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  • Selin serves on WAVE of WWII

    Betty Poindexter Selin was 22 years old when she left Cynthiana to join the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).

    It was 1944 and America was fighting in the most widespread war in history - World War II.

    Selin and her friend Winnie Midden went to Biancke’s restaurant to meet with a recruiter for the women’s Navy program that had been established only two years earlier.

    “We just decided we wanted to join the WAVES,” Selin said.

    She and Midden left for New York on June 14 that same year.

  • Webb to undergo competency evaluation

    Accused murderer Bass Webb was in Harrison Circuit Court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing.

    Webb, who was escorted into court in chains, was ordered to submit to a competency evaluation.

    Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Michael Laws told Judge Robert McGinnis that Webb’s murder charge in Harrison County parallels a Bourbon County case.

    Doug Miller, recently appointed Commonwealth Attorney, said the competency evaluation will be shared in the Bourbon and Harrison cases.

  • Williams charged in round up

    William C. Williams, 26, is in jail and charged with two counts of first degree trafficking controlled substance (second offense or greater).

    Williams is being charged for allegedly trafficking cocaine.

    According to Sheriff’s Detective Paul Olin, Williams came to the Sheriff’s office to turn himself into authorities Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.

    Williams was arraigned in court Monday morning, where he pleaded ‘not guilty’ over video from Grant County Detention Center, where he is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.

  • Himes competes for Miss Teen America

    As a child, Katie Himes wanted to be a princess.

    As parents, Bobby and Cathy Himes made sure Katie was involved in a variety of activities, from karate to gymnastics to cheerleading to pageants.

    Pageants stuck.

    “It’s what I love to do,” Katie, now 16 years old and a junior at Harrison County High School, said last Monday evening at her home in Cynthiana. “Ever since my very first pageant, it’s been a passion of mine.”

    Katie was six when she first competed in the Little Miss Harrison County pageant.

  • Vanhook resigns from school board

    The Harrison County Board of Education has a spot to fill.

    According to school officials, board member and vice-chairman Lucy Vanhook will resign from her position, effective Dec. 31, 2009.

    “I made a desicion to resign last month...” Vanhook said Wednesday morning. “Due to my conflict with work schedules, I wasn’t being able to give the students the time a board member ought to give, so I thought it was time to step down.”

    Vanhook is employed by Recovery Works in Georgetown, where she works second/third shift.

     

  • County receives $3 mill through stimulus

    The state of Kentucky is expected to receive $3 billion in stimulus funding and Harrison County will come close to receiving $3 million.

    State Rep. Tom McKee said stimulus funding is determined by each community’s need.

    “A lot of it is specified by the federal government,” McKee said. “It comes with strings attached.”

    While the reconstruction of the north Main Street viaduct isn’t being directly funded by stimulus money, McKee said the availability of stimulus funding opened up revenue with the Department of Transportation.

  • Food pantry needs help restocking before holidays

    After being open only two hours Wednesday afternoon, the Food Pantry had already served 27 families or 80 people.

    “When I came in here today these shelves looked great,” said Food Pantry chairperson Margaret Watson, pointing at the shelves that now show large bare spots. “And we’re not done for the day.”

    Watson said days at the Food Pantry have been busy and the number of people served has increased.

  • Filing underway for local offices in 2010 election

    This week began the year-long countdown to next November’s elections.

    Candidates for state, regional, county and city positions were able to begin filing applications Wednesday with Secretary of State Trey Grayson and local county clerks, including Harrison County Clerk Linda Furnish.

    “I’ve already had a lot of questions,” said Furnish Monday morning.

    As of Monday, she said one application had already been picked up.

  • Mattmiller files for Cynthiana mayor

    Mark Mattmiller has announced his candidacy for the office of mayor for the city of Cynthiana.

    Mattmiller is currently serving the city as Commissioner of Public Finance and Public Property. He is the mayor pro tem for the board of commissioners as well. He has held these positions since January 2009.

  • Robbery suspect caught in Harrison County

    A bank robbery suspect was arrested just after noon on Friday following a crash at the Harrison County Business Park.

    William Vincent, 28, of Aurora, Ill., was arrested after he wrecked a black Mercedes SUV into a guard rail, then took off on foot toward a pond on U.S. 62.

    Vincent allegedly robbed the First Federal Bank on Sir Barton Way in Lexington at 11:27 a.m.

    Lexington Metro Police were able to track the vehicle  with a helicopter. He traveled onto I-75 and then to KY 460.