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  • State sets salaries of county’s three top paid public officials

    The top paid Harrison County officials are also those whose salaries are set by state legislation and are based on years of service and county population.

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett ranks third among those three. In fiscal year 2008-09, he earned $74,098.57. County clerk Linda Furnish was paid $81,298.93 from county coffers and Sheriff Bruce Hampton earned $76,836.53.

  • Just a spoonful of...

    It was in her grandmother’s jewelry drawer where Susan Davisson found her inspiration.

    “Well, that’s kind of neat,” Davisson said as she admired a pendant made from a fork.

    For Davisson, it was the beginning of a business.

    “I can make that,” she said to herself.

    On Friday morning, Davisson sat in Teabeary’s gift shop on Pike Street constructing bracelets that are sold in the same store, at ‘Between Friends’ in Georgetown and online at www.jewelrybythespoonful.com.

  • Mother of murdered daughter says house has been robbed

    The mother of Bryia Runiewicz said the month after her daughter’s murder has been ‘a living hell.’

    Runiewicz, 31, was murdered in her New Lair Road residence on Friday, July 31.

    “They lost their whole way of life,” Dora Clair said about her two granddaughters and Runiewicz’s children.

    While Clair said the residence, turned murder scene, has been cleared for the family to enter, many of Runiewicz’s possessions have been taken - a result of what Clair claims was four separate robberies.

  • First writers’ workshop to welcome poet laureate

    “When the Kentucky Poet Laureate tells you to do something, you do it,” Bruce Florence said.

    Easier said than done, perhaps.

    Kentucky Poet Laureate Gurney Norman didn’t want a simple favor. He wanted a writers’ workshop.

    Norman’s wish will come true this Friday and Saturday at the first ever Licking Valley Writers’ Workshop, where published writers will come to share and teach their stories and skills with local writers.

  • Cynthiana lawyer to take over as state’s prosecutor

    After 30 years as a defense attorney, Cynthiana’s Doug Miller will be stepping into the prosecution side of the courtroom.

    Miller, 55, was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to fill the unexpired term of Commonwealth Attorney Doug Wright, who was killed in a car accident on June 8.

    Miller was filling in as host of Coffeebreak for WCYN when he began wondering who would assume Wright’s duties.

  • Cynthiana police charge man with stealing thousands from employer

    Police have arrested a Cynthiana man on numerous felony charges including illegal weapons as well as possessing armor-piercing ammunition.

    Charles Helton, 54, was arrested Friday night at his Church Street home after Cynthiana police executed a search warrant of the home and garage.

    Among the items seized from the home were thousands of dollars in property from his employer TI Automotive Group.

    Cpl. Walter Tapp was expected to execute a second search warrant Monday afternoon of a storage building rented to Helton.

  • Police halt long-term theft operation

    It was more than a drug bust, more than a recovery of stolen property. It was a seizure of thousands of dollars worth of pills and stolen property as well as thousands of dollars.

    Police suspected that the garage apartment at 145 N. Church St. held a cache of stolen items. There was a report of nearly $500,000 of stolen goods that was said to be in the home. However, what they found was astounding, even to Cpl. Walter Tapp who was investigating the alleged theft from TI Automotive Group.

  • Nod for golf carts on city streets gets closer

    Cynthiana motorists will soon share their city streets.

    At Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting, commissioners approved the first reading of an ordinance  allowing golf carts on certain city streets.

    Commissioner Amanda Moore cautioned citizens that the commission’s approval of the first reading of the resolution doesn’t immediately allow golf carts to be driven on streets.

    “It still has to be passed and publicized before that ordinance takes effect,” Moore said.

  • HOSA hosts annual blood drive

    More than four million Americans will need a blood transfusion this year.

    On Sept. 4, Harrison County HOSA hosted the annual Kentucky Blood Center blood drive. Harrison County Beta Club organized and sponsored the event. Approximately 35 units of blood were collected from student and staff volunteers.

  • Tri County Lumber expands business

    Born and raised on a dairy farm, Abner Freeman said he never thought he would be building pole barns and selling lumber.

    Freeman’s business, Tri County Lumber has expanded from one employee to 15, and recently moved into its larger, new facility in June.

    Freeman said the new facility allows him to sell hardware and tools, in addition to electrical and plumbing supplies, lumber for house framing, pole barn construction, metal and metal roofing services.

    Tri County Lumber, Freeman said, is now a one-shop stop for those in the construction business.