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  • H1N1 on the rise

    Flu season usually begins in November.

    This year, with the outbreak of the H1N1 virus, flu season has come months earlier.

    “We have 15 people a day coming through the emergency room with flu-like symptoms...” said Harrison Memorial Hospital director Sheila Currans.

    Currans said 25 individuals have tested positive for H1N1 this month.

  • Ballpark property vandalized

    Charges are pending against three juveniles and one adult, who were allegedly involved in the recent defacing of property at River Road Park.

    Cynthiana Ptl. David Powers said a black permanent marker was used to write profanities and draw illicit pictures on picnic and scorers’ tables, benches, trash cans, playground equipment and the concrete walks last Wednesday night.

    He said he is still trying to get a true assessment of the damages because of the work that has to go into making repairs.

  • A Grand Stand

    Harrison County School District opened its new $2.8 million Athletic Complex Friday night to a crowd of 1,184 ticket holders.

    The Harrison County Thorobreds did not disappoint, routing the Paris Greyhounds, 35-14. Quarterback Joe Korona laid claim to the first touchdown scored on the new Hilltop soil.

    The stadium has a seating capacity of 3,000. Additional parking was recently added and talks are underway for possibly more.

  • Guilty plea entered to sex crimes charges

    James Bandy who was indicted on sex-related crimes in February changed his plea to guilty on June 23.

    Bandy was scheduled to go to trial on July 16.

     Bandy’s guilty plea was the result of amending three of the nine charges and dismissing one.

    The amended charges were first degree sodomy and first degree rape (two counts). Those were amended to the criminal intent charges in each of the three counts.

  • $2.5 million of city budget goes to pay employees

    The City of Cynthiana spent $2.5 million on salaries for fiscal year 2008-09 and $262,424.80 was in overtime pay.

    According to records released last week through an open records request from The Cynthiana Democrat, Police Chief Ray Johnson was the highest paid city employee. He earned $60,142.06. However, over $10,000 of that was in overtime with another $3,000 attributed to training incentives for which the city is reimbursed.

  • Two behind bars after Friday arrest

    Two men are behind bars after Friday afternoon arrests by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

    Steeve Alexis, 27, from West Palm Beach, Fla. and Reese Garrison, 22, of Harrison County, pulled into the driveway of a North Church Street residence around 4 p.m., where they were both arrested, Harrison County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Olin said Tuesday.

    “They had actually stopped the truck and we pulled up behind them,” Olin said.

  • High school student injured in Friday wreck

    A Friday afternoon accident sends a high school student to the hospital.

    According to Sgt. Wilbur Gross, HCHS junior James R. Blair, 17, was traveling southbound on New Lair Road around 3:19 p.m. when Blair said he misjudged the curve, over corrected and came to rest in an embankment on the opposite side of the road.

    “It appears the subject may have flipped,” Gross said.

    Blair was driving a 1996 maroon four-door Volvo.

    Gross said speed seemed to be a factor.

  • Salaries of school personnel released

    The top 25 paid school salaries made up $2,013,859.14 of the district’s $16,183,904 salary budget for fiscal year 2009.

    According to Julie Asher, director of finance, there are 678 people employed by the Harrison County school district, 10 less than was on the payroll for 2008.

  • County to use grant to purchase 300 acres in Claysville

    Negotiations are incomplete for the purchase of property in the Claysville area, but it appears Harrison County will soon have a 300-acre nature preserve/outdoor education area.

    At Tuesday’s Harrison County Fiscal Court meeting, members voted 6-2 to spend a Heritage Land Conservation Grant for $450,000 for property owned by Maryanna Robinson.

    According to Judge-Executive Alex Barnett, the county will have to pick up the cost of the house that is on the property. The grant does not allow for the purchase of dwellings, he said.

  • Webb sent to grand jury

    Bass Webb, 30, was in a Bourbon County courtroom last Wednesday - the last of two arraignments for two charges of attempted murder.

    Webb allegedly tried to run over a Bourbon County deputy jailer and pre-trial officer on July 31.

    Later that day, Webb confessed to police that he had killed his girlfriend Bryia Runiewicz, 31, at her residence on New Lair Road in Harrison County.

    According to Bourbon County Circuit Clerk Beverly Smits, Webb’s case has been sent to grand jury.

    No trial date has been set.