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  • Williamstown runners hope to finish strong in Lexington

    After an exciting and successful cross country season this year, the Williamstown Elementary and Middle School teams look forward to running at the state Meet of Champions on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Masterson Station Park in Lexington.  
    Coach Mark Kinsey and Coach Christine Thibault are proud of the progress each individual runner has made and of the teams as a whole.  
    They look forward to ending the season on a high note this weekend.  
    Last week brought more success to the elementary and middle school teams.  

  • Lady Braves end season with 1-0 loss to Walton

    When the Lady Braves girls soccer team started the district tournament against Walton-Verona, they did not expect to play the game on two different days.

    However, a rain delay did just that, and at the end of the two days their season ended in a 1-0 loss.
    In the first half, it was back and forth in the opening minutes.

    It was difficult for both teams to get past each other’s tough defense.
    It would take a goal that Grant County Coach David Schmitt called “unlucky.”

  • Braves defeat Walton, fall to SK in district final

    “Look at me. I trust you.”

    Grant County boys soccer coach Garret Griffith told his players these words before they walked up to the spot to take their penalties in the first game of the district tournament.
    The Braves were the lowest seed in the tournament, making them the underdogs against Walton.

    The first game was an intense matchup that ended 3-3 in regulation and required two periods of overtime and eventually went to penalty kicks.
    The Braves prevailed in penalties 5-4 and advanced to the championship against Simon Kenton.

  • GCHS advances to finals, WHS falls in districts

    The volleyball district tournament began Oct. 19 with both Williamstown and Grant County in action.
    The Lady Demons took on Simon Kenton and lost in three sets (25-19, 25-10, 25-11).
    The Lady Braves won in four sets (21-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-19) against Walton-Verona to move on to the finals on Oct. 20.
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    Grant County capped the night with an intense matchup against Walton-Verona. The first set showed that the Lady Bearcats were there to claim their third win against the Braves.

  • Grant sweeps game, series from WHS

    The cross-town rivalry between Grant County and Williamstown hit the volleyball court on Oct. 15.
    While Grant was celebrating their seniors on senior night, the Lady Demons wanted to gain momentum for the district tournament.  

    Even though both teams fought hard, in the end it was the Lady Braves who swept the first three sets (25-13, 25-20, 25-12) to take the victory.
    In the first set, Grant County started strong.

  • Loving my neighbor: invitation pending

    It’s been a while since I thought about skipping church because of the sermon topic, but last week I was tempted.
    At my church we’re currently going through a sermon series on “Love Thy Neighbor,” which in itself isn’t a skipping-church-worthy topic. I mean, who doesn’t agree that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves?


    (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 K.J. Little cited Angela M. Knipp, 37, of Dry Ridge, with failure to produce insurance card, at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 on Taft Highway.
    Officer K.J. Little executed a warrant for James R. Simon, 33, of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear, at 8:31 p.m. Oct. 15 on Old Warsaw Road. Simon was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Test scores show progress, more improvement needed

    School assessment results released Oct. 1 brought mixed reaction from Grant County and Williamstown Independent school districts.
    The 2014-15 school year results released by the Kentucky Department of Education are from the Kentucky’s Unbridled

    Learning for All Assessment and Accountability System.
    Williamstown Independent, along with each of its three schools, was classified as a proficient district.

  • Williamstown man killed in crash

    A 34-year-old Williamstown man was killed and two passengers were injured Oct. 8 in an early morning single-vehicle accident in Boone County.
    Joshua Bedel was driving a 2014 Chevrolet northbound on Dixie Highway near Melinda Lane in Florence around 1:45 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole.
    Bedel was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Two passengers, 22-year-old Randall Wuest of Florence and 19-year-old Bradley Upton of Independence, were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  Wuest was transported by Air Care.  

  • The cost of abuse, misconduct in Ky. jails

    Abuse and misconduct in Kentucky’s county jails inflict immeasurable physical and emotional damage on victims. They also are costly to taxpayers.
    More than $52 million has been paid out during the past 15 years to settle legal claims involving Kentucky’s jails, according to an analysis of data from nearly all Kentucky counties.
    Such claims typically are covered by insurance. Still, the public ultimately pays the bill for such things as insurance premiums, and some legal fees and investigations.