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  • Board balks at naming new athletic stadium

    Representing the Harrison County Football Alumni Association at Tuesday evening’s school board meeting, Rick Chasteen asked school board members to name the new football stadium after former HCHS football coach Jim Way.

    “We have a facility... that as far as I know has no name...,” Chasteen told board members. “We have some individuals in this community that meet the prerequisites of naming a facility or building after them and one of the most prominent people in this community that I ever knew was Jim Way.”

  • Murder indictment issued in Wright death

    Arraignment proceedings will be held Monday, June 29, in Kenton County Circuit Court for Daniel Keith Gabbard, who has been accused of murder in the death of Commonwealth Attorney Doug Wright.

    A Pendleton County grand jury issued its three count indictment last Wednesday charging Gabbard, 40, with wanton murder, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense, aggravating circumstances, and operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence.

  • FBI, ATF investigation into bootleg cigarettes continues

    It’s been nearly two months since the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) executed a search warrant on the Farmers’ Tobacco Co. in Cynthiana, but agents say the investigation is progressing.

    According to a press release from the FBI, on June 4, investigators searched the Holley Sales Group, a cigarette distributing company in Anderson, S.C.

  • Prosecutor killed in Monday wreck

    The driver of a semi truck that crossed over the center line and crashed head-on into a car killing a state prosecutor is now facing charges, including felony wanton murder, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    Doug Wright, 48, was killed Monday evening near the Pendleton/Campbell County line when a semi-tractor allegedly crossed into Wright’s northbound lane.

  • Two curriculum coaches OK’d for county’s elementary schools

    During a special meeting Friday at noon, school board members voted to use title I stimulus money to fund two new positions in the school system.

    Two elementary curriculum coaches, Superintendent Andy Dotson said, were needed to help facilitate reading and mathematics curriculum in the classroom.

    “Using stimulus money is our goal here,” said Dotson. “Over the next two years we have some money that’s going to be available to us at really no cost to our district as far as general funding...”

  • Cox will cross state for friends in Africa

    Courtney Cox may be a mere 20 years old, but the Pendleton County graduate has learned what it means to help others and she’s taking that knowledge to a new level.

    On June 26, Cox will be joined by family and friends as she begins her Empower Walk across Kentucky, all in an effort to raise money for a village in Uganda, where she spent last summer helping the people.

    Cox, a student at the University of Kentucky, became interested in Africa through her studies. She decided she wanted to study abroad as a freshman with her focus on French and international studies.

  • Twin Creek Road to close for summer

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that the Twin Creek Road (CR 1223) will be closed beginning June 8. Twin Creek Road is in Harrison County and carries local traffic from KY 356 into Scott County. The closure is part of the new construction of the bridge and approaches over South Fork of Twin Creek.

    Fredrick & May Construction Company from West Liberty was awarded the project with a low bid of $220,879.05.

  • New band director coming from Mason Co.

    John Merz is ready to hit the ground running and, with marching season looming, the new Harrison County High School band director will have to do just that.

    Merz was hired this week to replace Chris Hedges, whose contract as HCHS band director was not renewed.

    Merz comes to the Marching Thorobred Band from Mason County High School, where he has been the director for the last six years.

  • Bart Lenox claims sixth title at Cynthiana Country Club

    Bart Lenox won his sixth career Joe Mooney Invitational Golf Tournament at the Cynthiana Country Club over the weekend. He shot a 69 on Sunday to overcome a one-shot deficit.

    Lenox last won in 2002. With his sixth win, Lenox is five wins behind his father, Mike, who has garnered 11 titles. The elder Lenox did not play this year.

    Maysville’s Bill O’Mara was the first round leader with a 67. O’Mara shot 71 on Sunday.

    Justin Jolley finished third having shot 70 both days.

  • Grand jury issues two indictments

    The Harrison County grand jury met Tuesday and issued two indictments.

    Matthew Baker was indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking ($300 or more).

    The second count charges Baker as being a persistent felony offender.

    Travis Chapman, 27, also faces a two-count indictment. He is charged with complicity to fraudulent use of a credit card and receiving stolen property less than $300.

    Arraignment in Harrison Circuit Court will be July 21, at which time Baker and Chapman will enter their pleas.