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  • Above normal number of tornadoes, says Accuweather

    State College, Pa. -- AccuWeather.com reports following a near-record number of tornadoes in 2011, an active severe weather season with above-normal tornadoes is expected in 2012.
    There were 1,709 tornadoes in 2011, falling short of the record 1,817 tornadoes set in 2004. In comparison, the average number of tornadoes over the past decade is around 1,300.
    Last year ranks as the fourth most deadly tornado year ever recorded in the United States.

  • Grant’s Ark attraction held up by financial lag

    By Jamie Baker-Nantz,
    LCNI News Service
    When will the residents of Grant County see some dirt move on the Ark Encounter?
    It could be awhile longer because financing for the project has not materialized as developers hoped it would.
    No date has been set for a groundbreaking.
    The Ark Encounter LLC did  close on the final piece of property, known as the Finke property, needed for the project, which will encompass 800 acres. It will be located off KY 36 and I-75 in Williamstown.

  • Chesnut children laid to rest

    By Becky Barnes, Editor, and
    Jamie Baker-Nantz, LCNI News Service
    Two little girls lying in a single casket holding hands is an image Ron Livingood will never forget.
    Livingood, superintendent of Grant County Schools, along with other administrative staff and nearly all of the teachers at Grant County Middle School, traveled to Winchester Monday for the funeral of Rachel and Jacqueline Chesnut, children of Shelly and Terry Chesnut.
    Shelly Chesnut has been a sixth grade science teacher for the last eight years at GCMS.

  • Not guilty, says woman charged with shooting her husband

    Christy Nickerson said she heard no arguing from her neighbors on Saturday night, but she did hear a gunshot.
    Nickerson’s neighbor, Kerrie Florence Alvarez, 39, is charged with shooting her husband, Javier Alvarez, in the scrotum during an argument at their Newsome Avenue home about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.
    Nickerson said she heard police sirens and saw the flashing lights and stepped to the door to see what was happening.
    Police arrived and started toward the Alvarez residence.

  • Cruelty charges sought, dogs seized

    Harrison County Animal Control officers and sheriff’s deputies continue to check on the welfare of three horses on Stringtown Webber Road in northwestern Harrison County.
    According to Deputy Robert Peak, a Harrison County woman will face seven counts of second degree animal cruelty charges.
    Peak said an animal complaint was made on Sunday, Feb. 19, by a cattle farmer on Stringtown Webber Road, where a calf was killed by a pack of dogs.

  • Cynthiana man accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to teen

    A Harrison County man has been charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor/sex offense.
    According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak, Keith Grob, 39, was arrested on Feb. 6, and accused of sending unlawful text messages to a minor.
    Grob was charged for allegedly trying to get a 16-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity.
    According to Peak, the inappropriate contact allegedly began around April 2011 and ended sometime in August.

  • Woman flees courthouse after judge announces 5-year jail sentence

    A Harrison County woman will have second degree escape added to her list of charges after she ran from the Justice Center Tuesday.
    A call was made to dispatch at 10:31 a.m., Feb. 21, in reference to a woman who had fled out of the Justice Center following her sentencing in Harrison County Circuit Court.
    According to Robert Peak of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Tara Fryman, 29, was sentenced to five years for charges stemming from a robbery and possession of forged instruments, when she decided to run from the court house.

  • Annual Chamber awards banquet is Friday at Extension Office

    The 42nd Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held this Friday, Feb. 24.
    The banquet will be held at the Harrison County Extension Office.
    Tickets for the event are $25 per person and can still be purchased at the Chamber office located at 201 S Main St., or reserved in advanced and purchased at the door the night of the event.
    The night will begin with a 6 p.m. social hour with crackers, cheese and fruit, followed with dinner at 7 p.m., where pork loin and grilled chicken, catered by Layne  Tussey, will be served.

  • Trying grab-n-go breakfasts to bolster student productivity

    Who would ever have thought that a simple yogurt parfait or sausage biscuit could improve a student’s school performance?
    That’s exactly what Austin Dacci, nutrition coordinator and school liason for Harrison County schools, is anticipating with the introduction of a special National School Breakfast Week pilot menu.
    “When you don’t eat, you can’t focus,” said Dacci. “ Your stomach is growling, you’re hungry and thinking about when it will be time for lunch and your performance drops.”

  • Beaver Creek restoration project gets $100,000 grant

    The Ohio River Foundation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the United States Fish & Wildlife Fish Passage Program to restore Beaver Creek in Harrison County, Ky.  
    The key component of restoration will be removing a road and installing a bridge.
    Apple Lane in Harrison County is a small road that crosses Beaver Creek, a tributary to the Licking River. The road floods during high water, creating a transportation hazard.