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Local News

  • Stamp prices to climb May 11

    Local post offices are seeing an increase in the popularity of Forever Stamps since the announcement of postage prices rising effective May 11.

    The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service recently approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents.

  • Taking the Polar Plunge

    Below freezing temperatures and icy water did not stop a group of Williamstown students recently from plunging into a pool for a good cause.

    Ten Williamstown Senior High students, a 2008 graduate and a teacher, Tim Moore, participated in the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Lexington to support Special Olympics Kentucky.

    The Friendship Foundation club, which consists of special education students being mentored by their fellow Williamstown School students, raised $1,085 for the cause.

  • Tree troubles

    Grant County will get some help from the state in cleaning up from the ice and wind storms earlier this month.

    Gov. Steve Beshear awarded contracts in 78 counties, including Grant and surrounding counties, for removal of debris left in the wake of the storms that began sweeping through Kentucky on Jan. 27.

    Beginning Monday, Feb. 23, contractors will begin removing debris off the state right of way.

  • 4-H program celebrates milestone

    Break out the candles and party hats.

    The 4-H program in Kentucky is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

    Starting in 1909 with the organization of the Fayette County corn club, 4-H spread to 42 counties and included 3,887 people in its first eight years.

    Last year, 229,126 Kentucky youths were involved with 4-H.

  • D.W. Dills chosen for Hall of Fame

    4-H has always held a special place in the heart of D.W. Dills.

    He was member of the organization from about 12 to 17 years old, caring for a dairy cow named Blondie in the livestock club.

    Now, the 81-year-old Grant County resident still helps support the local 4-H every year.

    In honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary in Kentucky, the 27-member local 4-H council unanimously chose Dills for the Centennial Hall of Fame for his significant contributions over the years.

  • Crittenden man indicted for baby's murder

    A Crittenden man was indicted Feb. 11 for the murder of a 13-month-old baby girl.

    Douglas Barnhill, 24, is accused of hitting the child, Kiara Smith, in the head.

    Detectives from Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge were called to St. Luke Hospital in Florence on Jan. 4 to investigate the baby’s death.

    According to a press release issued by the KSP, Barnhill called 911 on Jan. 4 and reported that “the child had fallen and struck her head at his residence.”

  • BREAKING NEWS - 1-year-old dies from "multiple blows to head"

    A Crittenden man has been indicted for murder in the death of a 1-year-old child.

    Douglas Barnhill, 24, was indicted today (Wednesday, Feb. 11) by a Grant County grand jury.

    The child, Kiara Smith, was pronounced dead by the Boone County coroner, after she was taken to St. Luke West Hospital in Florence on Jan. 4. The medical examiner determined that she died as "a result of multiple blows to the head."

  • Williamstown adds minutes to school day

    Williamstown students will keep their Spring Break and start their summer break before June under an amended calendar approved by the school board Monday, Feb. 9.

    Frigid temperatures, slick ice and piles of snow led the district to miss eight school days (Jan. 8, Jan 26-30 and Feb. 4-5).

    The district’s calendar committee recommended the amended calendar to the school board.

    Five of those days will be made up by having classes on Monday, Feb. 16 on President’s Day, Friday, May 22 and Tuesday through Thursday, May 26-28.

  • UP IN SMOKE

    What’s next?

    That is the question Dennis Kenner, owner of Bluegrass Discount Tobacco Outlet in Williamstown and Falmouth, is asking as legislators prepare to debate Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed 70-cent cigarette tax increase.

  • Scam alert

    Jeff Sipple decided to take advantage of Monday’s warm weather and catch up on some yard work.

    Sipple, of Corinth, was surprised when a woman approached him, called his name and handed him a yellow envelope from the Bank of America.

    “It told me they expected me to call them today and that I should be prepared to give them my account number,” Sipple said.

    Sipple said it entered his mind that this was a scam because he doesn’t have an account with Bank of America.

    “I asked her if it was a scam,” he said.