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  • Another MRSA case confirmed

    Harrison County school officials have confirmed that a student at Northside Elementary has been diagnosed with MRSA, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.

    Letters were sent home with students on Friday from Superintendent Andy Dotson and Judy Feeback, district nurse.

    Confirming the case, the letter also reminded parents of what to look for, ie: redness, warmth, swelling and tenderness.

  • Mattmiller, Keith, New and Moore lead city race

    The 2009 version of the Cynthiana City Commission will include two familiar faces and two new ones.

    Incumbent candidates Jack Keith and Jimmy New were voted back on the commission. Newcomers will be Mark Mattmiller and Amanda Moore.

    Mattmiller claimed the most votes, garnering 1,587 to second-runner Keith, who received 1,479. Filling the third position is New, who received 1,006 votes. Amanda Moore will take up the fourth post. She received 932 votes.

  • Two new commissioners named in Berry; Carey takes board seat

    Berry residents elected two new members to the city commission and kept two incumbents.

    Melissa Lea and Mary Nichols will take places on the commission, with Lea earning 53 votes and Nichols, 34.

    Incumbents Donald Brown and Johnny Murphy were the two top vote earners, with Murphy’s 66 and Brown’s 55.

    Write-in candidate James House Jr., fell short of making the commission, with 29 votes.

    In other local and state races:

  • Cynthiana guardsman killed in Afghanistan

    Daniel Wallace loved being in the military and helping others. He was a man of faith and he loved his family.

    “Danny is my fallen hero,” said his mother, Karen, through tears at a press conference on Nov. 5 in Frankfort.

    Wallace, of Dry Ridge, was killed on Oct. 31 in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.

    “Sgt. Daniel Wallace was a true patriot who willingly stood up and answered the call to serve his nation in a time of need,” Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General for Kentucky, said.

  • Bourbon inmate ‘person of interest’ in local burglaries

    An inmate from Bourbon County Detention Center who was out on work release is one of two people being looked at for burglaries in western Harrison County.

    Det. Paul Olin, of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, said 27-year-old Jason Shipwash and 30-year-old Chris Wood are “persons of interest” in four burglaries the department is investigating.

    Shipwash was allegedly out on work release from Bourbon County when the burglaries took place.

    Olin said evidence from the burglaries, including a safe and some firearms, has been recovered.

  • No indictment in school financial melee

    It appears that the Harrison County High School financial controversy that began over two years ago has closure.

    The case was presented to the grand jury on Tuesday with no resulting indictment. However, in its report the grand jury did issue a rebuke of the school district’s financial oversight.

  • NAMI seeks to end myths about mental illness

    “I want to open a book and read about my mental illness.”

    That’s the goal of Priscilla Blankenship, one of the two facilitators of the Harrison County chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI.)

    Blankenship has been suffering from mental illness for years and because of that, she never learned to read and faced many other obstacles.

    However, the past few years have opened many doors for her and fellow NAMI facilitator Deborah Stidham.

  • Five indicted Tuesday on drug-related charges

    Five individuals were indicted on drug-related charges by a Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday.

    Arraignments will be held on Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. in Harrison Circuit Court.

    Those indicted were:

    •Delmina Adolf, 44, who is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine) first degree.

    The grand jury alleges that Adolf sold or transferred cocaine to another person on Jan. 4.

    •Christopher True, 40, faces a three-count indictment.

  • Downtown fall clean up is Saturday, Nov. 8

    A one-day fall clean-up for Cynthiana has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8.

    Pat Slade, a member of the Harrison County Tomorrow Welcoming Climate Committee, announced at Tuesday’s city commission meeting that the targeted area for this clean-up will be east of the railroad tracks.

    The committee staging area will be in the First United Methodist Church parking lot at the shelter, Slade said.

    She asked that volunteers bring leaf blowers, dust pans or any other type of equipment that may be used to help with the clean-up.

  • Obama beats McCain, McConnell defeats Lunsford; not in Harrison

    Republican presidential candidate John McCain had no problem winning his race in Harrison County and Kentucky Tuesday, but ultimately fell short of the votes needed to secure the White House.

    McCain earned 4,520 votes in Harrison County or 59.6 percent. Democrat Barack Obama, now the President-elect, came in with 2,916 local votes (38.4 percent). Statewide, McCain had 1,048,037 votes cast (57.4 percent) and Obama, 751,583 (41.2 percent).