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  • Bye, Bye Burley Pumpkin Patch

    Bye bye burley. Hello pumpkins.

    For generations, Mike Stroub and Pat Hick’s 76-acre farm on Robinson Union Road has been filled with rows of tobacco.

    But this year, the fields of burley have been traded for a very large pumpkin patch.

    “It’s been an idea for 15 years,” Stroub said.

    The idea, he said, is to create a farm haven, complete with pumpkins, animals, hayrides, walking trails and fun.

    “We want them to just enjoy a day at the farm,” Hicks said.

  • Judy honored for Look Good, Feel Better program

    For five years, Judy Judy has been helping female cancer patients feel... and look a little better.

    “No matter what you’re going through, if you look good, you’re going to feel better,” Judy said.

    A licensed cosmetologist, Judy teaches patients about skin care and makeup during her Look Good... Feel Better sessions at Georgetown Community Hospital.

    “Your skin is your largest organ in the body,” Judy said, adding that often the skin is attacked first during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

  • $1 mil pot plants go up in smoke

    Kentucky State Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department seized and burned over 680 marijuana plants Tuesday evening following a helicopter search earlier in the day.

    “Our helicopter had been out spotting this week,” KSP Sgt. Cindy Langer said.

    Langer said the plots of plants were located in the eastern part of Harrison County near the Licking River.

    “This was a really big patch,” she said.

    Worth over one million dollars in street value, Sheriff Bruce Hampton said the raid was their largest in four years.

  • From science fair to Google: Tussey finds niche

    Forty-six years ago, a young man foresaw the future of technology. Cynthiana native David Tussey entered into the eighth grade Science Fair at Harrison County Junior High School. His project—computers.

    He designed a simplistic computer game that was a rudimentary version of the peg games at Cracker Barrel.

    “It had some logic in it based upon how the other player behaved,” he said.

    Tussey said he got the idea for the project after reading an article in Popular Science Magazine.

  • P&Z gives nod to Leesburg store plan

    Despite concerns from Leesburg residents, Ned Tawasha walked out of Monday evening’s Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission meeting with an approved site development plan.

    The owner of the land at one corner of the US 62 West/Newtown-Leesburg Pike intersection, Tawasha said he is relieved.

    “I think it was wonderful,” he said the following morning.

    But Tawasha’s victory wasn’t celebrated by all.

  • Safety Day, chili cook off to top Fire Prevention Week activities

    The Cynthiana Fire Department is gearing up. Firefighters aren’t donning their fire helmets and turn-out gear or their fire-proof boots and oxygen masks to do battle against an out of control blaze. What they are doing is getting ready for their annual Safety Day and Fire Prevention Week activities.

  • Police search for armed robbery suspects

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department continues to search for two men following an armed robbery at a Harrison County residence Sunday morning.

    “Two masked men entered the house by force with a gun and according to the victims, demanded money,” Deputy Nathan Gasser said Tuesday morning.

    Gasser said both residents - William Boswell and Cynthia Harney - were at their Republican Pike home at the time of the robbery.

    Gasser, who responded to the 8 a.m. call, said the robbers left the house before he arrived on the scene.

  • Richmond woman named new principal of Harrison County ATC

    When doors closed and classes began on the first day of school at the Harrison County Area Technology Center, Diana Gordon had to remember she was the new principal.

    “When everyone went in and closed their doors, it was like, what do I do?” Gordon said, laughing.

    An office technology teacher at Madison County Area Technology Center for 22 years, Gordon began the role as the Harrison County vocational school principal in July.

    And while she said leaving the classroom for the principal’s office is an adjustment, she is enjoying the new job.

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    Hill, Cynthia     87,847.20

    Varner Hatter, Jenny Lynn     86,004.72

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  • Ex-wife charged in shooting rampage

    The general quietness of the neighborhood around Confederate Drive was shattered by the sound of gunfire Friday afternoon.

    When the calm returned, one woman was being airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and another woman was in police custody.

    Shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, Charles Arnold and his fiance Amber Florence were in their front yard at 105 Confederate Drive when Arnold’s ex-wife Sandy Southwood arrived with gun in hand.