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  • The Nutcracker in a nutshell

    When Dawn Baker Barrett went to the Cincinnati Ballet last year to see the “Nutcracker,” she told her young daughter who had just begun to take dance lessons that maybe someday she could perform in the annual event.
    Little did Barrett, a Grant County native, know that it would happen in just a year.
    Her daughter, Shayla Halsey, will perform as a bumblebee in this year’s production, which opens Dec. 15 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati.

  • Grand jury issues jail report

    A Grant County grand jury decided not to indict Jailer Terry Peeples after hearing testimony involving inmates working on personal vehicles owned by jail staff or their family members.
    However, a three-page report by the grand jury dated Dec. 7 lists several problem areas of the jail and recommends that the next grand jury, scheduled for January to June 2012, continue to monitor the Grant County Detention Center.
    Peeples said he appeared in front of the grand jury multiple times since August, with the last time being in December.

  • Poverty simulation highlights struggles families face

    For two hours, Wynita Worley was a 21-year community college student who was suddenly in charge of three younger siblings when her father was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
    While the family’s rent and child care was paid, there was no income for utilities and groceries.
    Worley and her siblings had to find a way to survive not unlike many other struggling families in Kentucky.

  • How do you celebrate a Night of Fright?

    Ghost hunter to visit library

  • Teenager saves mom; honored by firefighters

    Casey Jones is polite and has a sweet smile.
    The freshman at Grant County High School can also add “hero” to what people say about him.
    “He’s got a big responsibility on his shoulders and we felt like he should be honored for that,” said Charlie Conley, safety officer for the Dry Ridge Fire Department.
    Casey was made an honorary member of the Dry Ridge Fire Department earlier this month for keeping calm when his mother has a diabetic emergency.

  • What happened to patriotism?

    Wade Gutman was so moved by the events of 9/11, he went up and down the streets of Williamstown placing flags outside of businesses to show American pride.
    Judy Conrad, of Dry Ridge, has always considered herself patriotic, especially since she comes from a family with a history  of military service.
    “I think we’ve fallen into a rut,” Conrad said.”Until something else happens, people forget about patriotism.”

  • 'Love Out Loud' comes to county

    A Florida-based ministry will be partnering with local churches to show Grant County their “Love Out Loud” during three weekend events.
    Just For Him Ministries, which brought JamFest to Grant County in 2007 and 2008, is organizing two separate events at Grant County Park in Crittenden to reach students of all ages within the community.
    A middle school and high school event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 featuring free food, music and activities, including bounce houses.  

  • Check it out

     Have you ever tackled a simple (ha) remodeling project and nearly pulled your hair out?

    That’s what happened to David Giffels and his family, so instead of throwing in the towel, he wrote a book about the experience.

    Giffel’s novel “All The Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House” chronicles his journey into discovering what is really important in life. The story is told with side-splitting humor and wit as the Giffels attempt to restore a crumbling mansion.

  • Looking back

    • Sept. 13, 2001 – Community shocked
    by terroristic acts
    Mark Gordon, a former resident of Crittenden, recalled his time as a Marine who spent much of his time guarding Camp David, the presidential retreat in Somerset County, Penn. One of the hijacked planes in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks crashed about 85 miles away from Camp David.
    Gordon, who is now retired, also spent several years guarding embassies in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

  • Teachers struggle to explain events

    Shannon Maddox first heard the news through a phone call from a colleague.
    A plane had struck the World Trade Center in New York City.
    She immediately turned the television on in her Crittenden Mt. Zion Elementary classroom
    It wasn’t long after that teachers were told to keep their students in their classrooms and no one was allowed to go outside.