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  • Brunker runs for school board post

    In March 2010, Mary June Brunker was appointed by the Kentucky Education Commissioner, Terry Holliday, to the Harrison County Board of Education to complete the term of Lucy Vanhook, who resigned in December 2009. In April she announced her intention to seek election to continue in the 2nd division seat. 

  • Deadly US 62 crash claims two lives

    Law enforcement officials continue to investigate last Thursday’s US 62 West wreck that killed two drivers.

    Miranda L. Walters, 30, was traveling westbound in a 2009 Toyota Camry around 5:43 a.m., when police say she struck an oncoming 2004 Toyota Corolla, driven by Matthew Herrington, 21.

    According to Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Hutchison, Walters crossed the center line of the highway, striking Herrington’s vehicle head on.

  • $36 mil earmarked for Harrison County roads

    Harrison County is set to receive $36,570,000 in road improvements over the next two years.

    The state’s two-year highway plan, which was adopted during the legislature’s special session earlier this year, became effective July 1.

    “I think this is the biggest total for our county since I’ve been in Frankfort,” said state Rep. Tom McKee, during a telephone interview on Tuesday.

  • Superintendent, assistant are top paid school staffers

    There were five fewer people on Harrison County School District’s payroll in 2010 than in 2009.

    According to Julie Asher, district financial officer, 673 people were paid during the fiscal year that just ended.

    Kentucky law requires school districts to provide a complete listing of school salaries to the newspaper in August. The decision to print that list is left to each newspaper. The Cynthiana Democrat has for several years published school salaries as well as Cynthiana and Harrison County salaries.

  • Thorobred Classic band competition is Sept. 25

    The Marching Thorobreds performed at the Montgomery County Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18, finishing in second place in the 4A classification and earning a proficient rating. 

    This rating qualifies the band for the regional quarterfinals of the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championship Series.

    The Color Guard not only won the Best Color Guard award for class 4A, but it also received the highest preliminary score of all competitors. 

  • Shooting victim to be released from hospital

    The Georgetown woman accused of shooting her ex-husband’s girlfriend on Friday afternoon is in jail.

    Police charged Sandy Southwood with multiple charges, including attempted murder after she allegedly shot Amber Florence.

    Florence was at the home she shares with fiance Charles Arnold on Confederate Drive when Southwood showed up shortly after 4 p.m. Friday and allegedly began firing off several shots from a 9mm handgun.

  • Driver being deported after crash

    Deportation procedures are underway after one Harrison County man is arrested following a Saturday night wreck.

    Alberto Lopez, 23, was traveling northbound in a 1997 Ford Contour on US 27 around 11:20 p.m., when the vehicle crossed the center line of the highway, striking a 2008 Ford Focus, driven by Kyle Caldwell, 18.

    “He was struck head-on,” Deputy Robert Peak said.

    Caldwell, who had been traveling southbound on US 27, suffered from a leg injury and was transported to Harrison Memorial Hospital by Browns EMS. He was released later that night.

  • Police six of city’s top 10

    At a salary of $57,706.22 for fiscal year 2009-10, Gary Royalty, public works/utilities director, is the highest paid City of Cynthiana employee.

    Cynthiana salaries were released last week through an open records request. County government salaries appeared in last week’s Cynthiana Democrat and the Harrison County school district salaries were published Aug. 19.

    Totals for each of the employees reflect what they will pay taxes on, which includes any overtime and incentive stipends they may have earned.

  • School board refinances bonds

    The Harrison County School Board is taking advantage of low interest rates.

    “Interest rates are real low right now,” Joe Nance, bond specialist for Ross, Sinclair & Associates, told the school board at its Tuesday evening meeting.

    The refunding of school revenue bonds, at a new interest rate of 1.15 to 3.25 percent, would save the school district $6,400 per year for 11 years, Nance said.

    The savings would total $70,405.

    The previous interest rate for the set of bonds issued in 2001 was 4.7 to 5 percent.

  • Pilot makes emergency landing at Cynthiana airport

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport was the answer to Stuart Marsden’s prayers last Wednesday evening.

    In need of a runway for an emergency landing, Marsden, 35, found the perfect spot in Cynthiana.

    According to Ptl. Brian Hassall’s Cynthiana Police report, Marsden was piloting a 2003 Cirrus SR-22 airplane from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Atlanta, Ga., when an oil line blew, spraying and covering the front windshield of the plane.