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  • Soldier dies in Sunday morn crash

    The 201st Engineer Battalion is mourning the death of Daniel Westfall, 24, following an early Sunday morning car accident.

    “We lost a good one,” said Sgt. Allen Fryman (ret.) Tuesday morning.

    Westfall was traveling northbound on US 27 North when he lost control of the 2006 KIA Sportage he was driving, said Harrison County Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Specialist Dean Hutchison.

    “We don’t know what caused him to go off the road,” Hutchison said. “...We’re looking at possibly speed as a factor.”

  • St. Rep. McKee favored restricted gambling at race tracks

    State Rep. Tom McKee voted in favor of the now defeated expanded gambling at Kentucky’s race tracks.

    McKee, who represents the 78th District, which includes Harrison, Pendleton and part of Campbell counties, said Tuesday morning that he voted for the bill because of the benefits that could be reaped for the agriculture industry and more specifically the horse industry.

  • It’s her birthday and she’s going to dance, dance, dance

    When she was five years old, Grace Jones’ aunt taught her to dance.

    Ninety-one years later, on her 96th birthday last Friday, Grace danced the waltz with Hospice chaplain Ed Salerno.

    “We had many a good time dancing,” Grace told a room of family and friends gathered to celebrate.

    With the help of her granddaughter, Grace put on a pair of her old dancing shoes for her admirers.

    “They were $18.50 from Saks Fifth Avenue,” she said.

  • Court bails out jeopardized PZ budget

    The Harrison County Fiscal court came up with its own form of bailout at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

    “They can’t make their payroll,” Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Planning Commission. “They are down to $3,000 in their account.”

    P&Z Chairman Avi Bear told magistrates that the slumping construction of new homes has created a budget shortfall.

  • Allen is summer intern for Harrison County 4-H

    A familiar face will call the Harrison County Extension Office home this summer.

    Patrick Allen, 22, a 2006 graduate of Harrison County High School, is serving as the 4H Extension Agent Intern.

    “I love it,” Allen said Tuesday morning. “There’s no place like home.”

    A senior at Eastern Kentucky University, Allen said he will earn college credit for his summer learning experience with Extension Agent Bill Roberts.

    “This is a great learning experience to see if this is something I really want to do,” Allen said.

  • Summer event will put local talent on display

    The Cynthiana Art Walk won’t be just a festival, it’s going to be an experience, said coordinator and Cynthiana Arts Council member Karey Smith.

    “There’s nothing better than walking on a downtown street on a summer night, laughing and having a good time,” Smith said.

    And that is what Smith is hoping citizens and visitors will experience on July 24 and 25 at the Cynthiana Art Walk.

    It’s Smith’s vision of that moment that has shaped the first Cynthiana Art Walk into two days of fun, entertainment and cultural experiences.

  • Cynthiana wins The Prizing House

    One day last February, while Nell Anne and Wayne Gossett were deeply engaged in a massive home renovation, Wayne announced to his wife that he had just purchased a warehouse.

    What was initially purchased to be used as storage has evolved into a finished project that Cynthiana has long been without.

    The Prizing House, which is located on Church Street and was originally used for “prizing” tobacco, will be a reception hall.

  • Commission appoints Grayson to fill vacancy

    The Cynthiana City Commission is once again a fully staffed board.

    After discussion in executive session, commissioners reconvened in regular session and voted unanimously for Billy Grayson to fill the vacant position of Commissioner of Public Utilities.

    The commission position, previously occupied by Jack Keith, became vacant when the commission voted for Keith to finish Jim Brown’s term as mayor.

    Brown, who is recovering from a stroke, resigned as mayor last month.

  • Harrison among quarantined counties

    State officials have issued a quarantine for Harrison and 19 additional Kentucky counties regulating the transportation outside those counties of articles that could harbor the emerald ash borer.

  • Kearns attends KY Circuit Court Clerks Summer College

    Kathy Kearns, circuit court clerk for Harrison County, participated in the 2009 Circuit Court Clerks Summer College June 10-12 in Lexington.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) hosted the college, which offered sessions on how to improve and safeguard the Office of Circuit Court Clerk. Participants received 12.25 hours of continuing education credit.