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  • Fact or fiction: Officials continue to delve into sightings of wild animal at Connersville

    Rumors continue to spread about a possible wild animal in the Connersville area.

    “His dog was tore all to pieces,” Conservation Officer Patrick Brannen said about Tim Humpheries’ dog.

    Humpheries’ dog was attacked twice in the month of July.

    Last week, another Connersville resident Wanda Jones took her dog to the vet after it was attacked.

    “Whatever it was that attacked that dog, it was the meanest animal you could think of...” Brannen said.

  • School Salaries 2009-2010

    Dotson, Andy-$111,269.04; Fischer, Debra-$109,083.50; Schmidt, James-$96,554.64; Shepard, Melissa-$92,025.84; Case, David-$91,499.04; Hill, Cynthia-$87,847.20; Varner Hatter, Jenny Lynn-$86,004.72; Dycus, Richard-$85,073.28; Asher, Julie-$84,429.36; Yearsley, Brad-$82,138.46; Mcintire, Michael-$82,039.92; Fowler, Steven-$80,391.36; Hill, Sharon-$80,391.36; Glascock, Robin-$76,858.40; Switzer, Robert-$76,346.64; Ruth, Robert-$74,793.12; Purcell, Roger-$73,773.36; Casey, Amy-$69,821.52; Hoskins, Jonathan-$69,181.68; Crisp, Jason-$62,848.24; Graham, Patsy-$60,636.00; Klapheke, Tammy-$60,240.68

  • Harrison County schools begin Tuesday

    The first day of school for Harrison County students will be tomorrow.

    Tuesday will be a full day of instruction. There will be no breakfast served on the first day, but there will be lunch.

    Students may begin arriving at school at 7:30 a.m. Instruction begins at 8:10 a.m. and the day concludes at 3 p.m.

    See photographs from the first day of school in this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Academic Briefs

    PRE-AP AND AP STUDENT/PARENT NIGHT

    A pre-AP and AP (Advanced Placement) student/parent night will be held Monday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Harrison County High School auditorium.

    Information about the program, policies and the AdvanceKY grant program will be shared.

    Food and prizes will also be provided.

    GASSER

    Sarina Gasser of Cynthiana was named to the 2010 spring semester Dean’s List at Midway College with a 4.0 grade point average.

    MATTOX

  • Two killed in Thursday morning wreck

    A Harrison County man and woman are dead following an early morning car accident Thursday.

    Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton has released the name of the female  driver involved in the two-car collision on US 62 West near Switzer Pike.

    Miranda Walters, 30, was killed when her red Toyota sedan struck an oncoming gold Toyota sedan.

    Law enforcement officials have yet to release the name of the male driver.

    Hampton said his department continues to work with Georgetown police to identify the body.

  • P&Z decision for Leesburg store expected at Monday's meeting

    Ned Tawasha’s proposed Leesburg store could be one step closer to construction if a site development plan is approved by the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission at tonight’s meeting.

    Previously on July’s agenda, the issue was tabled upon a request from Leesburg residents and their lawyer, Hank Graddy.

    The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Department on Pike Street.

    For the meeting results, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Coach proposes Football Bowl

    Harrison County High School is considering hosting a Football Bowl during the 2011-2012 school year. Head Coach of the football  team, Mark Carroll presented the proposal to the Harrison County Board of Education at its meeting last week. He said the Bowl would give Harrison County a chance to get its name out and earn some extra money. The board was receptive to the idea, but urged Carroll to start preparations and planning now if he wants to see it happen.

    Other actions taken by the board at the meeting included:

  • More money, says P&Z chairman

    More money, that’s what Planning and Zoning chairman Avi Bear requested at Tuesday’s Harrison County fiscal court meeting.

    Bear explained that two major issues face the commission with some immediacy needed.

    The commission has been without an enforcement officer since Linden Smith left the position in February. Former board member Lynden Platt stepped in as administrator, but said he would not have the time for enforcement.

    Bear said it has since become obvious that there is a need for someone to enforce ordinances.

  • HCHS principal leaving the Hilltop

    With the school year beginning next month, Harrison County High School will be looking for a new principal.

    HCHS principal Jim Schmidt resigned from his position last Thursday, July 1.

    According to his letter of resignation, obtained by The Cynthiana Democrat in an open records request, Schmidt’s resignation became effective June 30, the day before the letter was submitted to Assistant Superintendent DeeGee Fischer.

    “At this time, I find it prudent to submit my resignation,” Schmidt’s letter to Superintendent Andy Dotson reads.

  • Strength in numbers

    There was a time in Cathy McCord’s life, 12 years ago, when she was sick. So sick, in fact, that she couldn’t bring herself to look at her reflection in the mirror.

    “We were traveling and we had to hurry …” she said. “I told my son, ‘I need to change my shirt, I need for you to turn around because I need to take off my wig to do it.’”

    Her son, who was in grade school at the time, said he wouldn’t look because he was afraid it would make him sick.