http://www.grantky.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Faith, Fireworks http://www.grantky.com/content/faith-fireworks <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/megan_mccory_enjoying_kona_ice_5.jpg" alt="Megan McCory enjoys some KONA ice at the New Apostolic Faith and Fireworks on June 27. Photo by Mark Verbeck " title="Megan McCory enjoys some KONA ice at the New Apostolic Faith and Fireworks on June 27. Photo by Mark Verbeck " align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /> State seeks input on KY 36 road project http://www.grantky.com/content/state-seeks-input-ky-36-road-project <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bent.jpg" alt="ARK RAISING - A half bent was put into place on the Ark project on KY 36 in Williamstown last week. Ark officials say the 510-foot long and 80-foot tall structure will open in the summer of 2016. They estimate between 1.4 and 2.2 million visitors will come to the park in the first year. Photo by Jamie S. Baker" title="ARK RAISING - A half bent was put into place on the Ark project on KY 36 in Williamstown last week. Ark officials say the 510-foot long and 80-foot tall structure will open in the summer of 2016. They estimate between 1.4 and 2.2 million visitors will come to the park in the first year. Photo by Jamie S. Baker" align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><p> With congested traffic from the Ark Encounter a concern, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will provide information about a project to provide relief.</p> <p> The project features the reconstruction of KY 36 at the Interstate 75 interchange in Williamstown, where the entrance to the under-construction Ark Encounter attraction will be when it opens in the summer of 2016.</p> <p> KTC will be holding an informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. July 7 at the Grant County Public Library.</p> ARK TAKING SHAPE http://www.grantky.com/content/ark-taking-shape <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bent_being_raised.jpg" alt="Construction on the Ark is underway. Workers moved bents into place using a special rigging system developed for this project. Photos by Jamie S. Baker" title="Construction on the Ark is underway. Workers moved bents into place using a special rigging system developed for this project. Photos by Jamie S. Baker" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Nestled within 800 acres of rolling hills in Williamstown, a creation of biblical proportions is starting to take shape.</p> <p> The $90 million life-size Ark Encounter is still at least a year away from opening, but workers have started on the skeleton of the recreation of Noah&rsquo;s ark.</p> SHERMAN BLOCK PARTY http://www.grantky.com/content/sherman-block-party <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mallory_robinson_painting_joy_johnson_1.jpg" alt="Mallory Robinson paints Joy Johnson’s face. " title="Mallory Robinson paints Joy Johnson’s face. " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /> Slam Dunk! http://www.grantky.com/content/slam-dunk <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic1_195.jpg" alt="Former UK Wildcat basketball player Jon Hood sits down with young campers to talk about fundamentals of the game at the Elite Skills Basketball Camp at Williamstown High School. " title="Former UK Wildcat basketball player Jon Hood sits down with young campers to talk about fundamentals of the game at the Elite Skills Basketball Camp at Williamstown High School. " align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Elite Skills Basketball Camp, sponsored by Wildcats and More, featured Hood and fellow former Wildcats player, Jarrod Polson, teaching the fundamentals of basketball to the campers. At the end of the camp, the players signed autographs and posed for photos.<br /> Photos by Bryan Marshall<br /> <br /> See next week&rsquo;s News for photos of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist&rsquo;s visit to the Kentucky Shop.</p> Piddle Park to get facelift, upgrades http://www.grantky.com/content/piddle-park-get-facelift-upgrades <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kylewallace.jpg" alt="Kyle Wallace, Dry Ridge Parks and Recreation director, uses a water pressure hose to clean off graffiti on the skate park at Piddle Park. Mayor Jim Wells is making improving the park a priority with additional funding and cleaning up the park. Photo submitted." title="Kyle Wallace, Dry Ridge Parks and Recreation director, uses a water pressure hose to clean off graffiti on the skate park at Piddle Park. Mayor Jim Wells is making improving the park a priority with additional funding and cleaning up the park. Photo submitted." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> Dry Ridge Mayor Jim Wells wants residents to visit and take pride in the city&rsquo;s Piddle Park.<br /> However, he realizes a lot of cleaning, hard work and money are needed to revitalize the downtown park.<br /> &ldquo;The first thing is to get it cleaned up and get the immediate things fixed,&rdquo; Wells said. &ldquo;With number one being the look of the park. If it looks nasty, it probably is nasty.&rdquo;<br /> To help facilitate a revamped park, Wells has partnered with the county to hire a parks director.<br /> Burglary suspects swipe thousands in cigarettes, cigars, tobacco products http://www.grantky.com/content/burglary-suspects-swipe-thousands-cigarettes-cigars-tobacco-products <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/camera.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><p> Williamstown Police is seeking the public&rsquo;s help identifying suspects in a burglary at Bluegrass Tobacco in Williamstown.<br /> Two suspects &mdash; a white male about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and a female about 5 feet, 5 inches tall &mdash; broke into the tobacco store around 3:20 a.m. June 18 and took thousands of dollars in merchandise.<br /> &ldquo;Entry was made through the back door,&rdquo; Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich said. &ldquo;They cut a hole in it. The broke the glass into the cigar lounge.&rdquo;<br /> Parks Department plans First Family 4th on June 26 http://www.grantky.com/content/parks-department-plans-first-family-4th-june-26 <p> The Independence Day weekend celebration will get a patriotic early kickoff with a new event Saturday, June 26 at Grant County Park in Crittenden.<br /> Grant County Parks and Recreation will hold the First Family Fourth event at 7 p.m. at the park.<br />