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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Durr likes being behind the camera

    The Youth Performance Award winner for January is Cody Rose Durr, a senior at Grant County High School.

    Durr, 17, is the daughter of Douglas and Charla Durr of Dry Ridge.

    She has three brothers, Andrew, 14, an eighth grader at Grant County Middle School, Chad, 21, who attends Northern Kentucky University and DeWayne, a bus driver for Kenton County Schools.

  • All A ends in semis for Demons

    Heartbreaking.

    That’s how WHS senior Storm Mason describes the Demons loss to Walton-Verona in the All A regional semifinals.

    The Demons held a six-point lead over Walton-Verona heading into the fourth quarter of their All A regional semifinal game. Williamstown was unable to hold onto their lead, eventually falling 50-48 on Jan. 22. With a win against Gallatin County, Walton-Verona won the All A regional championship.

  • Cat Attack 1-28-10

    Undefeated season, done. Unblemished SEC record, gone. A #1 ranking that lasted less than a day and a half, over. And all because of a phone call from Barack Obama, why does he have to ruin everything? Just joking Mr. President, not even an executive order from you to arrest Devan Downey could have helped Kentucky on this night. Actually that might have worked. It’s ok, we know you’re busy.

  • Police Beat 1-28-10

    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)

    Grant County Sheriff's Office

    Deputy Scott Conrad charged a 16-year-old Dry Ridge juvenile with possession of marijuana, at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 on Blackburn Lane. The juvenile was released to a parent.

    Sgt. Dennis Switzer executed a Kenton County warrant for Leo V. Faust, 19, of Crittenden, at 4:55 p.m. Jan. 19. Faust was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Ducker to celebrate 95th birthday

    Alleen Wells Ducker, of Williamstown, formerly of Pendleton County, will celebrate her 95th  birthday on Jan. 27.

    In 1947, she married Russell Ducker, who died in 1963. They raised two nephews, Clyde and Donald Ray Wells, sons of her twin brother, James Newton Wells and Catherine Davenport Wells. They later adopted Don, who, at that time, was attending Morgan School in Pendleton County.

  • Top Teacher

    B.J. Walters keeps a keen eye on her many children.

    And she has many.

    So many they could fill a gymnasium and do each day of the week at Sherman Elementary.

    “I’ll help you,” she says, bending over for at least the 12th time to tie the shoe of a first grade student.

    “I get that a lot,” she says with a smile.

    Her smile stays with her from the start of class to the end. She gets hugs in between and even when she’s doling out discipline she’s doing it with a lot of love.

  • Sports Shorts 1-28-10

    Braves fall to Simon Kenton, Oldham

    Scores: 60-45, 81-76 (overtime)

    When: Jan. 22, 23

    Where: Grant County High School

    What: The Braves hosted both teams, but came away with two losses.

    Against Simon Kenton, the Braves rallied from a 21-point deficit to get within seven points. The Pioneers closed the game by making their free throws to extend their lead.

  • Humphrey-Jones set date

    James and Linda Humphrey of Versailles are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Ann Humphrey to Will Jones, son of Roy and Pam Jones of Versailles.

    The wedding is planned for 1:30 p.m. on May, 8, 2010 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Versailles.

    The bride and groom are graduates of Woodford County High School.

    The bride is a graduate of Sullivan Universtiy and employed by Unified Trust Company, N.A.

    The groom is employed by Webster Equine Supply.