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  • County pays $9,160 for election workers during May primary

    If payment for workers at the election polls were figured hourly, Harrison County  Clerk Linda Furnish said they would be making little more than $5 an hour.

    Furnish said she had to replace 23 workers prior to the primary election, some just hours before the polls opened.

    She said it is becoming more and more difficult to find the four poll workers required by law. Each precinct is obligated to have two representatives from the Republican and two from the Democratic parties.

  • Students qualify for national speech tournament

    Two Harrison County High School speech students will be representing their school in a national competition in May.

    Seniors Michelle Carson and Maggie Dycus qualified for the Grand National Tournament in Omaha, Neb., with their sixth place finish at the Kentucky Catholic Forensic League on March 6. Their finish was for duo interpretation.

    They followed that success with another sixth place finish last weekend at the Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) in improvisational duo, said coach Allen Ball. The state tournament was held at Western Kentucky University.

  • Fairfield will meet McKee in the fall

    In the race for 78th House District, Timothy Fairfield beat out Amanda Moore for the Republican bid for state representative.

    Fairfield will meet incumbent Tom McKee (D) on the November general election.

    Fairfield claimed 61.64 percent of the Republican votes. Cynthiana City Commissioner Moore bowed out with only 819 votes in the four county district.

    Locally, Fairfield claimed 515 votes to Moore’s 331.

    McKee had no Democratic opposition.

  • 3M employee dies after electric shock

    A Harrison County woman and 3M employee is dead following a “possible electric shock” at the plant on New Lair Road last Thursday afternoon.

    Tammy Landrum, 39, died Monday night at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

  • Berry girl drowns in Alexandria

    Kiana Desiree Jervis died doing something she loved.

    “She loved to swim,” said her mother, Kameko Jervis. “She was raised around water and loved it.”

    Jervis, a sixth grade student at Grant County Middle School, died swimming over the Memorial Day weekend in Alexandria.

    Jervis, 12, was swimming with other children in a private, above-ground pool at 9 p.m. on May 31 when someone noticed Jervis was floating facedown in the water.

    Police said the children thought she was playing. Witnesses pulled her out and began CPR.

  • Brunker appointed to school board

    The Harrison County School Board is now fully staffed.

    Mary June Brunker was sworn in Tuesday evening by Mayor Jack Keith at the board’s regular meeting.

    Brunker fills the second division seat (Eastside/Buena Vista/Sunrise) that had been vacant following Lucy Vanhook’s resignation in November.

    A former Harrison County teacher for 27 years, Brunker said she is excited to serve the community.

    “I will bring a different dynamic to the board,” Brunker said Monday afternoon.

  • County considers raises for next year’s budget

    Harrison County magistrates have given an unofficial nod to a 50-cent pay increase for county employees.

    District 8 magistrate Bradley Copes, who opposed last year’s pay increase request, said Tuesday that since the county was able to negotiate lower health insurance costs, the raises are more feasible.

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said the county will receive about an 18 percent savings by switching from Bluegrass Family Health to United Health Care.


    Cynthiana is on the search for this year’s new hometown idol.

    The third annual Cynthiana Idol kicked off at Rohs Opera House at the beginning of the month with 15 vocal contestants, including Caylin Mattox, Evan Clifford, Lauren Shepard, Ariel Thornberry, Savannah Burton, Justin Newcomb, Jessica Curtis, Angela Curtis, Justin Northcutt, Savannah Ecklar, Paige Adair, Brittany Campbell, Brooklin Wiggins, Bailey Wiggins and Aleesha Tapp.

    “The attendance has been great and all the contestants have performed extremely well,” said Rohs owner Roger Slade.

  • Magistrate calls for end to skate park delays

    Eighth district magistrate Bradley Copes wants to keep things rolling for a skate park.

    Initially, the court set a deadline of late April for a location to be found for members of SWAP (Skaters With a Purpose) to set up their equipment. However, the recent flood destroyed their equipment, which was being stored at River Road Park after they were forced to remove it from the park last year.

  • Second man indicted in Montgomery murder

    After Bass Webb was indicted last month for the murder of a Montgomery County woman, another man has been indicted in connection with the case.

    Jonathan French, 32, was indicted earlier this month in Montgomery County on a charge of tampering with physical evidence following the alleged murder of Sabrina Marie Vaughn.

    A cousin of Webb’s, French turned himself into authorities last Friday.

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