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  • Gross changes plea in Hillside arson

    Formal sentencing for Marcus Gross will be held Sept. 16 in Harrison Circuit Court.

    Gross was charged and later indicted on charges of arson, criminal mischief, burglary and wanton endangerment. He initially entered not guilty pleas to the charges. However, in court last week, Gross changed his plea to guilty on an amended arson charge and the remaining three charges.

  • Burglars get 10-year sentences

    Two men who burglarized a number of homes in the Old Lair Road area earlier this year have been sentenced to 10 years each.

    Thomas D. Perysian and Jeremy Puckett were sentenced last week on multiple charges related to the burglaries.

    Charges against Persyian included second degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $300, first degree burglary, first degree criminal mischief and theft of controlled substance.

    Puckett's charges also included complicity to commit burglary and complicity to commit theft by unlawful taking.

  • Country church adjusting for change

    Embracing change while holding fast to doctrine might seem an impossible feat. However, that's exactly what has occurred at a little country church in the western edge of the county.

    Leesburg Christian Church has rested in the quaint little community well over 100 years. It's numbers have gone through the ebb and flow of many church congregations.

    Sammy Harris, who has been leading services at Leesburg for the last six years, said Leesburg was like every other church in that its growth went through cycles.

  • Soldier's daughter sees that medals awarded

    For three years, one month and 19 days, James Johnson was away from his home and his family, fighting in World War II.

    James came back, never receiving the medals he had earned for his sacrifice.

    Originally from Pike County, James moved to Harrison County where he owned and operated the Claysville Store for 33 years while raising a family.

    He retired in 1992 and on May 19, 1996, at age 73, he died, still never receiving his medals.

    On Tuesday, Aug. 12, those medals came home and were given to James daughter Donna.

  • 37-year grocery manager will retire Friday

    John Faulconer bagged his first groceries when he was 15 years old. He worked for Lee Sparks in his Kentucky Food Market at the corner of Main and Pike streets where the new Chamber office is today.

    Now, thousands of bags of groceries later, Faulconer is retiring.

    All totaled, Faulconer spent 37 years in the grocery business, with a few hitches in between.

    Faulconer graduated from Harrison County High School in 1965 and went to Eastern Kentucky University for about a year and half before being drafted into the Army.

  • Making the grade: District meets 12 of 13 NCLB goals

    Better than two-thirds of Harrison County's students are proficient readers.

    According to the recently released No Child Left Behind scores, the local school district's reading goal was 53.04 percent. However, students exceeded that goal with a 64.4 percent proficiency level based on CATS results.

    David Case, Harrison County district assessment coordinator, said students also exceeded the math goal. As a district, Harrison County needed 39.68 percent. There were 58.09 percent of its students scoring at the proficient.

  • Farmers National robbed again; escapee caught, charged

    An ever-growing plethora of charges are coming down the line for accused bank robber Jeffrey Pratt.

    Pratt, 30, was caught Monday afternoon at Everybody's Auto Sales on New Circle Road in Lexington, after being on the run for nearly a month.

    He escaped from custody in Robertson County on July 21 while being taken to court. He was there to be arraigned for theft by unlawful taking in connection to the robbery of the Integra Bank in Mt. Olivet.

  • Rohs to be a Jungle starting tomorrow

    Atop a boulder, Ethan Rognstad holds his fist high.

    Hear me, people of the jungle, he shouts. A hush falls over the area. We are of one blood, you and I.

    The ROHS Acting Troupes Junior Rohsians will present The Jungle Book at Rohs Opera House this weekend.

    Rognstad, who will turn 12 years old on opening night, portrays Mowgli. He is a jungle boy who wandered away from the village when he was too young to know where he was going, Ethan explained. He was taken in and cared for by wolves, and he doesnt know his human family.

  • Khloe's battle: Newborn fights for her life against cancer

    When the doctor announced to Erik and Ella Fryman that they had a "beautiful, healthy baby girl," they were half right.

    Khloe Fryman is no doubt beautiful. She is 10 pounds and two ounces of grab-your-heart gorgeous. She can turn on a smile that exudes through her eyes one minute, and the next instant, she can pucker up with a quivering lip to let her momma know she needs to do something to make her smile again.

    However, Khloe is not "healthy."

  • 28 years working + four robberies equals retirement for Philpot

    After 28 years in the banking industry and being a victim of four robberies, Christine Philpot was ready to retire.

    She had looked down the barrel of a Saturday Night Special, been shut inside the bank's vault, told if she pushed a button it would be her last, and with the last robbery told, "I'm sorry I made a bad day for you ladies," after he had helped himself to the contents of the cash drawer.

    Yes, Philpot said, it was time to retire. On May 9, she did just that.

    "I loved my job," she said.