• I have been searching the latest editions of the Grant County News expecting to see an article on the passing of a resolution of support for the State of Arizona by the Grant County Fiscal Court. In this resolution the citizens of Grant County expressed their approval of the Arizona law that allows the local police to check the immigration status of people who are guilty of a criminal offense and gives the officer a reason to suspect they are not in this country legally.

  • The world is coming to visit! Are we ready?

    Beginning Sept. 25, running through Oct. 10, there will be thousands and thousands of travelers traveling through Grant County, on their way to the World Equestrian Games. If you think that won’t affect us, you’re wrong. People have to eat, people have to get gas, people have to spend the night somewhere. Checking with our local hotel and motel managers, I have found, they are getting lots of reservations for these dates. The Georgetown hotels are already totally booked. So that means our hotels will soon follow suit.

  • I’m not one to mark time by anniversary dates. It’s just not how my mind works, and there are a lot of things that I try to forget.

  • Nostalgia keeps getting the better of me — it’s age I guess. Lately this very hot summer has me thinking of homemade ice cream and my memories of Sunday afternoons in Williamstown.

  • No one knows the year when it entered Earth’s atmosphere but it was found one April day in 1892, on a Grant County, Kentucky farm. Since that day, slices of it are located in the Vatican collection, Vatican City, Italy, the British National Museum, and nearly every major center of study from Harvard to Japan and elsewhere around the globe.

    Here is a portion of the mostly forgotten story of Grant County’s world-renowned 68-pound iron meteorite.

    The following can be found at nkyviews.com/grant/grant358.htm and on numerous sites devoted to meteorites.

  • Friday, Sept. 17,  begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The week-long commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.

  • Hot weather and I usually do not mix.

    As a teenager, my parents took us on a family vacation to Florida to visit some relatives.

    It was blistering hot all day at the beach. Not being an ocean person, the sun simply glared on me the entire afternoon.

    When it was time for lunch, I started feeling ill at Denny’s.

    The group was sitting at a half-circle booth table with lucky me in the middle, which meant either half of the people had to get up to let me out or I had to crawl underneath the table.

  • Times are difficult right now in the schools. Money is tight and some districts are having to choose to drop programs and let teachers go due to budget constraints. This is where we must consider carefully the best interests of the students, all students, before we decide to restructure the  curriculum and eliminate pieces of a child’s education.

  • 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.

    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.

    While the Grant County News does not endorse candidates, we will be bringing you an election section at the end of October.

    This will feature all the candidates who have opposition for the Nov. 2 election.

  • With the first full week of school complete, we’d like to take a few moments to reflect and say “thank you” to several people.  First of all, we would like to thank the following for the support they have shown the Family Resource Youth Service Center (FRYSC) Program: Superintendent Sally Skinner, Instructional Assistant Misty Middleton, middle/high school, Principal Dave Johnstone, Elementary Principal David Poer, the members of the Williamstown Board of Education, the parent and teacher members of both school’s SBDM Councils, our teachers, staff members and co

  • On behalf of Grant County Community Education and Grant County Parks and Recreation, we would like to thank the following organizations for helping make the 2010 Back to School Blowout held Aug. 7 at Grant County Park a huge success.

  • When the dog days of August come rolling around, many sports fans turn to football and the upcoming fall sports. This year may be a little different with the season the Cincinnati Reds are having.

    I am a die-hard baseball fan and for the past 15 years of my life, which is a majority of my life, the Reds have had 13 losing seasons. Many people in the area start looking at football once July arrives, partially because Bengals training camp is upon us and the Reds are 10 games out of first and no chance of overcoming that deficit.

    This is no ordinary summer.

  • Do you remember your first really great bicycle? Well, I do. It was a 1960-something, 24-inch Murray, made like a bike ought to be made—it was silvery green with wide tires and fenders, a seat that was made to sit on, a place on the back for a passenger—and yes, its crowning glory—a battery operated light on the front. I thought I had arrived!

  • I’m really tired of hearing how the animal shelter is overcrowded with unwanted animals and how they’re going to enforce dog licenses this year for revenue and to help find lost animals (Channel 9 and Kentucky Post Web site).

    I have always got my dogs licensed so they can be found and because it’s the law. I wonder how many elected officials have bought their dog licenses? I’m not just talking this year, but in year’s past? Enforcement should begin at the top.

  • With the opening of a new school year, I thought that some of you would be interested in the history of the oldest school year, or a brief history of school in Grant County.

    When Grant County was organized in 1820, there were two schoolhouses in the county. One of these was on Fork Lick Creek near the Old Fork Lick Baptist Church where Hwy. 36 crosses Fork Lick Creek.

  • Why have an ordinance if it is never followed? No one at the courthouse can explain this to me. In our animal ordinance, the definition of “animal” is all vertebrate creatures. Our animal control officer is supposed to take care of all domestic animals. That would include dogs, cats and livestock. But it seems our county officials keep interpreting “animals” as dogs.

  • Recently, I had a situation with the air conditioning in my car and took it to the dealer for repairs. Their findings were that the compressor was bad and it would be a $900 fix. I decided to think it over before spending that much on a 7-year-old vehicle. After calling a friend and being told to try Dry Ridge Auto Parts, I did just that.

  • What’s in a name?

    Well, a lot when it comes to picking out the name of your child.

    They will have that name for the rest of their lives and you’re responsible for it.

    That’s a lot of pressure, plus you want something somewhat unique without it sounding bizarre.

    No offense, but Bob, Ted, Tom and Frank are too common.

    When my wife and I had our first child, picking out names seemed a lot easier.

    She was determined that if we had a little girl we would name her Isabella and call her Bella for short.

  • We want to thank the fair board and everyone who had a part in making this year’s Grant County Fair a success.  Everything was very well organized and even the weather cooperated.  We thoroughly enjoyed being there and are already looking forward to next year!

    Woody and Linda Woodyard


  • I feel violated! There I said it. No, I haven’t been the victim of a violent or even minor crime, but I feel violated anyway.

    An unwanted, unwelcome “guest” has invaded my personal space and he’s worn out his welcome.

    There’s a mouse, not in my house, but in the News office.

    I recently went on vacation and didn’t notice anything amiss before I left. But, upon my return when I opened my closet to put away my camera and purse, I noticed the “gifts” Mr. Mouse had left me.