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  • Fuel, generators, bread fly off store shelves

    While snow and ice overtook Grant County, several businesses in Grant County stayed open to assist the community.

    In Mason, Bruce’s Grocery stayed open to help customers buy items close to home and provide products when their power went out.

    “Some items we sold quite a few more of and some we ran out quick on. A lot of kerosene heaters and anything pertaining to heat without electric. A lot of customers saw their neighbor go by and would tell them they would like something dropped off on their way back home,” said Lee Bruce, co-owner of Bruce’s.

  • Schools to decide how to make up days

    With last week’s snow storm both Williamstown and Grant County Schools closed for the entire week. Now students will pay the price for the snow days.

    Williamstown Independent Schools have missed six days due to snow. Students will be required to make up these days.

    School will be in session on Feb. 16 on President’s Day. Williamstown’s last day of school was scheduled for May 21.

    Grant County Schools have missed eight days due to snow. Grant County will be in session the first three days of spring break to make up some of the days.

  • Williamstown offers free tree, limb removal

    If you’ve got limbs littering your lawn and you live in the city limits of Williamstown, you’re in luck.

    The Williamstown City Council has agreed to shred the limbs for free.

    Downed limbs should be brought to the curb by Friday, Feb. 6.

    The street department will pick up the limbs and branches by Tuesday, Feb. 10.

    “I think this is an appropriate thing for the council to do,” said Williamstown Mayor Glenn Caldwell. “This is a good service to the community.”

  • Crews battle ice, downed trees to clear roads

    Ice and snow made for slick roads and cautious driving last week as Grant County saw its first winter storm of the season.

    While kids sledding or building a snowman seemed to be nonexistent with the frigid temperatures and hard ground, snow plows and salt trucks patrolled the street at every turn.

  • Washington trip was history in the making

    When Keegan Bailey studied U.S. presidents in first grade at Williamstown Elementary he noticed something.

    “He came home one day and pointed out that, ‘Mommy, none of the presidents look like me. They’re all old, white men,’” said Lynn Bailey, mother of the bi-racial Keegan.

    When Sen. Barack Obama was elected president, Lynn decided to take her oldest son to Washington D.C., to see the historic inauguration in person on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

  • Special Olympics seeks volunteers

    With the first-ever basketball team and cheerleading squad recently formed, Special Olympics in Grant County is in full gear.

    The Grant County Jaguars basketball team began their season Jan. 17 at Caywood Elementary in Edgewood with tournaments on Feb. 8 in Paris and Feb. 21 in Union to follow.

    The cheerleading squad will participate in its first competition on Feb. 1 in Richmond.

    Signups were conducted in October for both groups.

  • Sisters start support group after mom's death

    When their mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in August 2007, four Grant County sisters were lost and lonely.

    Debbie Vannarsdall, Brenda Caldwell, Rhonda Rich and Christie Evans lost their mom in September 2008.

    Now, the siblings have made it their mission to help others know that they are not alone by starting an Alzheimer’s Support Group.

  • Angel Food Ministries deadline is Feb. 14

    The deadline to order from Angel Food Ministries will be noon on Feb. 14 and pick-up will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 28.

    Orders can be placed at: Family Worship Center on Feb. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Feb. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Edwardo’s Pizza (Crittenden) on Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. or by visiting www.fwcgc.com.

    Cash, check, money orders and EBT are accepted. The regular box is $30 and includes sirloin strip steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops and chicken nuggets,

    Five specialty menus are also available. For more information, call 824-7391.

  • Snowed under

    Snow and freezing rain continued to fall across Grant County on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

    Broken limbs, bent from the weight of the ice, were scattered on secondary roads.

    Many homes and businesses in Grant County were without power as outages were reported by Duke Energy and Owen Electric.

    Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link upgraded the county’s snow emergency to a Level Two Emergency for all roads within Grant County on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Bed bugs really bite

    Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

    That’s what Williamstown Independent Schools officials were trying to accomplish last week when pesticide had to be sprayed on an isolated infestation of the insects.

    A staff member notified Williamstown Independent Schools Superintendent Charles Ed Wilson on Tuesday, Jan. 13 of a potential problem in the elementary school.

    A professional pest management contractor then confirmed isolated areas of bed bugs in three first grade classrooms.