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    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.

  • Vehicle accident on Highway 25
  • 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.

  • David Mason shares love through annual scholarship

    Whether it’s cooking a meal for someone or dropping off a jar of homemade jam or jelly or even giving a Williamstown student a scholarship, David Mason of Dry Ridge is the man.

    “I would like to nominate Mr. David Mason for the special valentine. Each year, Mr. Mason has a scholarship opportunity for the seniors at Williamstown High School in memory of his late wife, Janice Mason, who was a teacher at Williamstown.

  • Edna Fogle willingly works, helps her family

    I would like to nominate my mother, Edna Fogle, for a Special Valentine.
    My mom and dad have been married for 56 years and are a devoted couple. From Nov. 2007 until Jan. 24, 2013, my dad has had five major surgeries and six months of chemotherapy. Mom has been by his side through it all.

    On Jan. 22, 2013, dad fell breaking his leg. Mom left her supper on the stove, climbed in the ambulance and at this writing is still at the hospital never leaving his side.