http://www.grantky.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Shipp honored for medical career http://www.grantky.com/content/shipp-honored-medical-career <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chamber6.jpg" alt="Darl Shipp accepts the Grant Countian of the Year award at the Chamber of Commerce banquet." title="Darl Shipp accepts the Grant Countian of the Year award at the Chamber of Commerce banquet." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> Darl Shipp clinched the steering wheel of his car as he began to cry. He had just finished an hour-long conversation with his terminally ill friend, who had been his patient for years. He knew that death was one of the unfortunate realities of his occupation, but that didn&rsquo;t change the heartbreak he felt in that moment.<br /> 911 Board to hold public meeting to discuss funding http://www.grantky.com/content/911-board-hold-public-meeting-discuss-funding <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/business_license_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> A town hall meeting to dicuss 911 funding options is still set for 5 p.m. Thursday, April 27, despite confusion&nbsp; whether the meeting had been cancelled.</p> <p> Judge-Executive Steve Wood said April 25 that the meeting to discuss potentially implementing a countywide unit service fee as a funding mechanism for the 911-dispatch service had been cancelled.</p> <p> Wood said he spoke with the other board members, which includes mayors from the major cities in Grant County, and the majority consensus was to call the meeting off.</p> Tensions rise at jail budget meeting http://www.grantky.com/content/tensions-rise-jail-budget-meeting <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/budget_4.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Discussions at a jail budget meeting on April 24 turned sour when members of the Grant County Fiscal Court and officials from the detention center sparred over the necessary number of jail staff and the use of labor from Class D inmates.</p> <p> Jailer Chris Hankins and Major Jason Hankins presented their case for the fiscal court to approve provisions for additional employees at the jail, pointing to a staffing analysis from Rodney Ballard of the Kentucky Department of Corrections that recommended 48 active employees.</p> Walton-Verona downs Williamstown 12-2 http://www.grantky.com/content/walton-verona-downs-williamstown-12-2 <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_3_247.jpg" alt="Caleb Thompson makes the catch. Photos by Mark Verbeck" title="Caleb Thompson makes the catch. Photos by Mark Verbeck" align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> The Demons went to Verona on April 19 looking to end a three-game losing streak, but went home with a 12-2 defeat by the hands of Walton Verona.</p> <p> After a 30-minute rain delay, Walton lit up the scoreboard early and often, taking advantage of three walks and an error by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first.</p> <p> Williamstown responded with a leadoff hit by Isaac Borher and back-to-back walks by Chris Parsons and Chase Turner to load the bases with one out and Caleb Thompson single scored Borher and Parsons.</p> EGG-CELLENT EASTER http://www.grantky.com/content/egg-cellent-easter <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aidengay.jpg" alt="Aiden Gay picks through his basket of Easter eggs at the Crittenden Baptist Easter egg hunt. Photo by Mark Verbeck" title="Aiden Gay picks through his basket of Easter eggs at the Crittenden Baptist Easter egg hunt. Photo by Mark Verbeck" align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /> New fee discussed to fund 911 service http://www.grantky.com/content/new-fee-discussed-fund-911-service <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/911.jpg" alt="Dry Ridge Mayor Jim Wells, above left, and Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner, above right, analyze numbers from Wells’ presentation to the E-911 board. Photo by Cheyene Miller" title="Dry Ridge Mayor Jim Wells, above left, and Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner, above right, analyze numbers from Wells’ presentation to the E-911 board. Photo by Cheyene Miller" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Grant County Fiscal Court and E-911 board discussed a potential countywide unit service fee during an April 13 joint caucus meeting as a future-funding source as revenue from landlines continues to decline.<br /> Crittenden Mayor Jim Livingood called finding a salient funding mechanism for the 911 services a top priority for local government leaders.</p> Lady Demons win All ‘A’ Classic Region championship http://www.grantky.com/content/lady-demons-win-all-%E2%80%98a%E2%80%99-classic-region-championship <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/060.jpg" alt="The Williamstown Lady Demons softball team won 6-4 against the Owen County Rebels to win their first Class A regional championship. Photo by Tim Seevers" title="The Williamstown Lady Demons softball team won 6-4 against the Owen County Rebels to win their first Class A regional championship. Photo by Tim Seevers" align="left" hspace="6" width="154" height="85" /><p> The Lady Demons softball team took on the Owen County Lady Rebels on Thursday, April 13, at Carroll County High School for the opportunity to move on to the KHSAA Class A championship.&nbsp; They held on to win despite a late inning rally by the Lady Rebels to win 6-4 in their first-ever Class A regional championship. &nbsp;<br /> Coach Andrew Laughlin had nothing but high praise for his Lady Demon softball team.</p> Grant ranks 54th healthiest county in Kentucky http://www.grantky.com/content/grant-ranks-54th-healthiest-county-kentucky <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/healthrankings.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="172" height="85" /><p> Grant County continues to score better than slightly more than half of Kentucky counties based on data from the annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.</p> <p> The national health ranking system compiles data from counties across the nation, and ranks them on two broad categories; health outcomes, which include variables like length of life and quality of life, and health factors, which include variables like health behaviors, clinical care, socioeconomic factors, and physical environment.</p>