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Columns

  • Ensuring retirees have a secure retirement

    Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months.
    One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. Education, Medicaid, and other government services will likely be affected—a risk our state is not in a position to take.
     So how did we get to this point? In the early 2000’s Kentucky’s pensions were in a healthy condition.

  • Are you there, God?

    By Rachel Dawn, Guest Columnist

    It was a sweltering Friday in July, but I was inside. I was sitting just outside of a hotel meeting room door anxiously waiting for my name to be called. 

    It was my first writer’s conference and I had scored one of the few, coveted appointment slots with a publisher; during which I would pitch my book in hopes they would offer me a contract.

  • Assessing the courthouse is smart move

    Touring the Grant County Courthouse, one thing is abundantly clear.  The place needs some work.
    After all, it is an 80-year-old building, so it stands to reason that time and use of the facility would help deteriorate things.
    The building used to house the sheriff’s office, which has since moved to Barnes Road in Williamstown.
    Although it is difficult to imagine, the jail even was located inside the courthouse at one time.
    Of course, there are way more beds in the current detention center now than there were back then.

  • Third time’s a charm as Ella Ruth enters the world

    When my wife was pregnant with our first child nearly 11 years ago we ultimately just wanted a healthy, precious baby.
    However, if we were able to choose the gender, we definitely were hoping it was a girl.

  • Meet your new community reporter

    My dad bet the barn against me. He believed I wouldn’t find a job working for a newspaper right out of college.
    Well, looks like I have all his cows now.
    He’s proud, and I’m happy to be the new staff writer at the Grant County News.
    As a mechanical engineer, my dad wasn’t completely enamored by the idea˜of me becoming a journalist. His first job, as a father, was to worry about me — specifically about me not being able to find a job as a journalist after I graduated University of the Cumberlands.

  • Summertime fun in the country

    I grew up during the 1940s and 1950s.  In those days, we bought gas at a service station, where they cleaned your windshield, pumped your gas, checked the air in your tires and checked your oil. 
    I can recall how strange it felt to pump my own gas for the first time. 
    We learned to dance with our sisters and brothers to all of the favorite music of the 50s.  I even taught my brother, Randy, how to dance the polka as we watched the Lawrence Welk Show.   

  • Changes coming, but relay will survive

    Have you ever had one of those days where you just wanted to throw in the towel?
    Maybe it was even more than a day, maybe things kept going wrong so your bad day turned into a week, maybe a month or maybe even it felt like a whole year.
    That’s kind of what this year’s Grant County Relay For Life event felt like.
    The relay was originally set for May 19 at Grant County Park.

  • Father’s Day is more special this year

    The past few five months I have been terrified.
    Most nights would be filled with restless sleep and recurring nightmares.

    In February, my dad was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma.
    When my mom told my brother and I over the phone that he had cancer I could barely utter a word.
    Although in shock, I asked all the obvious questions.

    What happens next?
    How bad is it?
    Will they be able to get rid of it?

  • Sweet potato planting time
  • Sen. Thayer wishes a safe, happy holiday

    While Memorial Day weekend is a wonderful time for gathering with family and friends for picnics, pool parties, and parades, I write to you with the annual reminder not to forget the true meaning of the event. Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave men and women who have put everything on the line so we may live in freedom in the greatest nation in the world.