Local News

  • Cynthiana woman killed in KY 36 West accident

    A Cynthiana woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident Monday morning on KY 36 West.
    Carolyn Williams, 66, Lafferty Pike, was killed when she was thrown from her 2008 Nissan Versa about 8:50 a.m.
    According to authorities, Williams overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, which struck a fence and flipped.
    Williams was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital where she died of her injuries.

    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more details.

  • Webb changes plea in wake of parents’ subpoena

    It has taken nearly three years for the man who murdered Bryia Runiewicz to admit his guilt, but last Wednesday in Pendleton County, Bass Webb stood before Judge Jay Delaney and entered a guilty plea.
    Wearing a suit and tie instead of his normal prison-issue jumpsuit, Webb faced the judge while he read the charges and explained that Webb’s guilty plea would, among other things, waive his right to appeal.

  • Settlement agreement proposed in Brown suit

    A U.S. District Court judge in Lexington has set a trial date for a case associated with Kay Brown’s bankruptcy case.
    Judge Joseph M. Scott Jr. issued an order on July 13 to go to trial on Nov. 13 in the adversary case of James A. Brown, Richard Wehrle, Paul Brown, Martin’s Rest Home (d/b/a Grand Haven Nursing Home), Brown Ambulance Service, Brown & Gasser Thrift Food Mart, James A. Brown Enterprises (d/b/a Ramada Inn, Paintsville), Redd, Brown & Williams Construction and M. Goldberg Inc. vs. Kay Brown.

  • Two-county chase ends in arrest of Versailles man

    A Versailles, Ky., man faces multiple charges following a Saturday night, two-county chase.
    Tpr. Kenneth Leavell of the Kentucky State Police met a 2000 Toyota Avalon on U.S. 62 traveling in excess of 26 miles per hour over the speed limit.
    According to Tpr. David Jones, public affairs officer, when Tpr. Leavell began the pursuit the driver continued to speed into Scott County. The driver, Anthony Phillip, 44, was unable to make a turn onto Gunnell Road in Scott County and drove into a field.

  • Blackberries hanging heavy on the vine

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    William Varney has an 18-foot long blackberry vine in his backyard with blackberries measuring up to one and a half inches.
    Varney said he isn’t sure if they are the biggest blackberries ever grown, but they are the largest he has ever seen.
    There are 10 separate plants behind his house where he grows raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.
    Varney decided to plant the berries about five years ago after his wife Kathleen suggested if he wanted jam and jelly.

  • Cynthiana man faces multiple charges after alleged attempt to elude police

    Kentucky State Police Tpr. Jack Gabriel served a warrant on a Cynthiana man Monday following an earlier pursuit by the Cynthiana Police Department.
    Cynthiana Ptl. Nathan Linville attempted to make a traffic stop on Brandon Pennington, 25, who was driving a 2002 Camaro, about 12:30 a.m. on Pleasant Street.
    With speeds between 45 and 75 mph hour, the pursuit left Cynthiana on White Oak Pike.
    Chief Ray Johnson said Linville reported that Pennington’s vehicle left the roadway, but that he was  able to get back on the road.

  • Director says Wedco was prepared for forecasted cuts

    After heavy anticipation of rocky roads ahead, Wedco says health department cuts are still a ways away from affecting services offered.
    According to Wedco Public Health Director Crystal Caudill-Miller, changes were made in spending after expected  cuts from health care funding were anticipated.
    “Four years ago when I first got here I knew what the future had in store for health department funding,” explained Caudill-Miller. “We immediately set-out to build our reserves to their fullest potential in an effort to be ready for what is now.”

  • Minor damages reported as a result of recent straight-line winds

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    Even with recent storms following the extreme heat, Doug Hampton, insurance agent with Palmer-Hampton, said there hasn’t been very much reported damage.
    “Just a lot of wind claims,” Hampton said.
    The majority of reported damage is from strong, straight-line winds, he said.
    Hampton said wind damage is routine in nature but has been more frequent recently.
    “A lot of wind claims are rare during the summer,” Hampton said.

  • First United Methodist Church to host a Back-to-School Celebration

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    The First United Methodist Church will be hosting its first Back-to-School Celebration on Aug. 1.
    The celebration is designed to collect resources for students headed back to school who need assistance with these things.
    Pastor Mike Coppersmith said the Harrison County Board of Education is supplying school supplies for students but they aren’t able to supply family resources like underwear and socks.

  • Berry woman faces three charges

    By Ben Hyatt, News writer
    A Berry woman now faces charges after she allegedly forced her way into a home and assaulted a neighbor.
    According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Tuan Kreer, a two-hour search began at 11:01 p.m., Monday, July 23,  for a woman wanted for questioning in an altercation that took place on First Street, Berry.