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  • What about Gina?

    Gina Brown is home.

    February 27, 2009 could not come fast enough for the Glencoe mother of three who was finally able to spend the night with her family under one roof.

    “I’m so excited,” she said, as the white van from Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Florence brought her home, one year to the day of an accident that nearly claimed her life.

  • Chamber seeks annual award nominations

    Nominations for the annual Grant County Chamber of Commerce awards are now being taken. Categories include Grant Countian of the year, business person of the year, educator of the year and volunteer of the year.

    Pick up nomination forms at the Grant County Chamber of Commerce in Williamstown.

    The deadline for nominations is April 3.

    Awards will be presented at the Chamber Banquet set for April 18 at Williamstown High School.

    For more information, call 824-3322.

  • Twenty apply for Williamstown superintendent position

    Williamstown Independent Schools’ search for a new superintendent is officially on.

    Twenty people have applied to replace Charles Ed Wilson, who after six years with the district announced in November his plans to retire two years before his contract was scheduled to end.

    His resignation will become effective July 1.

    “I find the number of applicants to be outstanding,” said Mike Oder, a superintendent search consultant for the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA).

    The district is paying KSBA $8,500 to assist with the search.

  • Crews work to repair pesky potholes

    As the snow melts and the ice thaws, roadways can resemble mine fields with potholes riddling the pavement.

    Dodging the potentially dangerous holes has become almost an art form on Interstate 75.

    However, help is on the way, according to local officials.

    Three- to four-man crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have already been working their way through I-75 and other state routes patching up the potholes, said Nancy Wood, public information officer, KTC District 6.

  • Tax talk

    Two local legislators recently voted in opposition of each other in a state budget proposal that included a 30-cent cigarette tax increase.

    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, voted against the measure designed to help the state dig out from a $456 million budget shortfall.

  • Stamp prices to climb May 11

    Local post offices are seeing an increase in the popularity of Forever Stamps since the announcement of postage prices rising effective May 11.

    The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service recently approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents.

  • Taking the Polar Plunge

    Below freezing temperatures and icy water did not stop a group of Williamstown students recently from plunging into a pool for a good cause.

    Ten Williamstown Senior High students, a 2008 graduate and a teacher, Tim Moore, participated in the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Lexington to support Special Olympics Kentucky.

    The Friendship Foundation club, which consists of special education students being mentored by their fellow Williamstown School students, raised $1,085 for the cause.

  • Tree troubles

    Grant County will get some help from the state in cleaning up from the ice and wind storms earlier this month.

    Gov. Steve Beshear awarded contracts in 78 counties, including Grant and surrounding counties, for removal of debris left in the wake of the storms that began sweeping through Kentucky on Jan. 27.

    Beginning Monday, Feb. 23, contractors will begin removing debris off the state right of way.

  • 4-H program celebrates milestone

    Break out the candles and party hats.

    The 4-H program in Kentucky is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

    Starting in 1909 with the organization of the Fayette County corn club, 4-H spread to 42 counties and included 3,887 people in its first eight years.

    Last year, 229,126 Kentucky youths were involved with 4-H.

  • D.W. Dills chosen for Hall of Fame

    4-H has always held a special place in the heart of D.W. Dills.

    He was member of the organization from about 12 to 17 years old, caring for a dairy cow named Blondie in the livestock club.

    Now, the 81-year-old Grant County resident still helps support the local 4-H every year.

    In honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary in Kentucky, the 27-member local 4-H council unanimously chose Dills for the Centennial Hall of Fame for his significant contributions over the years.