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  • Harrison County Middle School maroon team top readers

    The Harrison County Middle School seventh grade Maroon Reading Counts top readers for the first nine weeks include, front row, from left, Harry Smith, Erin Bradford, Samuel Levi, Ellie Ratcliffe, Courtney Brooks, Elijah Reffett, and Dominic Walker; back row, Spencer Covington, Jacob Markley, Trevor Dixon, Zeb Hopkins, Brooklyn Brinker, and Josh Pulliam.

  • Sosbe honored for 28 years with city

    The Cynthiana City Commission honored three individuals at Wednesday evening’s special meeting.

    After serving the city in several different roles totaling 28 years, Larry Sosbe was honored by Mayor Jim Brown and Commissioner Jimmy New.

    New said Sosbe had been instrumental in the building of Joe B. Hall Court (located near the old courthouse), the annual hanging of the Christmas decorations, and the development of the city’s landfill.

  • Gross named governor’s top for DUI busts

    Veteran Cynthiana police officer, Sgt. Wilbur Gross recently earned state recognition for the job he does locally.

    Gross was named the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Officer for 2008, an award he has received four times. He was first honored in 1998, which was the second year of the program. He also earned recognition in 2002 and 2007.

    Gross said of his 11 DUI arrests during 2008 that no one stood out more than the other.

  • 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.