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  • Burn victim from Feb. 15 fire on Oddville Avenue improving

    Terry Chesnut, who was seriously injured in a Feb. 15 fire that also claimed the lives of two of his daughters, is improving.
    According to information released by Dale Kendrick, minister at Salem Church of Christ, Chesnut has been moved from the ICU burn unit into an acute care step down unit at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
    “He is off all machines, including the ventilator,” Kendrick said in a release to the newspaper. “His skin has regenerated sufficiently enough that grafts will  not be required.”

  • Grand jury declines indictment of Berry man

    The Harrison County grand jury declined to indict a Grant County Middle School teacher and Berry resident on a charge of marijuana cultivation.
    Nicholas D. Catey, 63, was arrested on Jan. 20 on a Kentucky State Police warrant for marijuana cultivation of five or more plants.
    Catey appeared in Harrison County District Court on Monday, Feb. 6, and entered a not guilty plea to the charge.
    The grand jury heard testimony on Tuesday and issued a “no true bill,” which means the jurors found no probable cause to support the charge.

  • Wireless internet coming this spring

    Shelby Broadband plans to add Harrison County to its list of wireless customers this spring.
    According to Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett, several Harrison County citizens have requested that the county shop for wireless providers to meet the need for internet in the county.
    “This has been a personal goal of mine since I took office five years ago,” said Barnett. “We are behind with the times as far as wireless technology is concerned, but all that is now going to change.”

  • Woman accused of animal cruelty released on bond

    A Harrison County woman faces seven counts of cruelty to animal charges and other county violations after allegedly abandoning her dogs.
    Constance Carter, 60, has been charged with seven counts of cruelty to animals and being in violation of county ordinance 247.
    According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak, Carter had been traveling to her previous residence on Stringtown Webber Road to care for her three horses.
    However, Peak said several dogs had been neglected of food and fresh water.

  • Road crews to begin treatment of weeds

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month.  The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way.
    The cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, multiflora rose, black nightshade, wild cucumber and kudzu.

  • Supplies needed for victims of tornadoes

    Some Cynthiana and Harrison County residents are preparing to send relief to the storm-ravaged areas. It was 15 years ago that Harrison County was hit by a devastating flood. In the aftermath, there was an outpouring of help from across the state and country. Now it's time to pay that forward.
    Westside Elementary and Frames n Christian Things are planning a supply drive for West Liberty tornado victims. Items can be dropped off at Frame n Christian Things, 160 S. Walnut St., or at Westside Elementary School by Friday.

  • Storm shelter available for today's storms

     The Cynthiana Elk’s Lodge is offering shelter to anyone during predicted bad weather, March 2, 2012.

    According to the National Weather Service, several severe storm, including possible tornadoes, are predicted to hit areas close to Lexington this afternoon and into the night.

    The Cynthiana Elk’s Lodge is currently allowing anyone without proper severe weather security to take shelter in the basement of their lodge.

  • Brown’s case in federal court to be heard March 23

    In what is turning out to be a highly contested bankruptcy case involving millions of dollars, attorneys for Kay Brown, wife of former Cynthiana mayor and businessman Jim Brown, asked the court to overrule an objection to Kay Brown hiring three law firms.
    U.S. District Court trustee Samuel Crocker has objected to the hiring of three separate law firms to represent Mrs. Brown, questioning the payment of fees and where the money originated to pay attorney retainers.

  • Little white lies and watery eyes

    When is telling a lie not only OK, but also endorsed?
    When the little white lie, fib or fabrication is done with the intent to surprise a Chamber of Commerce award recipient, of course.

  • Chesnut upgraded to fair condition

    Terry Chesnut, the father of the two small girls who perished in a Feb. 15 fire on Oddville Avenue, is in fair condition at the University of Kentucky’s Chandler Medical Center.
    Chesnut was home with his daughters when the fire broke out.
    According to Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders, the cause of the fire remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police arson investigator Curtis Combs.