• “I plain wanted to be a country doctor and I never regretted the choice,” Doc Scroggins said. But, the truth is, though he was a country doctor, his influence stretched throughout the United States and flowed into Europe, Asia and anywhere else that there was wildlife and farmland.

    Doc Scroggins’ medical career had him mending the aches and ills of Grant County for half a century. He was president of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, president of the National Charlois Association and president of the National Wildlife Federation.

  • I’m sorry to inform our readers of the passing of Sadie Evelyn Lusby.

    She died at 11:40 a.m. on Monday, April 6.

    Sadie Evelyn was a community correspondent for the Grant County News for more than 20 years.

    Her inaugural column appeared in the June 16, 1988 issue of the Grant County News.

    In her opening sentence, Sadie Evelyn wrote “The new correspondent muses if Elizabeth Taylor could have posed for the picture.”

    It is the custom that all community correspondents have their photo appear weekly with their column.


    Life is short and you need to hold on tight to the ones you love.

    Those are two lessons I have learned recently as I watched people deal with devastating heartache.


    One of the first things that I share with students when I am asked to speak about being a journalist or working at the Grant County News, is that just because I’m a reporter doesn’t mean I have special privileges.



    I can honestly say that I have been ditsy all my life; I like to blame the hair color. But being pregnant brings on another whole meaning for me of the term dumb blonde.


    Last week I was given an opportunity to speak to fourth grade students at Dry Ridge Elementary on Career Day. The students asked questions such as, did you have to go to school for your job, what are your hours, how much do you get paid and do you like your job.

  • A good change is coming to our online advertising Marketplace.

    Currently everytime you go online at grantky.com, Marketplace ads appear on the top right of each viewed page. These ads rotate every three seconds for seven days.

    Soon, Web site visitors will be able to click and see a map to the advertiser’s location.

    Visitors will also be able to click and go directly to the advertisers, who also have Web sites.

    And, one more click and the visitor can directly e-mail the advertisers who have e-mail addresses.

  • The last time I was in Augusta, Ga., I didn’t even spend half a day there.

    It was May of 2008 and I took a week off of work. I spent a couple days in Clinton, S.C. for Presbyterian College’s graduation, seeing friends a year behind me take the same long walk across the stage as I had the previous year.

    I spent a couple days on the beaches of Charleston, S.C., soaking in the sun and letting any stress I had blow away with the cool ocean breeze.


    I’ve never been one to love Valentine’s Day.

    Don’t even get me started with Sweetest Day.


    On Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, my husband and I awoke to a crashing sound outside our bedroom window.  It was the awning we had installed last summer giving up the ghost under about four inches of snow, which was under about two inches of ice which was being covered by about three more inches of snow.  






    Last week the blizzard struck Grant County. Of course, like any true Floridian, I was miserable. I mean come on, snow, then ice, then more snow.



    The Grant County News has not switched to a different delivery day.

  • Growing up in Georgia, we were lucky to see real snow once every five years.

  • The snow is falling and forecasters are predicting ice to follow. The majority of Grant County residents only ventured out on Tuesday, Jan. 27 if they needed to get to work or had to be somewhere, but there were a few who decided to test their four-wheel drive vehicles on the roads.

    That’s just not smart, especially when a Level Two Snow Emergency has been declared. This type of emergency doesn’t mean the roads are closed, but it means that travel on them only if necessary.

  • Time is running out for area homeowners to potentially have their home repaired and beautified for free.

    The unique opportunity is being offered by Kentucky Changers, an organization sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention that uses seventh through 12th graders to refurbish exteriors of homes.

    For the first time, the project will come to Grant County from July 4-11 with support from the Crittenden Baptist Association.

    The deadline to apply for homeowners interested in having their homes is Jan. 31.

  • My last living uncle considered himself a patriot of the American Constitution and voraciously a follower of the ideals of our early American leaders like Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Monroe.

    My last living uncle told me he was hoping to party one more time before he died. He partied when Joseph Goebbles died, he partied when Joseph Stalin died, he partied when Joseph McCarthy died and he was hoping Fox News was next. He said they should call it “Joseph News.”

    Why is all this important to the story I am about to weave?

  • Something came over me this past weekend while watching the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers make it to the NFL Super Bowl.

    While the games were entertaining, I could not shake the overwhelming feelings of frustration, envy and anger.

    Why can’t the teams I root for challenge for a championship any more?

    For no other reason than proximity, I am a Cincinnati Bengals fan.

    I am not a die hard, paint-your-face-black-and-orange fan, but I try to watch every game with that “Who Dey” spirit.


  • Times are tough and businesses are hurting.

    I see it when I drive past local eateries and retail stores and their parking lots are nearly empty.

    I hear it in conversations around me at church, in the grocery store and at the post office.

    Business slows down and workers get laid off.

    Laid off workers don’t go out to eat which means less tips for local waitresses and waiters. Less tips mean less money to purchase items from the school fund raiser.