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Guide is here; it’s raining purple!

By Jamie Baker-Nantz


Did you know that you are holding a valuable tool in your hands?
That’s right, not only is the Grant County News valuable in providing you with news, photos and local happenings, but it also contains valuable coupons to save you money.
But this week’s News has a little something extra. It contains the 2012 “This Is Grant County” – a guide to the people, places and events.
While you might not think it takes long to update the Guide, let me tell you that the News staff spends many hours making phone calls, sending e-mails, mailing letters and re-calling and re-checking information.
Some of you were extra supportive and sent or called in updates and that was extremely helpful.
Many newspapers publish an annual guide. Some of those come out later in the year, but I, along, with the publisher, Ken Stone, made the decision a few years ago to publish the guide in January since it is the start of a new year.
The Guide is one of the largest publications that we produce and it’s quite a complicated process, even though it may seem like it’s not.
The only problem with working  on it a couple of months ahead in order to make a printer’s deadline is that some of the information may be out of date by the time it is published.
That’s also a drawback of having it published only once a year.
We recognize those as issues.
The Guide is designed to keep, just like a phone book and use.
It has information about your government, your schools, your cities and even your taxes.
We encourage you to read it and use it. After all, it’s the only publication of its kind that is dedicated solely to Grant County with Grant County information.
If you do find a mistake or information that needs to be updated, please call me at 859-824-3343 or e-mail me at jbakernantz@grantky.com so that I can make note of the changes.
The worst thing you could do is wait until the end of the year, thinking that you’ll call us and then you forget and it doesn’t get changed.
Information about clubs and organizations in the Guide is used weekly in our “What’s Up” or community calendar in the News, so it’s important that our information is accurate.
We hope you not only find the Guide useful, but that you enjoy it. It’s all about you, made just for you.
Purple Reign!
Purple came to Grant County and it looked good.
The Coaches vs. Cancer events, which featured the boys and girls basketball games between Grant County and Williamstown, had an even bigger meaning this year. They served as the community kick off for the 2012 Grant County Relay For Life, which raises funds to fight cancer.
Williamstown Superintendent Sally Skinner  and Grant County Superintendent Ron Livingood were good sports and graciously agreed to a little contest. The school district raising the least amount of funds over the course of the four games would be the “loser” and the superintendent would have their head/hair painted purple.
Williamstown came out the winner having raised almost $2,500. (See photos on page 1 and the story on page 10 of this issue.)
But the truth is – there were no losers.
The whole purpose of the Coaches vs. Cancer events were to get the community involved and engaged in the fight against cancer and to make people aware of what the Grant County Relay For Life is all about.
More than $4,000 was raised to aid in funding research and programs in the fight against cancer and this is just the beginning of the relay season.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can join the fight, call me or come to a meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 at the Grant County Deposit Bank (next to Tractor Supply) in Williamstown. You won’t regret it.

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