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Today's Opinions

  • Former Judge Executive says Ark Encounter is beneficial for county

    As former Judge Executive of Grant County, I'm thrilled to hear that the Ark Encounter had an excellent first year and that businesses that cater to Ark tourists are booming. I hope to be seeing additional hotels and restaurants being built in Williamstown and then watching the kind of economic benefits that Dry Ridge, with its many tourism amenities, has been experiencing.
    I'm also happy to know that as a result of the Ark's financial success, the tax burden on Grant Countians will be lessened.

  • 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.

  • A year of tremendous blessings

    Grant County, thank you!
    The Grant County News has allowed me the opportunity to write about the tremendous success of the Ark Encounter now that it’s been open one year.
    Media from all over the world have toured this massive ship, and we have appreciated all the extensive global coverage—including the fair and accurate reporting of this newspaper.

  • Celebrating Independence Day

    Over 200 years ago, our founding fathers put their lives on the line to create a new country in which freedom reigned. These men had a vision of a nation unafraid to face its enemies and win. We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception but continue to fight for our God-given rights unique to the United States of America.

  • Williamstown Family Fun Park thanks chamber members

    The Williamstown Family Fun Park would like to extend our thanks to the Grant County Chamber businesses who attended our “Business After Hours” event on Tuesday, June 26.  
    It was a beautiful evening with temperatures in the 70s.  We were excited to be able to showcase our family friendly activities to chamber members and their families, including mini golf, zipline tours, chutes and ladders (kids’ adventures course) and our newest offering, archery tag.

  • New health department district office allows for future of efficiency, collaboration

    Recently, the Northern Kentucky Health Department joined with Board of Health members, elected officials and other partner organizations to celebrate the ground breaking for our new district office on the campus of the Florence Government Center.

    Obviously, those involved in the years of research and planning leading up to the May 19 event were excited for construction to get underway, as are the more than 90 health department employees who will work from the new facility when it’s completed next winter.

  • Pet Journal: Attention seeking behavior

    Attention seeking behavior is one of the most frustrating and confounding behaviors experienced by dog owners. It can take many forms. Most common are jumping and nipping. However, there are many other behaviors designed to seek attention, including vocalizing, destructive chewing, and stealing.
    Dogs are pack animals. As such, it is natural for them to seek both companionship and contact.