Local News

  • Newsom Avenue man shot during argument

    A Cynthiana woman is in jail and her husband is in the hospital after she allegedly shot him Saturday night.
    Kerrie Alvarez, 39, was charged with first degree assault, domestic violence, after she allegedly shot her husband during an argument at their Newsom Avenue home about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.
    Javier Alvarez was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital Saturday night where he remains in fair condition.

    More on this story will appear in this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Prayer vigil held for Chesnut family

    The cold wind that blew through Cynthiana Sunday evening made it difficult to keep candles lit during a prayer vigil for the Chesnut family. However, there was no shortage of warmth as friends, family and strangers gathered to support the family that had lost two small children in a Wednesday afternoon fire.
    The funeral is being held today (Monday) in Winchester for Rachel and Jacqueline Chesnut. The girls died from injuries received in the fire that burned their home on Oddville Avenue last Wednesday.

  • Kentucky Education Commissioner visits Harrison schools

    Students in Ashley Hunt’s fourth grade class at Southside Elementary were visited by Kentucky’s Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday on Monday. Dr. Holliday also visited Harrison County Middle and High schools in his tour. Superintendent Andy Dotson and Southside principal Steven Fowler accompanied Holliday on his visit at Southside.

  • Gunman changes plea in April 5 shooting

    Formal sentencing will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, for Andrew Hill, who changed his plea in Harrison District Court last week, prior to the Feb. 16 and 17 scheduled trial.
    Hill, 20, pleaded guilty to 15 criminal counts related to an officer-involved shooting, which occurred on April 5, 2011.  
    The commonwealth attorney recommended a total of 11 years in jail on the charges including: three counts of first degree assault, 10 counts of first degree wanton endangerment, one count of resisting arrest and one of receiving stolen property (firearm).

  • Harrison prisoners soon headed to Bourbon County

    Topping of the agenda for the special Harrison County Fiscal Court meeting held on Monday, Feb. 13, was the issue of changing the detention center used to house Harrison County inmates.
    Harrison County jailer Larry Turner was present at the meeting to inform the court that changes could be made to save money in the jail funds.
    “We currently are using Grant County Detention Center to house most of our inmates; however, we have the opportunity to start using Bourbon County again,” said Turner.

  • City gives first nod to raising liquor fee

    Those who sell mixed drinks or package liquor could be paying more to the City of Cynthiana.
    Commissioners approved the first of two readings required to pass an ordinance increasing the fee on liquor sales Tuesday night.
    The increase from 2 percent to 4 percent would not become effective until May 1.
    City Clerk Charleen McIlvain told commissioners at a special meeting last week that between July 1, 2011, and Jan. 20, 2012, the city received $257.52 in administrative fees on the sale of restaurant liquor.

  • Nationally ranked

    The Harrison County High School varsity cheerleaders returned home with hardware from the UCA National Cheerleading competition in Orlando, Fla. The cheerleaders, coached by Jessica Reynolds, finished fifth in the nation following a Sunday finals competition behind two other Kentucky schools, Southwestern in Pulaski County and Perry County Central.

  • Teen injured in ATV/sledding accident Friday

    A Friday evening ATV wreck sent one juvenile to the UK Hospital in critical condition.
    According to a Harrison County Sheriff’s report, the juvenile was severely hurt following an ATV accident which occurred around 6:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, on McDowell Road.
    According to the investigation conducted by Deputy Nathan Gasser, two juveniles were playing in the snow; one was pulling the other behind an ATV on a plastic sled when the accident occurred.

  • Brown files new fees in bankruptcy case

    After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. District Court, attorneys for Kay Brown have filed an amended fee schedule.
    As last reported, the U.S.  District Court trustee  Samuel Crocker, questioned Brown’s hiring of three law firms to oversee her bankruptcy proceedings.
    Crocker called the retainers Brown paid “substantial.”
    According to Crocker, Brown had already paid $199,789.44 to the firms of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and The Bolog Firm, both of Maryland, and Spurgeon and Tinker of Lexington.

  • Cigarette makers to serve federal time

    A federal judge sentenced local cigarette manufacturers to prison for their admitted roles in avoiding tax payments on their cigarettes over a two-year period.
    Robert Ammerman, 71, will serve 18 months in jail and his son, Mike, 47, will serve 15 months. The Ammermans are the owners of Farmers Tobacco Co. of Cynthiana, makers of Kentucky Best cigarettes and other brands.