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  • Supreme Court upholds redistricting order

    On Friday afternoon, the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed the Franklin Circuit Court’s order that state legislative races for the 2012 election cycle shall be conducted pursuant to the boundaries that were in effect immediately prior to the enactment of House Bill 1. The Court reiterated that the filing deadline for candidates for state Senator and state Representative was Feb. 10, 2012.

  • Escaped prisoner picked up Wednesday

    A Harrison County woman was caught following her escape from Harrison County Circuit Court Tuesday after being sentenced to five years in jail.
    Tara Fryman, 29, was taken into custody Wednesday and served a second degree escape charge for running from police after being sentenced.
    According to Det. Paul Olin, once Fryman was in custody she ran from officials a second time by “slipping her cuffs,” while being processed at the sheriff’s department and ran toward the Justice Center.

  • Paris Stockyards reopens with Harrison County connection

    Former Harrison County farmer Sammy Faulkner is co-managing the Paris Stockyards.
    Feb. 9 marked the day of the first sale at Paris Stockyards since its closing in August 2011 under the ownership of United Producers.
    Paris Stockyards was recently bought by the Loy Brothers, who run a farming operation in Russell Springs, Ky. Paris Stockyards is the fourth stockyard that the Loy Brothers own.
    During the first sale at Paris Stockyards in over six months, 1,918 head of cattle were sold to buyers and shipped as far as Colorado to large commercial feedlots.

  • Above normal number of tornadoes, says Accuweather

    State College, Pa. -- AccuWeather.com reports following a near-record number of tornadoes in 2011, an active severe weather season with above-normal tornadoes is expected in 2012.
    There were 1,709 tornadoes in 2011, falling short of the record 1,817 tornadoes set in 2004. In comparison, the average number of tornadoes over the past decade is around 1,300.
    Last year ranks as the fourth most deadly tornado year ever recorded in the United States.

  • Grant’s Ark attraction held up by financial lag

    By Jamie Baker-Nantz,
    LCNI News Service
    When will the residents of Grant County see some dirt move on the Ark Encounter?
    It could be awhile longer because financing for the project has not materialized as developers hoped it would.
    No date has been set for a groundbreaking.
    The Ark Encounter LLC did  close on the final piece of property, known as the Finke property, needed for the project, which will encompass 800 acres. It will be located off KY 36 and I-75 in Williamstown.

  • Chesnut children laid to rest

    By Becky Barnes, Editor, and
    Jamie Baker-Nantz, LCNI News Service
    Two little girls lying in a single casket holding hands is an image Ron Livingood will never forget.
    Livingood, superintendent of Grant County Schools, along with other administrative staff and nearly all of the teachers at Grant County Middle School, traveled to Winchester Monday for the funeral of Rachel and Jacqueline Chesnut, children of Shelly and Terry Chesnut.
    Shelly Chesnut has been a sixth grade science teacher for the last eight years at GCMS.

  • Not guilty, says woman charged with shooting her husband

    Christy Nickerson said she heard no arguing from her neighbors on Saturday night, but she did hear a gunshot.
    Nickerson’s neighbor, Kerrie Florence Alvarez, 39, is charged with shooting her husband, Javier Alvarez, in the scrotum during an argument at their Newsome Avenue home about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.
    Nickerson said she heard police sirens and saw the flashing lights and stepped to the door to see what was happening.
    Police arrived and started toward the Alvarez residence.

  • Cruelty charges sought, dogs seized

    Harrison County Animal Control officers and sheriff’s deputies continue to check on the welfare of three horses on Stringtown Webber Road in northwestern Harrison County.
    According to Deputy Robert Peak, a Harrison County woman will face seven counts of second degree animal cruelty charges.
    Peak said an animal complaint was made on Sunday, Feb. 19, by a cattle farmer on Stringtown Webber Road, where a calf was killed by a pack of dogs.

  • Cynthiana man accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to teen

    A Harrison County man has been charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor/sex offense.
    According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak, Keith Grob, 39, was arrested on Feb. 6, and accused of sending unlawful text messages to a minor.
    Grob was charged for allegedly trying to get a 16-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity.
    According to Peak, the inappropriate contact allegedly began around April 2011 and ended sometime in August.

  • Woman flees courthouse after judge announces 5-year jail sentence

    A Harrison County woman will have second degree escape added to her list of charges after she ran from the Justice Center Tuesday.
    A call was made to dispatch at 10:31 a.m., Feb. 21, in reference to a woman who had fled out of the Justice Center following her sentencing in Harrison County Circuit Court.
    According to Robert Peak of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Tara Fryman, 29, was sentenced to five years for charges stemming from a robbery and possession of forged instruments, when she decided to run from the court house.