Local News

  • County budgeting process nears end

    After several meetings deliberating over finances, Harrison County Fiscal Court members say they are beginning to feel slightly optimistic about the 2011 budget.
    The fiscal court has only two issues with questions about the budget requests.
    Still somewhat unclear are the future of the ambulance service and recreation department. Court members were certain that they would have the budget completed by the state’s June 1 deadline.

  • Connersville hit by tornado Saturday

    The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Connersville area Saturday, April 23.
    The month of April has been plagued with storm after storm and seemingly endless rainfall.
    Harrison County residents in the Connersville area got more Saturday morning than they were ready for.
    “I looked outside and all I could see was what looked like brown smoke, like in a dust storm, and a lot of rain,” said Laura Clifford, a resident in the Connersville area.

  • Festival Face Painting

    One Harrison County man is recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg and another is in jail following an early Sunday morning altercation near Robinson.
    Jason Wayne Richardson, 32, is charged with one count of first degree assault and seven counts of first degree wanton endangerment.
    According to Harrison County  Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Hutchison, there were two separate gatherings on Prince Lane: one at 164 and the other at 127.

  • Colleagues remember Hampton’s dedicated service

    Former Cynthiana Mayor Melvin Hampton died Thursday night at his home and he was buried Tuesday. He was 86 years old.
    Hampton served as mayor of Cynthiana for 23 years from 1970 to 1993. The three years prior to his mayoral bid, he served as a city commissioner.
    “Melvin was a good mayor,” said Russell Whalen, who served as a city police judge for 11 years and city commissioner for eight years while Hampton was mayor. “We didn’t have much to work with during that time, but we built the first waste water treatment plant.”

  • Rural Metro makes proposal for ambulance service take over

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court meet for the second time to discuss the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year Tuesday, April 19.
    Representatives from Rural Metro were present at the meeting to discuss the possibility of taking over the ambulance service in Harrison County.
    The proposed plan by Rural Metro is to purchase the ambulance service from Jim Brown and keep all current employees working under the new company. The employees would also be allowed to keep time that they have in service.

  • Childhood sweethearts reunite after 30-plus-year separation

    Theirs is a storybook relationship that started as kindergarten sweethearts at Northside Elementary.
    Stacey Mann and Joe Mike Ashbrook maintained their kindred relationship through middle school. When they weren’t “a couple,” they were still best friends.
    “Our parents were always saying that wherever they were, they were together,” Stacey said.
    Everything changed when they reached high school.
    Joe Mike had his friends and Stacey had hers. The kindergarten sweethearts ran in different crowds.

  • Our Town production will be HarriCyn’s first

    Although it took several years to get it off the ground, a grant, offered by the Harrison County Fiscal Court and The City of Cynthiana, is reaping rewards.   
    Several years ago, the local Arts Council received $3,000 seed money to start a community theatre. Since that time, the HarriCYN Community Theatre has been planning and preparing.  
    Its April 29 production of Our Town, by Thornton Wilder opens that inaugural season.

  • Chamber recognizes Journey to a healthier community

    With the help of a hand-full of doctors and nurses, Journey Medical Mission has brought much-needed care to those with no insurance.
    It was no surprise to the attendants of the annual Chamber banquet when the winner of the 2011 Special Community Recognition was awarded to Journey Medical Mission.
    Journey Medical Mission began in concept January 2010 when Janie Whitehead attended a Harrison County Communities Partners Program with an idea to help bring wellness to the community.

  • Attorneys want cases tried at same time

    A motion has been filed in Harrison Circuit Court to join the two related cases against Sandra Southwood.
    She was charged after a shooting spree on Confederate Drive involving her ex-husband and his girlfriend.
    She faces five charges from the July 30 incident, including first degree wanton endangerment, first degree assault, first degree criminal mischief, first degree fleeing or evading police and third degree criminal mischief.
    She has since been indicted on charges of tampering with a witness.