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  • Court votes 5-3 for 20-cent pay hike

    A 20-cent per hour raise for each county employee has passed first reading of the Harrison County Fiscal Court budget.

    The vote was 5-3 with magistrates Jeff Brunker, Dwayne Florence and Bradley Copes casting the opposing votes to the budget.

    The first proposal was to give each employee a 5 percent pay increase in the coming year. However, that was shot down by some members of the court before it got beyond the draft stage.

    The county’s total budget for 2009-10 is $9,413,533 of which over half is devoted to the general fund.

  • Extreme Makeover home up for grabs

    Three years after the ABC television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition demolished Brian and Michelle Hassall’s Sunrise home, then built them a new one, the couple is putting the home on the market with an asking price of $349,900.

  • Rec department told to relocate park

    Skateboarders may soon have a new home after city commissioners issued the Cynthiana-Harrison County Recreation Department a deadline for relocation of the skate park at Tuesday evening’s Cynthiana City Commission meeting.

    “We all agree that we have to have a place for the skateboarders,” said Commissioner Mark Mattmiller. “There was no question about that.”

    Mattmiller said the recreation board met last Thursday and decided to relocate the skateboarding equipment to another location.

  • Friends work to keep theater open

    Roger Slade feel in love with Rohs Opera House the moment he began working there.

    “I just fell in love with the building,” he said.

    Now Slade is working along with friends James Smith and Philip Nickerson to keep Rohs alive and vibrant in the community.

    “We just want to make it a place for family-fun entertainment,” said Slade.

    Today, Slade and the Rohs crew work to bring plays, concerts, comedy shows, church lock-ins, classic movies, ghost walks and new movies to the historical building.

  • It’s official: Keith is mayor

    Mayor Pro-tem Jack Keith was sworn in as mayor at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    After an unanimous vote to accept Mayor Brown’s resignation, Commissioner James New nominated Keith to fill the vacant mayor position for the remainder of the term.

    “I would like to thank the members of the commission for the belief they had that I will do the best I can...” Keith said at the meeting.

    Keith said while he recognized this was a temporary job, he will continue to work in the interest and desire of the commission.

  • Neighborhood dispute gets heated

    A neighborhood is embroiled in a dispute that included shots being fired on Monday afternoon.

    Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve McCauley said the area around Sylvandell Road and Mouth of Cedar have been a hot bed of disturbance calls in recent weeks.

    The more recent set of calls began on Saturday and came from Eddie Vanhook.

    According to a sheriff’s report, Vanhook told Deputy Dean Hutchinson that two juvenile boys were driving his truck in the Sylvandell area.

  • Mayor resigns

    After months of recovering from a stroke, Mayor Jim Brown had letters of resignation delivered to Cynthiana city commissioners, City Attorney John Lair and City Clerk Charleen McIlvain Tuesday.

    Lair read Brown’s resignation letter during Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

  • Bookmobile Lady

    “I like it when they get on,” said Ada Adair. “The kids get all excited.”

    When Adair began as the new “bookmobile lady” in August 2008, she said she was nervous about only one thing - driving a library on wheels.

    “If the schools are closed, I don’t go,” Adair said about driving the bookmobile in winter weather. “If I can make it, I get out there... slowly, but surely.”

  • St. Edward Ice Cream Social is Sunday

    St. Edward Catholic Church will host its 60th annual ice cream social this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    “All the money raised here goes to help the school,” said former principal Mary Grable.

    Held in the lot behind the church and school, this year’s event will feature a silent auction, music, games, a health booth and a Wii tournament.

    Meals can be purchased and will include ribeye steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs.

    Homemade ice cream and cake can also be purchased for $1 for a piece of cake and $1 for a scoop of ice cream.

  • Local youth participate in State Bible Drills

    The Kentucky Baptist Convention sponsors and promotes Bible Drills to engage young people in learning Bible skills and Baptist doctrine. Twenty-four children from churches in the Crittenden Baptist Association attended an association-wide Bible Drill at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on April 19. Several of the children are from Harrison and surrounding counties.