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  • Grand jury concludes session with seven indictments

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Harrison County grand jury met Tuesday, returning seven indictments -- five for circuit court and two for district.
    Frankie James Sheldon, 18, was indicted on three counts of theft by unlawful taking (firearms).
    According to the indictment, on or about Dec. 7, 2014, Sheldon took three rifles from Walmart.
    His bond was set at $5,000.
    Monte Wayne Wisecup Jr. was listed as a co-defendant in the case.

  • Doctor duo joins Bluegrass Medical Clinic in Paris

    Bourbon Community Hospital recently announced that Erin Cooper, MD, and Geoffrey Cooper, MD, have joined its medical staff and will be offering family medicine services to patients in Bourbon and surrounding counties.     
    The Coopers came to Paris from Fremont, Nebraska and have joined Dr. Nathan Moore, Dr. Ray Young and Kristi Wheeler, PA, at the Bluegrass Medical Clinic.  

  • Salato Center adds new bobcat, kitten, young bald eagle for visitors

    The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort invites visitors to come and see the two most recent additions to its collection of    exhibit animals. The center recently acquired a 4-month-old bobcat kitten from a wildlife rehabilitation facility that will ultimately be kept on permanent exhibit.

  • Extension class designed to help stretch food dollars

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer
    kmckinney@cynthianademocrat.com

    Last Thursday, it was all about cooking basics: How to properly measure dry ingredients, how to chop and mince and how to convert ounces into tablespoons.
    These were some of the topics learned by a group of women at the Harrison County Extension Office, during a class that was held as part of a new nutrition education program offered by the office.

  • Cedarbrook resident drops billing complaint

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer
    kmckinney@cynthianademocrat.com

    A Cedarbrook resident who filed a complaint against the Harrison County Sanitation District has asked to withdraw the complaint.
    Donald R. Fuller sent a letter dated Aug. 19 to the PSC to request the withdrawal. The letter was stamped received by the PSC on Aug. 24, according to PSC records. The HCSD had until Aug. 20 to file an answer to or to satisfy the complaint.

  • Magistrates say no to tax increase

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer
    kmckinney@cynthianademocrat.com

    A proposed slight increase in the real property tax rate failed to be passed by the Harrison County Fiscal Court.
    Magistrates voted Tuesday on the second reading of the ordinance, which would have raised the tax rate on real estate from 10.2 to the compensating rate of 10.4.
    The motion to approve failed after magistrates Brad Marshall, Scott Herrington, Sam Pierce and Bradley Copes voted against it.

  • School board opts for compensating tax rate

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Forgoing an opportunity to generate $162,927 in additional revenue, the Harrison County Board of Education opted for the compensating tax rate at its Tuesday meeting.
    The compensating tax rate of 47.3 cents per $100 of assessed property would generate $4,272,009 for 2015-16, according to school documents. This includes .1 cent for exonerations, which allows the school district to recoup revenue that was lost last year, said Assistant Superintendent David Case.

  • Downtown clean up

    Zach Pergram, student minister at Leesburg Christian Church, trimmed the hedges outside of the Harrison County courthouse on Saturday. The day was designated a Downtown Cleanup Day and drew several volunteers to aid in the beautification of Cynthiana’s downtown area.

  • News briefs

    Three candidates file
    for vacant city seat

    Three candidates have filed to run in the Nov. 3, 2015, election for the one vacant Cynthiana City Commission seat.
    John Carter, Jada Walker Griggs and Josh Jenkins will be on the November ballot along with numerous state offices, according to Linda Furnish, Harrison County clerk.
    Griggs is currently serving out 2015, the first year in the unexpired term of Walter Tapp, who resigned.

  • Formal sentencing set for four Cynthiana defendants who entered guilty pleas

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Four defendants who were scheduled for jury trials on Aug. 27 changed their pleas during pretrial conferences Tuesday.
    Joanne Tuite, 43, entered a guilty plea to multiple drug-related charges.
    Tuite was indicted in February on 15 counts of drug trafficking offenses.
    On Tuesday, as part of her plea agreement, five of the charges were dismissed.
    Her formal sentencing will be Sept. 1 in Harrison Circuit Court.