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  • Flood threat doesn’t stop city’s water treatment plant

    With the threat of rising waters comes the concern about the city’s clean water and the water treatment plant off Ladish Road.

    “Everything is fine here,” said supervisor Harry Johnson. “There’s no problem...”

    While Johnson said the river level had reached the flood stage of 20 feet on Monday, it is still too low to disturb the water treatment plant and its operations.

    “If the river gets to 23 feet, that’s where there will be a problem,” Johnson said.

  • Woman rescued from Hillside apartment fire

    Crews battled an afternoon fire at Hillside Apartments off Elmarch Avenue around 4:30 p.m. yesterday.

    Cynthiana Fire Department Chief Jay Sanders said the fire originated as a grease fire in the kitchen of apartment 404.

    “One apartment received fire damage,” Sanders said Monday morning. “The rest of the 12 units received smoke damage.”

    Sanders said one resident was rescued from the third floor of the building.

    “It was an excellent response and a good save,” Sanders said.

    The scene was cleared by 6:50 p.m.

  • Two men charged in gun thefts

    Two men were arrested after allegedly stealing guns from a Robinson Renaker Road home.

    Eric Griffieth, 34, was arrested last Thursday and charged with third degree criminal mischief and two counts of first degree burglary.

    Darrin Wagoner, 40, was also arrested for third degree criminal mischief and one count of first degree burglary.

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

  • Webb refuses Tuesday court appearance

    Accused murderer Bass Webb refused to be brought to court Tuesday for a pretrial conference.

    Michael Laws, assistant commonwealth attorney, said that for the second time since being charged with the July 31, 2009, murder of Bryia Runiewicz, Webb refused to be transported from the Fayette County Detention Center for a scheduled court appearance.

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

  • PTO officer back in court

    The Northside Elementary School PTO treasurer who was indicted last month on forgery and theft charges was back in court Tuesday.

    Stacey Harney, who faces nine counts of forgery and one count of theft by unlawful taking, appeared with her attorney James Brannon for arraignment.

  • Bogus bills surface

    The Cynthiana Police Department is looking for the culprit of manufacturing bogus bills... $20 bills to be exact.

    Eight incidents over the last month have triggered an investigation centered around Cynthiana and Harrison County.

    Cynthiana Det. Alan Judy said Tuesday that surrounding counties have not received any of the funny money.

  • Leaders weigh benefits of fire-based ambulance service

    Firefighters, as a general rule, respond to fires.

    But the Cynthiana City Commission is considering the possibility of having the fire department respond to more than flames.

    At last Thursday’s workshop meeting, Commissioner of Public Safety Amanda Moore presented the idea of a fire-based EMS service for Cynthiana and Harrison County.

    Moore said a fire-based EMS service could account for a $1.4 million potential income, before expenses.

  • Hope’s Helping Hands Food Bank:

    When Living Hope Assembly of God church members saw a need in the community, they did something about it.

    Now, every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., their worship center on Walnut Street is transformed into Hope’s Helping Hands - a food distribution facility.

    “We saw the need,” said pastor Tunya Adams. “We had no God’s Pantry agency in this county...”

    As a God’s Pantry agency, the church is able to supplement food for low income families in Harrison County.

  • On a mission

    A mission trip to Haiti has led Barry Wethington on a mission of his own.

    The youth minister at Central Christian Church, Wethington is now working to spread a message of need for the country devastated by the January earthquake.

    “The earthquake only magnified the problem,” Wethington said. “They’re mad and they need help.”

    Wethington’s mission trip to Haiti began on Feb. 17 with a group of seven from Teen Mission USA.

  • Police make fourth arrest in recent church burglaries

    Another Harrison County individual has been arrested for her alleged involvement in a church burglary early last month.

    Alicia Johnson, 19, was arrested last Thursday at 11:30 a.m. by Cpl. Walter Tapp of the Cynthiana Police Department.

    She is charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft.

    Tapp said Johnson allegedly entered the Webster Avenue Church of God on two separate occasions between Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, at which point she allegedly took “a large amount of collection money.”