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Columns

  • Pension reform

     

    After observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, the General Assembly went back to work.

    Jan. 21 was a significant day as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, the highest ranking female legislator, became the first woman legislator to preside over the joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly when Governor Beshear presented his proposed budget.

  • We 'like' all political candidates equally

     

    With the holidays fading into memory, it’s almost time for those grinning politicians to peek around poles and pop up on grassy, although somewhat brown, patches of yards.

    That means the election is just a couple of months away and there is certainly quite a bit of interest in several races as some have 10 candidates seeking election.

    Go ahead and call me a geek but I’m one of those people who believe it’s my privilege, honor and even duty to go to the polls on Election Day.

  • Charlie Dills will be missed

     

    Several years ago in an effort to raise more money at the Grant County Relay For Life, someone threw out the idea of a silent auction where Relay teams could put together baskets or donate items to be sold.

    That event proved popular and successful and the next year, the Relay committee decided to add a live auction of the top 12 or so items to add another interesting event.

    We didn’t look any further than asking Charlie Dills, a local auctioneer and cancer survivor if he’d be our guest auctioneer and he graciously agreed.

  • Kiwanis Auction funds community projects

     

    A baby born during our very first Williamstown Kiwanis Charity auction would be 17 years old this month.  Think about the changes that child would have seen in the world during those 17 years.

       The auction idea was born at about the time I developed a lung ailment, therefore its reality was delayed until I recovered. Then I sprang my idea upon the Kiwanis membership nearly 18 years ago.

  • The Senate Republican Majority's top five priorities

     

     Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed some rest and relaxation as 2013 came to a close.  The holidays are behind us now, and we strive to get back into our daily routines. School is back in session and the work of the year in full swing.

  • 2014...full of promise

     

    Last year flew by in so many ways; it seems like just last week it was summer. Halloween came and went. Thanksgiving seems like the blink of an eye and it was over. Christmas came and went and in all honesty, I’m glad it’s over with. I was a bit of bah humbug this year.

    New Years came and went and was just another day. I didn’t even stay up to watch the ball drop, which is a yearly tradition. I stayed in and went to bed. Wonder what that says about the New Year? 

  • Help us be a better newspaper

     

    We need your help.

    I see the Grant County News as a community newspaper.

    The definition of that, in my mind, is two-fold.

    First, we strive to cover this community like no other publication or TV station.

    Sure, the bigger staffed media outlets may trot down I-75 south to Grant County when a big story comes along.

    But, will they be there when a local business opens its doors and is looking for the support of residents?

  • Sometimes the joy, truly is in the journey

     

    I pressed on, hiking about 50 feet in front of Mary, who was straining to keep up. Dave, not in any particular hurry, lagged behind her another 15 yards or so.

    “I just know the clearing in the woods was right about here,” I shouted back to my two grown children.

    Still unable to find the clearing, I picked up my pace even more, stretching the distance between the three of us.

  • New year is full of promise

     

    A new year brings new possibilities and promise.

    I look forward to a fresh start in 2014 because I think that 2013 was a hard year and I’m glad to see it’s in the history books.

    They were the best of times. They were the worst of times. Actually, 2013 was one of those years that just sort of sailed along at its own speed.

    Thankfully, the community wasn’t hit with much in the way of weather-related problems like the tornadoes that ripped through the year before.

  • Coming together to reduce the impact of heroin

     

    What often sets the Northern Kentucky region apart is our willingness to collaborate to solve common problems. When the region was faced with an astounding rise in the number of people addicted to heroin, we came together once again.

     The result was the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact response group’s plan, “Northern Kentucky’s Collective Response to the Heroin Epidemic,” released in mid-November.