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  • Webb test incomplete

    Competency evaluation results for accused murderer Bass Webb are incomplete, attorneys told Judge Robert McGinnis Tuesday morning.

    Webb, 30, who is to stand trial for the murder of Bryia Runiewicz, was back in court Tuesday morning wearing his prison-issue gray jumpsuit as well as the leg shackles and chain around his waist that attaches to hand cuffs.

    As he entered the courtroom, a newly bearded Webb stared into the crowd, that included family and friends of the victim.

  • Nominees for circuit judge replacement announced

    The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the vacant Circuit Court judgeship in the 18th Judicial Circuit, Division 1, consisting of Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson counties.

     The three attorneys named as nominees to fill the vacancy are Edwin M. Culbertson, Jay Brett Delaney and Peter Canavan Newberry, all of Harrison County.

     The Circuit Court judgeship was left vacant by Judge Robert W. McGinnis, who resigned Jan. 31 to join the Senior Judges Program.

  • Stolen wheels

    Robert Case had his new wheelchair a mere three weeks before it was stolen from in front of his Walnut Street home.

    It was a series of the unusual that melded together and made it necessary for  Case to leave his brand new wheelchair along the curb on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

    He was home alone about 2 p.m. when his girlfriend, Glenna, called to tell him the car wouldn’t start. She was at Ken’s NewMarket and needed a ride home.

  • Search begins for board member

    The search has begun for a school board replacement for long-time board member Lucy Vanhook.

    Vanhook submitted her letter of resignation in November, however, it was not effective until Dec. 31.

    “We appreciate the efforts Lucy put forward on behalf of the students,” said Superintendent Andy Dotson.

    Vanhook served Division 2 for the last 11 years and resigned last month citing work schedule conflicts.

    School board members serve four-year terms. Vanhook last ran in 2006 when she defeated opposition Mike Fisher by 38 votes.

  • Animal shelter doubles its adoptions in six-month period

    “Right now we’re carrying our own and that’s what we want,” Harrison County Animal Control Officer Allen Fryman told magistrates Tuesday.

    Fryman took over the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter last summer after Jeff Neuspickle retired.

    Magistrate Debbie Lemons Palmer commended Fryman.

    “Anyone who ever had anything to do with the shelter in the past can’t believe the difference,” Palmer said.

    Fryman said the difference has been the people who make up a team of workers and volunteers.

  • MCTC/LVC enrollment shows dramatic increase

    When Brian Whalen, 39, was laid off from work on Jan. 15, he returned to the classroom.

    “With the economy the way it is, people really don’t have much of an option,” Whalen said.

    Back at Maysville Community and Technical College/Licking Valley Campus and working to earn his second degree, Whalen is hoping to enter the college’s nursing program in the spring.

    “I’m like a returning customer,” Whalen said, laughing.

  • City wants burned building razed

    The burned out building at 213/215 South Main St. is one step closer to being torn down.

    At last Tuesday’s meeting, the Cynthiana City Commission voted to proceed with litigation to obtain a certified order to demolish the property.

    Owned by William Ray Asbury, the building suffered extensive damage after a fire on Aug. 9, 2002.

    “We have made attempts to contact the property owner,” city attorney John Lair told the commission.

    Lair said the city has sent Asbury two letters and made numerous phone calls, with no response from Asbury.

  • Census workers are counting on you: Respond to questionnaire

    While the year 2010 may promise many things for many people, the new year also promises new statistics with the 2010 Census.

    The survey that measures information about the population will be mailed out to homes in March.

    “The thing that’s important about the census is that it has a lot to do with government allocations...” Mayor Jack Keith said Tuesday morning. “It’s important we count everyone... It has an effect on our future.”

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett agreed.

  • Davender enters not guilty plea in ticket scam case

    Former University of Kentucky basketball player Ed Davender entered a not guilty plea to three counts of theft by deception over $300 on Tuesday.

    Davender was indicted following an investigation into the sale of season tickets for UK basketball and football games.

    According to earlier accounts, Davender, 43, allegedly sold tickets that he did not have to Harrison County Farm Bureau agent Dustin Rose.

    Rose called Davender’s alleged scam a “smoke and mirror” deception, that claimed over $3,000 from Rose.

  • Juvenile is ‘person of interest’ in recent car vandalisms

    A 17-year-old juvenile was picked up Tuesday night near Grandview Subdivision on an old juvenile pick up order for contempt of court on previous charges. The juvenile is also considered a “person of interest” in the recent car breakins that have been reported in the Grandview area, said Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson.

    Johnson said there were four or five vehicle break-ins over the weekend.

    The juvenile was taken into custody and will appear in juvenile court for a hearing on Thursday.