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  • Open letter to God

    As you know, I recently posted the following on Facebook:
    “Dear God,
    I’m trying to control the universe as best I can, but I think I’m failing at it.
    It might be time for me to step aside and let you take over -- I hear you laughing! -- but I’m not sure I know how to do that, seeing as I’ve been doing this for so long.
    “So, please be patient with me and don’t smite me with boils or ugly hair.
    “Thank you, NK”


    When Byron “BJ” Chipman died in 2012, he left an estate worth $2 million.
    With his humble unkept appearance and reputation for frugality, he was a most unlikely benefactor of such a legacy left for both local high schools.
    Grant County High School and Williamstown High School received more than $800,000 each to be used for scholarships.

    Nancy Howe, public information officer/community education director for Grant County Schools, is a member of the Grant County School’s Education Foundation where the GCHS money was allocated.

  • Heroin battle rages

    Rex Benson is still trying to piece together what happened days after losing his 24-year-old son to a suspected heroin overdose.

    “Did he feel any pain?” Rex asked himself, through tears. “Was he sitting there fighting for his life? I want to believe he had no idea what was going on. A father wants to know those things. I’m going to have to sit there and look at (where he died) forever.”

  • Two former employees file lawsuits against jail

    Two lawsuits have been filed against the Grant County Detention Center by former employees in the last two weeks.

    The lawsuits were filed in Grant County Circuit Court and list current jailer Chris Hankins and former jailer Terry Peeples among the defendants.

    The former employees, Tonya Beagle and Brian Gibson, both allege forms of retaliation and discrimination while working under both Peeples’ and Hankins’ administrations.

  • Sheriff’s Office busts drug distributor

    A 23-year-old Crittenden man was arrested after a Grant County Sheriff’s Office investigation led to a stash of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and wads of cash.
    Michael S. Turley of Big Bear Circle was charged  Aug. 19 with trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Alzheimer’s disease takes toll on caregiver

    On July 11, 2016, Eileen Mullins laid her husband, the Rev. Carl D. Mullins, to rest. But, in her mind, she lost him long before that day.

    “When we’d be coming home from church, we’d get down to Inez, at this stop sign and turn right, we’d been doing that off and on for 20 some years,” Eileen said. “And we got down there one night, and he said, ‘I have no idea which way to go.’ I think I got so used to it, that I really didn’t realize how it was progressing.”

  • Impasse over in library board appointment

    A dispute has been solved between Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood and the Grant County Public Library Board and Susan Nimersheim, the library’s director.
    The conflict began with the board’s submission of two names, with one to be chosen as a nominee by Wood, to replace outgoing board member Elsye Willoughby. After initially being reluctant to choose one of the two names submitted by the board, Wood announced Aug. 19 he would nominate Williamstown attorney Matthew Smith to serve on the Grant County Library District.

  • Ark draws thousands in first ‘40 days, 40 nights’

    After “40 days and 40 nights,” Ark Encounter officials are pleased with the attendance and the reaction to the biblical attraction in Williamstown.
    While official numbers are not released, Mark Looy, co-founder of Answers in Genesis, said attendance has been “very strong” since the July 7 opening.

  • Williamstown Kiwanis installs Northkey Aktion Club charter members

    An historic event took place Aug. 10 at NorthKey Community Care on Barnes Road in Williamstown.

    The atmosphere in the room was filled with excitement as names were called to be installed as charter members of the Grant County Aktion Club, only the second such Kiwanis club in the state.

    Some moved to the front with assistance, some had to be met half way, while others remained seated and their pins and membership cards with their names were brought to them, all to the applause of their peers.