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  • ‘Protect and serve’

    If Ptl. David Powers had but one regret with his law enforcement career, it would be that he didn’t begin it soon enough.

    Powers, 55, will be retiring from the Cynthiana Police Department this week. Thursday will be his last day.

    He said the hiring process wasn’t nearly as restrictive when he began in July 1989. Chief Robert Barkley put him on duty as an auxiliary police officer for a year.

    “He did that to see if you could do the job,” Powers said, naming off a number of his comrades who were hired in the same manner.

  • Barnett seeks re-election to county judge position

    Alex Barnett has filed the necessary paperwork to seek re-election to the office of Harrison County Judge-Executive.

    He is currently serving his first term as County Judge Executive.

    Barnett lives on Mount Vernon Road where his family has farmed since 1790. He is married to Michelle and they have two children, Brandon, 17, and Ally, 14.

    Barnett said that during his first term as county judge-executive, he has worked hard to improve the lives of all Harrison County residents.

  • The Gift of Life

    It’s Christmas and Amber Campbell, 18, is giving her older brother, Corey, 19, a gift.

    And a kidney.

    “From the day of his diagnosis, she said she wanted to do it,” Amber and Corey’s mom Jennifer said.

    In April 2007, Brian and Jennifer knew something was wrong with their son.

    “He raised his pants legs and showed me his legs,” she said. “They were extremely swollen.”

  • Former residents charged in Pendleton drug bust

    Three former Harrison County residents were arrested Friday in Pendleton County in what officials there are calling a “trifecta” drug bust.

    “We’ve had marijuana busts and prescription arrests here and there, and even meth arrests,” said Pendleton County  Sheriff Craig Peoples. “But, we’ve never had all three at the same time.”

    Peoples said Sharon Barnes and her son and daughter-in-law, Tyler  and Stephanie Parrish Barnes, were arrested Friday around 2:45 p.m. following a week-long investigation.

  • Community choir regroups for spring performance

    The Licking Valley Singers will make music together again.

    Back following its Autumn Afternoon performance, the community choir is  gearing up for a spring performance and inviting additional members.

    “We are now opening it up to new members,” Licking Valley Singers director Karen Bear said.

    It was the positive response from the Licking Valley Singers’ debut last fall that prompted the future performance.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Road crews ready for wintry weather

    State, county and city road crews are preparing for Mother Nature’s last punch during a week of winter weather.

    “Our crews work until we get the roads in the best possible condition,” said Nancy Wood, public information officer for the Department of Transportation (district 6).

    Wood said crews began salting state roads Monday night.

    “They treat the primary routes first, then move on to secondary roads,” Wood said, naming US 27 and US 62 as examples of primary routes.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Campbell siblings recovering well from kidney transplant

    Two Harrison County siblings are recovering after a kidney transplant.

    As reported in the Dec. 24, 2009 edition of The Cynthiana Democrat, Corey Campbell, 19, was the recipient of a kidney from his sister, Amber, 18.

    “Everything went smooth,” Corey and Amber’s mother Jennifer said about the Dec. 29 kidney transplant. “The kidney started working immediately.”

    Jennifer said Amber was discharged from Cincinnati’s Children Hospital Medical Center last Friday.

  • Trash collection services make the switch

    Legacy Carting owner Todd Hopper was pleased with the way his operation had assumed the trash collection in Harrison County, until last Thursday’s snow.

    “It just wasn’t safe for our drivers to be on some of those roads,” Hopper said, noting that pick up should be back on schedule at this time.

    Legacy Carting was awarded Harrison County’s trash collection after under bidding Rumpke, which had been collecting county residents’ trash since 1992.

  • 3M awarded incentive package for expansion

    While Kentucky leaders continue to offer incentives to bring new industry into the state, one of Harrison County’s leading employers will receive an incentive for staying.

    “We’re just encouraged by the state support to help us invest in Kentucky and this plant,” said 3M plant manager, Ann Getting.

    The Cynthiana plant will receive an income tax credit potential of $2.5 million over a 10-year period after completing a planned $5.5 million project.

  • Commission ponders City Hall gym future

    Commissioners discussed possible plans for the City Hall gym during a Thursday afternoon meeting.

    “It is a very complicated issue as to what to do...” Commissioner Mark Mattmiller said. “We have an awesome responsibility here to the taxpayers to make very wise decisions about what to do with the gym.”

    Mattmiller said the recreation department uses the gym everyday during the winter.

    “We need a plan for this building and we need to know what we’re doing,” Mattmiller said.