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Opinion

  • It’s no secret that I like a good corndog and funnel cake and some of the best of both can be found at the county fair and even better ones can be found at the state fair.

    I went to the state fair this year along with a host of Grant County 4-H ham project kids and their parents.

    Grant County was well represented as the 4-H kids brought home many blue and red ribbons in only their first year of country ham competition.

    Other Grant County 4-Hers and adults earned ribbons for photography, sewing, baking, art work, showing animals etc.

  • I’m probably the only person in this county that feels this way, but in my humble opinion, the Grant County Animal Shelter is taking itself a bit too seriously.  

    Now, I care as much as anyone about animals. All my life I have cared for and been surrounded by a whole host of animals. But with this comes a dose of common sense. To have a pet, you have to be able to accommodate it and it fit to your needs, etc.

  • There is a segment of the U.S. population cheerleading in favor of the ground zero mosque. One must ask, why? Imam Rauf says that it is for reconciliation. Really! Mohammed teaches that it is fine to lie to an infidel if it promotes Islam. I do not believe him. Why does he call it “The Cordoba Project?” When Islam defeated Christian Spain, the third largest mosque in the world was erected in Cordoba, Spain, to signify Islams victory over Christianity.

  • When you are a kid, you don’t realize how quick life is. You want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything, especially when you have someone special in your life.

    Last week, I was covering the sporting events on Sept. 18, looking forward to a big moment that evening at Oktoberfest in Cincinnati, my proposal to my girlfriend Jessica Lynn Purnell.

    For two weeks I had the ring stashed away waiting for that special Saturday. It seemed like an eternity to get here.

  • 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.