Local News

  • Journey Medical Mission sees 14 on opening night of free clinic

    The doors of Journey Medical Mission opened for the first time last Thursday evening and when those same doors closed later that evening, 14 Harrison County residents had received  free medical treatment.

    “It was absolutely wonderful,” said clinic coordinator Jane Whitehead about the clinic’s first night. “Everyone was so grateful...”

    Whitehead said the evening was booked with appointments before the clinic even officially opened.

  • Four wrecks, 17 injured in weekend mishaps

    Rainy weather proved to be dangerous for Harrison County travelers this weekend.

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to four wrecks over the course of three days, with 17 individuals being transported to hospitals.

    For a complete list of those wrecks, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • PTO officer’s three-year sentence diverted

    The Northside Elementary School PTO officer who was previously charged with the theft of $10,000 from the organization’s funds, entered an Alford guilty plea to the 10 felony charges against her.

    Stacy Harney, 41, was indicted in March and charged with felony theft by unlawful taking and nine counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

  • Indiana couple injured in U.S. 27 North accident

    An Indiana woman is in fair condition at UK Chandler Hospital following a Thursday afternoon wreck in northern Harrison County.

    Nancy Hall, 70, was a passenger in the antique Austin Healy car driven by her husband, Thomas Hall, 72, when the vehicle left the roadway and flipped on the side of US 27 North.

    Sheriff’s deputy Nathan Olin said the couple was among several classic cars traveling in a line southbound on their way to a car show in Lebanon, Ky., when the vehicle in front of the Halls slowed down for a funeral procession coming northbound.

  • Second indictment comes from Montgomery woman's disappearance

    After Bass Webb was indicted last month for the murder of a Montgomery County woman, another man has been indicted in connection with the case.

    Jonathan French, 32, was indicted earlier this month in Montgomery County on a charge of tampering with physical evidence following the alleged murder of Sabrina Marie Vaughn.

    Vaughn was last seen in December 2003.

    Montgomery County police believe Vaughn was strangled by Webb, Vaughn’s former boyfriend.

  • Advertising staff earns state awards

    The advertising staff at The Cynthiana Democrat/Harrison Shopper won numerous awards as part of the 2010 Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers.

    The Harrison Shopper staff won the award for the best weekly total market coverage product.

    The staff also won second place in general excellence in the weekly class three division, which is for the largest weekly newspapers. The advertising staff has finished first, second or third in general excellence in nine of the last 12 years.

  • Commision moves ahead with plans for skate park grant

    The City of Cynthiana Board of Commissioners passed three resolutions and two authorizations at its meeting Tuesday night.

    The first was a joint resolution to apply for ADF funds to cover the costs of the proposed skate park. This resolution enables Judge-Executive Alex Barnett to sign papers regarding all documents relating to the project. The resolution was unanimously approved.

    For more from the city commission meeting, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Controlled burns gone awry claim acreage

    Grass fires kept county firefighters busy over the weekend.

    According to Chief Charlie Carson, volunteer firefighters responded to three grass/brush fires on Friday and two on Saturday.

    “It was long days for a lot of us,” Carson said, adding that the fire locations were spread across the county.

    Carson said firefighters first responded to a grass fire off Crooked Creek Road on Friday afternoon.

    “The call came in about 2 p.m.,” said Wagner Perrin, who acted as incident commander at the scene.

  • City, county give nod to skateboard park at FRVP

    Skateboarders are on their way to having a skateboard park.

    “This is a great plan,” SWAP (Skaters With a Purpose) sponsor Mark Sims told commissioners at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    The plan will include a concrete skating area to be built at Flat Run Veterans Park, between the Handy House barns and the high school soccer field.

    “This location will isolate them, but won’t segregate them,” Sims told magistrates at Tuesday evening’s fiscal court meeting.

  • Cutting tobacco: Farmers feel the crunch

    On their family farm off Mt. Vernon Road, brothers Jerry Prows and Steven Prows are preparing for this year’s tobacco crop.

    Tobacco farmers in Harrison County for over 25 years, the Prows brothers know this year will be different.

    Their tobacco crop will only be half.

    There will be no contract.

    And, there will be no guarantees.

    The family found out two weeks ago that its contract with Universal Leaf Tobacco Company has been cut.