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  • GCHS senior doubles team makes it to region semis

    Grant County senior tennis players Ronnie Kinman and Joey Saylor found success as they made it to the regional semifinals.
    The special thing about this season was that it almost didn’t happen.  

    “This was my first year playing, and Joey’s second,” Kinman said. “He was the only reason I even played this season.”

  • Simon Kenton ends Demons’ season with 15-4 defeat

    The Williamstown Demons baseball season ended May 23 in the first round of the district tournament as they were defeated in five innings, 15-4 by Simon Kenton.
    Williamstown finished their season with a record of 8-11. The Pioneers gained a huge advantage over the

    Demons in the first inning alone scoring 12 runs.
    Every player in Simon Kenton’s lineup scored at least once before Williamstown had a chance to bat.
    The deficit rattled Williamstown but lead-off hitter Corey Fryman found his way on base with a single to left field.

  • POLICE REPORTS 5-26-16

    (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.)
    Officer KJ Little cited Dawn M. Haggard, 54, of Williamstown, for obstructed vision and/or windshield, at 8:23 p.m. May 15 on Taft Highway.
    Chief Rick Kells charged William S. Wilkinson Jr., 27, of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear and probation violation, at 2:30 p.m. May 16 on McCoy Drive. Wilkinson was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Sweet potatoes need 150 days

    Once again we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall.  
    I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May and by early November we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods!  Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive.  
    We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables.  

  • In defense of ordinary

    I confess: I am not trendy or radical. Never was. Probably never will be.
    What I am is ordinary. Average. I would add normal, but the jury is still out on that.
    Over the years, the Christian church in North America has gone through trends. From the Jesus Movement in the 1960s and 70s to the rise of megachurches in the 80s and 90s to the hipster craze with pastors in skinny jeans sipping lattes as they preach while sitting atop a lone, high stool on a bare stage — or in a craft brew pub.

  • Adams shares Quilts of Valor with lifelong friend

    Terry Conrad and Jane Blackburn Adams have known each other since they were little more than toddlers. They share a special bond of friendship and memories of a turbulent time in history.

    When Conrad came home from war, he, like many Vietnam veterans of the time, was met with hostility.
    He had survived the Tet Offensive, where both the U.S. and South Vietnamese militaries sustained heavy losses. In 1970, after enduring 14 months of war, he headed home.

  • Mr. Poer goes to Washington

    Williamstown Elementary Principal David Poer was one of three educators from Kentucky to recently visit Washington, D.C, to advocate for new federal education legislation.
    As president of the Kentucky Association of Elementary and Middle School principals, Poer attended the National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. for four days in March.

  • Marathon man Marlon Kinsey - Grant County’s Biggest Winner

    The Biggest Winner Challenge, a healthy lifestyle program, was held again this year, from April 4, through April 30. It is sponsored by FFLAG, Northern Kentucky Health Department, Grant County

    Parks and Recreation and the Grant County Extension Service.
    Marlon Kinsey, a seventh grade social studies teacher at Grant County Middle School, lost 20 pounds and was named the 2016 Biggest Winner on May 7. He won $100 for losing the most weight and was also awarded $250 as the Ray Spillman Memorial Overall Winner.

  • Atheists stymied on anti-Ark Park billboards

    An atheist group has been stymied in its planned billboard campaign in Ken­tucky to protest the controversial $92 million Noah’s Ark replica theme park, set to open in July.

    The Tri-State Freethinkers group an­nounced in March it planned to erect sev­eral billboards titled “Genocide & Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths.” In a rendering, the billboard shows peo­ple drowning around an ark.

  • Tourism industry grows in Grant County, across state

    Kentucky’s tourism industry experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate the state has seen since 2005.
    All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains for 2015 compared with 2014.
    Those gains were also present in Grant County.
    With the Ark Encounter set to open July 7, local tourism can expect an even bigger boom.