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  • Six defendants change pleas in drug-related cases

    Six individuals who previously entered not guilty pleas to drug charges issued by a January grand jury, changed their pleas on Thursday.

    They were arrested on charges related to Operation Flamingo  Road, which was the largest drug sweep in Kentucky history. Well over 500 warrants were issued state wide.

    The suspects were alleged to have been traveling to south Florida to pain clinics to get prescription drugs and then sell them illegally.

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

  • Tobacco farmers feeling affects of contract cuts

    It’s time for Ricci Roland to sell his tobacco.

    For years Roland has sold his entire tobacco crop to Universal Leaf  Tobacco Company at Double M Dixie, the local receiving station on White Oak Pike.

    But this year, Universal Leaf isn’t buying Roland’s entire tobacco crop.

    This year, they’re only buying a third.

    And Roland says he isn’t the only farmer that’s been affected by this year’s decreased tobacco sales.

  • Academic Briefs

    Skills USA members

    place in competition

    Thirty-one members of the Harrison County ATC’s Skills USA club competed in regional competition at Bluegrass Community and Technical College on March 5.

    All the first place winners received a certificate for a free class, good for up to two years after graduation.

  • Brunker appointed to fill school board seat

    The vacant Harrison County School Board spot has been filled.

    Mary June Brunker will be sworn in as the second division school board member (representing the Buena Vista/Eastside area) at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting.

    Brunker will replace Lucy Vanhook, who resigned from the board in November.

    For the complete story, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Grant brings iPods into the classroom

    Many Harrison County students already own an iPod.

    The technological device used by students for fun will soon find a place of its own in the classroom.

    “We’re bringing 21st century tools into the classroom,” said Harrison County Schools’ Chief Information Officer Melissa Shepard.

    The recipient of a  $67,824 technology grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the school system will purchase 70 iPod touches and 17 Macbook laptops to be used at the Harrison County Middle School.

  • Tire fires set across county over weekend

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information relating to early morning tire fires on Saturday, March 20.

    According to Harrison County Deputy Sheriff Dean Hutchinson, tires were intentionally set on fire on Pike Street, Junction Pike, U.S. 27 North at the Two Lick bridge, two on KY 1032  and one on Dutch Chapel. All occurred between 3 and 5:30 a.m.

    It is also believed that the culprits attempted to set a barn on fire on KY 1054.

  • Board fires P&Z Administrator

    Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Administrator Linden Smith has been fired following a February board meeting.

    According to P&Z chairman Avi Bear, the commission voted unanimously to fire Smith at their rescheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

    Smith had been suspended by the commission earlier in the year.

    He had returned back to work from that suspension on Friday, Feb. 19.

    As part of Smith’s suspension terms, Bear said Smith was supposed to write letters of apology to the board.

  • Work begins on River Road bathrooms

    Renovations to River Road Park bathrooms are underway.

    According to Dave Kennedy, city administrative assistant, project demolition is complete.

    Kennedy said the concrete floors will be poured tomorrow.

    The Cynthiana City Commission and the Harrison County Fiscal Court voted to renovate the park bathrooms at their separate meetings last month.

    The project cost is not to exceed $20,000, with the city and county both paying half.

    For the complete story, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Saturday auction and dance held for Curtis Stillwell

    An auction and dance will be held this Saturday at the Elks Lodge, with proceeds benefiting the Curtis Stillwell Transplant Fund.

    As reported by Becky Barnes in the Feb. 25 edition of The Cynthiana Democrat, Curtis was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder known as Hurler’s Syndrome when he was 7 months old.

    Three months later, Curtis is recovering from a Jan. 18 bone marrow transplant at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

    He is the son of Curtis and Patricia Stillwell.

  • Academic Briefs

    JONES

    National College in Lexington has awarded the Joseph E. Hurn Academic Performance Scholarship for the Winter Term to Renea Jones, Harrison County, in recognition of their academic achievement.

    The Hurn Scholarship is awarded to full-time students who have completed their first year of studies at National College and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

    SLONE

    Lauren N. Slone, Harrison County, was among the University of Louisville Fall 2009 graduates.