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  • Community observes National Day of Prayer

    This year marked the 65th annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) observance.
    It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The law was amended and signed by President Reagan, designating the NDP as the first Thursday in May.

    In Grant County, the day began with a prayer breakfast at Williamstown Baptist Church, where a number of civic officials prayed for the nation and the community.

  • Lady Demons rout rival Lady Braves 8-1

    The Williamstown Lady Demons pounded out 11 hits, including four doubles and a triple, in route to beating the home team Grant County Lady Braves 8-1 on May 5.

    The Lady Demons came into the came at .500 with a 10-10 record.  
    When all was said and done they added another game to the win column.

    It didn’t take long for the Lady Demons to get started in the first.  
    Lady Braves starter Alayna Barnes got the leadoff batter to ground to first base and struck out the number two hitter for the first two outs of the inning.  

  • Middleton to lead Williamstown Schools

    Williamstown Independent Schools will have a new, but familiar leader next school year.
    Assistant Superintendent Misty Middleton was named the new superintendent for the district during the May 9 school board meeting.
    Middleton will step into her new role when superintendent Sally Skinner retires at the end of June.
    The school board gave Middleton a four-year contract.

  • Biz license changes coming to Dry Ridge

    Changes are coming to the ordinance regulating business licenses in Dry Ridge.
    Those changes likely will alter the amount businesses pay for the annual license.
    However, the goal of the ordinance is to “put more teeth” into it so businesses realize they are required to pay.
    As of March, there were nearly 60 businesses operating in the city without licenses.
    Several have since paid the annual fee.
    A current business license costs $28 per year for a business with an owner or operator with no employees.

  • From military service to realty, Simpson leads

    Since the business opened in 1998, Jim Simpson Realtors has been involved in 1,200 real estate transactions, totaling more than $130 million.
    However, Jim Simpson doesn’t credit exceptional business training for his success or the mentorship of other business professionals.

  • Unidentified woman’s remains unsolved after 28 years

    On May 6, 1988, Kentucky State Police discovered the remains of a young woman – she lie naked in an open field on Highway 330, her face decomposed beyond recognition – the cause of death was determined as strangulation.

    The discovery received little press. A May 12, 1988 edition of the News-Herald reported that an unidentified white female was discovered approximately 18 miles south of Owenton, 27 feet off the roadway.

  • Red Cross distributes smoke alarms

    Two adults and three children were killed in a house fire in Maysville in October 2015, an incident that continues to haunt Brenda Hartman of Williamstown.
    With that in mind, after she and her mother, Thelma Tolle, saw the story on TV, she called and scheduled an appointment to get free smoke alarms. It is all part of the American Red Cross Grant County Home Fire Prevention Campaign.

  • GCHS, WHS graduation dates set

    Grant County High School will hold its graduation at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23 on the GCHS football field.
    Tickets will be issued only if it is necessary to move graduation to the gym because of inclement weather. There are 290 students in the class.
    Williamstown High School’s 58 seniors will graduate at 7 p.m. May 27 in the gymnasium.
    See the June 2 issue of the Grant County News for the graduation section celebrating graduates.

  • Thomas enjoys tutoring, flipping pancakes

    A retired school principal in the Fayette County Public School system, James Thomas moved back to his native Grant County in January of 2011.
    Not long after moving back, his sister Carolyn Thompson suggested that he join the Williamstown Kiwanis Club.

    Joining the club opened doors to volunteering in Grant County, especially when a fellow member signed him up to be a part of the reading program, One to One.

  • Obstacles didn’t stop mom’s dedication to son

    The Wenderoth home in Dry Ridge is full of laughter, good-natured teasing and most of all expressions of respect and gratitude.

    When Niki Wenderoth Matt was a young mother of 9-month old McKenzie Matt, she went into premature labor at just 24 weeks into her second pregnancy.