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  • Barnes heads to Air Academy, thanks to Young Eagles donations

    Justin Barnes loves being in the air.

    “I’ve liked it from an early age,” Barnes said last Thursday afternoon at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport. “Just being up there and seeing the Earth from a different point of view...”

    It’s a passion that began with airplane rides with his grandfather, the late Jim Wornall, who served on the airport board for 40 years.

    Barnes’ love of planes will only be heightened this summer when he attends the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisc. July 12-17.

  • Furnish: Outstanding in his field

    For David Furnish, farming has always been a family event.

    “That’s why our family’s so close,” David said one sunny Thursday afternoon at one of the Harrison County farms he manages. “If we didn’t do it together, there’s no way any of us could do it...”

    Raised on a farm by parents George Furnish and Linda Furnish, David is one of eight children; he has six brothers and one sister.

    “We all help each other any way we can,” he said.

  • Funeral held Tuesday for HCHS senior killed last weekend

    Family, friends and classmates continue to mourn the death of Harrison County High School senior Brittany Cordray, 17, whose funeral was held Tuesday.

    Cordray was killed in a Friday night wreck in Bourbon County on Colville Road, approximately seven miles from Millersburg.

    “Today was Brittany Cordray day at Harrison County High School,” principal Jim Schmidt said Monday. “We named today for her...”

    Schmidt said students were made aware of Cordray’s death briefly during the morning announcements, followed by a moment of silence.

  • A push for Advanced Placement

    Harrison County High School students will have some new class options next year.

    And these new class options will provide challenges for high school seniors and juniors.

    The new classes will be Advanced Placement classes.

    Part of a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (which is supported by ExxonMobil, Dell and Gates Foundation), Harrison County is among 16 new high schools in the state picked to join the AdvanceKentucky program, offering training and incentives for AP teachers and students.

  • Two more arrested in stolen steel case

    Cynthiana Police Sgt. Wilbur Gross has charged two more men in connection with the theft of several thousand dollars worth of steel from a Waterworks Road business.

    Last week, police picked up Robbie C. Williams, 33, and John R. Southwood, charging each with theft by unlawful taking. A warrant is outstanding for a fourth suspect.

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

  • Judge rules in sign debate

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Planning Commission’s political sign ordinance stands.

    That’s the position of Circuit Judge Jay Delaney in an order filed Wednesday  morning.

    A civil case, styled as Timothy Fairfield vs. Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Planning Commission, requested a temporary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of political sign restrictions.

  • Harrison County man dies in Montgomery Regional Jail

    A 28-year-old Cynthiana man was found dead in his cell at the Montgomery County Regional Jail on Wednesday, March 10.

    Coroner Wally Johnson said Marty Jacobs was pronounced dead at 4:43 a.m. He ruled the death a suicide.

    Jacobs, who had misdemeanor charges pending in Harrison County, was incarcerated on Bath County felony charge of third degree rape. He was indicted by a Bath County grand jury on March 5.

    According to MCRJ records, Jacobs had been a prisoner there since Jan. 26.

  • 3M worker suffers 'possible electric shock'

    A 3M employee is in the hospital this morning after suffering from a possible electric shock Thursday afternoon at the New Lair Road facility.

    According to plant manager Ann Getting, Tammy Landrum was working in the tape film production development department when she was injured at 12:50 p.m.

    Landrum received first aid on the scene, before being transported to Harrison Memorial Hospital.

    She was later transferred by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

    Getting said Friday morning that Landrum is currently in stable condition.

  • Now is the time to question assessments

    If you have a question about your real estate assessment, now is the time to ask.

    Harrison County property valuation administrator Carla Harney said the assessments are open for public viewing and property owners may contest those assessments during the 13-day period that ends May 17.

    Harney said only about 600 assessments were refigured this year. Those, she said, were primarily where property had new construction or additions.

    Those who had reassessments were notified by mail.

  • Stephens killed in Thursday wreck

    A former Cynthiana man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Thursday on U.S. 62 West.

    Donald D. Stephens, 69, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a passenger in a 2006 Cadillac STS, which was driven by Robert West, Cynthiana.

    The accident occurred about 8:35 a.m. at the entrance to David Manor Subdivision. According to Harrison County Deputy Steve McCauley, the pair were on their way to Georgetown. Witnesses said the vehicle hydroplaned then ran off the road and flipped over several times.