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Today's News

  • GCHS senior Haley Bryan wins second Poetry Out Loud championship

    Grant County High School senior Haley Bryan won her second state championship at the Kentucky Poetry Out Loud state finals in Frankfort on March 7.

    Bryan won gold at the state poetry competition by reciting poems like “Please Don’t” by Tony Hoagland and “Self-Portrait” by Chase Twitchell as well as her interpretation of “Hap” by Thomas Hardy, which clinched her the title. She will now represent Kentucky at the Poetry Out Loud national finals on April 25-26 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

  • Getting to the root of Kentucky’s drug problem with Columbia University’s Carl Hart

    Does Kentucky truly have a “heroin epidemic,” or is it something much deeper?
    This controversial question led me to reach out to world-renowned Ivy League drug expert Carl Hart, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. Hart said that despite our society’s perception of drugs like heroin and cocaine, the vast majority of people who use these drugs are responsible and often-times accomplished adults, and that our views and laws should start reflecting this reality.

  • Safety tips for heating your home

    As winter is full swing, remember fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are real concerns that come with staying warm.
    According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2009 and 2013, U.S. fire departments responded each year to an average of 56,000 home structure fires that involved heating equipment. Space heaters are the most common type of heating equipment involved in home fires, accounting for 40 percent of all fires and more importantly, 84 percent of non-firefighter deaths.

  • Potato planting time

    Spring break from teaching at U of L falls conveniently during the week of St. Patrick’s Day, which is also my target date for planting onions and potatoes.  I typically manage a mid-March planting but the condition of the soil is my primary concern.  I will not start digging until the soil dries out and is considered workable.
    While we wait for that, select potato varieties that complement the way you cook.  The most versatile varieties include favorites like Yukon Gold and Red Cloud.  

  • Finding the faith to be happy

    When we hear that happiness is a choice many will roll their eyes in one of those “whatever” attitudes, especially when having a bad day. The last thing we want to hear is another zip-a-dee-doo-da platitude. However, (here we go) yes, the statement is actually true and in order to discover what it means, I thought we could at least stop for a moment and look at a few ideas that might help us become…well…happier!

  • CHURCH NOTES

    Antioch Church of Christ
    • Minister Gene Kearns.
    • Sunday school from 10 to 10:45 a.m.; worship service at 10:45 a.m. and evening worship at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 859-824-6470.

    Bethany Baptist
    • Sunday school at 10 a.m.; worship service at 11 a.m. and evening worship at 7 p.m.
    • Pastor - Donald Joe Kannady. For more information, call 859-391-5993.

    Bible Believers Baptist

  • POLICE REPORTS

    (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.)
    Chief Rick Kells executed multiple warrants for Jason D. Gilbert, 22, of Dry Ridge, for assault in the fourth degree and failure to appear, at noon on March 9 on Ferguson Boulevard. Gilbert was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS

    Dominique Hawkins is not Kentucky’s star player going into this week’s NCAA Tournament play.
    However, he could turn out to be UK’s most important player.

    The showcase players are freshmen Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo. They are UK’s top scorers and all are considered likely No. 1 NBA draft picks in June. They’ve all been the subject of national media features and certainly will be put in the spotlight by CBS-TV.

  • Dry Ridge native, WKU student biking cross-country for Alzheimer’s research

    At 6 a.m. every morning, Conrad Jaconette wakes up to go on a 30-mile bike ride around Bowling Green to prepare himself for the cycling trip of a lifetime – one that will help support a cause near to his heart; Alzheimer’s awareness.

  • DRE students to compete at state robot tourney

    Six Dry Ridge Elementary students will represent Grant County at the upcoming Robo Challenge Xtreme state tournament, putting their problem solving and technical skills to the test.

    The annual statewide robot building competition features students from elementary through high school and focuses on sharpening teamwork skills and emphasizing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.