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  • Heart transplant gives Mastin ‘second chance’

    Rachel Mastin has a letter that is very special to her.

    From a mother in Georgia, Rachel has yet to meet the author.

    “Give my baby boy a hug and tell him ‘I love him,’” one of the last paragraphs of the letter reads.

    The boy’s name was M.J. and Rachel is the new owner of his  21-year-old heart.

    On Aug. 2, 2007, after several years of heart problems and many, many, many doctor visits, Rachel became the recipient of a heart transplant.

  • Wednesday afternoon fires keep firefighters busy

    Harrison County firefighters responded to three fires last Wednesday afternoon. A wood stove is believed to have started a barn fire on Connersville Pike, where firefighters arrived at 3:10 p.m. “It was fully involved when they got there,” said fire chief Charlie Carson. Fifteen emergency personnel responded to the incident. The fire was extinguished at 5 p.m. Crews also responded to two grass fires on Ky Hwy 32 West and Robinson Union Road.

  • March 1-7 is Black Church Week of Prayer for the healing of AIDS

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working to promote Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, an observance held March 1-7 that includes thousands of churches across the country.

    As part of the observance, DPH and community-based organizations are inviting churches to participate in a “Prayer for the Healing of AIDS,” an educational event set for 6 p.m. March 1 at St. Paul AME Church, 251 N. Upper St., Lexington. Free HIV testing will be available at the same location from 4 to 8 p.m.

  • HERO HOMECOMING

    “I’ve just missed having him here to tell me that everything’s gonna be OK,” said a tearful Kim True, wife of soldier William “Jack” True.

    Jack and comrades from the 201st Engineering Battalion will be returning to Cynthiana next week after a 12-month tour of duty that led them to Afghanistan.

    Kim said she never expected to have to watch her husband of 10 years leave for a second overseas tour. Their girls, now 16, 15 and 11, were younger the first time.

  • Daylight Savings Time

    Daylight Savings Time returns this Sunday beginning at 2 a.m. Residents may want to set their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed.

    In 2007, DST was changed from its traditional calendar dates. The new change allows DST to return three weeks earlier and will stay in effect until the first Sunday in November.

  • Northside’s McTeacher Night at McDonald’s

    Northside Elementary held a fundraiser at McDonalds Tuesday, Feb. 24.  Northside received $.50 from every extra value meal sold between 5-7 p.m. Principal Sharon Hill and teachers Julie Dailey, Laura Bush, Janell Delaney, and Elizabeth Korona (pictured) participated.

     

  • The Birds

    If Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 movie “The Birds” makes the hair on your arms stand up and a sends a shiver down your spine, take a stroll down Grandview Drive about 6 p.m. any evening.

    You can hear the flocks of birds screeching as they come to roost. Once in the trees, they continue an eerie song of unrest.

    There are other telltale signs that millions of birds have come to rest. Grills and outdoor furniture, abandoned for the winter, have been dotted with bird manure, as have automobiles and sidewalks.

  • Harrison County FFA celebrates 2009 National FFA Week

    Harrison County FFA celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 21-28. Step Up, Stand Out was the theme this year. Stepping up and standing out is not only a way of life for FFA members, but it’s also a call to action for others. FFA members set a positive example with their leadership, work ethic and community service activities.

  • Troops Homecoming

    Four hundred soldiers from the 201st Engineer Battalion, Kentucky Army National Guard, including the Cynthiana unit, will return home this evening.

    A ceremony welcoming the troops back home will be held at Boyd County Middle School at 5 p.m. in Ashland, Ky.

    The 201st Engineer Battalion departed for Afghanistan in March 2008, with their primary mission being route clearance and construction, removing obstacles and ensuring main supply routes remain open.

  • Academic Briefs

    BEAR

    Ilan Jacob Bear has been awarded a 4-year National Army ROTC college scholarship. This fall Ilan will be attending Ohio University as a Political Science major. Upon his graduation from college, he will be commissioned as a Second Lt. in the United States Army.

    Ilan is the son of Avi and Karen Bear.

    UK DEAN’S LIST

    The University of Kentucky is recognizes the outstanding academic performance of its students, including 24 students from Harrison County who were named to the UK Dean’s List for the fall 2008 semester.