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  • Ashbrook signs with White Sox

    J.D. Ashbrook signed Monday morning to play baseball for the Bristol White Sox, an advanced rookie league team.

    Ashbrook, a 2006 graduate of Harrison County High School, will report to Bristol, Va., Wednesday for a four-day camp.

    The season begins June 22.

    Ashbrook batted .432 for Morehead State University where he was named to the first team all OVC. He also had 18 home runs and 14 stolen bases.

    He is the son of Greg and Amy Ashbrook.

    For a complete story, see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Sheriff's candidate calls for recount

    A recount of votes in the Harrison County Sheriff’s race has been requested by Shain Stephens.

    One-hundred-eight votes separated Stephens from incumbent Bruce Hampton’s 1,795 tally.

    According to Harrison County Clerk Linda Furnish, Stephens filed his written request on Monday morning.

    The recanvassing will involve going back through the machine totals as well as hand counting the absentee votes on Thursday at 9 a.m.

    The deadline to file for a recanvassing is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

  • Montgomery case awaiting DNA with possible link to Webb

    Officials in Montgomery County are awaiting DNA results on remains found in Powell County, which they believe may be Sabrina Vaughn, who has been missing since Dec. 19, 2003. Sheriff Fred Shortridge said that once the DNA results are complete, he anticipates charges being filed against Bass Webb.

    Webb faces murder charges in Harrison County as well as attempted murder charges in Bourbon County.

    Shortridge said Webb and Vaughn were dating in 2003.

  • Treasured children’s book gets new life

    “The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher” is now available to all children, young and old... thanks to two local individuals and the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.

    Ray Sanders and Jill Morgan of Purple House Press have been republishing old children’s books for 12 years.

    “The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher” was one old children’s book that customers had been requesting for years.

  • Two-week campaign stresses seat belt usage

    If you’re not going to “click it,” be prepared to get an autographed piece of paper from a member of the Cynthiana Police Department.

    The Click It or Ticket seat belt awareness campaign got underway Monday and will continue through Sunday, June 6.

    According to Sgt. Wilbur Gross, coordinator for Cynthiana’s campaign, 12 citations were written on Monday for traffic violations, six of which were failure to wear seat belts. The traffic stops also yielded citations for speeding, failure to produce insurance card and no operator’s license.

  • Signs can stay for now

    It’s a sign free-for-all for the primary election.

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission voted Monday to table any decision regarding political signs until its next meeting, which will be May 17, one day before the primary election.

    In making his motion to table the action, board member David Kramer said he wanted a Constitutional expert to advise the board on its restrictions as written in an ordinance.

    There are two issues at the heart of the political sign debate.

  • Brown Ambulance driver released from hospital

    A Brown Ambulance Service driver is home and recovering today after a Thursday night collision in Lexington.

    April Claypool, 22, was driving the Harrison County ambulance carrying a patient around 11 p.m., when a white Chevrolet vehicle hit the passenger side of the ambulance at the intersection of Broadway and New Circle Road in Lexington.

    Claypool was transported to the University of Kentucky-Chandler Hospital, where she was released Friday morning.

    According to Brown Ambulance Service paramedic Alitia Hill, Claypool suffered from a concussion.

  • Investigation continues in 3M fatal accident

    Teams of state and 3M investigators continue to put together the pieces and events that led to 3M worker Tammy Landrum’s death after suffering from static electric shock at the New Lair Road factory on May 6.

    “The investigation is still underway and will be for some time,” plant manager Ann Getting said Tuesday morning.

    Getting said production in the tape film department resumed Monday morning, after verification of safe conditions.

    The production line in that department had remained closed for more than 10 days following Landrum’s injury.

  • Park restrooms will be ready by season opener, say officials

    Renovations to River Road Park bathrooms are underway and should be complete before baseball games begin on Saturday, April 17.

    “We’re still on time,” said Dave Kennedy, city administrative assistant. “As of now, we will be done within the six-week time frame...”

    Kennedy said county and city crews completed demolition work last week.

    General contractors began working this week on rough plumbing, Kennedy said on Monday afternoon.

    He said the concrete floors would be poured the following day.

  • Kuster, Newberry move ahead to November ballot

    It will be Harrison County Attorney Charles “Bill” Kuster and Peter Newberry going head to head in the November general election for a seat on the 18th Judicial District judge’s bench.

    Kuster led in only one of the four counties that make up the 18th District. He captured his home Harrison County with 2,923 votes to Newberry’s 1,305, and Robert Bathalter’s 465.