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  • 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.

  • Mulch matters

    Mulch has become a landscape staple, almost to a fault when it is over applied, smothering roots and girdling trunks.  When done properly it can help to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate temperature.  These things can be achieved using a variety of materials but which type of mulch suits your needs best?

  • Spot seed bare patches

    I do not worry about any perfection in our “lawn” around the house. It largely blends in to the pastures we graze sheep and poultry.  
    However, we do need to spot seed from time to time to recover heavy use areas and round bale feeders.
    The areas we need to address are small areas, otherwise I would be hesitant to do much until late August.

  • Senate passes multiple bills in 2017 session

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort.
    A flurry of bills were sent to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Getting to the root of Kentucky’s drug problem with Columbia University’s Carl Hart

    Does Kentucky truly have a “heroin epidemic,” or is it something much deeper?
    This controversial question led me to reach out to world-renowned Ivy League drug expert Carl Hart, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. Hart said that despite our society’s perception of drugs like heroin and cocaine, the vast majority of people who use these drugs are responsible and often-times accomplished adults, and that our views and laws should start reflecting this reality.