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Today's News

  • School cuts felt locally

    Financially strapped school districts across the state may soon take another hit in state funding.

    Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jon Draud recently sent an e-mail to all state superintendents notifying them that the Office of the State Budget Director wants the Kentucky Department of Education to submit a plan for a 4-percent funding cut across the board.

    The cut would reduce the state budget for primary-12th grade education by approximately $132 million, Draud wrote.

  • Farm manager finds sweet solution for piles of poop

    If you’ve got horses, you’ve got waste. If you got horse manure, then you’ve probably got a smell and flies.

    At Folsom Ridge Farm, their poop doesn’t stink. Well, it doesn’t after Todd Foster, the farm manager, gets through with it.

    Foster, who has worked with horses most of his life has started to recycle the farms horse manure by composting it.

  • Give the gift of art; reception set for Dec. 13

    Wondering what to give that special someone who has everything for Christmas? Or, trying to find something distinctive yet affordable for a unique person in your life? Want to have something different to do in Grant County for the holidays? Look no farther! Grant County Community Enrichment Through the Arts (CETA) has their Third Annual “Give the Gift of Art” exhibit going on now through Jan. 10, 2009.

  • Nusiance ordinance tabled

    The second reading of a lengthy nuisance ordinance that would have targeted properties with out of control weeds, dilapidated buildings and excessive noise was tabled by the Dry Ridge City Council.

    “When we got this nobody realized it was going to be 19 pages,” said Mayor Clay Crupper. “I read the whole thing twice. According to this, you couldn’t even burn wood because the smoke would bother somebody. If you’re working on a car, you couldn’t do it because the noise would be real loud. This has created a monster for us.”

  • GCHS boys’ earn win in final minute against Ludlow

    While the Grant County boys’ basketball team may have been down against Ludlow, they were never out.

    Relying on two seniors and a sophomore, the Braves earned a 61-59 victory, despite being down for most of the second half.

    Seniors Kody Thompson and Cody Kinman got Grant County back into the game with timely three pointers that silenced the Ludlow crowd and rejuvenated their team. But the final shot belonged to sophomore Justin Loomis who sent the Panthers home with a loss and put the Braves at 2-0 on the season.

  • Wilson steps down as superintendent

    Williamstown Independent Schools soon will be looking for a new superintendent.

    Charles Ed Wilson, who is in his sixth year with the district, has decided to retire two years before his contract was scheduled to end.

    In a letter dated Nov. 10 to Williamstown School Board members, Wilson gave his written notice that he will be resigning from his position effective July 1, 2009, giving the board eight months to recruit and select a replacement.

    Wilson’s wife, Rose, also will be retiring as a teacher at Dry Ridge Elementary.

  • Good tidings of cheer

    With the chance to earn a trip to Orlando for the Americheer National Competition, the Grant County High School varsity cheerleaders had hoped to come out hot, but instead came out cold during their warm-ups.

    As they went through their routine, they were disappointed with their performance, which they believed was not as crisp and enthusiastic as it needed to be.

    After a talk with their coach, the girls came out for their real performance and earned an 80 percent, 10 percent better than they had to score to earn their trip to the national competition.

  • News seeks Letters to Santa Claus

    If you’ve got a Christmas wish, you better get it on paper.

    The Grant County News will be publishing Letters to Santa. The deadline to submit a letter is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. Photos can also be included with the letter.

    Send letters to: Letters to Santa, c/o Grant County News, P.O. Box 247, Williamstown, Ky 41097 or e-mail to: gceditorial@fuse.net or fax to 859-824-5888.

    Letters will be published in the Dec. 18 issue of the Grant County News.

  • GCHS presents ‘Antigone’

    The Grant County High School will present “Antigone” at 7 p.m. on December 19 and 20 at the Grant County High School auditorium.

    They also performed the one-act play at the Kentucky High School Speech League State Drama Festival on Dec. 10 at Western Kentucky University.

  • Lady Braves unable to stop Simon Kenton

    The Grant County girls’ basketball team knew they were in for a challenge when they took on district favorite Simon Kenton. Early in the game, they battled to stay close, but couldn’t stop the Pioneers, as they lost 70-39.

    “They are good,” coach Darrell Guffey said. “They shot the ball really well and they have five seniors that play a lot. They have a lot more experience than us and that showed. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to continue coming into practice and working hard.”