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Columns

  • 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.

  • Looking back at the 2016 election

    Donald Trump shocked the world when he defeated Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. Most political experts gave him little chance to win, as Clinton led in the public polls for almost the entire campaign, and was generally seen as the more conventional choice. But when Nov. 8 arrived, Trump sealed a comfortable win in the Electoral College, despite losing the popular vote by almost three million, becoming the first president in U.S. history with no prior government or military experience.

  • Tomatoes like it warm

    I have patiently waited for some summer-like heat to arrive before planting my pepper and tomato plants.  Now that the forecast calls for warm spring nights the coast is clear for summer vegetables!  
    Tomatoes love two things:  good drainage and heat.  If you have struggled with tomatoes in the past, consider what makes them most content when preparing the garden and setting your plants out.  

  • Relay for Life returns to Grant County Park May 19

    I heard a funny (not so funny) rumor the other day that Grant County was NOT having the Relay For Life this year.
    THAT’S NOT TRUE! The Grant County Relay For Life returns to Grant County Park in Crittenden on Friday, May 19 and we’re expecting a good evening – rain or shine (although we prefer the shine) with laughter, tears, music, dancing, food, wacky games and contests.

  • Class of 2017 - May you be blessed in all endeavors

    The 2016-2017 school year has come to an end and this is always a bittersweet time for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
    I have watched, as students from Grant and Williamstown schools have progressed in academics and sports and have grown into beautiful young men and women, each unique and special.