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Columns

  • Policies must help create jobs

    The General Assembly returned to full session this week in Frankfort and the Senate continued to focus on initiatives that will protect taxpayer dollars and the unborn.

  • Several bills on way to Senate

    As we returned to Frankfort to resume the 2011 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, we are faced with issues that are as wide and varied as the monster snowstorm that cut through much of the United States.
    Several bills have already passed through the House of Representatives and are on their way to the Senate for consideration.

  • Kicking a bad habit

    Sitting at my fiancé’s farewell party from Home Depot, I noticed that one of the television’s in the Mellow Mushroom had the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on.
    I normally do not watch this show, as it can be heartbreaking to watch these struggling families deal with medical issues or worse, a loss of life.

  • All I need is Nanny’s Hat

    My grandfather met his future wife when he went calling on her older sister, Katherine. The second time he drove the buggy to the house it was to see Holly. She stood just at 5 feet tall, had long black hair, and what could best be described as flashing dark eyes. He was a big fellow, something over 6 feet, and had played football at Centre College in Danville.

  • Register now, be prepared for Kiwanis Auction

    The Kiwanis Charity Auction has snuck up on us for the 12th time. The dates are Feb. 4 and 5. The programming goes live at 6 p.m. with introductions and discussions about the featured items, how to bid and information about Kiwanis and what your money helps them/us do.
    Next week, in the Grant County News and Express and online at www.grantky.com, the almost official list of items, all numbered and in order, will be published along with how to pre-register for a bid number.
    There are several ways you can watch and bid.

  • Granny died with dignity

    As Congress considers repealing the Obama administration’s healthcare bill, public discourse has returned to discussions about end-of-life care.
    In a Newsweek article, published Sept, 12, 2009, called “The Case for Killing Granny” Editor at Large Evan Thomas shared thoughts about his own mother’s decline, loss of quality of life and finally death from emphysema. But Thomas doesn’t stop there, he makes a case for rationing healthcare for the elderly.

  • Senate committee hears three bills

     

  • Have the Tea Party lost their heat?

     

    By Ron Kennedy, guest columnist

  • DOWN AND DIRTY 12.23.10

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas.’ The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

    Fred Wiche, my father and the first Weekend Gardener, started writing this column years ago, imparting gardening advice and humor. When he died in 1998, I took up the pen with a sense of duty and excitement, recognizing this column as both an opportunity to learn and to honor his legacy. Thanks to him for getting me on my way and to you, my readers, whether regular or occasional, for keeping me steady upon the path.

  • Yes, Grant County there is a Santa Claus . . .

    I watched a magical thing happen last Saturday right here in our community and will get the opportunity again this Saturday.
    More than 40 children were able to select presents for themselves and their families during the 2010 Kentucky State Police Shop With A Trooper program held Dec. 11 at Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge.
    On Dec. 18, several more children will be shopping during the Shop With A Cop program organized by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Williamstown Police Department.