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  • Corinth family left homeless after fire

    William C. Wells Jr. was sitting outside enjoying a warm fall day when he saw a plume of smoke coming from his mother’s home, just a few doors away.

    “I noticed the smoke rolling out,” he said. “We opened the doors and got the kids out. I found where the fire was and began spraying water on the fire until the fire department got to the scene.”

    The mobile home, on Lewis Lane in Corinth, was gutted by the flames, which fire officials believe were caused by a child playing with a cigarette lighter.

  • What's hot for Halloween?

    Monster Mash - Oct. 29

    • 6:30 p.m.

    • Grant Co. Park, Crittenden

    • Sponsored by Grant County News/Grant Co. Parks and Recreation

    • Individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations are needed to pass out candy to as many as 1,500 children. Tables are provided and there’s no cost to set up.

    • Costume contest for scariest, funniest, prettiest, most original and judge’s choice will be held after candy is given away.

  • Meet the candidates on Oct. 21

    It’s time to meet the candidates who will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.

    Candidates for judge-executive, jailer, magistrate of the 1st and 2nd districts, coroner,  as well as candidates for Williamstown, Crittenden and Corinth city council and Crittenden mayor will take the stage in a question and answer session at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Williamstown High School.

    Unopposed candidates will be introduced during the forum, but will not be answering questions.

  • Free fall clean-up dates for bulky items, appliances planned Oct. 18 - Oct. 29

    Residents in need of ridding their house of unwanted garbage and appliances are in luck.

    The annual Free Fall Clean-up, sponsored by the Grant County News, CSI of Williamstown, Grant County Solid Waste Management and the Grant County Fiscal Court, will be held during the next two weeks.

    General waste and bulky items will be picked up Monday, Oct. 18, through Friday, Oct. 22, on a resident’s normal collection day.

    Items need to be neatly organized, bagged, bundled or tied and not exceed 75 pounds.

  • Rosenwald School to be dedicated Oct. 23

    School soon will be in session again in an one-room schoolhouse formerly used to educate black students in Grant and adjacent counties.

    The Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School, located at Grant County Park in Crittenden, has been refurbished and renovated to serve as a teaching tool about the history of Rosenwald schools.

    The school will be dedicated during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.

    For the rest of the story, pick up this week's Grant County News. 

  • Federal funds earmarked for radio upgrades

    Grant County fire departments recently received $655,000 in federal funds to help purchase digital radios and equipment.

    The communication systems will allow the departments to meet compliance standards ahead of schedule.

    “We’ll be able to talk with federal, state and local (authorities) all on one radio,” said Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen. “The grant is putting new mobile radios, handheld radios, pagers and the infrastructure within the entire county for fire. So, all five fire departments are benefitting.”

  • Williamstown lowers tax rate

    Williamstown residents  will be paying a little less in taxes on their real and personal property this year.

    The real property tax rate for 2010-2011 will be 30 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property and 42.4 cents on personal property.

    This tax rate is expected to generate $462,236 on real estate and $99,190 on personal property.

    Last year’s rate was 31.9 cents and generated $486,079.

    This means if a person owns a $100,000 home, their real estate tax bill will be $300, a savings of $19 over last year.

  • Dry summer yields slim pickins

    If you’re in the market for fall’s bounty, you might need to keep looking.

    Members of the Grant County Farmer’s Market have struggled to produce in this year’s record-breaking drought.

    “If we could have gotten even a little rain, the plants might have come out of it,” said Tom Duncan of Crittenden.

    “I’ve been out on the tractor with a 500-gallon water barrel behind me and a garden hose trying to get some alive, but didn’t have too much luck,” he said.

  • Progress report

    Recently released test results aren’t all good news for the Grant and Williamstown School districts.

    Both districts and three local schools did not meet federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements, according to data from the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Statewide, 55.6 percent or 640 of Kentucky’s 1,151 public schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the 2009-10 school year.

    AYP is the term used in NCLB to refer to the minimum improvement required of each school and district over the course of one year.

  • Ky. Joe's life after Survivor

    It’s been 10 years since Rodger Bingham went from a high school teacher from Crittenden to being known nationwide as “Kentucky Joe.”

    As arguably one of the most popular “Survivor: The Australian Outback” contestants, Bingham finished fifth in the second season of the CBS reality show.

    After surviving more than 50 days on limited food and rough weather, Bingham’s life was forever changed.