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Today's News

  • COUNTY’S PLAN WORKS

    Rick Willoby, Grant County’s director of Emergency Management, has a plan and when a tornado hit Grant County March 2, the plan went into action.

    But he wonders how many Grant County residents have a plan in case of a disaster.

    “You can’t wait until a siren blows to get a plan,” Willoby said. “This time of year is just the start of severe storm weather and you’ve got to know where you’re going to go and how you can check in with others after it’s over.”

  • Crittenden chief steps up to handle disaster

    Lee Burton handles yet another phone call.

    He’s calm, polite and efficient.

    He makes notes on a yellow legal pad. He’s being asked to coordinate a shot clinic.

    His office door opens and another note is shoved at him.

    He picks up a large mug of coffee and takes a sip, as he looks around his small office inside the Crittenden Fire House.

    It’s been a long two days, but the dark shadows under his eyes are the only signs he’s not slept since a tornado ripped through his town.

  • Monetary donations requested

    Stacks of clothing, canned goods and bottled water sit inside the Crittenden Baptist Church, Crittenden Christian Church and Crittenden Fire House.

    The public responded so well to the call for help in the wake of the tornado on March 2, that relief coordinators are saying they’ve run out of room to store the public’s generosity.

    “We’re no longer accepting donations because we’ve simply run out of room for them,” said Crittenden Fire Chief Lee Burton.

  • ‘I feel lucky’

    Connie Serra heard a roar and then her Crittenden Court apartment started to shake.

    “I heard a big noise and then it got dark and that’s when I said, ‘let’s get in the bathroom,’” Serra said, Saturday morning as she surveyed the damage in her neighborhood.

    Serra said her front window blew out and her roof came off, allowing water from the upstairs apartment to seep into her home.

    “This is a mess,” she said. “I feel sad. This is just terrible.”

  • Truck weathers storm

    Doug Bowling weathered last Friday’s storm in his truck.

    He was trying to reach his home in Harvester’s when the tornado hit.

    “It started bashing into my truck,” he said.

    Bowling said roofs were blowing off all around him, but once he traveled about 500 feet further, it was simply raining.

    “I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said.
     

  • Family hides in closet

    Kelley Crook was at home with her husband and four children when the tornado smashed into their neighborhood.

    Crook, a nurse who works third shift, was sleeping when her youngest child awakened her up about 4 p.m.

    “My husband looked out and yelled for us to go to the basement,

    “The wind was whistling and I wasn’t sure what was going on,” she said.

    The family crowded into a closet under a set of stairs.

  • Deputy watches ‘ugly sky‘

    As a deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Andy Reeves has seen his share of sights, but March 2 he saw something he’d never seen before.

    Reeves, a resident of Ky. 491 in Crittenden, said he saw the funnel cloud pass his house.

    “The sky was this ugly, weird color,” he said. “It turned green. Everything else had been cloudy and blue, but you could see this coming.”

    Reeves said he and his wife went to their basement, into their lower level garage, inside their truck and waited.

  • Woman takes refuge in basement

    Linda Jefferson rode out the tornado in her basement.

    “I heard the sirens and went down right way,” she said.

    From her basement window, Jefferson saw the tornado rip the next door neighbor’s garage door off.

    “It was like it was just a toy,” she said.

    Jefferson’s home suffered minor damage. She lost a small tree in her front yard and shingles from her roof.

  • ‘We can count our blessings’

    Todd Henage is counting his blessings.

    “It’s a miracle,” he said, standing on the sidewalk on Barley Circle on March 3, the day after deadly tornadoes ravaged Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

    Henage owns one of the duplexes in Harvesters Subdivision. Half of it was destroyed.

    He said he watched weather reports on Friday and was nervous about what he saw.

    “I’ve never been scared of a storm, but I’ll tell you this one made me antsy and I went to the basement.

  • Thayer gets bird’s-eye view of tornado damage

    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, received a bird’s eye view of the damage caused by tornadoes in Grant County and other parts of Kentucky.

    Once he learned of the damage in Crittenden and Piner, Thayer contacted Gov. Steve Beshear’s office.

    He subsequently was invited to fly in a Kentucky National Guard Black Hawk helicopter Saturday as the governor assessed storm damage across the state.

    They first landed in West Liberty in Morgan County, which Thayer said was without a doubt the hardest hit area in the state.