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  • Elementary principals present students' progress to board

    Eastside and Westside Elementary principals presented their annual site-base decision-making council updates to the Harrison County school board at Friday evening’s meeting.

    “It’s not perfect news yet,” said Eastside Elementary principal Richard Dycus.

    Using CATS testing scores from previous years, along with other test results, Dycus and Westside Elementary principal Jon Hoskins were able to present estimated  students’ scores for  the upcoming CATS tests.

  • Mayor Brown airlifted to UK after stroke

    Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown had a stroke on Christmas Eve and is recuperating at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

    According to Jack Keith, mayor pro-tem, Brown was at home at the time of the stroke and was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital, then flown to UK. He said hospital staff has asked that he have no visitors at this time.

    Keith will serve as mayor in Brown’s absence at least until Dec. 31. The new commission, of which Keith is a part, will take over Jan. 1.

  • Winter weather causes numerous wrecks Wednesday afternoon

    Freezing rain and icy roads proved to be treacherous for Harrison County drivers Wednesday afternoon.

    Harrison County deputy Chris Shields said the sheriff’s department responded to eight separate accidents between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

    Another three vehicle collisions in the county occurred later that evening and night, Shields said.

    Shields said five of the incidents happened on bridges throughout the county.

  • Two Cynthiana men arrested on sex charges Friday

    Two Harrison County men were arrested Friday afternoon and charged with sex-related crimes.

    About 3 p.m., Kentucky State Police Det. Nathan Moore arrested James Bandy, 60, charging him with numerous felony sex offenses including rape, sodomy and incest, some of which allege the victim was less than 12 years old.

    Det. Moore was investigating several sexual assault allegations that had been made against Bandy.

    Police also arrested William R. Shelton, 30, and charged him with first degree sodomy.

  • Food Pantry makes holiday meal possible for all

    Local volunteers gathered Thursday morning to make Christmas a little brighter for others.

    With the First Church of God filled with boxes and food, volunteers packed the Food Pantry’s holiday boxes for those in need of food this holiday season.

    “Our numbers have doubled these past couple of months,” said Food Pantry chairman, Margaret Watson.

    Watson said she didn’t believe the increase was due to the holiday season, but instead from the economy crunch.

  • Lemons' family honored at fiscal court meeting

    The family of the late Stanley Lemons, magistrate of District 1 in Harrison County, received a plaque from Judge Alex Barnett during the Dec. 9 court meeting. Lemons’ daughter, Debbie Lemons Palmer, front center, has been appointed to fill the remaining term of her father. The center of the plaque is Stanley Lemons’ name plate that appeared before him during court proceedings.

  • Christmas deLIGHTS

    The Christmas spirit isn’t scarce on Elmarch Avenue.

    For decades, Cynthiana and Harrison County residents have come to 102 S. Elmarch and 102 N. Elmarch to admire the abundance of Christmas lights and decorations.

    “I thought we was gonna have to get a cop,” said Charlie Carson about the traffic from onlookers.

    “They start asking us in October, ‘When you gonna put up your Christmas lights?’” said Charlie’s wife Peggy.

  • Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter's pet adoption list

    Pet Adoption List

    The following pets are available for adoption at the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter. Female dogs, $75; male dogs, $65; female cats, $58; male cats, $43. Call 234-7138 or 234-1492 for more information.

    FOSTER CARE - DOGS

    Boyfriend - Male, Border Collie/Chow

    Reese - Male, Pit

    Nugget - Female, Boxer/Pit

    Cooper - Male, Setter

    Lil’ Bit - Female, Pom., black

    Macy - Female, Beagle mix

    FOSTER CARE - CATS

    Paisley - Calico

    Sandy - Male, buff

  • Driver admits guilt in get-away

    Another of the individuals accused for his alleged role in one of six area bank robberies, has entered a guilty plea to his charges.

    Miguel David Ayala, 30, Cynthiana, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Lexington on Dec. 10 to aiding and abetting bank robbery.

    According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Lexington, Ayala admitted that on March 19, he drove Jeffrey Allen Pratt to Mt. Olivet to rob the Integra Bank. He told authorities he waited while Pratt robbed the bank and drove him from the robbery.

  • Rachel's Challenge promotes kindness

    Ethan Prows, a senior at Harrison County High School, signed the ‘Rachel’s Challenge’ banner at the high school Wednesday afternoon. The program, funded by the Youth Services Center, the Positive Behavior Support Committee at HCHS, and the Central Kentucky Special Education Cooperative, promoted kindness and compassion. Designed around the writings and ideas of Rachel Scott, the first student shot in the Columbine high school shootings, the program urged individuals to start a “chain reaction” of simple acts of kindness.