Today's News

  • Recipe for success: treat others like you want to be treated

    Integrity is defined as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character.”

    That’s how people who do business with Donnie Sechrest describe him – a man of integrity and character.

  • Highway named for fallen soldier

    Brenda Bishop received what she called an early Mother’s Day gift May 11 as her late son was honored with a memorial highway in Grant County.

    SFC Jason Bishop, 31, of Williamstown, was killed Jan. 1, 2006, while serving in Bayji, Iraq.

    Bishop’s memorial highway will be from the intersection of KY 22 to the intersection KY 467 on US 25 (Dry Ridge Bypass).

    “When you lose one of your children, you lose everything,” Brenda said. “I’m glad that Grant County is honoring him. They’re showing him some respect.”

  • Williamstown water plant moves forward

    The City of Williamstown is moving forward on construction of a new $16.6 million water plant.

    The city’s first step was to purchase 55 acres of land on Waterworks Road for $355,000.

    This land is at the top of the hill from the city’s water storage tank and adjacent to property the city already owns.

    “It was the best location we could have had,” said Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.

    The city’s current water plant was built in 1964 and has a capacity of producing 2.5 million gallons per day.

  • Murder suspect indicted

    By Molly Haynes, Landmark News Service

    Two Owen County men were indicted by a Franklin County grand jury May 9 after allegedly strangling a Frankfort man to death and dumping his body on the side of Interstate 64 in Franklin County.

    Joshua Hammond, 31, and David Bruce II, 44, both of Owen County were indicted in Franklin Circuit Court on the charges of murder, assault, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

    A third man from Grant County, James Simons, 35, was also indicted on the same charges.

  • The big day draws near

    T-minus 23 days and counting. It may sound like a countdown to a space shuttle launching, but for me, it is a countdown to the day I get to marry my best friend, Jessica Lynn Purnell.
    The day is rapidly approaching and my excitement level has hit a 10 on the meter.

    The ribbons are coming together on the programs, the photos are being scanned into our computer to be put into a slideshow for the reception, a million things on the checklist, but with each step we take, we get closer to June 9, 2012.

  • Four weddings and a festival

    I lay in bed on the eve of Derby Day listening, sometimes getting up to watch the storms roll across Williamstown.  Having spent a great deal of time and effort in helping many others prepare the local Derby Day Festival, I was haunted by the four past years of much less than perfect weather.

    I had already responded to a disgruntled Derby Idol contestant who emailed me.

  • Derby Day Idol Jr.

    While some people might shy away from heights, Brandon Day isn’t afraid.

    He actually climbs poles for a living as assistant superintendent of Williamstown’s Electric Department.

    He took his climbing ability to the Cleveland Public Power Lineworker’s Rodeo, a national competition, held April 14.
    Day, a graduate of Williamstown High School, earned a spot in the top 10 competitors. He placed eighth out of 59 in his first competition.

  • Thomas - Markesberry to wed

    Larry Markesberry of Albuquerque, N.M. and Debbie Ford of Bonaire, Ga. are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jill Markesberry to Jim Thomas, son of James and Elaine Thomas of Dry Ridge.

    The wedding is being planned for August at the Dry Ridge Christian Church. Invitations will be mailed to guests.

    The bride is a graduate of Georgia College and State University. She is employed by the Grant County Board of Education.

  • Humbert - Perkins set date

    Clyde Dougherty and Linda Perkins-Dougherty are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Stanley Gail Perkins to Jared Michael Humbert, son of John and Donna Humbert.

    The wedding is being planned for 4:30 p.m. on May 26, 2012, at Williamstown Baptist Church. A reception will follow at the Ridge Banquet Center.

    Serving as maid of honor is Susan Elaine Dews; friend of the bride of Corinth.

    Serving as best man is John Humbert; father of the groom of Crittenden.