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  • Mr. President: "We have chosen hope over fear"

    During the 54th inaugural ceremony, the 44th man raised his right hand in oath to the United States of America.

    As he addressed the public, President Barack Obama never wavered in his hope for a brighter future.

    “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. There will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America -- They will be met,” he said. “On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”

  • Harrison County couple is dead after possible carbon monoxide poisoning

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

    A generator was found in the home 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 victims dead.

  • School dismissing at 12:30 p.m. today

    Harrison County schools will be dismissing at 12:30 p.m. today (Monday).

  • Classes resume with one-hour delay on Tuesday

    Harrison County missed its fifth straight day of classes on Monday following the paralyzing snow/ice storm that blanketed much of the state.

    However, it appears that classes will resume on Tuesday on a one-hour delay.

    Superintendent Andy Dotson said Monday morning that  two key elements had to be considered. There are still numerous homes without power and the condition of bus turn-around areas were in question.

    Dotson said it may be better in some cases to have classes to get children out of homes that don’t have electricity.

  • Public hearing set for U.S. 27 North bulk food store proposal

    A public hearing will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, to determine if an Amish bulk food store should be allowed on U.S. 27 North at Carr Road.

    Allen Yoder made a request to the Planning and Zoning Commission. However, the commission deadlocked on the issue.

    The fiscal court is now charged with deciding the future of Yoder’s plans.

    County Attorney Bill Kuster said the court will receive public comment at the hearing.

    In other business, the court:

  • Couple shares yoga with others

    “Inhale and reach... exhale... arms down.”

    When Mark and Donna Sims began practicing yoga three years ago, they knew they had come upon something that would change their lives.

    “The full benefits of yoga practice are numerous,” Mark said. “Increased energy, strength, and flexibility and improved focus constitute the primary benefits. Daily practice can also lead to noticeable physical changes including improved stamina and weight loss.”

  • 101 birthday wishes

    “Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday to you... Happy birthday dear Katie... Happy birthday to you...”

    Cedar Ridge residents, staff and guests sang to Katie Wilson Friday afternoon in celebration of her 101st birthday on Saturday.

    “Thank you, honey,” Katie said to the worker that presented her with a cake. “It’s just beautiful.”

    Maria Kuster, Cedar Ridge director of resident programs and activities, said at 101 years old, Katie was an inspiration to everyone at the facility.

  • January named School Board Member Recognition Month

    Harrison County Judge Executive Alex Barnett, left, signed a proclamation Friday afternoon declaring January as School Board Member Appreciation month. Barnett is pictured with school board chairman Ed Taylor.

  • Hospital gets golden nod on accreditation

    After a week-long on-site survey by its accreditation program, Harrison Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

    HMH Chief Executive Officer Sheila Currans said the commission’s survey results helped validate the success and high standards of the regional hospital.

    “We try to live by these standards,” Currans said about the regulations placed on the hospital by The Joint Commission, which has accredited HMH since 1973.

  • Southside Elementary Honor Roll

    Southside Elementary School

    The Southside Elementary Honor Roll for the second nine weeks includes:

    Fourth Grade