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  • Salaries of school personnel released

    The top 25 paid school salaries made up $2,013,859.14 of the district’s $16,183,904 salary budget for fiscal year 2009.

    According to Julie Asher, director of finance, there are 678 people employed by the Harrison County school district, 10 less than was on the payroll for 2008.

  • County to use grant to purchase 300 acres in Claysville

    Negotiations are incomplete for the purchase of property in the Claysville area, but it appears Harrison County will soon have a 300-acre nature preserve/outdoor education area.

    At Tuesday’s Harrison County Fiscal Court meeting, members voted 6-2 to spend a Heritage Land Conservation Grant for $450,000 for property owned by Maryanna Robinson.

    According to Judge-Executive Alex Barnett, the county will have to pick up the cost of the house that is on the property. The grant does not allow for the purchase of dwellings, he said.

  • Webb sent to grand jury

    Bass Webb, 30, was in a Bourbon County courtroom last Wednesday - the last of two arraignments for two charges of attempted murder.

    Webb allegedly tried to run over a Bourbon County deputy jailer and pre-trial officer on July 31.

    Later that day, Webb confessed to police that he had killed his girlfriend Bryia Runiewicz, 31, at her residence on New Lair Road in Harrison County.

    According to Bourbon County Circuit Clerk Beverly Smits, Webb’s case has been sent to grand jury.

    No trial date has been set.

  • Bond unchanged for man accused of murder

    The 40-year-old Pendleton County man who has been charged with wanton murder in the death of Commonwealth Attorney Doug Wright remains in jail under a $750,000 bond.

    During an arraignment on June 29 in Kenton County Circuit Court, Judge Gregory M. Bartlett denied Daniel Keith Gabbard’s request to reduce the bond. Gabbard, who has entered a not guilty plea, is represented by Erik Deters of Independence.

    According to the Pendleton Court Circuit Clerk’s office, a status hearing will be held Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. in Pendleton Circuit Court.

  • Miller takes oath as new Commonwealth Attorney

    Cynthiana attorney Doug Miller was sworn in as the new Commonwealth Attorney for Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson counties on Monday morning.

    Miller will be serving out the term for Doug Wright, who was killed in a traffic accident in Pendleton County. Daniel Gabbard, the driver of the vehicle that killed Wright, has been charged with his death.

    For more on Miller’s swearing in, see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • City raises water costs to county

    City water will soon come with a heavier price tag.

    At a special meeting last Thursday afternoon, the Cynthiana City Commission voted to accept a $2.41 per thousand gallon water rate offer from the Harrison County Water Association.

    Part of the same vote, commissioners agreed for Mayor Jack Keith to negotiate and execute a contract with HCWA.

    The new rate will become effective Nov. 1, 2009.

     

    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more on this story.

  • Webb to go to Bourbon grand jury

    Search warrants for Bryia Runiewicz’s New Lair Road residence and vehicle have been filed, Deputy Clerk Scott Emery confirmed Wednesday morning.

    Runiewicz, 31, was found dead at her home on the morning of Friday, July 31.

    Charges against Bass Webb, who allegedly confessed to police that he murdered Runiewicz, have yet to be filed in Harrison County.

    Webb has been charged in Bourbon County with two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to run over a Bourbon County jailer and pre-trial officer.

  • Webb arraignment is Tuesday

    Accused murderer Bass Webb will be in Harrison Circuit Court Tuesday to enter a plea to felony charges of murder and persistent felony offender.

    Webb was recently indicted for the July 31 murder of Bryia Runiewicz.

    For an update on this story, see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • City, county ponder deal for Handy House fate

    After years of questions and debate regarding the fate and future of the Handy House, the Cynthiana City Commission and the Harrison County Fiscal Court showed signs of support at Tuesday evening’s meetings.

    At seperate meetings, both commissioners and magistrates voted to enter into negotiations with the Harrison County Historical Society for the non-profit corporation’s possible take-over of the house located in Flat Run Veterans’ Park.

  • Community prepares for H1N1 virus

    While swine flu continues to dominate national news, Harrison Memorial Hospital director Sheila Currans said  the public shouldn’t panic.

    “We’re making every effort to be prepared for the potential,” Currans said.

    Currans said eight individuals in the community have tested positive for H1N1, formerly known as the swine flu.

    “We do know we have H1N1 in this county,” she said.

    Appearing in the United States in April, Currans said H1N1 has attracted media and heightened health attention because the virus is new.