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  • Whalen receives award honoring dedication to foster parenting

    When the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors presented the 2008 Good Neighbor Award, Gerry Whalen said she was surprised to learn she was the recipient.

    “I’m not one to talk,” Gerry said about her acceptance speech.

    While Gerry said the award was an honor, she said she couldn’t have done any of it without the support of her husband John.

    “John’s been right in there with me,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “He’s been a big support.”

  • Recovery proves costly for county government

    The final bills aren’t tallied, but it’s looking like the snow and ice storm of 2009 is going to be costly.

    Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett estimated totals as of Friday were nearing $25,000.

    Salt alone is costing about $8,775 for 150 tons. Another 200 tons were ordered Friday at $58.50 per ton.

    The county used 300 tons of rock at a cost of $3,535. Add to that another $550 for equipment costs, such as chainsaws used in tree and debris removal.

  • Love letters

    When Cynthiana native Rus Whalen takes the stage in Aeolian Hall Friday night, he’ll be combining many passions; Cynthiana, Rohs Opera House and community theater.

    “Theater has the power to bring a community together,” Whalen said Monday evening.

    A 2004 Harrison County High School graduate, Whalen recently graduated from Centre College where he double-majored in theater arts and economics. Living back in town, Whalen is currently employed at Kentucky Growers Insurance Company.

  • Firefighters save man sinking in Beaver Creek

    A trip to the mailbox for an Oddville man became a life-threatening endeavor last Wednesday afternoon.

    Operating a tractor, Robert Delano was traveling on Apple Lane toward his mailbox, when swift creek currents swept his tractor off the low-lying bridge and into Beaver Creek.

    With increased cell phone usage due to the snow/ice storm, Delano’s attempts to use his cell phone to call 911 failed. Delano dialed a friend in Mt. Olivet who was able to reach 911.

    Harrison County firefighter Doug Brooks responded.

  • Indictments issued for sex crimes

    Two Cynthiana men are back in the news following a Tuesday grand jury session.

    James Bandy, who was arrested last month on sex-related crimes, was indicted by the grand jury and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

    Bandy, 60, faces a nine-count indictment.

  • Ice/snow storms spur city emergency

    During a special meeting Thursday evening, commissioners voted to declare a state of emergency for the city of Cynthiana after the snow storm that hit the area Jan. 26-28.

    In the legal declaration, City Attorney John Lair read that downed trees and power lines had created a “hardship for citizens of Cynthiana and Harrison County.”

  • Chamber seeking nominations

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for this year’s Chamber Award Banquet.  The Banquet will be held at the Cynthiana Country Club from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. Categories for nominations are: Business Person of the Year; Educator of the Year; Farmer of the Year; and Citizen of the Year. Mail or bring applications to 201 S. Main St. For questions, call 234-5236. Submissions should be no more than one typed page.

  • Red Cross opens shelter to 44 at church

    The emergency shelter at Cynthiana Christian Church  is empty and on stand by after 44 Harrison County residents came to the church for a warm meal and a warm night’s stay this past week.

    Shelter coordinator Gayle Velat said almost all of the individuals at the shelter returned home when their electricity was restored over the weekend.

    Velat said cots and other materials would remain set up in the church throughout the week, in case of additional power outages.

  • Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter's pet adoption list

    Pet Adoption List

    The following pets are available for adoption at the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter. Female dogs, $75; male dogs, $65; female cats, $58; male cats, $43. Call 234-7138 or 234-1492 for more information.

    FOSTER CARE - DOGS

    Boyfriend - Male, Border Collie/Chow

    Reese - Male, Pit

    Nugget - Female, Boxer/Pit

    Cooper - Male, Setter

    Macy - Female, Beagle mix

    FOSTER CARE - CATS

    Paisley - Calico

    Sandy - Male, buff

    SHELTER CATS

    Male - black

  • Funds approved for Kentucky Dairy Development Council

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $494,000 in state funds for the Kentucky Dairy Development Council (KDDC) to further their efforts and to continue their support for Kentucky’s dairy industry. This proposal was one of the 24 projects approved at the January Kentucky Agricultural Development Board meeting that took place in Lexington, Ky.