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Columns

  • Class of 2017 - May you be blessed in all endeavors

    The 2016-2017 school year has come to an end and this is always a bittersweet time for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
    I have watched, as students from Grant and Williamstown schools have progressed in academics and sports and have grown into beautiful young men and women, each unique and special.

  • A child’s first best friend, first adversary

    What is a mom? A mom is a nurse, a chef, protector, a chauffeur and everything in between.
    Mommy, MOMMY, MOM...we have all yelled these words or heard them over and over again.
    As a mother, I hear these words quite often. Most times it’s because my daughter can’t find something that’s laying in plain sight. Most times it’s when I am knee-deep in something important. On occasion, I’ll ignore it, knowing that it will only get more persistent.
    And when it gets too persistent, I answer with a resounding, “WHAT?”

  • Pet Behavior Management 101

    When Charles Dickens wrote the novel “Great Expectations”, he must have been subconsciously thinking about new puppy owners. Many within this group, especially those who are first-time puppy owners are extremely unrealistic with regard to the expectations of their newly acquired pet. Among the more common myths:
    • Lots of love and affection will make a dog loyal and responsive, and guarantee a friendly demeanor.   
    • Puppies have an inherent desire to please, including coming when called.

  • Chamber making Grant County a better place to work, live, do business

    “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.”
    Q. What do you get when you mix a doctor, a teacher, a dentist and a volunteer?
    A. The winners of the 2017 Grant County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards program.
    Last Friday night, the business community gathered at Main Street Gardens to honor people who give of themselves to patients, to children and to the community.
    Honored were the following:
    • Grant Countian of the Year – Dr. Darl Shipp

  • Williamstown end-of-school events highlights dedication to students

    Dear Williamstown Independent Stakeholders,
    Spring has sprung which signifies longer, warmer days and the near end of another school year.   It is amazing how fast the 2016-2017 school year has progressed, which is most likely the direct result of the flurry of activities in our district over the past several months.  
    We are proud of the many individual and group accomplishments by students and staff this school year. From academic, athletic, and extra-curricular achievements, it is definitely an exciting time to be a Williamstown Demon.  

  • Fire restores prairie

    Back in 2007, we installed a five-acre tall grass prairie with assistance from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Habitat Improvement Program.  Each year they assist a number of landowners in various ways that improve habitat, prevent erosion and protect waterways.  Basically, you do the work but they supply you with the materials needed to get the job done.  

  • Ark Encounter - A positive impact on Grant County

    Since the Ark Encounter’s opening on July 7, 2016, Grant County and northern Kentucky have welcomed hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world.  

  • 2017 KY General Assembly wraps up productive session

    The 2017 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly ended Thursday evening shortly before midnight after months of work that led to passage of numerous bills that will impact many areas of Kentucky life.

  • Prepare houseplants for outdoors

    I am feeling optimistic about our springtime weather and am as anxious as anyone to move some of my houseplants outdoors: my gardenia looks terrible in the dining room and the jasmine downstairs seems to stare into space dreaming of better days; those days are coming, just be slow about the transition from indoors to out.  

  • Determining the education of our children

    Should a presidential appointee and an army of bureaucrats in a remote office building thousands of miles away decide what values, morals, and ideas to instill in your children? I think not. Of all the harmful things our government in Washington, D.C. does, micromanaging education is perhaps the worst.