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  • Blue Grass Energy scholarship due April 1

    Ten high school seniors served by Blue Grass Energy can win a $1,000 scholarship to aid them in furthering their education.

    Scholarship awards are based on financial need, academic achievement and extracurricular activities. Applications must be postmarked or brought to any BGEnergy office by Wednesday, April 1. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

  • Buena Vista house is total loss

    A Monday morning fire leaves one Harrison County family’s home and belongings destroyed.

    The Harrison County fire department responded to a 11:41 a.m. call to Thomas and Layla Wilson’s residence on Republican Pike, about six miles from town.

    “When we got there, fire was coming out the window downstairs in the living room and up in the attic,” said Harrison County Fire Chief Charlie Carson.

    Carson said the residents were not home at the time of the fire.

  • Welcome Home!

    Cynthiana’s National Guard soldiers returned to Cynthiana last week after a one-year deployment serving in Afghanistan as part of the Operation  Enduring Freedom.

    Soldiers with C Co. 201st Engineering Battalion left Cynthiana last March for training at Ft. McCoy, Wisc. Their overseas deployment began in May.

    They were released to their families Thursday evening in Ashland, Ky.

     A local celebration Freedom Salute will be held in May in Cynthiana.

  • Stout appeals prison sentence

    A Harrison county man who had initially entered a guilty plea to federal drug charges is now appealing his sentence.

    Izzah A. Stout, who is serving a 66-month sentence at Manchester Federal Correctional Institution for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, filed a motion in U.S. District Court on March 3 to vacate his sentence.

    Stout, who was arrested in Harrison County last May, was also charged with distribution of crack cocaine and abetting.  Those charges were dismissed.

    Stout’s case was assigned to Judge Karen K. Caldwell.

  • Poplar Street home damaged Tuesday

    A 50-year-old family home was damaged in a Tuesday night fire.

    Cynthiana firefighters were called to 205 N. Poplar St. around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after a fire started on the second floor of Naomi Smith’s residence.

    No one was injured and Cynthiana firefighter David Bell was able to rescue the resident’s cat Smokey.

    Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders said firefighters were contained the fire to the attic and an upstairs room, eliminating further fire and smoke damage to the rest of the house.

  • School board considers calendar changes

    An amended school calendar was tabled at the Harrison County School Board’s meeting Tuesday evening.

    Director of Pupil Personnel Lloyd Ogden presented board members with a school calendar that projected Friday, June 5 as the last day of school for students.

    Harrison County Superintendent Andy Dotson suggested that board members wait to approve the calendar, in hopes that a requested calamity day will be approved by the state.

    State legislators voted to approve up to 10 calamity days to school districts that had missed days due to the ice storm.

  • CATS gets clawed on Frankfort floor

    After a decade of CATS testing, state legislators threw Kentucky’s standardized assessment to the curb last week.

    Passed by the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives during their recent session, the legislation, named Senate Bill 1 plans for revamping of the tests known as CATS - named for the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System.

    The legislation was signed into effect by Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday.

    “The changes will be phased in,” said Rep. Tom McKee Monday morning, adding that a new test will be in place by 2011.

  • Meteorologist visits Northside classroom

    WLEX-TV 18’s Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck visits with the 4th grade students at Northside Elementary on Monday, Feb. 23. Meck presents a fun and informative program on weather.

  • City will receive no stimulus for water, sewer, says clerk

    The city of Cynthiana will not receive any water or sewer federal stimulus money from the state of Kentucky, city clerk Charleen McIlvain reported at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    McIlvain said that while the state will receive $20 million for water projects and $60 million for sewer projects, Cynthiana will not receive any of those first-round funds this year.

    “The state prioritizes these projects and our projects, and as much as a priority as they are to us, on a state level, they are not at the highest level,” McIlvain said.

  • America’s Next Top Model

    Growing up in Cynthiana, Celia was the bottom step of the Ammerman’s three stair-step-aged children, each spaced two years apart.

    Today, 25-year-old Celia Ammerman is on top of the world and she’s heralding the support of her older siblings, her parents and the rest of her family and friends for their support.

    Celia is one of 13 women competing for the title of America’s Next Top Model. Her debut appearance on the reality show by the same name will be Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on The CW.