Local News

  • Calendar set for 2012 General Assembly

    The 2013 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to begin on Jan. 8 and will last 30 legislative days.
    As usual during an odd-numbered year, in which sessions are half as long as in even-numbered years, the session will have two parts. The first four days of the session – Jan. 8 to Jan. 11 – will focus on organizational work, such as electing legislative leaders, adopting rules of procedure and organizing committees.
    The second part of the session begins on Feb. 5, with final adjournment scheduled for March 26.

  • CHS alum Louis Stout remembered

    Funeral services will be held Saturday for the sports legend and role model Louis Stout.
    Stout, who may best be known as the former Kentucky High School Athletic Association commissioner, died Sunday night at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington following a brief illness.
    His services will be Saturday at noon at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625  Russell Cave Road, Lexington. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington.

  • Berry woman tortured, kidnapped

    A still shaken Berry woman says she may go into hiding in order to keep from reliving the night of Sept. 7; a night she calls “the night of hell.”
    What started as a simple friendly encounter between two neighbors quickly turned into a night filled with acts of  jealousy and rage against Dorothy Butcher.
    “Harold [Stevens] and the neighbor were outside one evening talking about starting a garden,” Butcher recalled. “He called me outside and asked what I thought about it. I said that was fine with me.”

  • Deputies nab Robertson burglary suspects

    Two Northern Kentucky men face multiple charges after allegedly breaking into a home in Robertson County and fleeing to Harrison County.
    A call was made to Cynthiana dispatch Friday afternoon, Sept. 7, for a possible robbery taking place at 128 Batte Lane in Robertson County.
    According to Harrison County Detective Paul Olin, two men had allegedly broken into a house where they were allegedly caught by the homeowner.
    According to a KSP press release, the homeowner entered the residence where he found both male subjects inside.

  • My Heart Remains

    Matt Simpson could have taken his musical talent into any genre when he was first breaking in. However, his heart was anchored with his Christian roots.
    Now, more than 10 years later, he’s providing lead vocals and rhythm guitar for a band ironically named My Heart Remains.
    Simpson and his band mates, Tony Gargano of Cincinnati, Dan Cress, Georgetown, and Zach Hunter, Lanesville, Ind., make their brand of music anywhere and everywhere they can.

  • Salaries paid by county government released

    Harrison County’s top paid county official is Linda Furnish, county clerk. She earned $82,170.01 for fiscal year 2011-12, which was a $1,830 cut from the previous year’s $84,000 salary. Other state-mandated salaries were also cut. County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett’s salary dropped $1,345 while Sheriff Bruce Hampton dropped $2,119.
    Barnett earned $81,029.25 last year and Hampton earned $78,305.48.
    Obtained through an Open Records Request, the county salaries totaled $1,876,974.

  • Local man charged with torturing former girlfriend

    A Harrison County man faces multiple felony charges after an alleged three-hour torturing.
    Harold Stevens, 55, has been charged by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department after he allegedly tortured his former girlfriend in her Berry home Thursday night.
    Stevens faces first degree sexual abuse, fourth degree assault, second degree unlawful imprisonment and third degree terroristic threatening. He is currently being held at Bourbon County Detention Center.
    Read the rest of the story in next week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • School district opts for 4 percent increase in taxes

    The Harrison County Board of Education voted unanimously last Thursday evening for a tax hike that will generate 4 percent more revenue for the district’s till.
    Board members approved setting the tax rate at 42.9 cents on real and personal property plus .1 cent exonerations for a total of 43.0 cents per $100 of assessed property. The district expects to receive $293,691 more revenue than last year.
    “There’s a financial clip we’re getting to face down the road,” said Superintendent Andy Dotson.


    As the engines rev coming into the last jump, many young, inspiring riders in the stands make a wish to one day have the same chance at living the dream one Harrison County teen is living.
    From the time he received his first battery-powered four-wheeler, Chance Beverly was hooked on riding.
    “You could not keep him off of it,” said Chance’s mother Tomi Sadler. “If he had thought about it I am sure he would have attempted to drive up and down stairs on it.”

  • Fleeing suspect tased when confronted with arrest warrant

    A routine arrest ended with a trip to the hospital following an electrical jolt Sunday, Sept. 2.
    According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak, an arrest warrant was issued for Edwin Cummins, 45, for Harrison County Family Court.
    Deputy Peak said the citation for arrest was due to Cummins alleged failure to satisfy his child support obligations.