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  • Pig roast to raise funds for 9/11 memorial

    The Harrison County Fire Protection District will be hosting a pig roast in order to raise money for the Harrison County 911 Memorial.
    According to the Harrison County Fire Protection District, the $25,000 goal, which is needed for the construction of the 911 monument, has yet to be met through donations.
    In an effort to continue raising money for the project, a pig roast will be sponsored by the district on Friday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., on the Harrison County Courthouse Lawn.

  • Parks and Recreation issue stirs heated debate at fiscal court

    A heated discussion arose among Harrison County Fiscal Court members during the first reading of the new Parks and Recreation ordinance Tuesday night.
    Like many past controversial discussions facing the fiscal court, the proposed Parks and Recreation issue stirs lengthy discussions and debates every time it is brought up.
    Perhaps the strongest opponent of Parks and Recreation on the fiscal court, Bradley Copes, continues to argue the issue of potential higher budgeting needed in order to operate the proposed Parks and Recreation.

  • Bullying not issue in teen suicide, say officials

    Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Ware Funeral Home for the Harrison County Middle School student who took her own life last week..
    According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Brandi Dawn Ballinger, 14, was discovered by her mother outside their residence on Bowman’s Mill Road Thursday, Oct. 4.
    “The mother called 911 after she discovered her daughter laying in the front yard with a family owned pistol near her body,” said Detective Paul Olin.

  • Veterans eligible for license designation

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received reports from numerous circuit clerk offices of misunderstanding about how veterans can obtain a driver’s license imprinted with the newly authorized “Veteran” designation, which became available on Monday, Sept. 24.
    Kentucky veterans who wish to have the designation must present form DD214 - the Department of Defense form that verifies service - at the office of the circuit court clerk when renewing licenses.
    Important points:

  • News Briefs

    Spooky Boo-Wow parade is Oct. 27
    The third annual Spooky Boo-Wow Howl-o-ween Parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harrison County Courthouse. All proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Harrison County.  The parade is sponsored by Xi Beta Beta, a service sorority, as a committee of the Harrison County Fiscal Court.

    Trick or Treat will be Oct. 31

    The witching hours for Cynthiana ghosts and goblins will be 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, for ages 12 and under.

  • Arson Suspected

       “We have a fire bug,” said Charles Allen Carson of the Harrison County Fire Department following three barn fires overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday.
       Those four bring the total to 13 for Harrison and Nicholas counties over the last week.
       Carson said Kentucky State Police arson investigator Curtis Combs has been called in to sift through what remains of the burned buildings.

  • Tackling the issues

    A candidate debate was hosted by the Harrison county TEA Party at the Extension office Sunday, Sept. 30.
    As the election draws near, candidates kick into overdrive in an effort to leave a positive impression on all voters that will hopefully follow them into the voting booths on Nov. 6.
    Last Sunday was no exception as many citizens piled into the Harrison County Extension office to catch a glimpse and hear from a variety of candidates whose names will help fill this year’s ballot.

  • Q-Club owner killed in wreck in Bourbon Co.

    Funeral services were held Wednesday morning for a Cynthiana man killed in a Bourbon County wreck last week.
    Emery H. Withers Jr., 77, died of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident on Russell Cave Road on Thursday.
    Withers was a passenger in a 2001 Chevrolet S-10, which was being driven by his nephew, Thomas Sheats.
    According to Deputy Michael Jones of the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Department Sheats was taking his uncle to an appointment at the VA Hospital in Lexington.

  • McCauley’s fitness goal turns into daily habit

    “I just felt like running.”
    In no way did Stephen McCauley start his days of running like the well-known fictional character portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie Forrest Gump.
    However, what started out as a bet between McCauley, his wife and sister-in-law, has now become more of a daily routine for 1,000 days and counting.
    Thursday, Sept. 27, McCauley, along with WKYT news anchor Amber Philpott and hundreds of Paris High School students, ran a mile to help celebrate the 1,000th consecutive day McCauley had ran a mile.

  • Taxing districts: One takes cut, one status quo, rest up

    Harrison County tax bills were sent in the mail last week.
    The bills show how much property owners are paying this year. However, they do not show what last year’s tax rates were for the area’s taxing districts.
    Of the seven taxing districts in the county, only one showed a drop in its rate from last year.
    The Harrison County Health Department dropped from .06 cents per $100 of assessed property to .05 cents on real estate and tangible properties.