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  • Flu level reaches 'widespread'

    According to a press release from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky’s flu level has been raised from ‘regional’ to ‘widespread.’

    “People just need to take the same precautions they would with regular flu,” WEDCO public health director Crystal Caudill said.

    Caudill said those individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms are more than likely suffering from H1N1, formerly referred to as the swine flu.

  • Bicycle Club’s maiden ride will be Saturday, Aug. 15

    Peter Newberry and his wife Kim love to bike.

    As members of Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County, they’re hoping to spread their love of biking to others - through the Champions Cycling Club.

    “I’ve often thought about this,” Newberry said about the idea.

    Several months ago, Newberry presented the idea to Champions.

    “They immediately took hold of it,” he said.

    Next Saturday, the Newberrys will offer a Bicycle Safety Seminar at the Harrison County Sheriff’s office from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • New calling system will keep parents informed, says superintendent

    Harrison County parents can expect several calls from the school this year.

    For the first couple months of the school year, the Harrison County school district will try out a calling system that will allow the schools, teachers and coaches to contact parents through a phone call, text message and/or e-mail.

    Chief Information Officer Melissa Shepard presented school board members with the details of the system at Friday evening’s special school board meeting.

  • Salaries for city and county employees will be printed this week

    Salaries of Harrison County and City of Cynthiana employees will be published in this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

    School salaries, which were published last week, are released annually to the newspaper. It is at the discretion of each newspaper as to whether those salaries are published.

    However, for city and county salaries, an open records request was pursued. Those salaries have been released and will be published this week.

  • Hunter education class offered

    A safe hunter education class will be held Sept. 21-23 at the Harrison County Extension Office.

    The course is sponsored by the Department of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife and taught by state certified Harrison County volunteer instructors. The ten-hour class is free of charge and open to the public. All course materials are furnished for the student.

    Many states now require completion of a hunter education class before being permitted to hunt. Many wildlife management areas now also require proof of completion of a hunter education safety class.

  • District absorbs school fees

    Back-to-school shopping will be somewhat easier for parents of Harrison County students this year.

    The normal sticker shock at the check-out lane with school supply purchases has been eliminated.

  • Zone change request pushed to August meeting

    A zone change request regarding property at the Business Park off U.S. 62 West has been continued until next month’s Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission meeting.

    The tabled request was for one parcel of land at the north end of Sea Biscuit Way to be changed from light industry (L1) to heavy industrial (L2).

    The zone change was requested in conjunction with the Economic Development Authority for Cynthiana and Harrison County’s negotiations with United Propane Gas Inc.

  • Shared voices

    Karen Bear began singing when she was 12 years old.

    “I fell in love with Barbra Streisand...” Bear said. “I would sing for hours to her records.”

    Bear’s love for music and singing led to a degree in voice performance and music education and 20 years as a choral director.

    And Bear will soon share her vocal training and choral directing experience with the community as the director of The Licking Valley Singers.

  • Buena Vista Store damaged by fire

    A Buena Vista landmark was severely damaged by fire last week.

    About 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, Harrison County firefighters were dispatched to a fire at the Buena Vista store. Ilan Bear was passing the store when he saw smoke and called 911.

    Chief Charles Carson said that three of the county fire district’s trucks were at the Harrison County Fair on stand by for a tractor pull. Two additional trucks were on their way to Grant County on a mutual aid call.

  • Commission to hear both sides of zone change issue

    The Cynthiana City Commission will hear arguments Tuesday in favor of and against a proposed zone change at the Business Park.

    Approved by the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission, the zone change will allow the corner lot of the Business Park, formerly zoned light industrial, to be zoned heavy industrial.

    The zone change is being proposed in conjunction with the Economic Development Authority’s negotiations with United Propane Gas.