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Columns

  • Grant County is gearing up for the annual Country Christmas

     

    With the recent snap of cold weather, you can’t help but start thinking about Christmas! And yes, it will be here in just 46 days!

    Grant County will be in the Christmas spirit by kicking off December with the Annual Country Christmas event sponsored by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce and Grant County Tourist and Convention Commission.

  • Sen. Thayer has plans to reform ailing pension system

    An ailing pension system threatening our state’s financial stability is the number one issue facing our great Commonwealth. As your state senator, I have vowed to keep the pension promise to our teachers and public servants, and I am certain that the pension reform plan proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly will do just that.

  • Williamstown Independent progresses into fall

    Fall has arrived and so has the end of the first nine weeks of school. Our staff has been busy ensuring a positive and safe learning environment, while students are busy participating in various academic and athletic activities. The first nine weeks of school have been filled with many experiences for students making it an incredible beginning to the new school year.  
    We started off the year viewing the solar eclipse, which is an event I hope students and staff remember watching together for a lifetime.

  • Treasures...Inheritance or headache?
  • 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.