shaun Hiles is charged with two counts each of intentional murder and first-degree wanton endangerment in the July 28, 2014 shooting deaths of Nicole Hiles and Larry Whiteker.
    The opening statements by Commonwealth Attorney Jim Crawford painted Hiles as an enraged husband who had been stalking his wife and Whiteker.

  • Alcohol voted in - now what?

    Grant County will soon be officially wet and alcohol and liquor sales will be available for purchase.
    The result of the Dec. 22 local option election has left many with questions.
    Here are some of the answers residents may be wondering about.

    When does the wet vote results become effective?
    Residents obviously were not able to go out immediately the following day after the Dec. 22 local option election and buy beer and liquor.

  • Fill in the _____!

    In the world of Christianity we can sometimes lose focus on what the real problem is in the world, the real problem in the world is _____________? Sometimes we fill in this blank with various things that we begin to act like are the real problems.
    For instance some fill in the statement like this “the problem in the world is sex.” Some fill in the statement like “the problem in the world is alcohol.” Some fill in the statement with “the problem is video games.”


    Chris Benham and Gina M. Benham to Angel M. Vargas-Lopez and Brittany D. Vargas, 251 Redwood Drive, $116,000
    Warranty Deed George Michael Pugh to Gary Mitchell, 226 Redwood Drive, $118,000
    Cash Deed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Washington D.C. to Watermark Properties, 654 Reeves Road, $68,042
    Heather L. Biehl and Daniel C. Dressler to Weichert Workfocre Mobility, 605 Kenney Road, $1
    Special Warranty Deed Weichart Workforce Mobility to Timothy Hartley Boyd, 605 Kenney Road, $1

  • Sherman COC expands with groundbreaking

    The Sherman Church of Christ is a congregation of 350 members.
    Sherman Church of Christ was established on Jan. 3, 1960 and first met in the one room school house on Schoolhouse Road in the Bucktown area.
    “It was founded by four families who had migrated north from the southern end of Grant County.” Tim Seevers, senior minister said.


    (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 KJ Little executed a warrant for Joey A. Stiltner, 28, of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear and theft by unlawful taking, at 5:23 p.m. Jan. 4 on Warsaw Road. Stiltner was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Lady Demons fall 52-38 in All A Classic

    Cold shooting led to a first round in the All A Classic on Jan. 11 for the Williamstown Lady Demons.
    WHS fell 52-38 to Gallatin County at Owen County High School.

    In the first matchup between the two teams earlier this season, the Lady Demons won 65-51 with a great shooting performance.
    That would not be the case the second time around.

  • Lady Braves lose 60-55 to Bourbon County

    It has been a tough season for the Grant County Lady Braves.
    They entered their game against Bourbon County on Jan. 11 with a record of 3-12, astray looked to snap a three-game skid.

    It was not their night, however, as the Lady Braves ended up on the short end of a  60-55 loss.
    In the first quarter, both teams found ways to not only attack the basket, but also get open for easy shots.
    Senior Elizabeth Kearns believed that while the scoring was enjoyable for the fans, the team should have stepped up on defense.

  • Braves beat Demons in overtime thriller

    It took an overtime period Jan. 5, before the host Grant County Braves could overcome a scrappy Williamstown Demon basketball team.  

    The Braves ended up winning in overtime 70-63 before a raucous crowd.  
    Grant started slowly in the first quarter due to cold shooting and turnovers.  
    On their first possession, Joey Saylor missed a three-point attempt and Mitchell Stone gathered in the offensive board but was called for a three-second violation in the paint.  

  • Teen injured following truck crash

    A Dry Ridge teenager faces charges after allegedly wrecking his car into a tree while under the influence, seriously injuring one of his passengers.
    Coleman Nantz, 18, was arrested Dec. 30 by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense and first-degree wanton endangerment.
    The single-vehicle accident happened shortly after 4 a.m. Dec. 29 on Ford’s Mill Road.