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Today's News

  • Gambling issue could end up in voter’s hands

    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, wants the people to decide a controversial issue that has plagued lawmakers.

    Thayer prefiled a constitutional amendment bill Nov. 5 that would permit video lottery terminals or slot machines in Kentucky.

    If passed by the General Assembly, the issue then would be placed on the ballot in the counties where horse tracks currently exist.

    However, race tracks would have to compete with others for licenses for the slots.

  • Cat Attack 11-22-09

    Have any of you seen our defense, particularly our perimeter defense?  If so please return it to Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky attention Coach John Calipari and every Kentucky Wildcats player.  If that doesnít work, maybe all of Big Blue Nation can ask for some defense for Christmas this year? I sure hope Santa Clause is a Kentucky fan.  

  • Cat Attack 11-21-09

    That large exhale you hear is the entire Big Blue Nation after Kentucky’s 72-70 last second victory on Monday night. The Cats didn’t dodge a bullet, they somehow managed to escape a heat-seeking missile. If the rest of the season is that exciting the entire state of Kentucky is going to need a Cardiologist, because I know my heart stopped several times during the last five minutes of the game. Fortunately, John Wall stepped up and sent his popularity to an all time high, if it’s possible to be higher, hitting the game-winning jumper with 0.5 seconds left.

  • Cat Attack 11-20-09

    The Kentucky Wildcats opened the regular season Friday night against the Morehead State Eagles in Rupp Arena.  The big story going into the game was not the beginning of the Calipari era or the kickoff of what should be an amazing season, but rather the absence of one John Wall from the lineup.  For the first twenty minutes that story line seemed very fitting, but the second half turned out to be all about fellow freshman Eric Bledsoe who helped carry the Cats to their first victory of the season 75-59.

  • GCHS boys’ finish 15th at state

    Their goal of finishing in the top 10 at the state meet is still one they will have to work for, but the Grant County boys’ cross country team keeps improving from year to year.

    The boys had set a goal to finish as one of the top 10 teams in the AAA, but ended up finishing 15th on Nov. 14. The Braves were 60 points away from ending their season in the top 10.

    In 2007, the boys finished 20th and in 2008, the boys finished 17th.

  • Vi McMurty, lifetime quilter

    When Vi McMurtry was 6 years old, her grandmother taught her how to quilt the old fashioned way: embroidering every single stitch by hand. Thus began a lifelong love of creating quilts with her own hands. Today, though carpel tunnel syndrome has robbed her of the ability to do hand stitching, she still creates cozy quilts on her sewing machine.

    McMurtry said she believes she has made 93 quilts in her lifetime. The majority of her creations are given away as baby gifts, shower gifts, wedding and graduation gifts. She has only sold one of those 93 quilts.

  • Community Calendar 11-19-09

    ARTS

    • CETA (Community Enrichment Through the Arts) Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Grant County Tourism Commission office at the Grant County Chamber office in Williamstown.

    CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    • The Grant County Industrial Development Authority will meet at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Chamber of Commerce in Williamstown.

    CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS

  • Information wanted; don't be shy

    The biggest project that we undertake each year is the Guide to Grant County and we’ve already started on the guide for 2010.

    This yearly publication is a listing of all elected officials, agencies, organizations, groups, churches, etc.

    You may have already received a call from us asking for you to update your information. If you have not, please don’t wait for us to call you, give us a call at 859-824-3343 or by email at jbakernantz@grantky.com and let us know if the contact names and numbers for your group have changed during the last year.

  • WHS Band of Spirit takes second at national tourney

    In their final performances of the 2009 marching band season, Williamstown competed in the Bands of America Grand National Championship Nov. 13 and 14 in Indianapolis, Ind.  

    The premiere marching event  in the nation, Grand Nationals are held at Lucas Oil Stadium; home to the Indianapolis Colts. This was the first time a Williamstown band has competed in the Grand National Championship.

  • Bradford, Harris compete at state

    When Williamstown runners Steven Bradford and Drew Harris stood on the starting line of the state meet, they knew they were racing for themselves.

    Without a team, they were racing as individuals, competing for personal bests and individual accomplishments.

    Bradford, who is a junior, finished 53rd, despite battling dehydration. This is his second straight year competing as an individual and in last year’s race, he also finished 53rd.