Local News

  • Daylight Savings Time returns Sunday, March 8

    Daylight Savings Time will go into effect on Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m.
    Citizens are reminded to set their clocks forward by one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
    Eastern Standard Time will resume on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, 2 a.m.

  • Charges made in gun thefts

    A Harrison County man has been arrested and charged following three burglaries.
    Justin Jenkins, 21, was arrested by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department after he allegedly took items from three homes.
    According to HCSD documents, a theft was reported on Feb. 16, on McDowell Road., where several items had been taken from a residence including a 42-inch Phillips plasma television, a Dell laptop computer, a Kodak digital camera and a Raven 25 calibre automatic handgun.

  • Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year

    She may be “Miss Betty,” or “Grandma Betty.” Some just call her “Betty.”
    No matter what her moniker might be on any given day, Betty Zumwalt is just happy that she is able to spend time at Westside Elementary School with classroom upon classroom of eager learners.
    She was honored as this year’s Chamber Volunteer of the Year for the many hours she puts in at Westside as the resident reader, copy maker and hugger of all children.

  • Former district judge indicted on theft charge

    A former Harrison County District Judge was indicted in the county he previously served and is charged with taking money from a disabled client.
    Wayne W. Fitzgerald, 86, is accused of taking money from the account of Obie Roberts, for which Fitzgerald was the escrow agent.
    According to the indictment, Fitzgerald is alleged to have taken in excess of $500 but less than $10,000 between Dec. 3, 2008, and Sept. 15, 2011.
    Officially, he’s charged with theft by failure to make required disposition.

  • Burn victim from Feb. 15 fire on Oddville Avenue improving

    Terry Chesnut, who was seriously injured in a Feb. 15 fire that also claimed the lives of two of his daughters, is improving.
    According to information released by Dale Kendrick, minister at Salem Church of Christ, Chesnut has been moved from the ICU burn unit into an acute care step down unit at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
    “He is off all machines, including the ventilator,” Kendrick said in a release to the newspaper. “His skin has regenerated sufficiently enough that grafts will  not be required.”

  • Grand jury declines indictment of Berry man

    The Harrison County grand jury declined to indict a Grant County Middle School teacher and Berry resident on a charge of marijuana cultivation.
    Nicholas D. Catey, 63, was arrested on Jan. 20 on a Kentucky State Police warrant for marijuana cultivation of five or more plants.
    Catey appeared in Harrison County District Court on Monday, Feb. 6, and entered a not guilty plea to the charge.
    The grand jury heard testimony on Tuesday and issued a “no true bill,” which means the jurors found no probable cause to support the charge.

  • Wireless internet coming this spring

    Shelby Broadband plans to add Harrison County to its list of wireless customers this spring.
    According to Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett, several Harrison County citizens have requested that the county shop for wireless providers to meet the need for internet in the county.
    “This has been a personal goal of mine since I took office five years ago,” said Barnett. “We are behind with the times as far as wireless technology is concerned, but all that is now going to change.”

  • Woman accused of animal cruelty released on bond

    A Harrison County woman faces seven counts of cruelty to animal charges and other county violations after allegedly abandoning her dogs.
    Constance Carter, 60, has been charged with seven counts of cruelty to animals and being in violation of county ordinance 247.
    According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak, Carter had been traveling to her previous residence on Stringtown Webber Road to care for her three horses.
    However, Peak said several dogs had been neglected of food and fresh water.

  • Road crews to begin treatment of weeds

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month.  The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way.
    The cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, multiflora rose, black nightshade, wild cucumber and kudzu.

  • Supplies needed for victims of tornadoes

    Some Cynthiana and Harrison County residents are preparing to send relief to the storm-ravaged areas. It was 15 years ago that Harrison County was hit by a devastating flood. In the aftermath, there was an outpouring of help from across the state and country. Now it's time to pay that forward.
    Westside Elementary and Frames n Christian Things are planning a supply drive for West Liberty tornado victims. Items can be dropped off at Frame n Christian Things, 160 S. Walnut St., or at Westside Elementary School by Friday.