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  • City wants burned building razed

    The burned out building at 213/215 South Main St. is one step closer to being torn down.

    At last Tuesday’s meeting, the Cynthiana City Commission voted to proceed with litigation to obtain a certified order to demolish the property.

    Owned by William Ray Asbury, the building suffered extensive damage after a fire on Aug. 9, 2002.

    “We have made attempts to contact the property owner,” city attorney John Lair told the commission.

    Lair said the city has sent Asbury two letters and made numerous phone calls, with no response from Asbury.

  • Census workers are counting on you: Respond to questionnaire

    While the year 2010 may promise many things for many people, the new year also promises new statistics with the 2010 Census.

    The survey that measures information about the population will be mailed out to homes in March.

    “The thing that’s important about the census is that it has a lot to do with government allocations...” Mayor Jack Keith said Tuesday morning. “It’s important we count everyone... It has an effect on our future.”

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett agreed.

  • Davender enters not guilty plea in ticket scam case

    Former University of Kentucky basketball player Ed Davender entered a not guilty plea to three counts of theft by deception over $300 on Tuesday.

    Davender was indicted following an investigation into the sale of season tickets for UK basketball and football games.

    According to earlier accounts, Davender, 43, allegedly sold tickets that he did not have to Harrison County Farm Bureau agent Dustin Rose.

    Rose called Davender’s alleged scam a “smoke and mirror” deception, that claimed over $3,000 from Rose.

  • Juvenile is ‘person of interest’ in recent car vandalisms

    A 17-year-old juvenile was picked up Tuesday night near Grandview Subdivision on an old juvenile pick up order for contempt of court on previous charges. The juvenile is also considered a “person of interest” in the recent car breakins that have been reported in the Grandview area, said Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson.

    Johnson said there were four or five vehicle break-ins over the weekend.

    The juvenile was taken into custody and will appear in juvenile court for a hearing on Thursday.

     

  • Five suspects nabbed in early Wednesday morning round up

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department made five arrests early Wednesday morning in a surprise round up.

    Four of the arrests were drug related.

    “We had been looking at some of these individuals for three to four months,” Sheriff Bruce Hampton said. “This is a continuance from October’s drug raid.”

    Hampton added that Wednesday’s arrests will be followed by even more busts.

    “If you sell drugs, I want you,” he said.

  • ‘Protect and serve’

    If Ptl. David Powers had but one regret with his law enforcement career, it would be that he didn’t begin it soon enough.

    Powers, 55, will be retiring from the Cynthiana Police Department this week. Thursday will be his last day.

    He said the hiring process wasn’t nearly as restrictive when he began in July 1989. Chief Robert Barkley put him on duty as an auxiliary police officer for a year.

    “He did that to see if you could do the job,” Powers said, naming off a number of his comrades who were hired in the same manner.

  • Barnett seeks re-election to county judge position

    Alex Barnett has filed the necessary paperwork to seek re-election to the office of Harrison County Judge-Executive.

    He is currently serving his first term as County Judge Executive.

    Barnett lives on Mount Vernon Road where his family has farmed since 1790. He is married to Michelle and they have two children, Brandon, 17, and Ally, 14.

    Barnett said that during his first term as county judge-executive, he has worked hard to improve the lives of all Harrison County residents.

  • The Gift of Life

    It’s Christmas and Amber Campbell, 18, is giving her older brother, Corey, 19, a gift.

    And a kidney.

    “From the day of his diagnosis, she said she wanted to do it,” Amber and Corey’s mom Jennifer said.

    In April 2007, Brian and Jennifer knew something was wrong with their son.

    “He raised his pants legs and showed me his legs,” she said. “They were extremely swollen.”

  • Former residents charged in Pendleton drug bust

    Three former Harrison County residents were arrested Friday in Pendleton County in what officials there are calling a “trifecta” drug bust.

    “We’ve had marijuana busts and prescription arrests here and there, and even meth arrests,” said Pendleton County  Sheriff Craig Peoples. “But, we’ve never had all three at the same time.”

    Peoples said Sharon Barnes and her son and daughter-in-law, Tyler  and Stephanie Parrish Barnes, were arrested Friday around 2:45 p.m. following a week-long investigation.

  • Community choir regroups for spring performance

    The Licking Valley Singers will make music together again.

    Back following its Autumn Afternoon performance, the community choir is  gearing up for a spring performance and inviting additional members.

    “We are now opening it up to new members,” Licking Valley Singers director Karen Bear said.

    It was the positive response from the Licking Valley Singers’ debut last fall that prompted the future performance.

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