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  • Firefighters’ OT at center of Labor Cabinet suit

    The city of Cynthiana has joined other local governments in a petition against the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

    Filed in Franklin County Circuit Court on Nov. 16, the petition asks for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief on an issue affecting firefighters across the Commonwealth.

  • Commission eyes grants for skateboard park

    The city will explore grants for the funding of a possible skateboard park.

    At last Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting, Commissioner Mark Mattmiller said he believed the city can receive grants to purchase and build a skateboard area and equipment.

    Mattmiller said he and Commissioner Amanda Moore have been in contact with S.W.A.P. (Skaters with a Purpose) advisor Mark Sims.

    Mattmiller said he had been told that some of the grants could be $20,000.

    Mattmiller suggested the city ask Jesse Ammerman to help with the grants.

  • National pageant title goes to local teen

    Cynthiana is home to the new Miss Teen America.

    Katie Himes competed for the national title and was crowned Sunday, the first Kentucky resident to win the pageant in over 20 years.

    “I am very excited,” Himes said Monday afternoon on her way home from Windsor Locks, Conn., where the pageant was held last weekend. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

    Himes also received academic, talent, swimsuit and style awards.

    “The last thing I remember is them calling my name,” Himes said about the moment she was crowned.

  • Harrison's stimulus package nears $3 million

    The state of Kentucky is expected to receive $3 billion in stimulus funding and Harrison County will come close to receiving $3 million.

    Rep. Tom McKee said stimulus funding is determined by each community’s need.

    “A lot of it is specified by the federal government,” McKee said. “It comes with strings attached.”

    See more of this story is this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Bank robbery suspect arrested in Harrison County

    A convicted and accused bank robber ended his four-county run in Harrison County last Friday.

    Daniel Vincent, 28, was a suspect in a Friday morning bank robbery in Lexington at the First Federal Bank in Hamburg Pavilion, which occurred at 11:27 a.m.

    As he fled Lexington with an undisclosed amount of cash on I-75 and onto KY 460, police were keeping tabs on his get away attempt from a helicopter.

  • Old Lair Road house is total loss

    An Old Lair home is destroyed after a fire late last Thursday.

    Three Harrison County fire trucks and 15 firefighters responded to an 11:30 p.m. call to 3908 Old Lair Rd.

    “When the first firefighter got on the scene, it was fully involved all over,” Chief Charlie Carson said Friday. “It was an older house and once the fire got started, it went all over it.”

    No one was in the home, owned by Gerald Wade, at the time of the fire.

  • County unemployment jumps back up to 11%

    After having three months of a declining unemployment rate, Harrison County once again has jumped back up to 11 percent of its labor force out of work.

    According to figures released from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Harrison County’s 11 percent October figure increased from 10.5 percent in September.

    There are 1,057 people who are recognized as being unemployed locally from the 9,575 labor force.

    Harrison County had been on a declining trend since the June high rate of 12.2 percent. In July, the rate dropped to 11.0 followed by August’s 10.8.

  • County continues to pay for employees’ health insurance

    Faced with a 28 percent increase in health insurance costs, Harrison County magistrates voted to switch carriers.

    “We’ve been dealing with this for months,” said Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett at Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting.

    The county pays 100 percent of the employees’ premiums. Barnett said that practice was in jeopardy had an alternative plan not been found.

    Steve Parrish of Smith Insurors presented a policy proposal from United Health Care that drops the county’s annual premium from $303,000 to $257,000.

  • MCTC/LVC offers EMT class next year

    The U.S. government reports that Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) positions are expected to grow over 19 percent in the next five years. The growing need for EMTs is a result of an aging population and attrition from the field as certification and training requirements increase.  

    Karey Smith is the Community and Economic Development Coordinator for the Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community & Technical College. 

  • Joneses recovering from wreck that killed niece

    A Harrison County couple and their grandson are recovering following a tragic accident over the weekend that claimed the life of their niece.

    Larry and Roselyn Jones of Connersville Pike, their grandson Sterling Wayler of Lexington, and  niece Shawna Ishmael were on their way to a family Christmas gathering in Indiana on Saturday morning.