Way Back When

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By Robin Smiley

10 years ago . . .

Births announced this week are: Victoria-Anne Marie McIntyre, Oct. 1, daughter of James Darrell McIntyre and Stephanie Marie White; Chesney Brooke Taylor, Oct. 19, daughter of Chris and Amy Taylor; John Austin Webb, Sept. 21, son of John A. and Tina Faye Webb.

The site for the MCC/Licking Valley Center was approved and will soon have a permanent home on the Hilltop. The campus will be located across from Harrison County High School and adjoining the vocational school. LVC will receive $2.5 million toward the project by Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton.

The City of Cynthiana received $489,000 for water system improvements.

The Harrison County Board of Education agrees to buy two regular school buses and one small bus.

Two days into the first trial from the year-long investigation into an alleged RECC financial scandal, judge pushes for attorneys to move along.

Betty Perraut is the new owner of He and She Hair Styles located at 166 S. Walnut St. (Bridge Street Place).

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announces that the Cynthiana Housing Authority will be receiving $79,500 to help fund programs to eliminate drugs, including increased law enforcement patrol, counseling, drug education, and other measures to combat drug-related crime.

Figures from the U.S. Department of Education show that Kentucky school districts will share in over $19.6 million to reduce classroom size in grades 1-3. Of that statewide allocation, Harrison County will receive $73,787.

25 years ago . . .

Births announced this week are: James Douglas Murphy, Oct. 16, son of Omer and Kathy Murphy; Mandia Frank Levi, Oct. 20, daughter of Tom and Sissie Levi; Charity Nicole Ritchie, Oct. 20, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark S. Ritchie; Jill Marie Snapp, Oct. 14, daughter of Linda Sue Snapp; Paul Allen Rodgers Jr., Oct. 16, son of Paul and Dottie Rodgers; Brian Keith Nichols, Oct. 22, son of Roger and Debra Nichols.

Built in 1906 by the Champion Bridge Co. of Wilmington, Ohio, the Berry bridge is eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge is eligible because it's considered a rare survivor of its type of design, its rural setting, and it's adjacent to the old Berry mill and dam. The 247-foot long bridge extends over the South Fork Licking River on Ky. 1032. Plans are being laid by the state Department of Highways to construct a new bridge at Berry, but a decision hasn't been reached on whether the historic bridge will be dismantled. Estimated cost of a new bridge is $900,000.

Basket dam is installed at Lair. It's relatively simple, inexpensive. quick and easy to construct, and it works. The price tag on the dam will total between $2,500 and $3,000.

The City of Cynthiana has been approached about repair of A. Keller Dam and a cavity that runs underneath the Frazer LeBus Jr. property. According to the city attorney, the city did not build nor does it own the dam. The Frazer and Orie LeBus families own property to the middle of the river bed. Since the city does not hold the title then it probably won't be eligible to obtain federal money for its repair.

Grand opening is planned for Outdoorsman Inc., owned by Eddie Coppage and John Owsley. The business is located at Harrison Square Shopping Center.

50 years ago . . .

Births announced this week are: Kimberly Lynn Ham, Oct. 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Ham; Susan Louise Stewart, Oct. 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Stewart; Shawna Faye Shaw, Oct. 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shaw; Alison Fryman, Oct. 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fryman.

Fire destroyed a house which once served as a hospital for soldiers wounded in a battle nearby during the Civil War at A. Keller. The blaze leveled the long one-story log house. The house is owned by Frazer D. LeBus and was used as slave quarters to the old mansion. The house was built in the early 1800s by Alexander Lamb, who owned and operated a mill on the river.

A bubbling leak in a gas line running under the Licking South River at Woods Crossing has been repaired.

Work of clearing the right-of-way for Kincaid Lake in  Kincaid Lake State Park, Falmouth, is now underway. Over a mile of shoreline near the proposed dam is already completed. The dam itself will not be built until next year.

•The first court for Kentucky County convened at Harrodsburg, where it was ordered that the county seat be located at Crow's Station, afterwards Danville.