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  • Most taxing districts opt for same or lower tax rates

    For the taxing districts in Harrison County that have already established their rates for 2011, it appears they are considering the economic plight of taxpayers.
    Five of the seven taxing districts have set either lower or the same tax rates as last year.
    The city of Cynthiana has yet to set its rate. However, a hearing is set for Sept. 8 to gain public comment regarding a tax rate that would generate 4 percent more revenue for the city than last year’s rate.

  • Sunday fire wipes out pallet inventory

    A weekend fire claimed most of Doyle Pallets’ inventory.
    A call was placed to 911 dispatch Sunday, Aug. 28, at around 2:50 p.m., for a suspected fire at Doyle Pallet’s located on West Road.
    “I was in Lexington at the mall when my wife’s phone went off,” said Gary Doyle, owner of Doyle Pallets. “I drove back as fast as I could to the shop and saw the ungodly mess.”

  • School salaries released

       Nearly 10 percent of the Harrison County School District’s $16.8 million salary budget was paid to its top 20 staffers in 2010-11, most of whom are administrators.

       The superintendent and assistant superintendent are again the top paid employees within the district. Andy Dotson earned $112,540.08 last fiscal year as superintendent compared to $111,269.04 the previous year.

  • Sunday fire damages Pallet Company

    A weekend fire claimed most of Doyle Pallets’ inventory.
    A call was placed to 911 dispatch Sunday, Aug. 28, for a suspected fire at Doyle Pallet’s located on West Road.
    “I was in Lexington at the mall when my wife’s phone went off,” said Gary Doyle, owner of Doyle Pallet’s. “I drove back as fast as I could to the shop and saw the ungodly mess.”

  • MURDER TRIAL

    With his trial set to begin in three months, accused murderer Bass Webb was looking smug as he appeared in court for a status hearing Monday.
    Webb was brought into the Harrison Circuit Courtroom in waist cuffs, but he still managed to strut before the bench.
    Webb’s trial for the murder of Bryia Runiewicz is set to begin Dec. 1 in Harrison Circuit Court and continue throughout the month.

  • Wife of former Cynthiana mayor drops civil suit against husband’s guardian

    A case filed in Johnson County, Ky., involving Cynthiana’s former mayor Jim Brown has been dismissed.
    The civil case was filed on Aug. 10, 2011, by Brenda Kay Brown, wife of James A. Brown, against Edwin M. Culbertson, an assistant Harrison County attorney, and was dismissed Aug. 19 on Mrs. Brown’s voluntary motion to dismiss without prejudice.
    The suit alleged that Culbertson acted “wrongful and contemptible” in his capacity as temporary limited guardian to Mr. Brown and was seeking punitive damages of $20 million.

  • Stray pit bull shot in Antioch after Friday attack

    A pit bull dog was shot in Antioch Friday morning after it allegedly jumped on a child who was waiting for the school bus.
    Harrison County Animal Control officer Alan Fryman said the dog was a stray that the Snake Lick Road property owner, Brian Black, said had been hanging around for a few days. It had never exhibited any aggressive tendencies until Friday morning.
    Black said the dog turned when the children picked up rocks to throw in the creek.
    Black said he suspected that the dog had been mistreated before it was dropped in Antioch or it ran away.

  • Broadway on Pike is Saturday

    The harriCYN Community Theatre is hosting a night’s entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 27, in the memory of long-time music mentor Mary Ruth Hendricks, who died on Nov. 12, 2009.
    Broadway on Pike will bring some of Hendricks’ former students back to the stage as well as welcome some HCHS graduates who performed in more recent musical productions.
    The event is directed by Juanita Herrington and will be staged at Rohs Opera House.
    Tickets for the evening are $10 and are available at Biancke’s on Main Street. There is no reserved seating.

  • Court changes its mind: No tax increase for 2011

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court reversed its Aug. 9 decision to take the compensating rate for 2011 to maintain the same tax rate as last year.
    The fiscal court has been pressed for time to have the first and second reading of the proposed taxing rates for 2011 in an effort to allow property owners the ability for early payment in October.
    During the Aug. 9 meeting the court voted to take the compensating rate raising real property taxes from 9.9 percent to 10.1 percent on each $100 assessed property.

  • Nutritionist’s plan is for a healthier Harrison County student

    Harrison County Schools are moving toward improving students’ diets by hiring a nutrition coordinator.
    Austin Dacci, a 2004 Harrison County graduate, recently joined forces with Harrison County Food Service Director Tammy Klapheke to help improve students’ health in the cafeteria.
    “So far it has been the best money that the food department has spent,” said Klapheke. “He has the energy and the know-how to be very effective in his job.”