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  • Donations needed to help surviving family from last week’s fatal fire

    Friends and family members of Patricia Kearns, who was killed in a tragic house fire last week, have established a memorial fund to help her family who was made homeless by the fire.
    Kearns was the only fatality in a house fire that occurred at 1273 Hick Hardy Road on  the border between Nicholas and Harrison counties.
    Not only did the fire claim Kearns’ life, it also left her husband, daughter Hannah Callahan, son-in-law and two grandsons homeless. The home was a complete loss.

  • Harrison County schools closed Wednesday, Feb. 26

    There will be no school in Harrison County today, Wednesday, Feb. 26.

    Harrison County assistant superintendent David Case made the announcement at 5 a.m.

    Roads in the northern part of the county are snow-covered with this latest round of snow pushing southeast.

  • Celebrity chef and Kentucky artist join Project Playground for ‘Beat the Boredom’ series

    Project Playground fundraiser promises to combat the winter blues with its upcoming “Beat the Boredom” series.
    The “Beat the Boredom” series of events features two unique experiences and will raise funds for local playground equipment.
    On Saturday, March 1, a Yoga + Celebrity Chef event brings Chef Brigitte Nguyen – as seen on Food Network, Cooking Channel and Kentucky Proud Kitchen – to Cynthiana.

  • Local college stages campus lockdown drill

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    City police and sheriff’s deputies helped carry out a lockdown drill at the Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community College last week. The drill was meant to clarify security procedures in case a shooter is reported on the campus or in the educational building.
    Similar lockdown drills are being run at all five Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) sites, said Jeff Stevens, director of safety and security at all of the college campuses.

  • Ten jury trials set next week in Harrison Circuit Court

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Ten jury trials are scheduled for next week, according to Harrison County court records.
    The jury trials are all set  for Tuesday, Feb. 25, and are subject to change.
    Janet Hall was named in two separate jury trials. She previously entered not guilty pleas to two charges of trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, drug unspecified.

  • Black ice creates commuter nightmare; 11 wrecks in four hours

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    The Harrison County Sheriff’s office had its hands full early Tuesday morning when black ice caused 11 car wrecks, four of them injury accidents,  within a four-hour time span. One is likely to involve charges, according to Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton.
    On a day in which snow and ice were expected to melt, black ice patches caught many morning commuters by surprise, according to Hampton and deputy sheriff Robert Peak.

  • Grievance hearing ends with recommendations

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Months after nine Cynthiana police officers filed grievances with the Cynthiana City Commission against Chief Ray Johnson, the issue is settled.
    The commission voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to merge a sexual harassment complaint made by the city’s only female officer, Dottie Batte, with the other grievance.
    There were nine active officers with the department who signed the complaint as well as one former officer. Each of the officers testified during the hearing, which began on Jan. 27 and continued over two days.

  • Fayette robbery suspect nabbed in Walnut Street home

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    Harrison County and Cynthiana law enforcement arrested a man Friday morning at a Walnut Street apartment who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Lexington on Jan. 31.
    Eric Paul Nelson, 35, listed as living in Boyle County, was in custody hours after arriving in Cynthiana. A warrant had been issued for Nelson’s arrest for his role in the armed robbery of a Speedway gas station at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway in Lexington.

  • Did you know?

    Rotary beans and cornbread lunch Feb. 21
    The annual Cynthiana Rotary Club bean soup and  cornbread luncheon will be held at the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church on Friday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  
    All you can eat dine in and to go orders are available. Cost is $7 per person. Tickets can be bought from any Cynthiana Rotarian.

    Go Red reception is Monday

  • Biancke's has second fire

    The Sunday morning fire that closed Biancke’s for the second time in less than nine months could have been a lot worse, according to the 25-year-old owner Mary Todd Ashbrook.
    About 10:30 a.m., while the Sunday morning crowd was having coffee and breakfast, smoke began seeping through the cracks in the floor.
    Ashbrook said she was in her apartment above the restaurant when Jan Taylor Wilson called to tell her that something was wrong. The floor was shaking and smoke was filling up the dining room.