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Community News

  • Crittenden Baptist becomes relief center

    Crittenden Baptist Church is buzzing with activity.

    Since the March 2 tornado, it has become one busy place as the central drop off point for donations, volunteers, victims to connect with emergency service providers and its kitchen has been serving three meals a day to victims and volunteers.

    It got started when Kim Haubner, the founder of HOPE (Helping People Out Everywhere) posted on Facebook that her newly founded organization would be distributing clothes and food to tornado victims on March 4.

    The weather forecast was cold and windy.

  • TURNING BACK THE CLOCK 3.8.12

    Mar. 6, 1997

    Allison Spiess has been appointed as an agent in the Grant County Farm Bureau Insurance Agency. She is a graduate of Wauseon High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Morehead State University. In her new position, she will be calling on the residents of Grant County to offer a wide variety of insurance coverage through the Farm Bureau Insurance Companies.

  • Spring peepers welcome us back

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers. There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can.  On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be.

    Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.

  • Monetary donations requested

    Stacks of clothing, canned goods and bottled water sit inside the Crittenden Baptist Church, Crittenden Christian Church and Crittenden Fire House.

    The public responded so well to the call for help in the wake of the tornado on March 2, that relief coordinators are saying they’ve run out of room to store the public’s generosity.

    “We’re no longer accepting donations because we’ve simply run out of room for them,” said Crittenden Fire Chief Lee Burton.

  • ‘I feel lucky’

    Connie Serra heard a roar and then her Crittenden Court apartment started to shake.

    “I heard a big noise and then it got dark and that’s when I said, ‘let’s get in the bathroom,’” Serra said, Saturday morning as she surveyed the damage in her neighborhood.

    Serra said her front window blew out and her roof came off, allowing water from the upstairs apartment to seep into her home.

    “This is a mess,” she said. “I feel sad. This is just terrible.”

  • Truck weathers storm

    Doug Bowling weathered last Friday’s storm in his truck.

    He was trying to reach his home in Harvester’s when the tornado hit.

    “It started bashing into my truck,” he said.

    Bowling said roofs were blowing off all around him, but once he traveled about 500 feet further, it was simply raining.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said.
     

  • Family hides in closet

    Kelley Crook was at home with her husband and four children when the tornado smashed into their neighborhood.

    Crook, a nurse who works third shift, was sleeping when her youngest child awakened her up about 4 p.m.

    “My husband looked out and yelled for us to go to the basement,

    “The wind was whistling and I wasn’t sure what was going on,” she said.

    The family crowded into a closet under a set of stairs.

  • Woman takes refuge in basement

    Linda Jefferson rode out the tornado in her basement.

    “I heard the sirens and went down right way,” she said.

    From her basement window, Jefferson saw the tornado rip the next door neighbor’s garage door off.

    “It was like it was just a toy,” she said.

    Jefferson’s home suffered minor damage. She lost a small tree in her front yard and shingles from her roof.

  • ‘We can count our blessings’

    Todd Henage is counting his blessings.

    “It’s a miracle,” he said, standing on the sidewalk on Barley Circle on March 3, the day after deadly tornadoes ravaged Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

    Henage owns one of the duplexes in Harvesters Subdivision. Half of it was destroyed.

    He said he watched weather reports on Friday and was nervous about what he saw.

    “I’ve never been scared of a storm, but I’ll tell you this one made me antsy and I went to the basement.

  • Red Cross opens temporary shelter

    As quickly as the tornado devastated Crittenden, the Grant County chapter of the American Red Cross mobilized to help those in need.

    Once Diana Morgan, local coordinator of the American Red Cross, received a call from the Kentucky State Police and Grant County Emergency Management that assistance was needed, she immediately contacted the Cincinnati office and began setting up a shelter at Grant County High School.