In the spring of 1970, Father John Barkley, the Episcopal minister at Hyannis and a former advertising man, decided to attempt to reinstate a county paper.John
, wife Gloria, children Cheryl, Alison and Brad, along with Sharon M. Wheelock, worked a few months readying the old office and machinery.
On July 30, 1970, they started the process for the first issue of the Grant County News
, Present for the first run were John Barkley
, Sharon M. Wheelock and A. W. ìBoatî Metcalf.
...Sharon, having worked as reporter and correspondent for the newspaper since 1956, had served under four publishers: Orien B. Winter, John Barkley, Barb Merrihew and Jim Likens, while bringing up five children: Robyn, James, Londa, Chris and Lance.