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  • Attorneys want cases tried at same time

    A motion has been filed in Harrison Circuit Court to join the two related cases against Sandra Southwood.
    She was charged after a shooting spree on Confederate Drive involving her ex-husband and his girlfriend.
    She faces five charges from the July 30 incident, including first degree wanton endangerment, first degree assault, first degree criminal mischief, first degree fleeing or evading police and third degree criminal mischief.
    She has since been indicted on charges of tampering with a witness.

  • Gregg plans retirement after 33 years at the head of the class

    Since she was six years old she has never missed the first day of school, however after 33 years of teaching, Harrison County Middle School Band Director Laura Gregg said it is time to move on.
    Growing up in Franklin County, Gregg said she always had an appreciation for the fine arts. By the time Gregg was 12 years old, she already had the ability and desire to teach music.
    “When I was 12, I was teaching adults how to play the clarinet and the piano,” said Gregg.

  • HCHS teacher earns prestigious Air Force Distinguished Educator award

    Patriotism and allowing children to hear the call to the armed forces has landed a Harrison County High School teacher a national award.
    After returning from a week-long trip to San Antonio, Texas HCHS English teacher Michael Hughes shared just how he was able to achieve an award that is given to only 24 teachers in the nation each year.
    “It’s called the Air Force Distinguished Educator Award,” said Hughes. “Myself and 23 other teachers from across America were presented a special coin for our efforts to education.”

  • Strong wind, thunderstorms expected overnight

    The National Weather Service in Louisville has included Harrison County in a severe weather announcement.
    According to information from the NWS and Mike Palmer, Harrison County Emergency Management director, a widespread severe weather outbreak is very likely later tonight and during the early morning hours Wednesday morning.
    Palmer said the severe weather is expected to reach Harrison County around 2 a.m. and should be over by 4 a.m.

  • Deputies investigate Saturday night shooting


    A second shooting in less than two weeks happened Saturday night in Harrison County.
    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an incident that sent 33-year-old Greg Ritchie to the hospital.
    According to Deputy Dean Hutchison, who is leading the investigation, there were two separate gatherings on Prince Lane Saturday night where alcohol was available.
    Hutchison said an argument broke out between Ritchie and Jason Richardson and ended with Ritchie being shot in the leg.

  • Former mayor Melvin Hampton dies Thursday

    Former Cynthiana Mayor Melvin Hampton died Thursday night at his home.
    Funeral arrangments are pending at Ware Funeral Home.
    Hampton served as mayor for Cynthiana for 23 years from 1970 to 1993. The three years prior to his mayoral bid, he served as a city commissioner.
    Hampton was also a former vice president and loan officer at Harrison Deposit Bank as well as an active member at Cynthiana Christian Church.

    For more information, see Thursday’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Flood 2011

    After an uncertain night, Cynthiana and Harrison County residents who live along the South Fork of the Licking River are seeing the river level drop slightly.
    At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service was recording lower river levels for Cynthiana. However, by 7:30 a.m. it was back on the rise at 21.8.
    On May 4, 2010, it reached 21.92 feet.
    However, Grays Run Estates resident Becky Shepperd believes the river has encroached into her subdivision even more than last May’s flood.

  • Shooting victim released from hospital

    Brian Davis, who was shot last week, has been released from the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
    Davis was airlifted to UK last Tuesday night after sustaining a gunshot wound while on West Mill Street about 8 p.m. Davis was allegedly shot by Andrew Hill, who was picked up by his father and driven to the Cherokee Drive area. When police pulled over the Hills’ vehicle, Andrew allegedly pointed a handgun at Sgt. Wilbur Gross of the Cynthiana Police Department who then shot Andrew Hill. Hill was also airlifted to UK.

  • Raggedy Ann Festival is Saturday

    Break out the red yarn wig, the kitchen apron and the paint for making your nose look like a triangle; it’s time for the 9th annual Raggedy Ann Festival.
    With over 30 different vendors included in this year’s festival, anyone who claims to be a Raggedy Ann lover won’t be sitting at home from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., this Saturday.

  • A. Keller Dam restoration project gets Corps nod

    Dustin Rose admits he had an ulterior motive when he agreed to serve on a committee to improve the A. Keller Dam. Rose is an avid fisherman, and like many local anglers, he wants to see the South Fork of the Licking River between the Terry Dam and A. Keller Dam restored.
    The committee was recently notified that its permit from the Corps of Engineers was approved.
    And now, the wait is on for the river level to fall far enough below the dam so that repairs can begin.