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  • Trading in the classroom chairs

    Things are bouncy in Jon Salyer’s fourth grade classroom at Eastside Elementary.

    Salyer has traded in his classroom chairs for large bouncy balls.

    “I was really excited,” fourth grader Braden Bryant said about the news of the ball chairs. “It makes sitting down at your desk fun and it helps you get in shape around your stomach.”

    Salyer said the balls have been a hit.

    “School can get boring,” Salyer said. “At least this way, they can get some energy out.”

  • Funeral will be Tuesday for HCHS senior killed in Friday wreck

    Harrison County High School students are grieving Monday morning, following the death of senior Brittany Cordray, 17.

    According to a press release issued by the Kentucky State Police, Cordray and three passengers were traveling from Bourbon County around 9:45 p.m. Friday, when the 2000 Ford Taurus Cordray was driving left the roadway and flipped, landing in a nearby pond.

    The three juvenile passengers were able to get out of the vehicle and pull Cordray from the partially submerged vehicle.

  • Union Baptist Church burglarized last week

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a break-in at Union Baptist Church.

    Deputy Nathan Olin responded to the church on Robinson Union Road Wednesday morning, after church member Michael K. Fisher reported a missing desktop computer and monitor, sound board and power amp.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Red Cross swim lessons begin June 21

    The American Red Cross will offer swim lessons once again this summer.

    Instructors screened swimmers on Wednesday, June 2 at the Cynthiana Country Club from 4 to 6 p.m. to help place participants in the right class level.

    They also had registration.

    Kellie Brunker, American Red Cross instructor and facilitator, said there are six different levels. The levels range from introduction to water skills to skill proficiency and personal water safety.

    There are not any lessons being offered for preschoolers.

  • Man robbed at gunpoint in church parking lot

    A Harrison County man is in jail after an early morning robbery last week.

    Joshua Miles, 18, was arrested by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department early Thursday morning for first degree robbery and fourth degree assault (minor injury).

    Det. Paul Olin said Miles robbed a male individual in the parking lot of the Salem Church of Christ.

    Olin said the victim, whose name has not yet been released, was riding in a vehicle with Miles and a juvenile female when Miles stopped the car in the church parking lot.

  • Artist will have showing at Derby gala

    While covering the news as a  former reporter for The Cynthiana Democrat, Lisa Hurst developed a love for photography.

    Hurst left the newspaper in 2000, but never stopped taking pictures.

    “I take pictures of lots of things,” she said Monday afternoon.

    One of her pictures will be among the art displayed at the Governor’s Derby Exhibition at the Capitol Rotunda.

    “I was pleased,” Hurst said about finding out that her work had been selected.

    Hurst’s art showcases a close photograph of a hibiscus plant.

  • Licking Valley home earns Star Energy rating

    Bertha Clark moved from Nashville to Cynthiana in 2006 and became a star. Actually, her home has become the star -- an Energy Star.

     With electric bills nearing $800 per month, Clark knew she had to do something to make her Licking Valley home more efficient.

    Steve Rose with Blue Grass Energy did an audit of her home to find its failures. What he discovered was the loss of about 70 percent of her heat, much of which was simply going up the chimney.

    She contracted Tim Wilson of Copperwood Construction to do what he could to make her home more efficient.

  • Woman injured in 4-car wreck Saturday night

    A Carlisle woman was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center following a Saturday night wreck on KY 36.

    According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve McCauley, a disabled vehicle set off of a chain of events that ended in a four-car accident.

    About 9:15 p.m. Saturday, a 1993 Toyota pickup truck, driven by Phillip Nickell II, was headed west on KY 36 W when the truck broke down. Nickell pulled the truck to the side of the road.

    For  more on this accident, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Delaney to decide legality of sign limits

    The constitutionally of restricting political signs is being considered by Harrison County Circuit Judge Jay Delaney, who is expected to soon rule in the case.

    State representative candidate Timothy Fairfield of Berry brought a civil suit against the planning commission regarding the constitutionality of regulating those signs.

    Political debates in Harrison County have gone to signs.

    Are they out too early? Are they too close to the highway? Are they blocking an entrance? Are they too large?

  • Clean up

    The flood waters are gone, but the clean-up process continues for some.

    “We’ve been without electricity for over a week,” Recreation Department Director Rick Chasteen said.

    The baseball season was put on hold after heavy rains pushed the South Fork Licking River to crest at 21.92 feet on May 4 - almost two feet above flood level.

    Thirty-four inches of water stood in the concession stand at River Road Park, Chasteen said.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.