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Columns

  • Schools are one of our greatest assets

     

     

    Grant County does a lot of things right and one of the most impressive ones that I’ve seen lately is the Career and Technical Center at Grant County High School.

    Last week, the CTC at GCHS was awarded a PEAK (Public Education Achieves in Kentucky) award.

    The CTC opened in 2011 and the number of students taking classes there has grown from 650 to 811 in more than 10 areas of study. Last fall, they also offered classes to the community in things such as welding, ceramics, etc.

  • Determined, dedicated... We are runners

     

     

    Ask almost any runner with children why they run and somewhere in their answer you will hear this:

  • Holy Cow!

     

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    ormer Grant County residents and now kind-of Owen County folks, Larry and June Osborne, are proud grandparents of Dalton Osborne.

  • Some acts will never make any sense

     

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    orgive me if this column rambles. It mirrors my thoughts at this time, the day following the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

  • Southern values

     

    For most of my life, my mom was a single mother to three children. I remember the late nights she used to work and how my sister would have to help me with my homework and we would all have to help with the chores around the house. I saw how she struggled and fought to put food on the table. 

    For all the struggles, I never remember needing for anything, sure there was plenty I wanted but not needing anything. 

  • Public pension reform is session highlight

     

    After finishing my first legislative session as majority floor leader, I am proud to look back at the significant accomplishments of the 2013 regular session of the general assembly.  Most importantly, we successfully established a new spirit of bipartisan collaboration which allowed us to move the state forward in a meaningful fashion on substantive issues such as comprehensive public employee pension system reform, university bonding, a regulatory framework for hemp production, and added transparency for special taxing districts.

  • 4-H is one of the best kept secrets in the county

     

    The 4-H program has a “learn by doing” approach and that means proven results for the youth who participate.

     Studies show that 4-H members are:

    • Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;

    • Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college;

    • 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and

    • 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.

  • Let me tickle your funny bone!

     

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     was thinking about bringing stand-up comedians back to Grant County with evening shows at a local restaurant.  

  • Preventing child abuse

     

    The time is now for the Kentucky General Assembly to enact legislation which would statutorily establish the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel. The time is now for our elected officials to solidify the premise on which child advocates have been voicing their opinion – that the children of the Commonwealth deserve a law which will mandate the review of child fatalities in such a way as to ensure prevention of similar fatalities in the future. 

  • Opportunity of a lifetime

     

    The streets of Williamstown will once again be the site of a festival on Saturday, May 4, known throughout Kentucky as Derby Day.  

    Stormey Vanover, owner of Country Heart in Williamstown, leads the pod of volunteers who put all the pieces in place for a successful event.  If you ever need a leader who can squeeze a festival out of spending pennies, then Stormey is the person you need to call.