Local News

  • County's test scores are up

    Test scores are in and the Harrison County school system is patting itself on the back.

    “It’s going to be a time of celebration for us,” said superintendent Andy Dotson Friday afternoon. “All of our schools are showing improvement.”

    As a district, Harrison County schools jumped five points to an overall score of 88, based on a 140 scale.

    Previously ranked 107th out of 175 school districts in the state, the jump now ranks Harrison County as 67.

  • Thorobred Marching Band Classic is this weekend

    The new Harrison County High School athletic complex will be the scene for the 2009 Thorobred Marching Band Classic this weekend.

    Eight bands will be competing for the hardware as well as judges’ rankings.

    Scheduled to compete are Ludlow, Nicholas County, Lexington Christian Academy, Williamstown, Henry County, Powell County, South Western High School and Dixie Heights.

    The competition begins at 2:30 p.m.

    Admission is $6 for adults, $4 students or $8 for premium chair-back seating.

  • Academic Briefs


    Kelsi Strawzell, a 2009 graduate of Harrison County High School, has been named a Sen. Jeff Green Scholar. Students earn this designation by achieving a 4.0 grade point average all four years of high school and scoring at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    The title honors the late state Sen. Jeff Green of Mayfield, who served in the Kentucky General Assembly from 1992 to 1997.

    As Sen. Jeff Green Scholars, these students are eligible for at least $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards.

  • HCHS Alumni Homecoming planned for Oct. 10

    Harrison County High School Alumni Association president Ben Clifford is hoping every HCHS grad will mark their calendars for the alumni events on Saturday, Oct. 10.

    The HCHS alumni banquet will begin at 5 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

    Tickets are $12.50 per person and are available at the town plaza branch Farmer’s National bank, the Christian Bookstore and the Harrison County Water Association office.

    Tickets may also be purchased at the door that night, when a heavy appetizer buffet will be provided.

  • 411 emergency service will “tip” police

    Concerned citizens now have a way to pass on anonymous tips to the Cynthiana Police Department.

    “Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to the police department by texting the word ‘859CPD’ and the tip information to ‘847411’ or ‘TIP411,’” Commissioner Amanda Moore said at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    Moore said the service, provided by Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County and E911, will also include the internet.

  • Body found at home on New Lair Road

    Law enforcement officials continue to investigate a death at a home at 1023 New Lair Road across from the former Blue Grass Energy grounds, which occurred Friday morning.

    “We do have a body up there,” said Kentucky State Police Det. Sgt. Jeremy Murrelll. “It is complicated.”

    A car fire on U.S. 27 in Bourbon County as well as an incident at the Bourbon County Jail are believed to be related to the investigation.

  • Cancer care close by

    It’s before 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning and George Boulden, 77, sits in a reclining chair at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

    He began his fourth chemotherapy treatment just hours ago.

    “When you hear the big words ‘cancer,’ know that you can do it and God will take care of you,” Boulden said.

    Boulden was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma earlier this year.

    “One Saturday night I found this big lump,” he said. “Monday morning, I went to my doctor and it went from there.”

  • School board approves tax hike

    During last Wednesday evening’s special board meeting, the Harrison County School Board voted unanimously to raise the real estate and personal property tax rate to gain 4 percent in its revenue.

    Finance director Julie Asher recommended the tax raise to board members, stating that decreased state funding and a slightly lower daily attendance rate will drop the school system’s  revenues by over $450,000.


    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more on this story.

  • Gifford sentenced to nine years on forgery charges

    Nine years in jail is the sentence handed to Shawn Gifford who was convicted on multiple charges Aug. 18 in Harrison Circuit Court.

    Gifford was charged with 18 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Sentencing for those charges was five years on Count 1 and four years on Count 2 to run consecutively. All other criminal possession of forged instrument counts were combined.

    He also received a five-year sentence for third degree burglary and a 12-month sentence for theft by unlawful taking. That sentence is also to run concurrent.

  • Webb in Bourbon County courtroom Wednesday

    Charges have yet to be filed in Harrison County against Bass Webb, 30, Harrison County Circuit Clerk Kathy Kearns said Monday morning.

    Webb allegedly confessed to police that he murdered Bryia Runiewicz, 31, at her home on New Lair Road on Friday, July 31.

    Webb was arraigned in Bourbon County Circuit Court last Wednesday, where he faces two charges of attempted murder after trying to run over two Bourbon County deputies.

    For more information, see this week’s edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.