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Today's News

  • Pit Stop Campaign aims to save Pit Bulls

    Boomer is gentle and loving, an over grown lap dog who just wants to play.

    When approached, his skinny tail whips fast and furious.

    Boomer and others dogs like him are looking for a forever home, but when visitors come to the Grant County Animal Shelter, they often stop to look at him, but they keep on going.

    Unfortunately for Boomer, a Pit Bull, his breed has a bad reputation, which is why Marsha Chaney, the shelter director, has started the “Pit Stop Campaign.”

  • Website is voter resource

    Frankfort - As Kentucky’s May 22 primary election nears, the state’s voters are being encouraged to use the state Board of Elections’ www.elect.ky.gov website as a resource for voting. For example, the website can tell voters their polling place and the races in which they are eligible to vote.

  • Kiwanis to host magic show May 19

    The Williamstown Kiwanis Club will be sponsoring the Spectacular Magic Show at the Williamstown High School Gym at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

    Comedy magician Roger Wayne from Cynthiana, combines comedy with his skillful antics of magic. He has been performing since he was a teenager, has worked as a professional magician for over 30 years.

    Also appearing is illusionist Dinky Gowen. He became interested in magic at the age of 5 and at the age of 11 he did his first magic performance. He combines comedy, ventriloquism and mind blowing illusions.

  • 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.