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  • Grand jury issues eight indictments at special session

    Drug and theft charges were addressed in eight indictments handed down by a Harrison County grand jury during a special session on Tuesday.

    Edward Durbin Jr., 52, was named in a three count indictment for trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone) first degree, first offense.

    The grand jury alleges that about a year ago, on April 17, April 21 and May 1, Durbin sold or transferred to another person the Schedule II narcotic known as Oxycodone.

    Durbin will be held on a $20,000 bond.

  • Oxycodone sales target of grand jury indictments

    Fourteen drug-related indictments and one forgery indictment were issued by the Harrison County grand jury Tuesday.

    Included in the indictments were:

    James Wesley Soard, 39, faces a two-count indictment. He is charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone)  and persistent felony offender. Soard’s offense occurred on Dec. 15, 2009, when he allegedly sold the Schedule II narcotic to another person.

    For more of the indictments, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Bluegrass PRIDE grant allows for native plants to welcome Cynthiana visitors

    Native Kentucky plants now welcome residents and visitors to downtown Cynthiana.

    Cynthiana and Harrison County were two of 10 cities/counties awarded the Celebrate Kentucky Plants grant, funded by Bluegrass PRIDE and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    The city’s $1,000 grant was used to install plantings in front of the Papa John’s parking lot and a garden along the opposite side of the street, near Curves.

    The plantings and garden were planted last weekend.

  • Judge passes Harney arraignment

    Arraignment proceedings for the Northside Elementary PTO officer accused of taking more than $10,000 from the organization’s coffers were passed on Tuesday.

    Stacy Harney, 41, was indicted by a Harrison County grand jury March 2 on theft and forgery charges following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

    The investigation began after Christmas break when school officials were notified of discrepancies in the booster fund.

  • Fillies basketball coach resigns

    After two years at the helm of the Harrison County Fillies basketball team, Coach Jason Crisp has resigned.

    Crisp, who resides in Lexington, cited the difficulty of the commute and being away from his family as his reason for resigning.

  • Volunteer of the Year: Ron Harris

    “Mr. Harris! Mr. Harris! I lost a tooth!” Southside Elementary student Kendra Fizette cried out as Ron Harris entered Leigh Ann Cockrell’s first grade classroom.

    It was a Friday morning and Harris had come to volunteer.

    “He helps us read,” another student Morgynne Lunsford said.

    “He’s nice,” Fizette said. “Mr. Harris is a great person.”

    After retiring from the Transportation Cabinet in Frankfort in 1998, Harris began a personal mission to stay busy, while serving the community.

  • Trading in the classroom chairs

    Things are bouncy in Jon Salyer’s fourth grade classroom at Eastside Elementary.

    Salyer has traded in his classroom chairs for large bouncy balls.

    “I was really excited,” fourth grader Braden Bryant said about the news of the ball chairs. “It makes sitting down at your desk fun and it helps you get in shape around your stomach.”

    Salyer said the balls have been a hit.

    “School can get boring,” Salyer said. “At least this way, they can get some energy out.”

  • Funeral will be Tuesday for HCHS senior killed in Friday wreck

    Harrison County High School students are grieving Monday morning, following the death of senior Brittany Cordray, 17.

    According to a press release issued by the Kentucky State Police, Cordray and three passengers were traveling from Bourbon County around 9:45 p.m. Friday, when the 2000 Ford Taurus Cordray was driving left the roadway and flipped, landing in a nearby pond.

    The three juvenile passengers were able to get out of the vehicle and pull Cordray from the partially submerged vehicle.

  • Union Baptist Church burglarized last week

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a break-in at Union Baptist Church.

    Deputy Nathan Olin responded to the church on Robinson Union Road Wednesday morning, after church member Michael K. Fisher reported a missing desktop computer and monitor, sound board and power amp.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Red Cross swim lessons begin June 21

    The American Red Cross will offer swim lessons once again this summer.

    Instructors screened swimmers on Wednesday, June 2 at the Cynthiana Country Club from 4 to 6 p.m. to help place participants in the right class level.

    They also had registration.

    Kellie Brunker, American Red Cross instructor and facilitator, said there are six different levels. The levels range from introduction to water skills to skill proficiency and personal water safety.

    There are not any lessons being offered for preschoolers.