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  • 411 emergency service will “tip” police

    Concerned citizens now have a way to pass on anonymous tips to the Cynthiana Police Department.

    “Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to the police department by texting the word ‘859CPD’ and the tip information to ‘847411’ or ‘TIP411,’” Commissioner Amanda Moore said at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    Moore said the service, provided by Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County and E911, will also include the internet.

  • Body found at home on New Lair Road

    Law enforcement officials continue to investigate a death at a home at 1023 New Lair Road across from the former Blue Grass Energy grounds, which occurred Friday morning.

    “We do have a body up there,” said Kentucky State Police Det. Sgt. Jeremy Murrelll. “It is complicated.”

    A car fire on U.S. 27 in Bourbon County as well as an incident at the Bourbon County Jail are believed to be related to the investigation.

  • Cancer care close by

    It’s before 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning and George Boulden, 77, sits in a reclining chair at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

    He began his fourth chemotherapy treatment just hours ago.

    “When you hear the big words ‘cancer,’ know that you can do it and God will take care of you,” Boulden said.

    Boulden was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma earlier this year.

    “One Saturday night I found this big lump,” he said. “Monday morning, I went to my doctor and it went from there.”

  • School board approves tax hike

    During last Wednesday evening’s special board meeting, the Harrison County School Board voted unanimously to raise the real estate and personal property tax rate to gain 4 percent in its revenue.

    Finance director Julie Asher recommended the tax raise to board members, stating that decreased state funding and a slightly lower daily attendance rate will drop the school system’s  revenues by over $450,000.

     

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

  • Gifford sentenced to nine years on forgery charges

    Nine years in jail is the sentence handed to Shawn Gifford who was convicted on multiple charges Aug. 18 in Harrison Circuit Court.

    Gifford was charged with 18 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Sentencing for those charges was five years on Count 1 and four years on Count 2 to run consecutively. All other criminal possession of forged instrument counts were combined.

    He also received a five-year sentence for third degree burglary and a 12-month sentence for theft by unlawful taking. That sentence is also to run concurrent.

  • Webb in Bourbon County courtroom Wednesday

    Charges have yet to be filed in Harrison County against Bass Webb, 30, Harrison County Circuit Clerk Kathy Kearns said Monday morning.

    Webb allegedly confessed to police that he murdered Bryia Runiewicz, 31, at her home on New Lair Road on Friday, July 31.

    Webb was arraigned in Bourbon County Circuit Court last Wednesday, where he faces two charges of attempted murder after trying to run over two Bourbon County deputies.

    For more information, see this week’s edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Webb in court Wednesday

    Charges have yet to be filed in Harrison County against Bass Webb, 30, Harrison County Circuit Clerk Kathy Kearns said Monday morning.

    Webb allegedly confessed to police that he murdered Bryia Runiewicz, 31, at her home on New Lair Road on Friday, July 31.

    Webb was arraigned in Bourbon County District Court last Wednesday, where he faces two charges of attempted murder after trying to run over Ryan Barkley, a Bourbon County deputy jailer, and  Josh Mason, a pre-trial officer.

  • Residents not in favor of propane neighbor

    From the sunroom of their Connersville Pike home, Bobby and Glenda Short said they have a perfect view.

    “This is where we always sit,” Glenda said last Friday morning.

    But the Short’s perfect view, they’re afraid, may soon change.

    Tabled from July’s Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission meeting, commissioners will vote at Monday’s meeting whether or not to allow a zone change that could finalize the location of United Propane Gas, Inc. at the Connersville Pike entrance of the Business Park.

  • Harrison Little League team wins district

    Harrison County’s 9 and 10 year olds won the District 3 Little League baseball tournament over the weekend at River Road Ball Park.

    According to Rick Chasteen, recreation director, the team, which is coached by B.J. Sizemore, will head to Richmond, Ky., this weekend for the state tournament.

    The district tournament included teams from seven counties and ended Sunday.

    See this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat for a complete story.

  • Local officials discuss KACo, KLC investigations

    By Becky Barnes

    and Kate Darnell

    Two state organizations funded by county and city government money will face an investigation by Kentucky state auditor Crit Luallen’s office. The Lexington Herald-Leader recently reported findings of excessive spending by the organizations’ top officials, which has spurred audits.

    Luallen announced on Wednesday, July 1, that her office will begin a complete investigation on the spending by the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities.