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Today's News

  • Senate passes multiple bills in 2017 session

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort.
    A flurry of bills were sent to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Stage Right’s 2nd season to feature ‘Wizard of Oz’, ‘Annie Jr.’

    Stage Right Musical Theatre hope audiences will be “Over the Rainbow” for its second season lineup.
    After a successful inaugural season, Stage Right announced its second year of shows March 10 during the season’s kickoff Gala.

    The Gala at Main Street Gardens in Williamstown featured musical highlights from last season, along with Broadway tunes and a peak into what audiences will see in 2017.

  • Faith to Stand event to address substance abuse epidemic

    The Grant County Drug Task Force and Champions for a Drug-Free Grant County are collaborating to educate, encourage and empower churches and the community to address substance abuse.
    The groups are sponsoring the Faith to Stand event from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Grant County High School.
    Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered participants.
    Workshops will include Sources of Strength, Giving Hope through Biblical Counseling, A Biblical Approach to Addiction and more.

  • Business license fees likely for Grant County

    Grant County Fiscal Court held a first reading on March 13 for a proposed annual business-licensing fee applicable to all businesses in Grant County.

    Businesses would document all of their active employees so the court could have a more accurate idea of how many employees would be contributing to the payroll tax.

  • County adopts 2 percent payroll tax

    Grant County Fiscal Court approved an ordinance to implement a 2 percent payroll tax in a second hearing on March 9 to help avoid impending bankruptcy. The ordinance passed with a 3-1 vote, with Judge-Executive Steve Wood, District 2 Magistrate Shawna Coldiron and District 3 Magistrate Bobby Newman voting yes, and District 1 Magistrate Jacqalynn Riley voting no.

  • 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!