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  • Victims’ mother let down by trial delay

    Dora Clair has repeatedly said all she wants for Christmas is a conviction in the murder of her daughter, Bryia Runiewicz.
    However, the murder trial for the man accused in Bryia’s death is now on hold.
    After seven days of closed-session jury selection, the Bass Webb murder trial has been cancelled in Harrison County.
    On Monday morning, Harrison County Circuit Judge Jay Delaney entered an order stating that the trial will be continued in a different location due to extensive pre-trial publicity.

  • Debbie Cooper pens her first book

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    It was two years in the making and now local author Debbie Cooper has released her first book.
    “I’ve written my whole life, but never really worked on getting anything published,” Cooper said from her Cynthiana home Tuesday morning.
    While “Images of America: Letcher County” is a pictorial history of her hometown in eastern Kentucky, Cooper took full advantage of the publishing company’s maximum limits on text.

  • $800-plus gold coin left in bell ringer’s kettle

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    It’s usually worthless nuts and bolts that make the hard jangle in the bottom of the bell ringers’ kettle, unless, of course, it’s cushioned by someone’s unwanted pocket fuzz.
    However, the clang from a heavy coin went unnoticed last weekend. It not only passed the ringers’ notice, but it also went undetected by the Salvation Army’s local treasurer when she prepared the deposit ticket for the bank.
    Kim Brooks took the weekend’s gifts to Kentucky Bank with what she suspected was a $1 gold coin.

  • Christmas on Pike will blend contemporary with traditional songs

    Cynthiana’s streets are decked with the twinkling lights of shiny snowflakes. Houses are fitted with garland and tinsel, and Pike Street is ready to welcome the sounds of the season.
    Some of the season’s favorites will be offered at Christmas on Pike Saturday at the Rohs Opera House.
    Listen for the traditional favorites like “White  Christmas” and “O Holy Night,” and enjoy some caroling with “Deck the Halls” and “Joy to the World.”

  • Leesburg congregation will spend Christmas in new building

    Leesburg Christian Church has announced that Christmas will be celebrated in its new techno-advanced worship center.
    Walking through the front doors of the 1888-built Leesburg Christian Church, the antique look gives the impression of traditional type worship.
    However, after a four-year push to build a new worship area began, senior pastor Sammy Harris says that the new worship center will be everything but traditional.

  • Four suits filed as Jim and Kay Brown square off

    Cynthiana businessman and former mayor Jim Brown filed three suits in November against his current wife, Kay Brown, who filed for divorce last month in Johnson County Circuit Court in Paintsville.

  • WEBB TRIAL CANCELLED

    After seven days of closed-session jury selection, the Bass Webb murder trial has been cancelled.
    On Monday morning, Harrison County Circuit Judge Jay Delaney entered an order stating that the trial will be continued in a different location due to extensive pre-trial publicity.
    The order states that over 150 jurors have been questioned to serve. The court excused some of the potential jurors for various reasons and retained some that were deemed qualified to hear the case.

  • Saturday high-speed chase ends with arrest

    A high speed chase ended with a foot race and a trip to jail for one Harrison County man.
    According to Cynthiana Police Assistant Chief William Denton, Ptl. Mike Kiskaden saw a truck speeding north on U.S. 27 at approximately 10:25 p.m., on Dec. 3.
    “I had just finished checking Northside Elementary and was headed back into town when Kiskaden informed me that a truck was headed my way,” said Denton. “I pulled onto U.S. 27 and met the vehicle traveling north close to the Desha Point entrance.”

  • Murder trial should start next week

    With the week-and-a-half-long jury selection expected to continue at least through Friday, opening statements are not expected in the Bass Webb murder trial at least until Tuesday, Dec. 13.
    Potential jurors have been interviewed individually in closed session this week with the primary focus on the death penalty, according to information from the Circuit Judge’s office.

  • 8-foot bear missing from Harrison County home

    A $500 reward is being offered for the return of a chainsaw-made statue belonging to a couple in Ohio.
    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating an incident on Dixon Road where an 8-foot wooden bear statue was stolen sometime in November.
    The property owners, Rhea King and Alan Dine, noticed the statue missing while visiting the property during a weekend getaway.