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  • Crittenden family loses home in fire

    When Edward Jones pulled up to his Gardnersville Road home on May 11, flames were bellowing out of the front and side windows.
    Minutes before, he had received a call from his wife, Cheryl, that the house was on fire while unloading materials at a job site in Williamstown.

    “I jumped in the car and went about 80 miles per hour all the way there,” Jones said. “It’s a wonder I didn’t get a ticket.”
    Jones said his wife, who was home alone, turned on the stove to heat it up and got in the shower because her back was hurting.

  • POLICE REPORTS 5-12-16

    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)
    Officer KJ Little charged Michelle A. Kindoll, 43, of Crittenden, for possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, at 9:19 p.m. May 5 on Kayla Drive. Kindoll was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Free kitchen serves hungry, needs volunteers

    The Free Lunch Kitchen in Dry Ridge is undergoing a few changes, but is not closing its doors.
    Located at U.S. 25 and Broadway in downtown Dry Ridge, the Free Kitchen opened in 2007 and serves meals to 45 to 60 people each weekday.

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  • Cancer survivor appreciates life more after fight

    Brenda Simpson lost her sister to pancreatic cancer at age 55. Her mother, one of 12 children, is the only one who hasn’t been diagnosed with a form of cancer.

    “It seems that everyone in my family has cancer,” Simpson said. “My mother probably would have developed it but a couple of biopsies showed issues that doctors took care of before it developed into cancer.”
    Simpson was in good health and stayed busy taking care of her family and working.

  • Community observes National Day of Prayer

    This year marked the 65th annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) observance.
    It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May.

    In Grant County, the day began with a prayer breakfast at Williamstown Baptist Church, where a number of civic officials prayed for the nation and the community.

  • Lady Demons rout rival Lady Braves 8-1

    The Williamstown Lady Demons pounded out 11 hits, including four doubles and a triple, in route to beating the home team Grant County Lady Braves 8-1 on May 5.

    The Lady Demons came into the came at .500 with a 10-10 record.  
    When all was said and done they added another game to the win column.

    It didn’t take long for the Lady Demons to get started in the first.  
    Lady Braves starter Alayna Barnes got the leadoff batter to ground to first base and struck out the number two hitter for the first two outs of the inning.  

  • Middleton to lead Williamstown Schools

    Williamstown Independent Schools will have a new, but familiar leader next school year.
    Assistant Superintendent Misty Middleton was named the new superintendent for the district during the May 9 school board meeting.
    Middleton will step into her new role when superintendent Sally Skinner retires at the end of June.
    The school board gave Middleton a four-year contract.

  • Biz license changes coming to Dry Ridge

    Changes are coming to the ordinance regulating business licenses in Dry Ridge.
    Those changes likely will alter the amount businesses pay for the annual license.
    However, the goal of the ordinance is to “put more teeth” into it so businesses realize they are required to pay.
    As of March, there were nearly 60 businesses operating in the city without licenses.
    Several have since paid the annual fee.
    A current business license costs $28 per year for a business with an owner or operator with no employees.

  • From military service to realty, Simpson leads

    Since the business opened in 1998, Jim Simpson Realtors has been involved in 1,200 real estate transactions, totaling more than $130 million.
    However, Jim Simpson doesn’t credit exceptional business training for his success or the mentorship of other business professionals.