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  • Shrinking dollars = belt tightening

    The state’s budget woes have trickled down to Williamstown Independent Schools as 13 faculty and staff members recently received non-renewal letters for next school year.

    Superintendent Charles Ed Wilson gave “pink slips” to 10 certified non-renewal letters and three classified non-renewal letters by the May 15 deadline.

  • Inmates removed from shelter

    The Grant County Animal Shelter is hurting for help after assistance by local inmates was cut off amid a criminal investigation.

    Four to six inmates of the Grant County Detention Center have worked daily at the animal shelter for years as part of a Class D community service work program.

    Those inmates who are deemed to be a minimal risk are selected for the program in return for following certain guidelines.

    The sheriff’s department is investigating whether inmates broke rules by having in their possession restricted items while working at the shelter.

  • Hoping for a cure

    Encouragement. That is the word that was said over and over during Grant County’s relay for life, Friday, May 29.

    Susan Williams, a cancer survivor, said the relay “helps you understand you’re not the only one and we’re fighting through it.”

    The total amount raised for this year’s relay is $89,604. There were 35 teams this year. The team that raised the most money overall is Dry Ridge Elementary.

  • Cancer survivor continues her battle

    Tracy Ison has had a world wind year with all the highs and lows of a rollercoaster ride.

    After doctor’s discovered ductal carcinoma in her breast last April, she’s been poked and prodded.

    Ison, a nurse, went faithfully for annual mammograms. She watched what she ate and drank. She was concerned and conscientious about her health.

    She watched her cousin, Hope Catron, battle breast cancer and survive, but she’s learned that cancer doesn’t care if you’re healthy or not or if you are young or old.

  • Crittenden man arrested for sodomy

    Police have charged a Crittenden man with sodomy, sexual abuse and criminal coercion after teachers heard his two male students talking about what he had allegedly done to them.

    Daniel Newman, 52, was arrested on a charge of sodomy, a class A felony, sexual abuse first degree, a class C felony and two counts of criminal coercion, a class A misdemeanor on May 15.

    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said he received a call from teachers after they overheard students talking about what happened to them at a neighbor’s apartment.

  • Honoring a fallen officer

    Wreaths were placed on gravesites and salutes were given to three fallen Kentucky State Police troopers buried in the Dry Ridge Post area.

    The memorial on Wednesday, May 13, was in collaboration with National Police Memorial week.

    Post 6 troopers placed a wreath at the gravesites of Troopers Herbert C. Bush, Robert R. Miller and Joe Ward, Jr. who were all killed in the line of duty.

    There have been 25 troopers who have died in the line of duty since the agency’s inception in 1948.

  • Redemption Road leads to Grant County

     

    Looking for a way to reach out to the community and pay for sending a dozen teenagers to camp, Grassy Run Baptist Church is hosting a benefit concert.

  • Beating the odds

    Jeannie Broyles has dealt with cancer for the past three years, going in and out of hospitals, but also relying on a home away from home.

    Broyles was diagnosed Christmas Eve 2006 with multiple myeloma, a blood-borne cancer of plasma cells which erodes the bones, “making honeycomb of the bones” as her husband, John, said.

  • Call her Dr. Jones

    Most people just call her Miss Della, but after last week she can be called Dr. Jones.

    Della Jones, Grant County’s oldest resident at 105 years young (soon to be 106 in July) was given an honorary doctorate degree from Kentucky State University.

    “Do you want to wear a robe?” she was asked of the traditional graduation attire.

    “Well, of course,” she was quick to reply.

  • Budget Crunch

    Grant County’s proposed budget for 2009-2010 tops $9.6 million, but there’s no money for extras.

    Judge-Executive Darrell Link said the county “can’t continue to cut the budget and deliver the services citizens have grown accustomed to.”

    For the second year in a row, Link asked all supervisors to take a cut. When that didn’t offset a $1.3 million deficit in the jail budget, Link asked them to take another cut.