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  • Arrest made in Crittenden home invasion

    A 23-year-old man is facing charges after being arrested in connection with a Crittenden home invasion in which the owner was tied up in his bathroom.
    Jacob W. Sharp of Crittenden was indicted March 5 by a Grant County grand jury on charges of second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more and second-degree being a persistent felony offender.
    The charges stem from a Feb. 11 invasion of the Alexander Road home of 65-year-old Larry Brown, who told police he answered his door only to be tackled while in his wheelchair by an unknown white male.

  • Former Grant superintendent dies in Okla.

    Former Grant County Schools Superintendent James Gardner died March 3 at his Oklahoma home.
    Gardner, who was “Jimmy Joe” to all who knew him, served as superintendent from July 1989 to September 1994.

    He was a 1959 graduate of Grant County High School before going on to Georgetown College, where he earned his bachelors degree in 1963 and his masters degree in 1969.
    Gardner’s career in Grant County Schools began in the fall of 1963, when he assumed a position at Grant County High School teaching Bookkeeping, Typing I and Business English.

  • TAMING THE FLAMES
  • 3-year-old continues to improve after collision

    Ty Taylor loves being outdoors, whether it’s playing in a large sand box, romping through the woods or shooting his BB gun.
    Ty’s family wants to make sure that the 3-year-old Williamstown boy will be able to get back to doing the things he enjoys with the help of a special motorized wheelchair that he needs after he suffered spinal cord injuries following a wreck.

  • Fire destroys Dry Ridge home

    William Dailey was watching TV on March 5 in his Lemon-Northcutt Road when he lost the cable signal.

    He looked out the window and found smoke billowing from his home.
    Firefighters from Dry Ridge, Crittenden, Williamstown, Jonesville and Corinth arrived at the home just after 11 p.m. and saw flames shooting out of the roof.
    Firefighters spent the next four hours battling the blaze, which eventually destroyed the home and contents.

  • Where did we come from; where are we going?

    What do you get when you have a Science Guy meet with a Young Earth Creationist to decide “is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”  
    You can get a debate held at the seat of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum in Petersburg in Boone County in front of 900 audience members and upwards of 70 media members.

  • Snow kidding - spring break is going, going, gone

    Grant County Schools officially kissed spring break goodbye by calling off school March 3 as more snow and ice covered roads.
    The district also canceled classes Tuesday, March 4, marking the 22nd snow day this school year for Grant County Schools.

    The original last day for Grant County Schools was May 14.
    Although the district’s website lists the last day for students as “undetermined,” Jim Lacey, director of pupil personnel, said the end day is now Monday, June 9, barring anymore missed days.

  • Soldier surprises pint-sized pen pals

    Williamstown Elementary fifth graders had a special visitor in class Feb. 24 that brought smiles to their faces.

    As Cody Kinman, a military policeman with the Army, entered the room, the students stood and clapped for the 2009 Grant County High School graduate.
    Kinman, a cousin of WES fifth grade teacher Deanna Wynn, recently returned from serving seven months in Afghanistan.

  • Half of kindergarten students ‘not ready’ for school

    Around half of students who started kindergarten this school year in Grant County were “not ready,” according to recent results released of a kindergarten readiness screener.
    The statistics show that 52.4 percent of the 64 kindergarten students tested at Williamstown Independent Schools were ready while 47.6 percent were “not ready.”
    At Grant County Schools, 49.5 percent of the 321 kindergarteners screened were considered ready while 50. 5 percent were “not ready.”

  • ARE WE DONE YET?

    While road crews, motorists and the school system may be sick of winter, there are other businesses who have seen an upswing due to the mounds of snow and covering of ice, Grant County has received so far this winter.

    Willoughby’s Tree Service in Crittenden has been busy the last two weeks clearing fallen limbs and damaged trees throughout the county.
    “We’ve worked on 16 trees in this yard alone,” said Kyle Willoughby, last week as he and the rest of the crew worked in Gary and Pat Conrad’s yard on Dry Ridge-Mt. Zion Road.