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  • Grant friends are suspects in Meijer arson

    Florence police are looking for two suspects from Grant County whom they believe may be involved with a fire in the Meijer store on Houston Road.

    Police have charged Matthew Bacon, 19, of Hebron with one count of arson in connection with the blaze which occurred in the paint section of the store around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 25.

    No one was injured in the fire. Police released a video of three men who are suspects. They believe the men from Grant County are friends of Bacon.

    If anyone has any information call the Florence Police Department at 859-647-5420.

  • News staff wins press association awards

    The Grant County News captured four awards during a meeting last week of the Kentucky Press Association in Lexington.

    The News competed in the Weekly Class III division, which is for larger Kentucky weekly newspapers.

    Bryan Marshall, staff writer for the Grant County News, won two awards including a first place and a third place for column writing.

    Marshall won first in the general news category for a story he wrote about the ? trial.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Barnhill found guilty of murder

    After more than two days of testimony,Douglas Brandon Barnhill was foundguilty of the murder of 1-year-old Kiara Smith  on Friday.

    The Grant County jury deliberated for less than two hours before delivering the verdict against the Crittenden man.

    The jury recommended Barnhill serve life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

    Read next week's Grant County News for more on this story.

  • GUILTY

    After more than two days of testimony, a Grant County jury took less than two hours on Jan. 22 to find Brandon Barnhill guilty of the murder of 1-year-old Kiara Smith.

    The 25-year-old Crittenden man was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

    “I believe the evidence is overwhelming that he clearly beat a child to death,” Commonwealth Attorney Jim Crawford said in his closing arguments.

    “He still won’t stand up like a man for what he’s done,” he said.

  • Special Valentines Wanted

    The Grant County News wants to hear about someone special in your life. It could be your sweetheart, your children, your parents, a neighbor or family friend.

    The News staff wants to know why they are special.

    If your letter is chosen, your special someone will be featured in the Feb. 18 issue of the Grant County News.

  • Relay kickoff set for Jan. 25

    Let’s get this party started! The Grant County Relay For Life will hold a kickoff party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25 at the Grant County Extension Office on Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown.

    The relay is the signature fund raising event for the American Cancer Society. Money is used for programs and research. The kickoff event is open to business owners, team captains, cancer survivors or those just wanting more information about the relay.

    For more information on how to get involved, call 824-3343 or 1-800-ACS-2345.

  • Grant Gear Grinders bring home state, national honors

    In its first year in existence, the Grant County 4-H Robotics team has excelled beyond expectation.  On Dec. 5. the Grant Gear Grinders won second place honors competing against 23 teams at the First Lego League Robotics Regional Competition at Twenhofel Middle School in Independence, which qualified them to go on to the state competition at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green on Jan. 9, where they ranked eighth place out of 42 teams.

  • Snow days force change to calendar

    Missed school days have caused a shift in the calendars for Grant County and Williamstown school districts.

    Each district missed three days because of snow Jan. 5, Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, but the plans to deal with the make-up days are not the same.

    Students at Grant County Schools originally were scheduled to have their last day of classes Wednesday, May 19.

    The final day for students now will be Monday, May 24, unless more days are missed.

    However, Williamstown Independent Schools are not adding days to the end of their calendar.

  • Murder trial gets underway

    The trial of a Crittenden man accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby began yesterday (Jan. 20) in Grant Circuit Court.

    Douglas Barnhill, 24, was indicted Feb. 11, 2009, for the murder of 13-month-old Kiara Smith, who was left in his care while her mother was at a family funeral.

    Barnhill has remained lodged in the Grant County Detention Center since his arrest on Feb. 11. Before his arrest, he operated an indoor flea market on Main Street.

  • Ky. Changers return to area for help

    For the second consecutive summer, Kentucky Changers will help beautify Grant County.

    An organization sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Kentucky Changers uses seventh through 12th graders to refurbish exteriors of homes.

    For the first time in its 16 seasons, the project came to Grant County July 4-11, 2009 with support from the Crittenden Baptist Association.

    About 150 youth — 30 from Knoxville Baptist and Mount Carmel churches— worked at 30 sites in Grant County.