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Today's News

  • Grant County Schools Board adopts 2012-13 calendar

    The Grant County Schools Board approved a draft of the 2012-12 school calendar at their Feb. 9 meeting.
    The first day of school for Grant County will begin Aug. 15.

    “When we start is based off of Matt Morgan’s recommendation of the 15th of the month, because that is when payroll starts,” said Grant County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Al Poweleit, who worked with Morgan and Jennifer Wright on the calendar committee.

  • Williamstown Independent Schools adopt 2012-13 calendar

    Williamstown Independent School Board approved the 2012-13 draft calendar during its Feb. 13 meeting with a start date of Aug. 16.

    “I think we got a good start day and a good end date, as long as we don’t miss any school,” said Williamstown Elementary Principal David Poer, who also serves as district director of pupil personnel and head of the calendar committee.

    The district has several days off worked into the schedule throughout the school year starting with Labor Day on Sept. 3.

  • Ark project to be built in phases

    When will the residents of Grant County see some dirt move on the Ark Encounter?

    It could be awhile longer because financing for the project has not materialized as developers hoped it would.

    No date has been set for a groundbreaking.

    The Ark Encounter LLC did  close on the final piece of property, known as the Finke property, needed for the project, which will encompass 800 acres.

    The announcement that the Finke property, consisting of 550 acres, had been purchased was made on Feb. 15.

  • TRAGIC FIRE CLAIMS TWO

    Two little girls lying in a single casket holding hands is an image Ron Livingood will never forget.

    Livingood, superintendent of Grant County Schools, along with other administrative staff and nearly all of the teachers at Grant County Middle School,  traveled to Winchester for the funeral of Rachel and Jacquline Chesnut, children of Shelly Chesnut.

    Chesnut has been a sixth grade science teacher for the last eight years at GCMS.

  • Burn class offered March 22

    Do you know what you can legally burn in Kentucky?
    Open burning presents serious health risks.
    A free one-hour session,  Learn Before You Burn  will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Williamstown City Building.
    The program will be an overview of Kentucky s open burning regulations. For more information, call 859-743-0857.
     

  • Library to waive fees in Feb.

    Have overdue books or worried about your library fines?
    The Grant County Public Library is hoping to give patrons a break in February as tax checks roll in.
    For those who have returned all their books in good condition and who only have fines left on their accounts, the library is willing to waive 25 percent of the fines this month.
    The patron will only have to pay the remaining 75 percent. The discount does not apply to lost or damaged materials since the library does have to pay to replace those items.
     

  • Chamber seeks nominations for annual awards banquet

    The Grant County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for recipients for the annual awards banquet.
    Categories include:
    • Grant Countian of the Year
    • Volunteer of the Year
    • Excellence in Business
    • Excellence in Education
    A nomination packet is available at the Grant County Chamber of Commerce office at 1505 N. Main, Williamstown, Ky.

  • GUEST COLUMN

    “Mommy, I don’t feel good,” says the little voice. Those five words are tough for any parent to hear, not only because we don’t want our kids to be sick, but also because we know how illness can disrupt our family life. Every child reacts differently when he or she is ill so it can be hard to determine just how poorly he or she feels.

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    Once the Super Bowl, ends my heart starts racing as I know “America’s Pastime” is coming back for a new season.
    If you haven’t heard, I am a die-hard Cincinnati Reds fan. Have been since I can remember, running around the house sliding on the carpet, causing red marks up and down my legs.

  • Volunteers, donations needed for new playground equipment

    The City of Williamstown is looking for some volunteers who are willing to role up their sleeves and get dirty for kids.
    The city was awarded a $20,000 KaBOOM Playful City USA grant to install new playground equipment.
    The grant comes in the form of $10,000 from KaBOOM and the other $10,000 coming from matching funds from the community. The Williamstown Kiwanis have pledged $5,000 to the project if the city can raise the remainder of the money.