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  • Top 10 stories of 2008: Voters make Nov. 4 an historic election

    1. When one reflects on 2008, likely the biggest story is one that extends beyond the borders of Harrison County and Kentucky.

    In an historic election on Nov. 4, voters elected the first African American president.

    Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain and will be inaugurated on Jan. 20 as the 44th president of the United States.

    On election night, Obama vowed “This is your victory,” to the American public after garnering 52 percent of the votes.

  • Arson cause of Boyd fires

    Family, friends and neighbors are working to clean up  what is left after an arson fire destroyed a Boyd home Saturday night.

    Kentucky State Police investigators have concluded the fire was set first in a barn on the property, and then on the back corner of a rental house next to the Bell home.

    “You can’t stop an arsonist,” said Charles Bell, son of the home owner.

  • Making ends meet

    Editor’s note: The identity of the subject has not been revealed in order to protect the privacy of the individuals mentioned in the story.

    For many families in Harrison County, Christmas wasn’t quite the same as in years past.

    “Christmas is kind of skimpy this year,” said Jane Doe, in her living room one Monday morning. “This year I just wanted to give the kids a good Christmas since their dad was gone.”

    John Doe is currently serving in Afghanistan. He has been gone a year and won’t return home until March.

  • Newcomb and Setters earn academic honors at Lindsey Wilson College

    Two Harrison County residents have earned academic honors from Lindsey Wilson College for the 2008 fall semester.

    Named to the Dean’s List are: Robert Newcomb, a human services and counseling senior from Cynthiana; and Tami Setters, a human services and counseling senior from Cynthiana.

    Students named to the Dean’s List have a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale in 12 hours of academic credit.

     

  • Two charged with sex offenses

    Two Harrison County men, who were arrested Friday afternoon and charged with sex-related crimes, entered not guilty pleas in Harrison District Court on Monday.

    About 3 p.m., Friday, Kentucky State Police Det. Nathan Moore arrested James Bandy, 60, charging him with numerous felony sex offenses, some of which allege the victim was less than 12 years old.

    Det. Moore was investigating several sexual assault allegations that had been made against Bandy, who has been listed on the Kentucky State Police’s sex offender registry since 1996 for rape.

  • Mayor better: Brown has stroke on Christmas Eve

    Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown, 78, had a stroke on Christmas Eve and is recuperating at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

    According to Jack Keith, mayor pro-tem, Brown was at his home on Grandview Drive at the time of the stroke. He was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital, then flown to UK. It’s suspected that he experienced a second stroke while in the helicopter.

    Keith said that even though Brown is in a regular room, the hospital staff has asked that he have no visitors at this time. His wife Kay is with  him at the hospital.

  • EMT’s stolen truck found at A. Keller

    Two Nicholas County men are under arrest after a series  of alleged unlawful activities early Saturday morning.

    Paul Douglas Jolly, 46, and Doug Hunt, 32, remain in the Montgomery County Detention Center on charges of theft by unlawful taking of a vehicle. The stolen vehicle was dumped into the Licking River in Harrison County at A. Keller.

    Jolly and Hunt were in close proximity of the Nicholas County Fire Department around 3:30 a.m. when firefighters were called to a house fire in the county.

  • College to help those looking for new careers

    With an economy in recession, an emergency response team for career survival at Maysville Community-Technical College is ready to help, said director Bruce Florence.

    With companies and factories tightening financial belts and possibly laying off workers, Florence said MCTC-LVC will be a helping hand.

    “Right now we have to address the fact that there are people in our community that are going to face being laid off,” said Florence.

    “We want to be there to guide them through this,” said MCTC-LVC public relations specialist Sandy Power.

  • Rumpke holiday collection schedule

    Rumpke waste removal and recycling services will not run on Christmas Day (Thursday, Dec. 25) or New Year’s Day (Thursday, Jan. 1). Collection will be delayed one day during the weeks of the holidays.

    Christmas: Rumpke will provide services as scheduled on Wednesday, Dec. 24, there will be no collection on Thursday, Dec. 25. Customers with regularly scheduled Thursday pickup should place their trash at the curb for Friday pickup. Regularly scheduled Friday pickup will have their trash collected Saturday.

  • Commission deadlocks on acting-mayor selection

    Cynthiana City Commissioners were unable to agree on a selection of mayor pro tem at a Monday special meeting. Current Mayor Pro Tem Jack Keith and returning commissioner Jimmy New deadlocked with incoming commissioners Amanda Moore and Mark Mattmiller on the selection. The commission was acting in the absence of Mayor Jim Brown, who is recovering from a Christmas Eve stroke. Details of this story in Thursday's Cynthiana Democrat.