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  • GCMS students accept ‘Dream It Do It’ challenge

    A group of Grant County Middle School students accepted the “Dream It Do It” challenge from the Partners for a Competitive Workforce.

    The challenge for the six students and their teacher, Angela Cummins, is to visit a local manufacturing site, then develop a short video that shares with their peers all the cool things about today’s advanced manufacturing.

    Manufacturers in Northern Kentucky are working to change public perceptions about careers in manufacturing. 

  • Lady Demons fall in districts to Walton

    The final score of the game did not tell the whole story in the 32nd district game against the Williamstown Lady Demons and Walton Verona.
    The teams fought hard in what was a back and forth matchup.
    Walton walked away with the 60-51 victory to move on the tournament final.
    Both teams opened up with solid on ball pressure.

    Walton Verona took the lead early, as it was hard for Williamstown to get on the board.
    The opening basket for Williamstown came from Hayley Howe with a little over three minutes left in the first quarter.

  • Damon Thayer probe done ‘by the book’

    The Georgetown Police Department followed its policies and procedures “by the book” while investigating a domestic dispute involving State Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, said Mayor Tom Prather and Police Chief Michael Bosse in separate interviews.

  • Republican caucus set for March 5

    Registered Republicans in Grant County will have a chance to vote for their party’s presidential candidate in a caucus on Saturday, March 5.

    The Republican Presidential Caucus will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Williamstown High School cafeteria.
    Voters who were registered as Republicans by Dec. 31, 2015, are eligible to vote in the caucus.  

  • Bomb threat puts GCHS on brief lockdown

    Grant County High School was briefly put on lockdown and evacuated Feb. 22 after “I’m going to blow this building up at 12:45 on Feb. 22” was found written with a black marker on a bathroom stall door.

    The origin of the threat was quickly discovered and a male juvenile student will be charged in the incident.
    Police found no credible threat at the high school.

    The threat was discovered at 8 a.m. on a bathroom stall inside a boy’s restroom near the high school gym.


    Employees from the Grant County Detention Center packed the Grant County Courthouse last week for fear they wouldn’t be paid.

    The special called meeting was held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 after Magistrate Jacqalynn Riley wanted to talk specifically with Jailer Chris Hankins about declining revenue and increased costs such as a $36,158 water bill at the facility.

  • Lady Braves dominated 71-37 by Simon Kenton

    The Grant County Lady Braves found it difficult to compete with Simon Kenton’s combination of size, strength and three-point shooting Feb. 22 in the district tournament.

    The Lady Braves were defeated 71-37 to end their season with a 6-22 record.
    From the opening whistle, Grant County did their best to maintain possession.

  • Demons end season with 54-40 loss to Pioneers

    Williamstown managed to keep it close until the fourth quarter, but the boys’ basketball team finally fell 54-40 to Simon Kenton in the first round of the 32nd district tournament.

    Early in the game, the size of Simon Kenton dictated the matchup.
    With their entire lineup towering over Williamstown, it was easy for the Pioneers to grab rebounds and get easy three-point shots.

    All of the rebounds for Williamstown came off of hustle and fight as they managed to get 13 total rebounds on the night.


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)

    Kentucky State Police charged Bobby L. McNay, 40, of Williamstown, with failure to signal, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, failure to provide insurance, possession of a controlled substance heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, at 10:37 p.m. Feb. 16 on Broadway Street. McNay was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.


    Andrew Davis is the Williamstown High School Youth Performance Award winner for January.
    He is a senior at WHS and is the son of Todd and Amy Davis of Williamstown.
    Extra-curricular activities: Marching Band and academic team
    Community involvement: Tutors at Williamstown High School and participates in $100 Solution at Western Kentucky University.
    Class schedule: Differential equations, Intro to discrete mathematics, chemistry 1 and chemistry 1 lab, writing in the disciplines and research.