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Columns

  • Vacation from the norm

    Covering sports for one county is a big job. A lot of responsibility and sleepless nights, working to provide coverage for two school districts can cause stress and a break from it is inevitable to allow yourself not to go crazy.

    Last month, I spent a week away from Grant County with my fiancé’s family in the beautiful Smokey Mountains.

    I had never driven to Gatlinburg, so it was going to be an interesting new experience for me.

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    “It means a lot to me when I don’t have food. Thank God. Thank You. May God bless you all.”
    That is what is written on the first paper plate on a stack of other paper plates all filled out with personal messages by people who had a free meal at the Free Lunch Kitchen in Dry Ridge.
    The second plate reads, “It helps with grocery bills. Also helps when I’m not feeling well. A good hot meal makes me feel better.”

  • DOWN AND DIRTY

     

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    In a rural area, trick-or-treat was fun, but kind of a pain.
    I lived on a farm like most of my neighbors so houses weren’t that close together and running up and down streets in a subdivision was for those city kids.
    We did, though, enjoy dressing up and piling into a car and begging for treats.
    Buying a costume from a store was something that was unheard of. I can imagine the look on my mom’s face if I had of even suggested it. Instead, we had to use our imaginations and whatever was at hand to make our costume.

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

     

    By Camille McClanahan

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    Growing up, Halloween was pretty much the same every year.
    Put on that year’s costume (each year, they got less cutesy and progressively scary).
    Grab a bag that my dad got from his work and hit the streets looking for good candy.
    I was always picky about my candy so a lot of it would either go to my older brother or my parents.
    My mom loves the Smarties while my dad enjoyed butterscotch and other hard candies.
    I personally loved the taffy type of candy with some occasional chocolate.

  • PERSONALLY SPEAKING

    n, my fiancé Jessica Purnell and I decided we would be our two favorite mascots of the Cincinnati Reds, Rosie and Mr. Redlegs for Halloween.
    What was easy for us was that we already had jersey tops for our costumes, so the remainder of our outfits was going to either be handmade or bought at a sporting goods store.

  • Furnish sisters: gentle ladies, farmers

    Furnish sisters: gentle ladies, farmers

    A line from an Irish blessing bids, “May you always have work for your hands to do.” No one would agree with that more than Frances Furnish and her sister, Eileen, who have spent a good part of their lives as farmers.
    A resident of Grant Manor Care and Rehabilitation Center in Williamstown for the past two years, Frances recently won the Sunbridge Healthcare Art from the Heart contest with her “Sun Bonnet Sue” hand sewn quilt.

  • Veteran information wanted

    The editorial team at the Grant County News works on a lot of special projects, which are above and beyond the normal weekly coverage provided in the Grant County News and Grant County Express.
    We’ve put together special sections that contained a 24/7 look at Grant County which was chock full of photos from a 24-hour period in our community. We’ve also put together specialty sections such as one on the horse community, one on 4-H and an annual one devoted to inside our schools.

  • Bullseye: My first try at a shooting range

    I have never been one to play with toy guns or even shoot a real gun.
    That was until I went to my friend, Kyle Swadener’s bachelor party on Sept. 24.
    The original plan was for us to go shoot paintballs, but just a week before the party, I found out we were going to a shooting range.
    I was a little nervous about shooting a gun, because that is not my kind of thing. I had never held a real gun until I was in front of the shooting target that day.