Local News

  • Board praises Dotson’s first year as Harrison County superintendent

    The Harrison County Board of Education released the results of its annual superintendent evaluation this week.

    Taken individually by school board members and then compiled, the results rate Harrison County Superintendent Andy Dotson’s ability to meet the goals set by the board at the beginning of the school year.

    “The board is thrilled with the work Mr. Dotson has done,” said Chairman Ed Taylor. “The board is ecstatic with the progress he’s made.”

  • MCTC-LVC student named to top-twenty team

    At age 19, Kristin Grenier is making a name for herself... a name that has appeared in USA Today.

    A second-year student at Maysville Community and Technical College - Licking Valley Campus, Kristin is the first Kentuckian to be named to USA Today’s All-USA Academic Team.

    “It’s been very exciting,” Kristin said last Thursday at MCTC-LVC.

    Kristin will graduate from the college in May with an associate’s degree in arts.

  • Welcome home, Daddy!

    It was a happy day for one six-year-old.

    After serving in Iraq for nine months, Lucas Cummings surprised his daughter, Tatum at school Tuesday afternoon.

    “Knock, knock,” Cummings said in the doorway of Stacy Smiley’s Southside Elementary kindergarten classroom.

    Up from her chair, Tatum jumped in her father’s arms.

    “I know how to tie my shoes now,” Tatum told her dad, who had been away for a year with D. Com. 250 BSB.

    “It’s great to be back,” said Lucas.

  • Central Christian’s ‘Angel Food Ministry’ grows by leaps and bounds

    Members of Central Christian Church gathered to box up food Saturday morning.

    “It’s such a blessing to people,” said member Lavaughn Maybrier.

    The church’s blessing is part of the national Angel Food Ministries project, which buys and sells food items to families at half the price.

    “If you can buy enough food to feed a family of four for $30, that’s a great deal,” Maybrier said.

    Church members worked  in assembly lines Saturday morning to pack food boxes that were picked up by area residents.

  • Couple airlifted to UK Tuesday following wreck on Stratton Pike

    Greg Ritchie, 30, is in serious condition at UK Chandler Hospital after a Tuesday accident that occurred around 6 p.m.

    Ritchie and Stacey Barnes, 24, were traveling southbound on Stratton Pike in a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer, when the vehicle dropped off the right shoulder of the road.

    Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak said Ritchie, who was driving the vehicle, steered the Blazer back onto the road, causing the vehicle to flip twice and hit an embankment.

    “Upon impact, the vehicle burst into flames,” Peak said.

  • Academic Briefs


    Brittany Abner of Cynthiana, a 2009 graduate of Harrison County High School, has been admitted to Berea College for the Fall 2009 term.

    As an enrolled student at Berea College, Abner has been awarded a four-year tuition scholarship currently valued at more than $100,000. Berea College admits students based on their academic achievement, community service, leadership potential, and financial need.

  • Sunday night wreck sends three to Harrison Memorial

    Three individuals have been released from Harrison Memorial Hospital following a Sunday night wreck.

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a collision on US 62 West just before 9 p.m.

    Georgetown resident Christa S. Artrip, 18, driving a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, was traveling westbound on US 62 West when she collided with Sadieville resident Bobbie L. Adams, 43, driving a 2004 Dodge Ram, as he was crossing the highway at the Newtown-Leesburg Road intersection near Leesburg.

  • HCHS graduation will be June 5

    Harrison County High School graduation is set for Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m., after school board members approved the anticipated graduation date at their Tuesday evening meeting.

    Assistant Superintendent DeeGee Fischer said tentative plans are to have graduation at Ingles Stadium, or the HCHS gym in case of rain.

    The board approved the amended 2008-2009 school calendar, which designates June 5 as the last day of school for students.

    Other business included:

  • Kentucky Bank closing Main Street branch

    Kentucky Bank president and CEO Louis Prichard has announced the decision to consolidate the Cynthiana downtown location with its Cynthiana U.S. 27 office. 

    “After careful analysis, discussion, and input, we have made the determination to consolidate the offices, which are only 1.8 miles apart. By combining the staff from these two locations, we can more efficiently and economically deliver premier customer service to our customers.”

  • St. Edward receives grant for playground

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced this week that St. Edward Preschool and school will receive $31,395 through a crumb rubber grant. St. Edward is one of 11 grant recipients totaling almost $200,000.

    “Recycling used to be seen as strictly an environmental action,” Gov. Beshear said.  “Today recycling is also an economic issue.  Recycling isn’t just good for the environment, it makes sense economically.”

    The fund will be used for St. Edward’s playground.