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  • Early dismissal Mondays nixed for Harrison County schools

    Monday, Feb. 9, will be Harrison County schools’ last early dismissal Monday this year.

    During a special meeting Wednesday evening, Harrison County school board members voted to do away with early dismissal Mondays.

    Superintendent Andy Dotson said the extra hour of class time on Mondays will allow the district to make up for two of the 12 days it has missed this school year.

    Half of those days missed were related to the recent snow/ice storm.

    The board also voted for schools to make up another day on President’s Day.

  • Two lives claimed in wake of outage

    A Harrison County couple is dead and an investigation continues after supposedly high carbon monoxide levels filled James and Norma Penwell’s home on U.S. 27 North.

    A generator was found in the home last Thursday at 12:47 p.m. when Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Barnes responded to a call from the couple’s daughter, who lived out of state and hadn’t heard from her parents in several days.

    When Barnes entered the home, he found the deceased Penwells.

  • Academic Briefs

    BOX

    Susan Marie Box, the daughter of Terry and Charlotte Box, a 2002 graduate of Harrison County High School, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Science. She is presently obtaining her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from EKU.

    Susan recently completed a clinical rotation at the Kentucky Horse Park in Hippo-therapy, involving the use of horses to optimize independence and maximize the quality of life for children with special needs.

  • Smith to run for national BETA vice president in June

    Wood Smith, a junior at Franklin County High School, recently attended the State Beta Convention in Louisville, where he was elected Kentucky Beta vice president. In June, he will be traveling to Orlando for the National Beta Convention, where he will run for national vice president.  Wood is president-elect for the Franklin County Beta Club and junior class president. Wood is the son of Claude and Maribeth Smith and grandson of Dr. Ed Ford and the late Dorothy Ford.

  • It’s lights back on for many in Harrison County

    According to Blue Grass Energy Wednesday morning figures, 466 households were without electricity. Kentucky Utilities still had 50 customers awaiting restoration on Tuesday afternoon. However, those were expected to be back on by late Wednesday.

    Cliff Feltham, KU statewide media relations manager, said KU initially had about 1,500 customers in Cynthiana and Harrison County and 135,000 customers system-wide without power.

    He said 68 percent of those have been restored.

  • Whalen receives award honoring dedication to foster parenting

    When the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors presented the 2008 Good Neighbor Award, Gerry Whalen said she was surprised to learn she was the recipient.

    “I’m not one to talk,” Gerry said about her acceptance speech.

    While Gerry said the award was an honor, she said she couldn’t have done any of it without the support of her husband John.

    “John’s been right in there with me,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “He’s been a big support.”

  • Recovery proves costly for county government

    The final bills aren’t tallied, but it’s looking like the snow and ice storm of 2009 is going to be costly.

    Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett estimated totals as of Friday were nearing $25,000.

    Salt alone is costing about $8,775 for 150 tons. Another 200 tons were ordered Friday at $58.50 per ton.

    The county used 300 tons of rock at a cost of $3,535. Add to that another $550 for equipment costs, such as chainsaws used in tree and debris removal.

  • Love letters

    When Cynthiana native Rus Whalen takes the stage in Aeolian Hall Friday night, he’ll be combining many passions; Cynthiana, Rohs Opera House and community theater.

    “Theater has the power to bring a community together,” Whalen said Monday evening.

    A 2004 Harrison County High School graduate, Whalen recently graduated from Centre College where he double-majored in theater arts and economics. Living back in town, Whalen is currently employed at Kentucky Growers Insurance Company.

  • Firefighters save man sinking in Beaver Creek

    A trip to the mailbox for an Oddville man became a life-threatening endeavor last Wednesday afternoon.

    Operating a tractor, Robert Delano was traveling on Apple Lane toward his mailbox, when swift creek currents swept his tractor off the low-lying bridge and into Beaver Creek.

    With increased cell phone usage due to the snow/ice storm, Delano’s attempts to use his cell phone to call 911 failed. Delano dialed a friend in Mt. Olivet who was able to reach 911.

    Harrison County firefighter Doug Brooks responded.

  • Indictments issued for sex crimes

    Two Cynthiana men are back in the news following a Tuesday grand jury session.

    James Bandy, who was arrested last month on sex-related crimes, was indicted by the grand jury and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

    Bandy, 60, faces a nine-count indictment.