Local News

  • Immigrant indicted for illegal re-entry into Harrison County

    Eusebio Torres-Torres, aka Porfrrio Torres-Mendez, 34, of Mexico, was indicted Thursday, May 6, for illegal re-entry by a previously deported alien, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

    The indictment alleges that Torres-Torres, an alien who had previously been deported on Oct. 7,2004, unlawfully entered the United States at Harrison County, Ky.


    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more on ths story.

  • Hampton, Turner reclaim offices; Taylor first woman elected magistrate

    Incumbent sheriff Bruce Hampton, by all indications, will be back in office for his sixth four-year term.

    Hampton led the primary election by a narrow 108 vote margin over opponent Shain Stephens. Hampton claimed 1,795 votes to Stephens’ 1,687. Former Kentucky State Trooper Roger Fuller garnered 323 votes.

    “I want to thank everyone for their support,” Hampton said Wednesday morning.

    Hampton led 11 of the 18 precincts with Stephens leading the remaining seven.

  • Dycus decided early to trade law books for lesson planners

    It was at law school where Rick Dycus decided he wanted to be a teacher.

    After a year and a half of law classes, Dycus said he asked himself one question.

    “Why am I doing this?”

    His future as a lawyer ended right then and there and his career as an educator began.

    “I took all my books and went down to the dean’s office and I dropped all my classes,” he said. “That was probably one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.”

    Sitting in his Eastside Elementary principal’s office, he smiled.

  • Three arrests, two warrants for drug charges

    Three Harrison County individuals are behind bars and two are wanted for drug charges following an investigation by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police.

    Det. Paul Olin said three individuals were arrested last Thursday for illegal prescription drug activity.

    Edward Durbin Jr., 52, was arrested on three counts of first degree trafficking a controlled substance.

    He is being held at Grant County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash bond.

  • Ashbrook signs with White Sox

    J.D. Ashbrook signed Monday morning to play baseball for the Bristol White Sox, an advanced rookie league team.

    Ashbrook, a 2006 graduate of Harrison County High School, will report to Bristol, Va., Wednesday for a four-day camp.

    The season begins June 22.

    Ashbrook batted .432 for Morehead State University where he was named to the first team all OVC. He also had 18 home runs and 14 stolen bases.

    He is the son of Greg and Amy Ashbrook.

    For a complete story, see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Sheriff's candidate calls for recount

    A recount of votes in the Harrison County Sheriff’s race has been requested by Shain Stephens.

    One-hundred-eight votes separated Stephens from incumbent Bruce Hampton’s 1,795 tally.

    According to Harrison County Clerk Linda Furnish, Stephens filed his written request on Monday morning.

    The recanvassing will involve going back through the machine totals as well as hand counting the absentee votes on Thursday at 9 a.m.

    The deadline to file for a recanvassing is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

  • Montgomery case awaiting DNA with possible link to Webb

    Officials in Montgomery County are awaiting DNA results on remains found in Powell County, which they believe may be Sabrina Vaughn, who has been missing since Dec. 19, 2003. Sheriff Fred Shortridge said that once the DNA results are complete, he anticipates charges being filed against Bass Webb.

    Webb faces murder charges in Harrison County as well as attempted murder charges in Bourbon County.

    Shortridge said Webb and Vaughn were dating in 2003.

  • Treasured children’s book gets new life

    “The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher” is now available to all children, young and old... thanks to two local individuals and the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.

    Ray Sanders and Jill Morgan of Purple House Press have been republishing old children’s books for 12 years.

    “The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher” was one old children’s book that customers had been requesting for years.

  • Two-week campaign stresses seat belt usage

    If you’re not going to “click it,” be prepared to get an autographed piece of paper from a member of the Cynthiana Police Department.

    The Click It or Ticket seat belt awareness campaign got underway Monday and will continue through Sunday, June 6.

    According to Sgt. Wilbur Gross, coordinator for Cynthiana’s campaign, 12 citations were written on Monday for traffic violations, six of which were failure to wear seat belts. The traffic stops also yielded citations for speeding, failure to produce insurance card and no operator’s license.

  • Signs can stay for now

    It’s a sign free-for-all for the primary election.

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission voted Monday to table any decision regarding political signs until its next meeting, which will be May 17, one day before the primary election.

    In making his motion to table the action, board member David Kramer said he wanted a Constitutional expert to advise the board on its restrictions as written in an ordinance.

    There are two issues at the heart of the political sign debate.