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Today's News

  • WHS Lady Demons hit skid

    After watching his team win four of six games at one point this season, Williamstown High School girls' basketball coach Mark Wilhoit has witnessed the Lady Demons stumble due, in part, to a combination of illness and turnovers.

    The combination has contributed to a three-game losing streak for the Lady Demons, who brought a 7-15 record into this week's games against Henry County (Feb. 14) and Bracken County (Feb. 15).

  • WHS Demons shoot for wins down the stretch

    Regardless of what transpires over the final six regular season games for the Williamstown High School boys' basketball team, the season is a success.

    Junior guard Dustin Bryant believes the 2007-08 season is a success because the team is playing a different style of basketball.

    "We have been playing as a team this year. Last season, nobody passed the ball. If you were open, you just threw up a shot. We have improved quite a bit this season," Bryant said.

    Heading into this week, the Demons are 3-15 on the season and have two more wins than last year.

  • Finally, a good story about the NFL

    In a week where Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver wide receiver Chad Johnson proclaimed his love for the Miami Dolphins, former NFL great Alonzo Spellman led police on a 20-minute chase which ended with Spellman's car being hit with pepper-spray pellets and Terrell Owens was ordered to repay his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, $769,000, it truly was great to hear a good story come out of the National Football League, especially when it has to do with the downtrodden Bengals.

  • GCHS senior looks to cap career with victories

    As a senior member of the Grant County High School boys' basketball team, Lucas Sharp knows the sun is setting on his high school career.

    "It has been a reality check and it has hit me that this is it. This is my last go-around. I want it to be the best time and I want to play my best. The fact that it has hit me encourages me to push myself and everyone else the rest of the year," said Sharp.

  • To Coach and Protect—Law Enforcement, coaching highlight Stacey May's life

    Stacey May considers himself a lucky individual with the best of both worlds as he is experiencing his two true loves this year.

    May is in his first season as the boys' basketball coach at Williamstown High School in addition to his duties as administrative sergeant for the Kentucky State Police.

    As a child, May knew he wanted to be both a police officer and involved in education. The only question was which would be the top priority for him.

  • Injury bug hits Grant County Lady Braves...again

    The gymnasium at Grant County High School does not resemble a M.A.S.H. setting, but girls' basketball coach Darrell Guffey would not be offended if it did.

    It seems any injury imaginable has hit the Lady Braves, who have lost nine straight games to fall to 5-16 overall.

    While many coaches and players would be upset with the record, Guffey and his team is not upset, but rather focused on trying to get healthy with seven regular season games left.

    "We want to get healthy and we want to get healthy quick," said Guffey.

  • News wins six state press awards

    The Grant County News captured six awards during a meeting last week of the Kentucky Press Association in Lexington.

    The News competed in the Weekly Class III division, which is for larger Kentucky weekly newspapers.

    Jamie Baker-Nantz, editor of the Grant County News, won five awards, including two first place awards, one second place and two third place awards.

    Baker-Nantz was awarded Best On-Going/Extended Coverage for her coverage of the Jan. 17, 2007 school bus crash.

    The judge's comments included, "Excellent coverage."

  • How Sweet It Is—Lady Demons knock off Grant County, 59-55

    Working to win for the seniors and for better district seeding, the Williamstown Lady Demons defended their home court with a 59-55 win over Grant County.

    "It's like a big weight's been lifted off my shoulders," senior Julie Knarr said. "We had a mission to beat them. That and our confidence in ourselves helped."

    "It's a nice win," Williamstown coach Mark Wilhoit said. "They've owned us here lately. Grant County played well, but when we changed our defense from our 2-3 zone to man, we forced turnovers and had easier looks."

  • GCHS boys' basketball team seeks wins down the stretch

    In a season filled with hot and cold streaks, the Grant County High School boys' basketball team finds itself in another slump.

    The Braves' most recent slide continued last Friday with a 68-51 loss to Anderson County High School. GCHS opened the game with a 16-8 first quarter lead and turned it into a 23-10 advantage midway through the second quarter. Anderson took control in the third quarter with an 8-0 run, sparked by C.J. Penny, who is drawing attention from Xavier University and Louisville. Penny finished with 26 points.

  • Mertz claims district player of the year honors

    Justin Mertz's season began with a bang and ended with praise.

    The Grant County High School football return specialist opened the season with a bang, taking the opening kickoff of the 2007 season back for a touchdown en route to helping lift the Braves to a 20-2 victory over Pendleton County.

    Recently, the junior's ability to score any time he returned a kickoff or punt was taken into account as the other coaches in the district named Mertz the Kentucky Football Coaches Association Class 5A, Region IV All-District Team's Special Teams Player-of-the-Year.