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  • $225,000 ambulance subsidy gets county nod

    Obligation to the citizens of Cynthiana and Harrison County led to a 6 to 2 vote for reinstating the stipend to Brown’s Ambulance Service.
    During the Oct. 25 Harrison County Fiscal Court meeting ,members of the ambulance service, including director Cristy Smith and Richard Wherle, the conservator for ambulance owner Jim Brown, informed the court of the ambulance financial short falls.
    At the court’s request to see an itemized budget, Joni Douglas was brought to help answer questions regarding Brown Ambulance bookkeeping.

  • Leaf pick up begins Nov. 1

    It’s the time of year when the trees have begun shedding their leaves, dropping them for home owners to rake, blow or bag.
    The City of Cynthiana public works crew will begin its annual leaf pickup on Nov. 1.
    Commissioner Roger Slade is encouraging homeowners to rake their leaves to the back edge of the sidewalk.
    “Please, please, please do not rake or blow them into the gutter,” Slade said, explaining that the dried leaves create problems in the city’s storm drains.


    Hunting has been and continues to be a hobby that many Harrison County citizens enjoy doing in their spare time.
    There are many kinds of hunting that go on in the county from archery, muzzleloading, modern firearms and for some, metal detecting.
    David Kinney enjoys a form of hunting that most don’t think about for the area. Instead of hunting wild game, Kinney got great pleasure in unearthing Harrison County Civil War artifacts.

  • District’s rankings put Harrison County in the Top 30 in the state

    When Harrison County schools’ leadership looks at rankings for the last three years, they like what they see.
    “There’s been great strides,” said Superintendent Andy Dotson, who received the last rankings last week.
    As a school district, Harrison County has improved from 107th in 2008 to 52nd in 2011. These rankings are based on the Kentucky Core Contest Testing results.
    Each of Harrison County’s six public schools showed academic growth.

  • UK’s Davis Marksbury building dedicated

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2011) — The University of Kentucky’s Davis Marksbury building, part of the UK College of Engineering’s “Digital Village,” was formally dedicated today with a ribbon cutting ceremony and public tour of the building.
    Among those in attendance were College of Engineering Dean Tom Lester, UK President Eli Capilouto, lead donor Davis Marksbury, former UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr., Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, donors James Hardymon and James McDonald, and representatives from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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  • ‘Attitude is everything’

    Breast cancer used to be a taboo topic of discussion. No longer a hush-hush subject, more and more women are prepared to share their stories... with each other and with other “warriors.”
    Two Cynthiana women whose end results are mirrored had very different starts to their journey through breast cancer survival.
    Dana Doyle knew that one day she would face the disease that claimed the lives of her mother and grandmother.

  • Did you know?

    HCHS alumni banquet is Oct. 22
    Harrison County High School’s annual alumni banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the high school cafeteria. Tickets are $12.50 each and are available at Leono’s, Biancke’s and Farmers National Bank at Southside Plaza.
    There will be a special recognition of the 1961 10th Region basketball champs and Coach Jock Sutherland.

    Trick-or-treat is Oct. 31

  • Sold Griffith Woods house being demolished

    After years of serving as a historical site in Harrison County, the Nature Conservancy Kentucky Chapter announced the deconstruction and sale of the Griffith Woods property.
    According to Jim Aldridge, director of stream and wetland restoration, the once eye-capturing historical home had been reduced to an accident waiting to happen.

  • A mother’s wish for ‘decent’ shoes launches project for needy

    The longing of one Harrison County woman to own a “decent” pair of shoes  sparked the idea of a non-profit organization to be started in her memory.
     Some children wish for fame and fortune during their young ambitious, growing-up years, while others pray every night for a shinny red convertible that will make everyone accept them at school.
    The skinny guys wish for muscles so they fit in better on the football team, while the overweight girls wish to be thin so they can join the cheerleading squad.