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  • Fire destroys Corinth family's home

    Patricia Clark was wrapping Christmas presents on Dec. 11 when she heard her mother scream.

    “She was yelling for us to get out of the house,” Clark said.

    When the family of eight ran outside, they saw flames shooting from the electric line leading into their two-story frame home.

    “My husband tried to use the garden hose and mom threw buckets of water, but it was no use,” Clark said.

    Clark said she did manage to rescue eight Malamut puppies from inside the house before the heat, flames and smoke were too much.

  • Power adjustments could continue; county feels heat for higher bills

    Fluctuating power adjustments may continue for residents of Williamstown as the city entered into a five-year contract with AMP-Ohio for bulk electric.

    The city council approved this contract in the fall and is with the company they currently contract with for electric.

    Williamstown Mayor Glenn Caldwell said the city requested proposals from providers and only received two.

  • Electric bills have temperatures rising

    Residents of Williamstown are heating up over their recent electric bills and a surcharge that seems to be growing each month.

    “Why does my $200 electric bill have a $91 surcharge on it?” Jean Wilson angrily asked the Williamstown City Council in July.

    “Can any of you explain it to me?” she asked.

    City Attorney Jeff Shipp said the city’s current contract will be over in 2009 and the city was working on a new contract.

  • Conley honored

    Charlie Conley was startled to hear his name called at a recent Dry Ridge City Council meeting.

    Sitting in the crowd with his fellow firefighters, he had no idea Chief Robert Bruin had been planning to honor him for his 30 years of volunteer service.

    “He says it’s been longer,” Bruin said. “But, when they kept track with bricks and charcoal, we really couldn’t get his records.”

  • Shop With A Cop

    They’re only neighbors, but it’s hard to believe Josh and Colton are not related.

    If one got a navy and royal blue coat, the other wanted one too.

    Each got their fair share of Star Wars and Bakugan toys.

    The duo were side by side Dec. 12 as they, along with 15 other children, participated in the Shop With a Cop program with Williamstown Police, Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the Grant County Detention Center.

    Each needy child chosen by school family resource centers was paired with an officer.

  • Hudson steps down after 28 years in education

    In more than 28 years in education, there is little Mark Hudson has not done.

    While at Williamstown Independent Schools from 1976 to 1980, he taught physical education and middle school math and science and coached seventh and eighth grade basketball, boys and girls golf and cross country.

    Hudson also spent one year as athletic director and head basketball coach at Williamstown.

    When he started working for Grant County Schools in 1985, Hudson taught physical education at Crittenden Mount-Zion Elementary and the old Corinth and Mason schools his first two years.

  • Citizens arrest?

    It had been 15 years since Pamela White shot a gun.

    But, when the Crittenden resident stepped into the simulation booth, it did not take long for her to get comfortable.

    “My first shot I missed,” she said. “After that, I did pretty decent.”

    White and her classmates saw what it was like for Kentucky State Police troopers when they need to draw their weapon when arriving at a crime scene.

    The experience was part of an 11-week KSP Citizens Police Academy conducted at the Northern Kentucky University Center — Grant County.

  • Lottery winner cashes in, despite overwhelming odds

    It was more than a five million to one shot, but the odds did not matter to Ron Wainscott.

    The Frankfort man still played the same Powerball numbers — 8, 12, 14, 22 and 29 — he had since the lottery was introduced 20 years ago in Kentucky.

    Ron, who owns a farm in Corinth, chose the numbers using his birthday, along with the birthdays of his wife and three children when he bought his ticket at Noble’s Restaurant and Truck Stop.

    For the Powerball number, he chose 24, the date he married his wife, Linda.

  • Simplified Census forms coming in 2010

    When the United States Census hits mailboxes in 2010 the process will be simplified for Grant County residents.

    “The head of household is responsible for answering 10 primary questions with an additional seven questions for each additional household member,” said Gayle Brown, partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. “A postage paid envelope is included with the Census mailing for easy return.”

    The Census form will be mailed out mid-March and should be returned by April 1, 2010.

  • Five featured in Kincaid Christmas show

    Chuck Estridge is bringing to life the character of Howard, the occasionally obstinate but wise grandfather, in the Kincaid Regional Theatre’s production of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

    The play is set in late 1941. It is the story of the faith of a family and nation on the brink of war as they preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ. Most of the action takes place inside Howard’s home, with a choir providing music and drama as it is broadcast over the family radio.