Paint the Town was a success!

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

It’s hard to believe that winter finally seems to have moved on and spring has finally sprung. It was a long-time coming, but now that the weather has turned warmer the days are flying by.
April is nearly over and it feels like the calendar page just turned.
I was most impressed with this year’s observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Grant County School District made a concerted effort to take their message to the public with a Blue Ribbon/Pinwheel Decorating Contest and a community breakfast held at Grant County High School on April 9.
Every school in our community, as well as several businesses and churches took up the challenge and displayed pinwheels and ribbons to draw attention to the need to end child abuse in our county.  This has been the best effort I’ve seen to get the community involved and hopefully next year even more businesses and individuals will want to “Paint The Town Blue.”
During the proclomation signing at GCHS, the audience was filled with community members and students. Students also participated in the program.
While no one wants to admit that child abuse exists, it does and it’s wrong and I’m glad that as a community we aren’t afraid to let our young people know that there are places to go and people to go to for help.
Karla Hurley, director of the Mason-Corinth Elementary Family Resource Center, took up the charge of organizing these events and she is to be commended for planting a seed that will hopefully continue to grow.
With winter finally moving on, it’s time to turn attention to spring things such as the start of the Little League season.
The opening day for Little League is Saturday, April 26 and this year the Grant County News and GCLL will be partnering to bring our readers weekly coverage of our young athletes.
This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but frankly just didn’t have the staff to get it done. Several of the GCLL board members had the same idea and approached us about working together. We hope you enjoy the standings and photos starting next week in the News.
You may have noticed that we’ve added baseball standings to our sports pages, as well as a crossword puzzle. We want to offer things of interest to our community and that’s where we need to hear from our readers. Tell us what you like, tell us what you don’t, tell us how to make the Grant County News and Grant County Express into something you can’t live without.
We are listening, so let us hear from you by calling (859-824-3343) or emailing me at jbakernantz@grantky.com or just stopping by to visit with me at 129 S. Main (at the beginning of Hogan’s Mill Subdivision) in Dry Ridge. You might want to call first and make sure I’m in, but my door is open.
Spring means the Grant County Relay For Life is not far away.
With the uncertainty about the end of the school year and graduation dates, the RFL committee waited to set a date for this year’s event, but we’ve done it.
The 2014 Grant County Relay For Life will be held on June 13 at Grant County Park. We are hopeful that this later date will mean warmer weather and maybe we won’t have to deal with so much heavy dew after we’ve been up all night raising money to fund cancer research and programs.
It’s not too late to sign up a relay team. Teams must be registered online at www.relayforlife.org/grantky by April 30. No exceptions.
A team captain’s meeting is planned for 6 p.m. on April 28 at Grant County Deposit Bank (Warsaw Road) in Dry Ridge. If you’re looking for ways to get involved, attend this meeting.
Speaking of relay, that mean’s it’s time for the Grant County News’ RFL team’s annual Pig Out For Relay Barbecue Lunch.
We’ve changed the date from May 1 to May 15 due a scheduling conflict, but where else can you spend $5 and get a barbecue sandwich, chips, drink and a cookie and help a great cause? We offer delivery and carryout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

(Jamie Baker-Nantz is editor of the Grant County News. She can be reached at 859-824-3343 or by email at jbakernantz@grantky.com)