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  • Tree limb removal help is coming

    If you’ve got limbs littering your lawn and you don’t know what to do with them?

    Help is on the way.

    The state has hired contractors to assist counties in Kentucky with cleanup of debris following the winter storms last week. Contracts for the debris removal were possibly awarded on Feb. 11, which mean the state hired contractors could be in Grant County picking up limbs as early as today.

  • Fatality claims Ohio woman

    An Ohio woman traveling back from visiting family in Tennessee was killed last week when her 2005 Dodge Durango went airborne and struck a bridge abutment.

    Natasha A. Schaupp and her two-year-old daughter were traveling north on Interstate-75 near the Williamstown exit when Schaupp lost control of the vehicle, which swerved off the right side of the road behind the guardrail nearly 500 feet before flying 10 feet off the ground and hitting a concrete column.

  • Residents cope with no power; crews deal with ice, snow

    After Grant County was pounded by snow and ice last week leaving residents without power for days and tree limbs littering the roadsides, Judge-Executive Darrell Link issued an emergency declaration making the county eligible for federal aid.

    Link sent the paperwork declaring a disaster on Saturday, Jan. 31 to the governor’s office. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear had already declared an emergency and Pres. Barack Obama signed off on the declaration meaning that money spent on snow removal and cleanup can be recouped.

  • Crittenden mayor dies

    When Megan Simpson didn’t receive a daily phone call from Crittenden Mayor Ralph Byrley, she feared the worst.

    Byrley died at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2 at his home following a long battle with cancer.

    “He was such a good Christian person,” said Simpson, who is the city clerk of Crittenden. “He was just a part of the family and will be missed.”

    Byrley served on the Crittenden City Council on three separate occasions. He was elected mayor of Grant County’s northernmost city in 2007.

  • 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.

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  • 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.