Local News

  • Bass Webb enters guilty plea

    Bass Webb entered a guilty plea to the murder of Bryia Runiewicz on Wednesday afternoon in Pendleton County. Less than 15 minutes after the last potential juror entered the courthouse for jury selection, Webb's attorney's announced that he would accept a plea agreement.

    To the charge of murder and persistent felony offender, the Commonwealth recommended 50 years in prison to run consecutively with a 15-year sentence in Fayette County for a total of 65 years.

    Tom Griffiths, defense attorney, said everyone was in agreement with the plea deal.

  • And the winner is....

    Jordynn Sue Wright claimed the 6-12-month-old title at Monday’s Baby Show at the Harrison County 4-H Fair. Pictured with her mother, Stephanie, Jordynn captured the judges’ attention with her smile and happy personality

  • Indictment issued in child sexual abuse case

    A Harrison County man is accused of sexually abusing children and has now been indicted by a grand jury.
    Donald Silcox, 55, faces an eight-count indictment in connection with the alleged abuse of children under 12 years old and under 16 years old.
    According to the indictment handed down last week, Silcox is charged with sodomizing three little girls. The charges stem from incidents that allegedly began around May 1 and continued through June 8.
    The grand jury charges that Silcox engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with the girls.

  • Himes one of 31 Miss Kentucky contestants

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    The Miss Kentucky pageant is taking place this week, with Katie Himes of Harrison County competing to win the crown.
    Himes said Thursday, July 12, and Friday, July 13, are the preliminary rounds and Saturday, July 14, is the finals.
    Himes is competing as Miss Harlan County in the state preliminary Miss America pageant.
    She said there are 31 contestants competing for the title of Miss Kentucky.
    Himes said pageant contestants represent different titles from all around the state.

  • Leaking Poindexter Dam gets rapid repair

    Poindexter farmers now are waiting for rain to replenish lost water caused by a leaking Poindexter dam.
    According to Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett, several farmers in the Poindexter area, including Ricci Roland, began to notice a problem in Poindexter dam during the summer of 2011.
    “Last year I could tell that the dam was leaking water,” said Roland. “Once winter came, I could tell a significant drop in the amount of water behind the dam.”

  • City orders draft of smoking ban ordinance

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    The Cynthiana City Commissioners will be considering a proposed smoking ban.
    Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to have a draft ordinance written for their consideration.
    Mayor Steve Moses proposed the ordinance saying that he is for the ban because it would protect children from second-hand smoke.
    Roger Slade, commissioner of public works, disagreed with the ordinance.

  • Firefighters kept busy as dry conditions continue

    Several fires have kept the Harrison County Volunteer Fire Department busy lately as the county endures a seemingly never ending dry spell.
    The Harrison County Fire Department was dispatched Saturday, July 7, to US 27 South, for four different “hot-spots” beginning across from the 4-H grounds to the Lair area.
    According to Assistant Chief Charles Carson, the fire is believed to have been started by a tractor and trailer wheel.

  • Berry FNB building donated to city

    “It was the right thing to do,” said Bill Strohm, executive vice president of Farmers National Bank, of the decision to donate the Berry Branch to the city of Berry.
    The Berry Branch closed on Dec. 31, 2011.
    Christine Philpot, Berry city clerk, said her career has now come full circle.
    For 28 years Philpot was a bank teller at the two-story building that sits at the corner of Main and South Second streets. When she retired in 2008, she had gone through four bank robberies and was ready to be out of that building.

  • Dancers share talent with students, audiences

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    The Cyn City Dancers, Cynthiana’s own line dancing group, has been stepping to the beat for 18 years.
    Laura and Jeffrey Clifford started the group 18 years ago to teach others how to line dance.
    The two met while taking dance lessons and went on to compete couples dances together before teaching couples dances and then line dancing.
    They have competed and won awards doing two-step and the waltz in Lexington, Dayton, Ohio, and Atlanta, Ga.

  • Former player, veteran coach will send in first pitch with Little Leaguers watching

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    A routine errand turned into the opportunity of a lifetime for local baseball great, Brian Williams.
    He and his wife Regina Williams went to a Lexington Legends baseball game to pick up tickets to take the Little League A’s team, which Williams coaches, to a game.
    But before they could leave with the tickets, Brian received more than he imagined. He was offered the opportunity to throw the opening pitch at the July 17 game.