Local News

  • 21 homeless after Wednesday fire

    An early Wednesday morning fire has left 21 people homeless.

    Just after 5 a.m., Cynthiana 911 received a call from inside the home that the house at 107 Locust St. was on fire.

    Assistant Chief Charles Carson said he immediately sounded the second alarm for all off-duty firefighters when he saw the fire. He said from the front all that was visible was the smoke. However, when he went to the back of the home, he could see the fire.

    “I knew it was more than five of us could handle,” he said.

  • Feds indict 5 in bank robberies

    Five individuals from Cynthiana have been indicted by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court on federal bank robbery charges.

    The four men and one woman are facing charges relative to six bank robberies, four of which were in Harrison County, with a total cache of $36,000, according to a Tuesday press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Kentucky in Lexington.

  • Keeping her ducks in a row

    Sitting quietly on U.S. 62 West is a collection which has caught the eye of the foremost agency for record holding.

    Mary Mae Brooks was recently named to the Guinness Book of World Records™ for her astounding collection of Donald Duck-related paraphernalia.

    She’s been collecting the Donald Duck items for about 30 years, mostly because of her daughter Teresa’s love for the character.

  • Prescription drugs dominate third summit meeting

    Kentucky’s prescription drug tracking system was center stage at the third drug summit, sponsored by Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County last Tuesday, Sept. 30.

    Dave Hopkins, project manager for the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system (KASPER), spoke to the crowd about the program and about the state’s prescription drug issues in general.

  • Judge issues burn ban for Harrison County

    Harrison County residents are being told not to burn anything until the current weather patterns make a consistent change.

    On Monday, Judge-Executive Alex Barnett issued a total burn ban for the county, which exceeds the normal seasonal ban issued by the state.

    “The volunteer fire department has been making lots of runs on grass fires,” Barnett said.

    The ban covers all types of open burning county-wide. This expands the statewide regulation which prohibits burning within 150 feet of wooded areas between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • Book fair returns to HCHS library

    The new librarian at Harrison County High School is bringing back something which has been gone for some time - a book fair.

    From Oct. 27 through 31, the library will be host to a Scholastic book fair and will have special events and expanded hours to go along.

    On Monday, HCHS is having parent-teacher conferences. Librarian Stacy Cawley used that opportunity to expand library hours from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

    That way, she said, “Parents have a chance to get in.”

  • City considers hiring more officers

    The Cynthiana Police Department may soon be four men stronger in its 16-member force.

    At a special meeting on Tuesday, commissioners voted to hire two police officer recruits after a lengthy discussion.

    Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown wanted to hold off hiring the recruits citing the city would be better served if it could get two certified officers.

    The recruits must complete a 16-week academy in Richmond before being road-ready.

    Brown indicated that there may be certified officers interested in the positions from a neighboring department.

  • Morgan’s Raid subject of library special

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library and the Harrison County Historical Society have a special treat for the community.

    Next Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., Civil War author Lester Horowitz will be a guest speaker at the library. The event will also serve as the society’s monthly meeting.

    Horowitz will speak on Morgan’s Raid, which he detailed in his book, The Longest Raid of The Civil War: The Raid of General John Hunt Morgan, which was nominated for the Pulitzer in History.

  • Magistrate Stanley Lemons dies at age 87

    Stanley Taylor Lemons, the county magistrate for District 1, died at his home Sunday evening.

    He was 87.

    “He was a real stand-up leader for the county,” Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said Monday afternoon. “He was kind of quiet, but firm - he knew what he wanted.”

    While it’s hard to determine whether Lemons was the longest serving magistrate ever in the county, at just under 24 years of service, he was certainly the longest in recent history.

    He was elected to his post in 1984.

  • Trial set for pair accused of robbing Berry bank

    Trial dates have been set for two Harrison Countians charged in connection with robbing the Berry Branch of Farmers National Bank four years ago.

    James Brandenburg, 39, was indicted last month on a charge of first degree robbery, and Roxanna Crump was indicted for first degree complicity to commit robbery.

    The bank was robbed at gunpoint on July 15, 2004.

    They will go to trial in Harrison Circuit Court on Nov. 20 and 21. Pretrial conferences are set for Nov. 4.