Local News

  • Community choir looking for more singers

    The Licking Valley Singers Community Choir seeks new members for Spring Session!
    Open to all who love to sing, the community choir will rehearsal Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 2  from 6:30 – 8:30.
    The choir rehearses at MCTC, Cynthiana Campus, with performance dates on April 20th and 22nd .
    There is a $25 (non refundable) participation fee and registration deadline is Jan. 23.
    To sign up or for more information contact Carrie Wade at (859) 585-0613 or carrie.wade@pendleton.kyschools.us

  • Prosecution wants Webb trial in Pendleton

    Commonwealth Attorney  Doug Miller has filed documents asking that the Bass Webb murder trial be held in neighboring Pendleton County.
    Webb’s defense attorneys were to file a response by Jan. 4 and had not done so as of press time Wednesday.
    A hearing is set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 9 a.m. before Judge Jay Delaney in Harrison Circuit Court.
    Webb is charged with the 2009 murder of Bryia Runiewicz, an estranged girlfriend.

  • Copes makes bid for state representative

    Harrison County native Bradley Copes has announced his bid for 78th District House of Representatives in 2012.
    Copes, 57, a Democrat, who has served as the District 8 magistrate for the Harrison County Fiscal Court since 2007, considers himself a fiscal conservative, which, he said will serve him and Kentuckians well.
    “It’s something that needs to be addressed in Frankfort,” Copes said. “Necessities and infrastructure need to be addressed more to draw new industry to the state.”

  • Layoffs expected at TI Group Automotive in 2012

    Expected layoffs and plant closing may follow the halt of production lines at TI Group Automotive plant in Cynthiana.
    According to a TI Group Automotive employee who wishes to remain nameless, three coil lines at the Cynthiana plant will be closed due to relocation of business.
    The source informed the Democrat that the three lines will be closed down due to new production in Bramalea, Canada.
    “To our knowledge, the equipment will still be here but the business and parts will be built in a plant in Canada,” said the source.

  • Civil rights leader to speak at Dr. King celebration Monday

    John J. Johnson, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights executive director and well-known civil rights leader of over 40 years, will be the guest speaker at the Cynthiana-Harrison County NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday program. The public is invited to the free event, which will include a luncheon.

  • 1880 gold coin goes for $2,001

    Although he wants to remain anonymous, the generous bidder for the 1880s gold coin is standing behind his $2,001 offer.
    Kim Brooks, treasurer for the local Salvation Army is going to transfer the coin left in a bell ringer’s bucket sometime on Dec. 10 or 11 to the high bidder on Wednesday.
    The seven bids, coming from as far away as West Virginia, were opened Monday, Jan. 9, and ranged from the $800 minimum bid to the  winning $2,001. The closet bid to the winner was $1,100, said Darwin Root, organizer of the bell ringers for the Walmart stations.

  • 3 churches, 1 business burglarized

    One suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with a Dec. 30 burglary at Cynthiana Baptist Church.
    Other church burglaries around the same time period continue under investigation with a person of interest to be interviewed on Wednesday.
    Sgt. Tim Wells of the Cynthiana Police Department arrested Benjamin Frizzell on Dec. 30 charging him with burglary and receiving stolen property.

  • 2012’s first

    There weren’t a lot of firsts associated with Kristi Perkins’ pregnancy and delivery. It was to be the fourth child for Kristi and her husband Daniel.
    However, Miranda Lee arrived as the first baby of 2012 at Harrison Memorial Hospital.
    “We were real surprised,” Daniel said of his fourth child and third daughter who was born at 8:10 a.m. on Jan. 2. “I thought there’d be three or four babies up here.”
    Delivered by Dr. Derek Clarke, Miranda Lee weighed in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces and is 17.75 inches long.

  • Snowy weather impacts driving with 10 wrecks over holiday weekend

    After several holiday car accidents, law enforcement is encouraging all drivers to drive with precautions.
    According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, over 10 wrecks in the city and county have taken place during the holiday season.
    Deputy Steve McCauley said the snow increased the number of accidents dramatically.

  • Drowning victim will be buried Friday

    Visitation and funeral will be held Friday for a young man who drowned in the Licking River last Friday after falling into the rapidly churning water.
    Martin Antonio Martinez-Ortega and his brother, Ernesto, were dropped off at their Rocky Ford Road residence near Berry about 2:30 p.m. last Friday by their employer Jerry Dennis.
    According to Harrison County  Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak, Martin was walking along the bank of the river and slipped in.