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Today's News

  • The rejuvenating powers of going home

    The last time I was in Augusta, Ga., I didn’t even spend half a day there.

    It was May of 2008 and I took a week off of work. I spent a couple days in Clinton, S.C. for Presbyterian College’s graduation, seeing friends a year behind me take the same long walk across the stage as I had the previous year.

    I spent a couple days on the beaches of Charleston, S.C., soaking in the sun and letting any stress I had blow away with the cool ocean breeze.

  • Stamp prices to climb May 11

    Local post offices are seeing an increase in the popularity of Forever Stamps since the announcement of postage prices rising effective May 11.

    The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service recently approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents.

  • Taking the Polar Plunge

    Below freezing temperatures and icy water did not stop a group of Williamstown students recently from plunging into a pool for a good cause.

    Ten Williamstown Senior High students, a 2008 graduate and a teacher, Tim Moore, participated in the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Lexington to support Special Olympics Kentucky.

    The Friendship Foundation club, which consists of special education students being mentored by their fellow Williamstown School students, raised $1,085 for the cause.

  • Tree troubles

    Grant County will get some help from the state in cleaning up from the ice and wind storms earlier this month.

    Gov. Steve Beshear awarded contracts in 78 counties, including Grant and surrounding counties, for removal of debris left in the wake of the storms that began sweeping through Kentucky on Jan. 27.

    Beginning Monday, Feb. 23, contractors will begin removing debris off the state right of way.

  • Fifth grade girls end season undefeated

    The Williamstown Elementary fifth grade girls’ team entered the NCKC championship game undefeated.

    Their record sat at 12-0, as they would face a Piner team they had already defeated twice in the regular season.

    The girls’ continued with their perfect play as they earned a 34-9 win, ending the season 13-0.

    “We were a good team that had always finished near the top,” coach Greg Middleton said. “But this wasn’t expected.”

  • 4-H program celebrates milestone

    Break out the candles and party hats.

    The 4-H program in Kentucky is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

    Starting in 1909 with the organization of the Fayette County corn club, 4-H spread to 42 counties and included 3,887 people in its first eight years.

    Last year, 229,126 Kentucky youths were involved with 4-H.

  • Cheerleaders take second at NKCCA competition

    After their performance at the KAPOS state competition, the Grant County High School varsity cheerleaders were anxious to compete again and show how talented they are.

    The girls dropped four stunts at the state competition, but at the NKCCA competition on Feb. 22, the girls brought home a second place finish.

    “It was a big competition, but they did well,” coach Leigh Simpson said. “The point for varsity was to redeem themselves to prove that they could do what they did at region and they did just that. They walked off the mat so proud.”

  • D.W. Dills chosen for Hall of Fame

    4-H has always held a special place in the heart of D.W. Dills.

    He was member of the organization from about 12 to 17 years old, caring for a dairy cow named Blondie in the livestock club.

    Now, the 81-year-old Grant County resident still helps support the local 4-H every year.

    In honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary in Kentucky, the 27-member local 4-H council unanimously chose Dills for the Centennial Hall of Fame for his significant contributions over the years.

  • Braves earn win on senior night

    The Grant County Braves basketball team knew that their senior night game against Lloyd Memorial would not be easy.

    The two teams had played each other earlier in the season during the Lloyd Memorial Invitational, with the Braves earning a 64-51 win.

    The Braves knew that the Juggernauts would come into their gym looking for revenge. But Grant County sent Lloyd Memorial home with a 43-37 loss after taking control late in the game.

  • Track team uses indoor season to improve

    The Grant County High School track team is hoping for big things this spring as they work hard this winter to improve.

    The team traveled to Lexington on Jan. 24 to compete in the Wildcat Classic at the University of Kentucky against 50 other teams.