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Today's News

  • Taking the plunge

    Most people wouldn’t dare stick their little toe in a pool in 40-degree weather.

    But, 11 Williamstown High School students waited 90 minutes in only T-shirts and shorts just for the chance to jump in the near-freezing water.

    “It sounded fun until you’re up there,” said senior Todd Hammond said. “I was going as fast as I could. I hit one step of the ladder and went over.”

  • Historical Society to meet March 15

    The Grant County Historical Society will meet Monday, March 15 at the Dry Ridge Christian Church, 13 School Street. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and is $7.50 per person and will be followed by the program and business meeting.

  • Election season is officially open!

    Is it flu season? Is it hunting season? No, but it is election season.

    The Grant County News does not endorse candidates. We will, however, publish a story and profile of candidates seeking election. This information will be published at the end of April/beginning of May.

    All candidates were mailed a questionnaire last week and will be given two weeks to return it. If they choose not to return it, they were informed by letter that they would not be included in the special section on the election.

  • Grant couple sues Toyota

    A Grant County couple is suing Toyota claiming their Tundra unexpectedly accelerated out of control and caused the pick-up to hit an embankment.

    The federal lawsuit was filed after Toyota recently announced the company would begin fixing accelerator pedals in more than two million recalled vehicles.

    Tina Preedom was driving on Sherman Newtown Road toward U.S. 25 in Grant County on Oct. 17, 2009 when the car’s sudden alleged acceleration forced the vehicle off the roadway, down an embankment and over railroad tracks.

  • Bridge replacement begins March 1

    The wait is over for construction to begin on a new bridge at the south end of Williamstown.

    Construction will begin March 1 to replace the aged and crumbling concrete bridge over the railroad tracks on U.S. 25 near Red Carpet Inn.

    During construction, traffic will continue to use the bridge.

    The new concrete bridge will be built 60 feet west of the existing bridge and will have sidewalks on both sides.

    Sunset Drive, located at the southern approach to the existing bridge, will be partially removed.

  • Students make music at state level

    Two Grant County High School students have been named to the 2010 Kentucky All-State Band.

    The students, Lucas Hampton, a freshman and Heather Shelton, a junior, were chosen out of more than 800 student musicians at the band competition in December.

    Hampton, 15, is the son of Earl and Rebecca Hampton of Glencoe. He plays bass clarinet and was surprised that he was chosen.

    “Usually a freshman doesn’t get it,” Hampton said. “I was happy that I could represent my school.”

  • Lawmakers work on budget shortfall

    As the 2010 General Assembly continues in Frankfort, the Grant County News checked in with local legislators, Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.

    What were your thoughts on Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget proposal and how do you see the budget process going forward?

  • Community Calendar 3-4-10

    ARTS

    CETA (Community Enrichment Through The Arts - 6:30 p.m. March 8, Grant County Tourism Office, Williamstown.

    CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    Industrial Development Authority - 1 p.m., March 10, Grant County Chamber office, Main Street, Williamstown.

    CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

    Williamstown Kiwanis - Noon Wednesdays, El Jalisco Mexican Restaurant, Williamstown.

    CLUBS

    Backyard Beekeepers - The Grant County Backyard Beekeepers will host visiting Kentucky author Dr. Tammy Horn at 7 p.m. March 8 at the Grant County Extension Building.

  • Braves fall to Bearcats

    After two consecutive baskets by GCHS junior Jordan Cummins, the Braves were tied with Walton-Verona with a little over a minute left in the first round of the district tournament matchup.

    Walton-Verona took a lead with a score on their next possession before the Braves and the Bearcats traded free throws to make it 60-58.

    With a chance to tie, the Braves turned the ball over on an inbounds pass, giving a Walton-Verona player a straight route to the basket, for a score that Grant County never recovered from.

  • Feeding the need via a mobile food pantry

    Fifty pounds is a lot of food.

    For those who line up monthly at Vineyard Church in Grant County to receive a cart full of groceries, it’s a lifeline.

    “The stories we hear from the people are heart-wrenching,” said Anita Waver, agency relations manager for the Cincinnati-based Freestore Foodbank. “We hear people who are coming for the first time because they lost their job. They’re not used to this. They’re used to providing for themselves and their families.”