Today's News

  • Fathers be good to your daughters

    My father, Donald Pennington, has exemplified what it means to be a Christian man, husband, brother, son, and father every day of my life. I have never seen him waver. The strength and conviction of his character inspires those around him to be better themselves.
    I have watched him lead our immediate (and extended family at times) spiritually. I have seen him confidently assume leadership roles in church my whole life. He is always smiling and laughing. His countenance creates joy in every person he encounters. You just feel better after being around my father.


    Epperson outraged at suicide
    I am so outraged about the little 8-year-old boy who attended Carson Elementary School in Ohio. He was attacked and left to die on the floor. What does it take today for our children to be safe?
    I am outraged for the mother who is suffering from the loss of her child.  She will feel the pain for a long time. What right did these animals have to take the life of her son?
    This incident is as bad as Sandy Hook was. I am ashamed to be an American today. These animals need to be severely punished. These animals are not children.

  • Kentucky’s unemployment rate decreases to 5 percent in May 2017

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary May unemployment rate was 5 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for May 2017 was down 0.1 percentage points from the 5.1 percent reported in April 2017.
    The preliminary May 2017 jobless rate was unchanged from the 5 percent rate recorded for the state in May 2016.
    The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for May 2017 was 4.3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Williamstown Fun Park to host Bluegrass music, BBQ, archery tag

    Williamstown Family Fun Park will host four Bluegrass and BBQ events this summer. Nashville artist Elmer Burchett and his special guest bands; The Daltons and Jimmy Million & The Ark Band will entertain with bluegrass music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 23, Sunday, June 25 and Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.

    Cost is $24.99 per person for music and barbeque dinner. For another $3, attendees may participate in a mini golf course or for $5 a team, challenge friends and family to a round of corn hole.

  • Kentucky has most opiod-dependent patients with private insurance

    Kentucky doctors diagnosed more cases of opioid addiction for people privately insured than did doctors in any other state in the nation last year, a new report finds.
    The report, “America’s Opioid Epidemic: Data on the Privately Insured Population,” gives an indication of how the opioid and heroin epidemic affects people who are of all different backgrounds. It was created by Amino, a health-care transparency company that aims to help people find care and estimate the costs of their care.

  • Shade devices for the vegetable garden

    It’s been hot and humid the last few weeks! I was hopeful that this summer was going to be idyllic…at least we got pop up rainstorms to keep things hydrated. These 90-degree days, however, are putting us on track for some serious heat and some of our vegetables will love it and some will not.  
    I know we can’t change the ambient air temperature on a 90 degree day but we can provide some shade for our plants on the hottest days of the summer with reasonable results.

  • The folly of Eyeore faith

    Years ago, I had a friend who was desperately trying to get a book published.
    Every time she sent her manuscript out to yet one more publisher, she’d get her hopes up.
    “This one could be the one,” she’d tell me.
    But it was never “the one,” and she continued to get her manuscript returned, albeit always with a kind rejection letter attached.
    She tried to stay positive, but with constant rejection, it began to tax her faith.


    (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.)
    Deputy Bobby Webb executed a warrant for Lora Manning, 31, of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear, at noon June 11 on S. Main Street. Manning was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.


    It would have been easy to make a phone call, send a text or make a post on social media to announce her verbal commitment to the Kentucky basketball program.
    Junior Emma King of Lincoln County didn’t want to do that. She thought it would be more “special” for everyone if she went to Lexington to tell Coach Matthew Mitchell face to face.
     “That way I also got to visit them all (UK coaches and players). I love them all. It was a good excuse to go up there,” said King. “Plus, I wanted to see his reaction.

  • Rand Paul recounts harrowing baseball practice shooting where Majority Whip was wounded

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is uninjured after a shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., where Republican Congress members were practicing for a coming Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, which was scheduled for June 15.
    Rep. Steve Scalise was shot. Scalise is the House Majority Whip. Five people were taken to area hospitals, including the shooter.
    Witnesses reported that more than 50 shots were fired.
    It has been reported that Scalise is in stable condition with wounds to the hip area.