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  • Team rallies around surviving sis for goal

    Just 18 months apart, Kayla and Brandi Poteet were close not only in age, but also in their interests.

    One difference though,  Brandi chose the band and Kayla was an athlete.

    Kayla and her friends encouraged Brandi to play soccer.

    Kayla would have been a senior this year, and she wanted her sister Brandi on that field with her.

    On Nov. 24, 2008, Kayla and Brandi were involved in a car accident on KY 36 West. Brandi survived. Kayla did not.

  • Justice Center to get new handicap-accessible ramp

    When the Harrison County Justice Center was built 10 years ago, it had a state of the art handicap-accessible chair lift.

    However, time and weather have taken their toll on the lift and make it, at times, not Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

    Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said that having someone from the staff come out to engage the lift will soon be a thing of the past. And, what will be taking its place is a ramp that will have three switchbacks.

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

  • Drug-related charges top grand jury indictments

    Three of six criminal indictments handed down by the Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday were for drug-related offenses.

    Steeve Alexis, 27, faces a seven-count indictment for incidents that allegedly occurred in July. He is charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone), fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

    Alexis is alleged to have attempted to run from police on July 17. He is charged with damaging property belonging to Steve Craycraft.

  • Young man killed in Wednesday car wreck

    One man is dead after a Wednesday afternoon car accident last week.

    Sergio Ortega Talavera, 22, was traveling westbound on Ky. 36 (approaching Lafferty Pike) around 3:30 p.m. when the 1996 GMC pickup he was driving left the right side of the road and struck a telephone pole.

    Kentucky State Police, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison County Fire Department responded to the scene.

  • Cynthiana woman is first female to receive C-pulse

    A C-pulse device is giving one Cynthiana woman a new chance at life.

    “This means I’m going to have longer to live,” Faye Prather said last Thursday afternoon at her home.

    A bracelet around her wrist shows she suffers from heart disease, a necklace around her neck tells paramedics what to do in case of an emergency and a tube in her abdomen leads to the driver that pushes blood out of her heart.

    “The doctors are hoping this will help my heart,” Faye said.

  • No school Thursday, Friday

    There will be no school and no school activities for the rest of the week.

    School officials met Wednesday afternoon after an additional 36 students went home from the already high 414 absences at the start of the day.

    “It’s our hope that closing Thursday and Friday will help to contain the further spread of illness,” said DeeGee Fischer, assistant superintendent.

    She added that school activities will be cancelled Thursday through Sunday.

  • Drug bust

    Eighteen Harrison County individuals were arrested after a statewide drug roundup last Thursday.

    “The operation went well,” said Sheriff Bruce Hampton. “There will be more to come... if you’re dealing illegal substances, then we want you.”

    The Sheriff’s office joined forces with Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for what KSP is calling the largest drug roundup in state history.

  • United Community Fund begins fall drive

    The beginning of October marks the beginning of the United Community Fund’s annual fall fund drive.

    “Today’s economy has put extra pressure on many families,” said UCF board member Kim Newberry. “The needs in our community are growing. A gift of any size to the United Community Fund, when combined with the gifts of others, adds up. Working together, we can make a difference in Harrison County.”

  • Tuesday fire claims home, belongings

    When the Butcher family left their Boyers Chapel home Tuesday morning, they had no idea that the clothes they were wearing would be all they would have left at the end of the day.

    At 9:20 a.m., the Harrison County Volunteer Fire Department was called to David and Heather Butcher’s double-wide home at 2641 Boyers  Chapel  Road.

    According to Chief Charles Carson, the two-alarm fire started in the master bedroom with an apparent electrical short.

  • Trial date still pending in Gabbard case

    A trial date has yet to be set in the Pendleton County case of Daniel Gabbard, the man accused of killing Commonwealth Attorney Doug Wright in an automobile accident.

    Wright was on his way home near Butler on June 8 and was allegedly hit head-on by a semi tractor, which was driven by Gabbard, who is alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

    Gabbard was indicted in Pendleton County on charges of wanton murder, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and operating a commercial vehicle under the influence.