Local News

  • City preps for flood

    “The water towers all full,” Todd Blanton, superintendent of Cynthiana’s water treatment plant told city commissioners Tuesday night.
    He said that if flood waters break through the berm, which is estimated to hold up to a river level of 23 feet, the water plant will shut down.
    The National Weather Service was expecting the South Fork of the Licking River to crest at 22.5 feet by 9 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Flood warning issued for Cynthiana

    As of 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the waters are showing a slight drop. The National Weather Service recorded a depth of 21.75 feet at 6 a.m. By 6:15 a.m. it had dropped to 21.73 and at 21.69 by 6:30 a.m.


    A shelter is being opened at Cynthiana Christian Church at 6 p.m. for any residents who are having to evacuate their homes due to rising water. Those who are going to the shelter are encouraged to bring their own blankets and pillows.

    Waterworks Road between South States and Safety Way was closed due to high water at 3:30 p.m.


  • Tornado watch in effect until 6 p.m. Monday

    A tornado watch has been issued for Harrison County and much of Kentucky until 6 p.m. tonight.
    Michael Palmer, Harrison County EMA director,  made the announcement just before noon with information from the National Weather Service, Louisville.
    Eastern Kentucky was added to the tornado watch area.
    A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable that a tornado could be produced from the storm.
    A warning means that a tornado has been spotted and residents should take cover immediately.

  • Possible scam targeting residents, says sheriff

    Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton is advising residents to be cautious of a possible scam that has surfaced locally.
    He said that residents are being approached at their homes by individuals posing as insurance representatives. These individuals are asking to take photographs and measure homes under the guise of updating records.
    “Check people out before you give them any information,” Hampton said, noting that the residents who have so far been targeted do not even have insurance with the supposed carrier.

  • Webb competent to stand trial

    Accused murderer Bass Webb will stand trial for the murder of Bryia Runiewicz. Webb was in Harrison Circuit Court  Thursday for a hearing that would declare him competent to stand trial.
    Dr. Amy Trivette, who was responsible for the competency examinations of Webb at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center, was called as a witness via telephone.
    Commonwealth attorney, Doug Miller asked a series of questions in regards to Webb’s mental state and if he had displayed any sign of psychosis or mental barriers that may impair his judgment.


    Two individuals who were wounded during two gunfire exchanges Tuesday night are listed in critical, but stable condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
    Cynthiana Police Sgt. Wilbur Gross and Constable Jeffrey Hunter were involved in exchanges with the same suspect, however, neither was struck.
    According to David Jones Kentucky State Police public information officer, just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, Cynthiana dispatch received its first call regarding a shooting on West Mill Street.

  • Community Choir concert is April 17

    Join The Licking Valley Singers Community Choir for “Music and Memories” on Sunday, April 17, 2:30 p.m. at the Cynthiana Baptist Church.212 Pleasant St.  
    The Mt. Sterling Singers will be joining the performance as special guests.
    Tickets are $7 general and $5 student, available at MCTC/LVC, Teaberry Gifts, and at the door the day of the concert.

  • Artists, businesses needed for Art Walk

    Imagine a summer evening in downtown Cynthiana….adults and families alike mingling as they stroll from store to store, live outdoor music drifting up the street, interactive exhibits, hands-on art events and artwork by local and regional artists displayed throughout the storefronts…..
    The Cynthiana Arts Council is accepting applications for artists and businesses to participate in the 2011 Cynthiana Art Walk. This year’s event will be held on Main, Pike and Walnut streets on Friday, July 29, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, July 30, from 10-2 p.m.  

  • April Sadness games set

    The annual April Sadness basketball tournament between City of Cynthiana departments will begin Tuesday, April 19, at City Hall at 7 p.m. The first game will feature the police department and fire departments. On April 21, public utilities and works will square off. The consolation game will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 28 followed by the championship at 7:30 p.m.

  • Bridge construction

    Construction work is continuing on the new viaduct on U.S. 27 North over CSX railroad while the old bridge (right) is being dismantled. The new bridge opened in December. However, traffic stopped using the old viaduct last fall when all traffic was diverted to Church Street. North Church Street is now closed while a new culvert is being constructed. Church Street will tie back in to U.S. 27 North when the project is complete, which is slated for this summer.