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  • Touchdown helps 12-year-old kick cancer

    Jacob Vickers is just 12 years old, but he’s a fighter and a survivor. He was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, or a cancerous tumor of the muscles attached to bone. It is rare and the most common soft tissue tumor in children. In the six years since it was discovered, he’s fought hard and undergone round after round of chemotherapy and radiation. This past July was spent in the hospital.


    His cancer is in remission and he’s been able to return to schools. This year he’s in sixth grade at Grant County Middle School.

  • Back 2 School
  • Background checks no longer free for school districts

    State budget cuts have led school districts to scramble to decide how to pay for mandatory criminal background checks for volunteers.
    From field trip chaperones and athletic and band boosters to reading mentors, schools rely on volunteers daily.
    The Administrative Office of the Courts has covered the $10 cost per background check for nearly 20 years at the state public and private schools, including processing nearly 217,000 criminal record reports statewide in 2011.

  • Volunteers needed to give hope, help on Aug. 25

    Hope reigns and the members of Williamstown United Methodist Church want hope to rain down on the community on Aug. 25.
    Impact Kentucky,  a state-wide initiative of United Methodist Churches, will be in communities across the state using more than 700 volunteers to repair homes and businesses damaged by the spring’s tornadoes, as well as distributing clothes and food and hosting a free carnival.

  • RIDE TO REMEMBER

    ‘These are my people
    This is where I come from
    We’re givin’ this life everything we’ve got and then some
    It ain’t always pretty
    But it’s real
    That’s the way we were made
    Wouldn’t have it any other way
    These are my people’
    - Rodney Atkins
    (one of Josh Lilly’s favorite songs)

     

  • NKU, community partner to continue extended campus

    The Northern Kentucky University – Grant County Center is one of a kind and a recent agreement between NKU and local officials will keep it around for a long while.


    Dr. James Votruba, president of NKU, joined Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner and Wade Gutman, executive director of the Grant County Industrial Development Authority, in signing an agreement that defines the operations of the center.


    In this agreement, NKU has agreed to pay for operational costs at the Williamstown facility. The city leases the building to NKU at $1 per year.

  • BACK TO SCHOOL BASHES

    WILLIAMSTOWN:
    Williamstown Independent School will join as one campus to celebrate returning to class Aug. 10 with a Back to School Bash.
    The district decided to forego its usual Sundae Social, Readi-Fest and back to school events for each school for the 2012-13 school year.
    The bash will include games, food and a free movie to kick off the school year.

  • Former NBA star, Williamstown native dies

    Hall of Famer Arnie Risen, known as “Flash” and “Stilts” during his illustrious basketball career, died Aug. 4 in Beechwood, Ohio.
    Risen, who played basketball at Williamstown High School before playing in the NBA, was 87.


    The 1942 WHS graduate, who has a street named after him in Williamstown, was recognized by the school district in 1999 by being named a member of the Williamstown Wall of Fame at graduation.
    Risen was also named “Alumni of the Year” in 2012.

  • First U.S. 25 Yard Sale gains momentum

    Judy Wiggington likes to talk on the phone.
    She’s talked to every city, from Covington to Williamsburg, that sits along U.S. 25 in Kentucky in order to drum up support for a U.S. 25 yard sale.


    Wiggington, of Williamstown, had the idea for a U.S. 25 yard sale that would pass through the middle of Grant County for several years after attending the famous 127 Yard Sale, but it wasn’t until she retired in January of this year that she put a plan in motion.

  • BUSTED!

    Jim Blackney of Dry Ridge wasn’t too surprised when he woke up around 6 a.m. on July 26 and saw police cars swarming a house across the street from him.
    The Kentucky State Police arrested 15 people on drug charges in an early morning roundup.
    The roundup was the result of nearly a year of work by police, including undercover surveillance and drug purchases.
    For Blackney, it was a long time coming.