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  • County unemployment jumps back up to 11%

    After having three months of a declining unemployment rate, Harrison County once again has jumped back up to 11 percent of its labor force out of work.

    According to figures released from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Harrison County’s 11 percent October figure increased from 10.5 percent in September.

    There are 1,057 people who are recognized as being unemployed locally from the 9,575 labor force.

    Harrison County had been on a declining trend since the June high rate of 12.2 percent. In July, the rate dropped to 11.0 followed by August’s 10.8.

  • County continues to pay for employees’ health insurance

    Faced with a 28 percent increase in health insurance costs, Harrison County magistrates voted to switch carriers.

    “We’ve been dealing with this for months,” said Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett at Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting.

    The county pays 100 percent of the employees’ premiums. Barnett said that practice was in jeopardy had an alternative plan not been found.

    Steve Parrish of Smith Insurors presented a policy proposal from United Health Care that drops the county’s annual premium from $303,000 to $257,000.

  • MCTC/LVC offers EMT class next year

    The U.S. government reports that Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) positions are expected to grow over 19 percent in the next five years. The growing need for EMTs is a result of an aging population and attrition from the field as certification and training requirements increase.  

    Karey Smith is the Community and Economic Development Coordinator for the Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community & Technical College. 

  • Joneses recovering from wreck that killed niece

    A Harrison County couple and their grandson are recovering following a tragic accident over the weekend that claimed the life of their niece.

    Larry and Roselyn Jones of Connersville Pike, their grandson Sterling Wayler of Lexington, and  niece Shawna Ishmael were on their way to a family Christmas gathering in Indiana on Saturday morning.

  • Commissioner: City Hall gym needs improvements

    Commissioner Billy Grayson urged commissioners to consider looking for ways to improve the City Hall gym facility at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    “We really need to put our thinking caps on,” Grayson said, adding that he recently toured the gym after he heard some citizens’ concerns.

    “The city hall gym is a very, very difficult problem to tackle,” said Commissioner Mark Mattmiller.

  • HCMS speech team takes third at Knott and Lafayette

    The Harrison County Middle School speech team traveled to Hindman, KY to take on 17 teams from the southeast in the Knott County Central High Patriot Classic Speech Invitational. The team had 12 members break into to the top six, plus one student won in the overall performance category.  The following students brought home trophies:

  • Economy affecting shelter population

    Allen Fryman likes animals.

    And, Fryman has an abundance of animals.

    As the county’s animal control officer since June, Fryman has been working to accommodate the 1,399 animals that have entered the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter this year.

    The shelter’s intake number is up from 1,124 animals last year.

    “We stay full most of the time,” Fryman said.

    On average, at least four animals enter the shelter each day.

  • Vaughn seeks to fill county attorney position in 2010

    Bradley K. Vaughn, assistant Harrison County attorney, has announced his candidacy for the office of Harrison County Attorney. Vaughn’s decision to run for county attorney follows the announcement by current county attorney, Charles W. Kuster Jr., that he will pursue the district court judge’s seat.

  • County receives four ramp construction bids

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court is ready to move forward with erecting a sign at Flat Run Veterans’ Park.

    Donna Williams, representing the sign committee, asked magistrates for an additional $2,000 to help with the costs of the sign and entry way.

    Magistrate Steve Moses said the sign will be located between the bridge and the pond. The money also includes concrete pads for park benches. Magistrates previously approved a $500 contribution to the effort.

    The City of Cynthiana will also be paying $2,500.

    In other business, the court:

  • Soldier killed in motorcycle wreck Tuesday

    A 24-year-old Fort Mitchell man is dead after a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon.

    Alva Lorenzy Holland was driving southbound on New Lair Road at 3 p.m. when he lost control of his 2008 black Yamaha motorcycle and struck a car driven by Elizabeth Moore, 53, from Cynthiana.

    According to Sgt. Wilbur Gross, Holland was transported by Brown’s Ambulance Service to Harrison Memorial Hospital but died en route.

     

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat's print edition.