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  • Officials say no mercury contamination at Northside

    School officials spent much of last Wednesday dealing with a possible mercury contamination.
    According to Dee Gee Fischer, assistant superintendent of Harrison County Schools, a Northside Elementary third grade student had a trace amount of mercury in a plastic container on the school bus and then in the school’s cafeteria.
    The student showed the less-than-dime-size amount of mercury to four students on bus no. 952 and to five students at his breakfast table.

  • Ceremonies held for $33 million road projects in Harrison County

    The ribbon has been cut and gravel tossed. It’s official.
    Two state road projects in Harrison County totalling $33 million, were ceremonially completed and started.
    The ribbon-cutting was for the completion of the $8.9 million bridge that spans the CSX Railroad on the north end of Cynthiana.
    Monday’s ribbon cutting marked the official opening of the bridge.

  • Cynthiana’s first newspaper displayed at museum

    A well-preserved copy of The Guardian of Liberty, Cynthiana’s first known newspaper, is now available for public viewing at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum.
    The June 24, 1817, issue was discovered in July by Anthony Defilio of Barnhart, Mo., in his parents’ home in St. Louis. Defilio said that he knew no connection of his family or the home’s previous owners to Kentucky.

  • Escaped Fayette County inmate captured in Cynthiana

    A Fayette County inmate who has been on the lam for two weeks was captured in Harrison County Monday night.
    Trina Hurst, 31, was given a furlough on Sept. 6 to attend a trial for the man accused of murdering her father in north Lexington in April 2010.
    Hurst did not return to the Fayette County Detention Center at the end of the day. According to media accounts, Hurst walked out of the courtroom when graphic photographs of her father were shown. Her father was beaten to death.

  • Volunteers celebrate by hosting Operation Christmas Child kickoff event

    Cynthiana kids, families and volunteers host a celebration event to kick off the 2011 Operation Christmas Child season in which they aim to collect over 450 shoe box gifts.  Volunteers will distribute empty shoe boxes, and attendees will have the opportunity to hear stories from local volunteers as they share their experiences with Operation Christmas Child and provide information about how to participate this year.  
    Cynthiana residents will learn how to impact hurting children a world away with simple shoe box gifts this holiday season.

  • Mercury contamination averted at Northside

    School officials spent much of Wednesday dealing with a possible mercury contamination.
    According to DG Fischer, assistant superintendent of Harrison County Schools, a Northside Elementary third grade student had a trace amount of mercury in a plastic container on the school bus and then in the school’s cafeteria.
    The student showed the less-than-dime-size amount of mercury to four students on bus no. 952 and to five students at his breakfast table.

  • Smiles and giggles

    Big Feet, little feet. After participating in the Born to Run Race, Brittany Thomas found the endurance to give her cousin Hunter Hill a ride during the Little Feet Big Feet race at the Taste of Harrison County Saturday morning.

  • Investigators offer reward in suspected arson cases

    Two Harrison County fires have investigators offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arsonist’s arrest and indictment.
    Kentucky State Police arson investigator Curtis Combs is continuing his investigation on two fires that he is confident were arson.
    On July 26, the home of Lewis J. Mastin, located at 3611 Grays Run, was reported to be on fire.
    The fire was reported around 3 p.m. and was still being fought late that same night. All contents of the home were lost along with a vehicle parked near the house and a small tractor.

  • Commission says ‘no’ to 4% increase

    The Cynthiana City Commission’s decision to not pass a 4 percent tax increase elicited applause from the small audience on Tuesday evening.
    The increase, if it had been approved, would have generated 4 percent more than last year’s taxes.
    Commissioner Billy Grayson made the motion to accept the compensating tax rate plus 4 percent. Although the motion was seconded by Mayor Steve Moses, those were the only supporting votes.

  • Commission wants to know why gas prices are higher in Cynthiana

    Why are gasoline prices higher in Cynthiana than in neighboring cities?
    That’s a question that’s not only on the minds and tongues of Cynthiana residents, but also one that the city’s commissioners want answered.
    An invitation is being issued to area gas station owners to attend the Oct. 11 meeting to explain how prices are set.