Army officials are saying his actions saved hundreds of lives. Not long ago, Ross was
on a road patrol when his vehicle was hit by a grenade, his mother said. Ross was
not injured in that attack. When he called his mother Wednesday, he was more
worried about fellow soldiers and his mother than he was for himself, Gregg said.
Ross, a 1999 graduate of Conner High School in Hebron, has been in the Army for
more than three years and in Iraq since April. He re-enlisted in October. "I've been
worried the whole time he's been over there," Gregg said. "He keeps in contact with
me. He may call once a month, sometimes two or three times when he can.
"I worry less when I hear from him. I still worry, but I feel he's doing something he
knows he needs to be doing." Ross had just started his guard duty in the watch tower
near the base entrance Tuesday morning. "The fellow before him said everything was
quiet. He said, 'Make sure you dress warm; it's a really cold night.'" Talented and
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another person. Ross told his mother. "He said he was on duty about a half-hour
when a car came down the road," Gregg said. "That's not really unusual because
people make wrong turns and don't realize they can't get through. Most cars will make
a U-turn and turn around. "But this car kept coming down the road. He said he shot
100 rounds in less than 30 seconds."
News reports said Ross kept shooting until the car blew up, leaving a large crater
near the base entrance and blowing out windows for blocks. "They believe the car
was heading for the part of the compound where the officers stay," Gregg said. She
said her son was in the tower and other guards were on the ground. "The only thing
that happened to JR was the force from the explosion knocked him off his feet. His
weapon was in pieces.
"He said he tried to find his radio to call someone. A soldier down below had just
turned 19. He had shrapnel go through his sinus cavity. JR heard him just crying, but
he couldn't do anything. He couldn't leave his post." The attack happened about 4:45
a.m. Col. Michael Linnington, commander of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division,
which controls the Mosul region and the area west to the Syrian border, told the
Associated Press that four soldiers were evacuated and are being treated for blast
injuries and 37 soldiers have nicks, cuts, bruises and some broken bones.
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The school has set groundbreaking for the building, located between the current building and the baseball field, for 1 p.m. Oct. 29. Earlier this month, Foys reviewed the project with the Diocesan Consulters, eight priests who advise him, and the diocesan finance council. About $7 million has been pledged so far to the project. Foys applauded the efforts of the school's principal, staff and administration for striving to "provide a new facility to serve the needs not only of the current student population, but also of students of future generations." Covington Catholic needed approval from the diocese because the school is a diocesan institution. The building will have about 25,000 square feet more than the current school's 57,000 square feet.
The current building, constructed in 1954, has no language labs, outdated science labs and a cafeteria designed to accommodate only 165 students at a time. The current enrollment is about 475. "This project will benefit the school, grace the diocese and enrich Northern Kentucky," said Jack Kennevan, principal at the school since 1996. The issue that dominated last week's Kenton County judge-executive forum was again the hot topic at Thursday's county commissioner forum: the county jail.
The forum pitted Republican incumbents Dan Humpert, Barb Black and Adam Koenig against their Democrat challengers — Sue Sampson, Steve Wright and Mike Baker, respectively. About 65 people — mainly political figures, county employees and relatives of the candidates — attended the event at Holmes High School. Democrats attacked what they viewed as the Republicans' inability to fund a new jail and decide on a location for it. At least two of the incumbents promised at the beginning of their terms in 1998 that the Fiscal Court would make those decisions during their terms. The court considered sites in Erlanger, Covington and Fort Wright.