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  • HOLIDAY HELP

    While many families are making holiday plans, others are wondering how they’ll make ends meet.
    Several organizations and groups in Grant County are making plans to help families in need this holiday season.

    COAT/TOY DRIVE
    Cash Express in Dry Ridge is collecting coats, toys, shoes and non-perishable food items through Dec. 15.
    Items can be dropped off at the following:
    In Crittenden: Crittenden Post or Edwardo’s Pizza
    In Dry Ridge: Cash Express, Family Dentistry, Cheap Beds and Furniture, Save-A-Lot

  • Shelter animals to be euthanized Nov. 15

    Williamstown, Kentucky – November 12, 2010 – It is literally a life or death situation this weekend at the Grant County Animal Shelter.

    The shelter must either successfully adopt out a large number of dogs and cats this weekend or many animals will be euthanized on Monday, Nov. 15.

    Grant County Animal Shelter is currently housing over 75 dogs but only has only 60 kennels. The numbers must be reduced quickly to make room for new animals – often entire litters of animals - arriving daily.

  • All in a day's work

    When the polls opened at 6 a.m. Nov. 2, 90-year-old Juilan Wills had already been up since 4 a.m. As a judge at precinct one at Williamstown High School, he arrived around 5 a.m.

    Wills, a tall, straight,World War II Veteran, has been a precinct worker for the past 17 years. He cast his vote for the first time at age 21, for Franklin D. Roosevelt and enjoyed a relationship with Brent Spence and Happy Chandler.

    Wills began working at the Corinth precinct and spent 15, of his 17, years there.

  • 2X

    So close.

    That was the feeling Williamstown and Grant County High School bands were left with after both finished runner-up Oct. 30 in the Kentucky Music Education Association state marching band championship.

    Coming off three consecutive state titles, Williamstown Band of Spirit came in second place in Class A with 89.4 points at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, just .4 points behind champion Beechwood High School.

    They scored the highest points in two out of six judging categories for their “On the Air” program.

  • Students receiving free/reduced lunches increase

    Rising unemployment and a declining economy has forced many parents to cut costs anyway they can.

    Local school cafeterias are making sure students are fed without a struggling family taking a hit in the wallet.

    Grant County and Williamstown Schools have seen the number of students on free or reduced meals increase the past several years.

    At least half of the students enrolled in each district participate in the program.

    Eligibility is determined by household size and annual family income.

  • Bonnie Murphy loves children, horses, fall

    Bonnie Murphy of Williamstown loves working with children and if she’s not, then she’s probably working with her horses or on an idea to decorate her lawn.

    Her fall theme this year was a baseball diamond with scarecrows batting the ball. Her field even has a refreshment stand and cheerleaders.

    “I don’t like Halloween or scary stuff,” she said. “But I love fall stuff, especially the cute stuff.”

    She doesn’t decorate year round, just for fall and Christmas.

  • Author to speak on experience Nov. 6

    Tori Murden McClure set out in 1998 to become the first woman and American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

    Within days, she lost all communication, leaving her all alone for 78 days on a 23-foot plywood boat without a motor or sail.

    Then came one of the worst hurricane seasons on record in the North Atlantic.

    “I was capsized 11 times in one day,” McClure said. “One capsize dislocated my shoulder. The next capsize put it back in place.”

  • SCAM ALERT

    An alert bank teller held police foil an alleged check scam.

    When two men wearing green traffic vests and white hard hats entered Forcht Bank on Oct. 27 and attempted to cash checks drawn on the account of the Lexington Legends Baseball team, Gayle West noticed something “wasn’t right about the checks.”

    West alerted the Grant County Sheriff’s Office who came to the bank to investigate and ended up charging both men with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

  • Voters have spoken and the winners are . . .

    (Editor’s Note: These results have not been certified, but were the final vote totals given out at the clerk’s office on Nov. 2.)

    Darrell Link narrowly escaped an upset by Republican Steve Wood to win his fourth term in the race for Grant County Judge-Executive.

    Link will continue to run the highest office in the county for at least four more years after beating Wood by 45 votes.

  • Election recanvass requested

    The polls may be closed, but the election is not over for three Grant County races.

    Two county-wide candidates have called for a recanvass of vote totals, while two Corinth candidates will see a flip of a coin or drawing of straws decide their fate.

    Republican Steve Wood, who fell short by 45 votes against Judge-Executive Darrell Link, has called for a recanvass of vote totals as a first step in an eventual recount of the votes.