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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Newton or Newtown? Road name returns

    It didn't take a proverbial act of Congress, but it did take an act of Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link to restore the name of Sherman-Newtown Road to just that - Sherman-Newtown Road.

    Through the years, citizens have lobbied the sitting judge-executives, county attorneys, magistrates, anyone who would listen, about restoring the name after it was accidentally changed to Sherman-Newton Road as part of E911 addressing, according to Link.

  • Teen dies in wreck

    A Grant County teen died on Monday, Jan. 28 and his passenger suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Fork Lick Road in Corinth.

    Jacob Sargent, 17, of Berry stopped to pick up a friend, Duke Mitchell, before the pair headed to classes at Grant County High School. Shortly before 8 a.m., Sargent lost control of his father's 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac as it was traveling westbound toward Blanchet Road.

  • WHS volleyball places pair on team

    For seven seasons, Katelynn Bachman and Tara Mefford were integral parts in the success of the Williamstown High School volleyball team and recently their hard work and dedication paid off as both were named to the All-District Team.

    "It is very rewarding after putting in so much time and effort," Bachman said of the honor.

    For Mefford, the distinction was the first of her high school career.

    "I was excited to get it and it is a good way to bring an end to my season," she said.

    Coach Kelli Lee said both players were deserving of the award.

  • Dream comes true for WHS' Tara Mefford

    Since she was in the fourth grade, Williamstown High School senior Tara Mefford has known only one sport—volleyball.

    "I have played ever since, and I just love playing volleyball," Mefford said.

    Her attention to detail and love of the sport that both her parents played, have paid off as the senior signed a college scholarship to play at Union College this fall.

    "This is probably one of the most exciting moments of my life, and I will remember today for a long time," said Mefford, who was recently named to the 32nd District All-District Team.

  • Former deputies indicted

    Three former deputies at the Grant County Detention Center have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges ranging from conspiracy, violating civil rights, falsifying records to aiding and abetting.

    The deputies - Clinton Shawn Sydnor, 29, of Falmouth; Wesley Lanham, 30, of Dry Ridge and Shawn Freeman, 35, of Irvine, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 24 in Covington.

    According to the indictment handed down in U.S. District Court, the three deputies were involved in the rape of an inmate at the Grant County Detention Center five years ago.

  • Loss does not deter Williamstown cagers

    An eight-minute stretch was all it took for the Williamstown High School boys' basketball team to go from contenders to being knocked out of the 8th Region All "A" Classic on Jan. 23.

    Holding onto a slim 25-23 lead heading into the third quarter, the Demons quickly found themselves trailing 51-39 en route to a 67-56 loss to Carroll County. The defeat dropped Williamstown to 2-13 on the season heading into this week.