Local News

  • Standoff ends when man shoots self



    A Williamstown man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound last week after police heard the shot as they approached the home on Main Street.

    James M. Collinsworth, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Lamar Fowler.

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  • Fun facts about the fourth



       • Three of America’s first five presidents died on July 4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died just hours apart on July 4, 1826. James Monroe died in 1831.

       • Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was born on July 4, 1872,

  • Fire dues generate $180,000



    A $25 fire dues added to 2012 tax bills generated more than $180,000 in revenue for five local fire departments in its first year.

  • Traveling Vietnam Memorial to arrive July 9



    The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will arrive in Williamstown around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 at the Williamstown (Ky 36) exit and travel south on U.S. 25 to Eibeck Lane.

    Opening ceremonies for the wall will be held at 7 p.m. on July 10.


    Kentucky state law will kick in on July 1 and automatically raise the state’s gas tax 2.4 cents a gallon. The law has raised the state’s gas tax in nine of the last 10 years.
    The state will collect an additional $72 million in tax revenue as Kentucky’s tax on a gallon of gasoline goes up to 32.3 cents. That will be almost twice the gas tax we were paying a decade ago.
    The law partly ties the gas tax rate to the average wholesale price of gasoline.


    Members of the Grant County Friends of the Shelter are hoping to collect unwanted items for a yard sale later this month that will benefit the four-legged residents of the Grant County Animal Shelter.
    The yard sale is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 27 at the Grant County Chamber Office, 1350 N. Main (across from the Thrift Store) in Williamstown. A rain date is planned for Aug. 3


    A standoff with police that began around 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 ended with a Williamstown man dead.
    Williamstown police, along with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police shut down U.S. 25 near 617 N. Main in Williamstown when shots were fired.
    A KSP Special Response Team was called to the home.
    Rural Metro Ambulance and members of the Williamstown Fire Department were also on scene.

  • Former jail deputy arrested for gun thefts

    A former deputy jailer was back at the Grant County Detention Center on June 19, but this time as an inmate.
    James C. Stephens, 36,  of Dry Ridge, was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property (firearm) and two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
    The guns Stephens allegedly stole were owned by two jail employees, Lula See and Jason Hankins, according to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.

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