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Today's News

  • Neighbors concerned about noise, traffic

    Of concern to city council and residents were traffic, noise, property values, increases in crime and the impact of a travel center on other developments being discussed for Barnes Road, especially after the state completes the widening of Barnes Road.

    There were several residents who spoke against the development, while no one from the audience spoke in favor of it.

    TRAFFIC:

  • Thayer ‘disappointed’ expanded gaming bill fails

    The issue of expanded gaming in Kentucky appears to be dead, at least for now, after Senate Bill 151 was defeated 21-16 on Feb. 24 after a little over two hours of debate.

    The measure fell a full seven votes short of the required 23 to send a constitutional amendment to voters in November.

    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, who sponsored the bill with Gov. Steve Beshear, said he wanted the voters to decide the issue.

  • New trial granted in toddler death

    A 27-year-old Crittenden man has been granted a new trial in the 2009 death of his girlfriend’s 13-month-old daughter by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

    After more than two days of testimony, a Grant County jury took less than two hours on Jan. 22, 2010 to find Brandon Barnhill guilty of wanton murder of toddler Kiara Smith.

    The 27-year-old Crittenden man is serving life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange.

  • Truck stop doesn’t feel ‘Love’ in Williamstown

    Love’s Truck Stop did not get a warm reception last week from the Williamstown City Council, neighbors to the proposed site and other merchants.

    In a 3-2 vote with Councilman Glenn Caldwell absent, the city council rejected amending the city’s zoning ordinance to allow the truck stop in a highway commercial zone.

  • People should get a say

    Epic fail.A swing and a miss.

    However, you want to label it, there is no doubt that the Senate Bill 151 was a misfire for Gov. Steve Beshear, Sen. Damon Thayer and expanded gaming supporters.

    Once again, voters will not get to decide whether they do or do not want casinos in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

    To me, it was a travesty, another idiotic display of how playing politics is more important than giving the people a say on important issues that impact our state.

    The issue is fairly simple in my mind.

  • City council had to make a tough call

    Did the Williamstown City Council make the right call in turning down a proposed truck stop on Barnes Road?

    That’s a question with an answer that only time will tell.

    There have not been many developers come to Williamstown or any of the other cities in Grant County in the last few years looking to bring a project with the promise of jobs, tax revenue and increased traffic, so when one does it would be easy to hop on the band wagon, especially when those are the things the public says they want.

  • Maines receives 4-H Gold Star Award

    You could say that Curtis Maines, a senior at Williamstown High School, is a star.

    Actually he’s a 4-H gold star winner, earning top honors in the Kentucky 4-H program this year.

    Maines, the son of Ronnie and Brenda Maines, has been involved in 4-H for half his life. Starting when he was 9 years old, he started out working with animals.

    “I was passionate about livestock and then discovered  his leadership skills and that I like helping other kids,” Maines said.

  • WEDDINGS


     Sara Jean Nargessi and R. Christopher Burton were united in marriage on Aug. 6, 2011 at Southland Christian Church in Lexington. Reverend Steve Offutt officiated at the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Bijan Nargessi and Regina Fox.
    Serving as maid of honor was Tara Offutt, sister of the bride, of Jacksonville, Fla. The bridesmaids were Jannell Sargent of Richmond, Elizabeth Burton of Nicholasville, LeeAnn Kenney of Florence and Lauren Heeger and Nicole Gleason, both of Lexington.

  • Demons fall to Simon Kenton 85-63

    Williamstown was unable to pull off an upset over Simon Kenton, losing 85-63 in the first round of the 32nd District Tournament Feb. 20 at Grant County High School.

    The loss marked the end of the road for five seniors and coach Steve Sigmon, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 40 years in education and coaching.

  • Braves, Lady Braves celebrate Senior Night

    Grant County High School celebrated senior night Feb. 14 between the girls and boys game, recognizing the cheerleaders, Lady Braves and Braves.

    The games were the backdrop of the evening as they remembered eight cheerleaders, four Lady Braves and three Braves.

    The ceremony started with the cheerleading team that fell just short of advancing to state for the first time in five years. Eight seniors made up the squad and included Courtney Jaconette, Darian Kelly, Karen Mann, Lindsey Moloney, Lauren Nantz, Cayman Ruber, Josie Ruber and Bailey Smith.