http://www.grantky.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en FIRE! http://www.grantky.com/content/fire-0 <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_1_132.jpg" alt="Firefighters battled a blaze in Jonesville on Jan. 14. Family and friends gather outside the home on Stewart’s Ridge Road. Photos by Camille McClanahan" title="Firefighters battled a blaze in Jonesville on Jan. 14. Family and friends gather outside the home on Stewart’s Ridge Road. Photos by Camille McClanahan" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> Two Grant County families had to find other accommodations after their homes were heavily damaged in separate fires.<br /> Nathan Yazell was cooking hamburgers and French fries around 6 a.m. on Jan. 19 after getting off work at Toyota when grease caught his tri-level home on fire.</p> <p> When firefighters arrived around 6:20 a.m. smoke and fire were billowing out the windows.<br /> &ldquo;There was not a whole lot we could save when we got there,&rdquo; Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen said.</p> GCHS honors 1953-54 basketball team, cheerleaders http://www.grantky.com/content/gchs-honors-1953-54-basketball-team-cheerleaders <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gchs-first-varsity-basketball-team.jpg" alt="Helen Catlett Brown, Betty Burgess Marshall, Ramona Souder Peddicord, Donald Brown, Willie Lawrence, Richard “Dickie” Longbons, John Smith and Jack Wilson were honored as the the first to play and cheer for Grant County High School 60 years ago. Photo by Mark Verbeck " title="Helen Catlett Brown, Betty Burgess Marshall, Ramona Souder Peddicord, Donald Brown, Willie Lawrence, Richard “Dickie” Longbons, John Smith and Jack Wilson were honored as the the first to play and cheer for Grant County High School 60 years ago. Photo by Mark Verbeck " align="left" hspace="6" width="189" height="85" /><p> The Bible book of Romans says, &ldquo;Give everyone what you owe him: if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor&rdquo; (Romans 13:7).</p> <p> There was a lot of respect and honor shown Jan. 16 to the 1953-54 men and women who were the first to play and cheer for Grant County High School 60 years ago. &nbsp;<br /> Players came together from their former schools of Corinth, Mason, Dry Ridge and Crittenden to form the new basketball team of Grant County High School. &nbsp;</p> Kiwanis auction raises money for community projects http://www.grantky.com/content/kiwanis-auction-raises-money-community-projects <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/auction.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> Are you looking for a manicure or pedicure or would you rather get your oil changed? What about a boat motor or tickets to a University of Kentucky men&rsquo;s basketball game?.</p> <p> If you&rsquo;re in the market for something unusual or even something antique, then the 19h annual Kiwanis auction is for you.</p> Express deadlines change http://www.grantky.com/content/express-deadlines-change <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/logo.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="464" height="85" /><p> The Grant County Express news and advertising deadline will be 3 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning this week.<br /> The change is necessary due to changes at the Cynthiana Post Office, where the Express is weighed and mailed.</p> <p> <br /> The Express will continue to be delivered in homes and mailboxes by Monday.<br /> &ldquo;We hope this is not inconvenient for our advertisers or readers, but it could not be helped,&rdquo; Jamie S. Baker, editor of the Express said.</p> Family, friends wait on body ID http://www.grantky.com/content/family-friends-wait-body-id <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/randallruss.jpg" alt="Todd Foster of Dry Ridge, places a wreath at the Fleming County site where a body believed to be Russ was found. Foster was Russ’ good friend. Photo submitted." title="Todd Foster of Dry Ridge, places a wreath at the Fleming County site where a body believed to be Russ was found. Foster was Russ’ good friend. Photo submitted." align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> The family and friends of Randall Russ can do nothing but wait more than three months after a body was found in Fleming County.</p> <p> While all indications are the body is that of the 54-year-old Dry Ridge resident, Kentucky State Police said they are awaiting DNA results before positively identifying the remains.</p> From the Bench http://www.grantky.com/content/bench <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bates_at_bench.jpg" alt="Circuit Judge Stephen Bates listens to a case before him on his last day on the bench on Dec. 17. Photo by Jamie S. Baker" title="Circuit Judge Stephen Bates listens to a case before him on his last day on the bench on Dec. 17. Photo by Jamie S. Baker" align="left" hspace="6" width="172" height="85" /><p> Stephen Bates is used to working while working out.<br /> For the last 29 years, he spent hours on his exercise bike with a circuit court case from Grant, Owen or Carroll counties in his hand.</p> <p> Bates, of Dry Ridge, was the longest sitting circuit judge in Kentucky. Last year, he opted not to seek another term.</p> <p> As of Jan. 5, he found himself with a lot more time on his hands. But the law and seeing justice served is close to his heart, so he plans to work as a consultant in his son, Stephen Bates II&rsquo;s law firm and to work as a mediator.</p> GRANT COUNTY WRESTLING http://www.grantky.com/content/grant-county-wrestling <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_3_94.jpg" alt="Thomas Gripshover " title="Thomas Gripshover " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /> Clerk’s office gets new look, web site http://www.grantky.com/content/clerk%E2%80%99s-office-gets-new-look-web-site <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/clerks_office_screenshot.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="133" height="85" /><p> Jan. 5 was a big day for Tabatha Clemons.<br /> Clemons, who spent eight years as Grant County Parks and Recreation director, began a new chapter in her life as county clerk.</p> <p> On her first day, she presented her budget for the clerk&rsquo;s office to the Grant County Fiscal Court and the Grant County Clerk&rsquo;s Office website &mdash; www.grantcountyclerk.org &mdash; went live.</p>