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    When Lee Roy’s Simpson’s car broke down on the way to his wedding on Feb. 1, 1947, he almost didn’t get to begin what would turn out to be 66 years with wife, Emma.
    “I stopped in Williamstown and ate a sandwich, then went on to pick up Jouett Faulkner, my best man, and on our way, the car quit and it was getting pretty close to time for the wedding,” Lee Roy said.


    Donald and Betty Perry didn’t have a fancy wedding.
    Just a simple ceremony before the Justice of the Peace at the Grant County Courthouse on Aug. 22, 1942 and 70 years later they’re still together.

    The Perrys spent their first few years of married life living with his parents. They settled in their frame home in Williamstown and worked the farm. That’s where you’ll find them today.
    The couple worked side by side on the farm in tobacco, hay, raising cattle and a garden.


    Mary Frances Spegal’s mother put her on a Greyhound bus bound for Louisville.
    Her advice was don’t sleep with Julian Wills unless she found a preacher.

    So Julian and Mary Frances did just that.
    They went to the Broadway Methodist Church where a large wedding was planned for that very night. The church was decked out in its finest and there they found the Rev. Russell Gilmore.


    By Jerry Morris

    The Grant County Braves traveled just a few miles south on Feb. 18 to take on their rivals the Williamstown Demons in the first game of the district tournament.

    The Braves handily defeated the Demons 67-26.
    Braves Coach Jim Hicks said before the game there are three seasons, one before Christmas, one after Christmas and then the post season.

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  • Fiscal court seat filled

    Wanda Crupper Hammons finally has the seat on the Grant County Fiscal Court that eluded her in the 2010 election.
    Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Hammons on Feb. 7 as magistrate for the second district to replace Brian Linder, who resigned after being elected state representative.
    The unexpired term ends Dec. 31, 2014.
    “I was surprised and humbled by being appointed,” Hammons said. “I’m deeply appreciative that Gov. Beshear selected me after a long deliberation.”

  • Fallen soldier remembered as a student, son, father

    Friends, family and educators gathered Feb. 8 to make sure the memory of fallen soldier Daniel Wallace was not forgotten.
    With purple flowers pinned on their shirts, attendees remembered the 2001 Grant County High School graduate not only as a father, a brother, a son and a friend, but also a student.
    National College in Florence, where Daniel was a graduate, dedicate a framed memorial to their former student.
    Daniel had a 3.4 grade-point-average when he graduated in National College’s Business Administration and Management program.

  • Sister keeps promise to dying father to keep family together

    Carol Jean Sponcil took advantage of last week’s warm temperatures to get outside and help her husband with their business, Crittenden Storage.

    To other family members, that’s not a surprise.

    “I would like to nominate my sister, Carol Jean Sponcil. She is the most caring and loving person you could ever meet. For many, many years she as helped her husband in all aspects of his business ventures. Her three grandchildren are a big part of her life and she loves to babysit whenever possible.

  • Bus driver gets students to school safely, on time

    My name is Jessica Code. I’m a fifth grader at Sherman Elementary School. I nominate Ronnie Atha for my special Valentine because he gets me to school safe and on time.

    He feels like family because he’s been my bus driver for five years and also has been a bus driver for over 40 years. He is a good bus driver. Virginia Conner also nominates her grandpa, Ronnie Atha because he gets her to school safe and on time as well. She also goes to Sherman Elementary as well and is in kindergarten.

  • Young son brings special joy to his mother

    When I use to think of the word “Valentine” as a little girl, it meant I got a Spiderman card and some candy for all the boys in class. Then as I got older, that idea changed.

    I would think of that special guy who made me happy, like my heart would explode from all of the bottled up love it held...like I was the most important thing in his world.
    These days, I still feel that way. Only this time that guy is a blonde- haired, blue-eyed, mischievous, out-going little boy and that feeling my heart feels is none other than that of a mother’s love.