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  • 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.

  • A child’s first best friend, first adversary

    What is a mom? A mom is a nurse, a chef, protector, a chauffeur and everything in between.
    Mommy, MOMMY, MOM...we have all yelled these words or heard them over and over again.
    As a mother, I hear these words quite often. Most times it’s because my daughter can’t find something that’s laying in plain sight. Most times it’s when I am knee-deep in something important. On occasion, I’ll ignore it, knowing that it will only get more persistent.
    And when it gets too persistent, I answer with a resounding, “WHAT?”

  • Pet Behavior Management 101

    When Charles Dickens wrote the novel “Great Expectations”, he must have been subconsciously thinking about new puppy owners. Many within this group, especially those who are first-time puppy owners are extremely unrealistic with regard to the expectations of their newly acquired pet. Among the more common myths:
    • Lots of love and affection will make a dog loyal and responsive, and guarantee a friendly demeanor.   
    • Puppies have an inherent desire to please, including coming when called.

  • Chamber making Grant County a better place to work, live, do business

    “Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.”
    Q. What do you get when you mix a doctor, a teacher, a dentist and a volunteer?
    A. The winners of the 2017 Grant County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards program.
    Last Friday night, the business community gathered at Main Street Gardens to honor people who give of themselves to patients, to children and to the community.
    Honored were the following:
    • Grant Countian of the Year – Dr. Darl Shipp

  • 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.