http://www.grantky.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Retired KSP trooper battles rare bone marrow disorder http://www.grantky.com/content/retired-ksp-trooper-battles-rare-bone-marrow-disorder <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/frank_portrait.jpg" alt="Frank Merritt smiles as he looks at the supporters who lined Barnes Road to welcome him home after a lengthy health battle. Photos by Linda Lawrence" title="Frank Merritt smiles as he looks at the supporters who lined Barnes Road to welcome him home after a lengthy health battle. Photos by Linda Lawrence" align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> Retired Kentucky State Trooper and detective Frank Merritt and his wife Trish, were greeted by dozens of well-wishers lined up along KY 36, with flags, balloons and law enforcement vehicles parked all along the road when they returned home from an extended stay in Cleveland, Ohio.<br /> Frank spent months in Cleveland to battle a rare bone marrow disorder, which required a transplant to survive.<br /> Grad Class of 2016 http://www.grantky.com/content/grad-class-2016 <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_17_3.jpg" alt="Latoshia Sampson shows off her diploma at Grant County High School’s commencement ceremonies held on May 23. Photos by Camille McClanahan" title="Latoshia Sampson shows off her diploma at Grant County High School’s commencement ceremonies held on May 23. Photos by Camille McClanahan" align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /> Family Fun Park zips into Williamstown June 10 http://www.grantky.com/content/family-fun-park-zips-williamstown-june-10 <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/zipping_man_4.jpg" alt="A promotional photo shows the zipline activities Williamstown Family Fun Park will offer visitors." title="A promotional photo shows the zipline activities Williamstown Family Fun Park will offer visitors." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> The Ark Encounter is not the only attraction opening this summer in Williamstown hoping to bring visitors to Grant County.<br /> Williamstown Family Fun Park, featuring an 18-hole miniature golf course, a treetop zipline course and childrens&rsquo; rope adventure course, is set to open Friday, June 10 at 605 KY 36 West, one mile west of the Ark Encounter.</p> Crittenden family loses home in fire http://www.grantky.com/content/crittenden-family-loses-home-fire <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic2_183.jpg" alt="Crittenden and Dry Ridge firefighters work to extinguish the flames at a Gardnersville home on May 11. Photo submitted" title="Crittenden and Dry Ridge firefighters work to extinguish the flames at a Gardnersville home on May 11. Photo submitted" align="left" hspace="6" width="186" height="85" /><p> When Edward Jones pulled up to his Gardnersville Road home on May 11, flames were bellowing out of the front and side windows.<br /> Minutes before, he had received a call from his wife, Cheryl, that the house was on fire while unloading materials at a job site in Williamstown.</p> <p> &ldquo;I jumped in the car and went about 80 miles per hour all the way there,&rdquo; Jones said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a wonder I didn&rsquo;t get a ticket.&rdquo;<br /> Jones said his wife, who was home alone, turned on the stove to heat it up and got in the shower because her back was hurting.</p> Fiscal Court to study future of jail http://www.grantky.com/content/fiscal-court-study-future-jail <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cuffs_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Grant County Fiscal Court will study the possibility of regionalizing or privatizing the Grant County Detention Center.</p> <p> A resolution unanimously passed during the May 16 meeting authorizes Judge-Executive Steve Wood to prepare a report on future options related to corrections in the county.</p> Wood looks forward to improvement, growth in county http://www.grantky.com/content/wood-looks-forward-improvement-growth-county <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/law_1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> With your first year in office complete, what accomplishments are you most proud of and why?</p> <p> I am the most proud having opened the term with a strong working relationship between the county and the cities, where we all work together to improve the quality of life in this community.<br /> The mayors and I meet monthly to discuss issues we are confronting together. I am a true believer we can achieve a lot more working together then we can independently.</p> Fordyce ‘loved every minute’ at SES http://www.grantky.com/content/fordyce-%E2%80%98loved-every-minute%E2%80%99-ses <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_8_41.jpg" alt="David Fordyce crosses the finish line at the Stallion Stampede Color Run held at Sherman Elementary. Fordyce won this year’s Grant County Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award. Photo by Mark Verbeck" title="David Fordyce crosses the finish line at the Stallion Stampede Color Run held at Sherman Elementary. Fordyce won this year’s Grant County Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award. Photo by Mark Verbeck" align="left" hspace="6" width="74" height="85" /><p> After a distinguished career as an educator, David Fordyce, principal of Sherman Elementary School (SES), will retire at the end of this school year. For 28 years, he has invested himself in the lives of children.</p> <p> &ldquo;I feel I have been blessed,&rdquo; Fordyce said. &ldquo;I have been fortunate to work for Grant County for 18 years. I have worked with some of the best administrators, the best teachers, the best staff, the best kids. I had 10 years in Covington, and I loved my years in Covington, but those were all teaching years.&rdquo;</p> From military service to realty, Simpson leads http://www.grantky.com/content/military-service-realty-simpson-leads <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/simpson_w-parents-web.jpg" alt="Jim Simpson, center, Grant County Chamber Excellence In Business winner is pictured with his parents, Wanda and Bobby Simpson. Photo submitted" title="Jim Simpson, center, Grant County Chamber Excellence In Business winner is pictured with his parents, Wanda and Bobby Simpson. Photo submitted" align="left" hspace="6" width="175" height="85" /><p> Since the business opened in 1998, Jim Simpson Realtors has been involved in 1,200 real estate transactions, totaling more than $130 million.<br /> However, Jim Simpson doesn&rsquo;t credit exceptional business training for his success or the mentorship of other business professionals.</p>