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  • Crittenden budget discussion gets heated

    It got “hot” in Crittenden after Mayor Gayle Cayton proposed decreasing the fire department’s budget in the 2010-2011 budget.

    Cayton presented the budget to the council on May 3. It called for decreasing the fire department’s portion but allocating more money for police.

    If approved, the budget would decrease the amount paid to the fire department by $5,000 and increase the amount paid to the Grant County Sheriff’s office by $8,000.

  • Dog licenses due July 1; stricter enforcement coming

    If you own a dog and live in Grant County, then you’d better make sure and purchase a dog license.

    Because of the number of stray or unwanted animals that end up at the Grant County Animal Shelter, the animal control officer is cracking down.

    A dog license is required by county ordinance for all dogs. See chart for license fees.

     “We haven’t enforced this in the past, but we’re going to start,” said Brent Caldwell, animal shelter director.

  • Crittenden votes against salary increases

    While the city of Crittenden has experienced an influx of people, new subdivisons, homes and apartments, the salary for the Crittenden mayor and city council members hasn’t increased in 10 years and the present mayor, Gayle Cayton, thinks that is a shame.

  • Special Olympics torch to run through Grant County

    The Special Olympics Flame of Hope torch will make its way through Grant County on May 27 on the journey to Richmond for the 2010 Summer Games.

    The torch will begin its quest May 17 in Daviess County before continuing on its path through the state May 26 in Kenton County.

    The following day, Grant County will participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

    For more information about this story, pick up a print copy of Thursday's Grant County News.

  • Being a survivor

    Barb Burgess never dreamed she would get cancer. That all changed in August 2009 when she went for her annual mammogram.

    The doctors noticed a questionable spot that eventually was diagnosed as breast cancer.

  • Veterans honored with free lunch, patriotic music

    Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag never seemed more appropriate than May 8 in the Williamstown High School cafeteria.

    The words to the national anthem, heard countless times before meaningless baseball games, meant everything to a roomful of veterans who fought to preserve freedom.

    Patriotism became contagious as veterans were honored with a free luncheon program that had attendees singing along to inspirational songs and remembering those lost in war.

  • Crittenden, Corinth join KLC lawsuit

    Two Grant County cities recently decided to join a class action lawsuit filed against the Kentucky League of Cities.

    The lawsuit, filed by attorney Brandon Voelker on behalf of the city of Cold Spring, alleges “financial improprieties,” including unauthorized financial benefits, altered compensation without board approval, direct conflicts of interests involving expenditures and breach of fiduciary duties by KLC.

    The claims stem from spending excesses from July 2006 to June 2009 brought to light by the state auditor’s office.

  • Excellence in Education

    Pat Conrad almost missed her calling.

    In her second year at Eastern Kentucky University, she had no desire to become a teacher.

    After spending 28 years as family consumer science teacher at Grant County High School, Conrad can’t imagine being anything else.

  • Google Doodle

    A college scholarship and worldwide Web fame is on the line for a Williamstown High School freshman.

    Emily Caudill, daughter of Scott and Ecie Caudill, is one of 40 regional finalists in a national contest by Google.

    She was selected from 33,000 entries in the Doodle 4 Google contest.

    Caudill is in the Grade 7-9 Category, Region 7. Only one vote per computer. To vote for her doodle, go to www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.htm.

    For more information about this story, pick up a print copy of Thursday's Grant County News.

  • Lewis Hankins will bring history to life

    Lewis Hankins has been interested in Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens since he was a child.

    He just didn’t know that interest in reading his famous works such as “Tom Sawyer” and “Huck Finn” would grow into a lifelong passion.

    One that he’ll share at 7 p.m. on May 14 as he presents “Marking Twain, An Impersonation”, at the Welfare House in Crittenden.

    Hankins, a former Grant County resident, who now calls Hilton Head, S.C. home, has always liked to read.