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    Davender a no-show for court

    The former University of Kentucky basketball player who has been charged with selling tickets to basketball games that he did not have, was not in court Tuesday as scheduled.

    According to Commonwealth Attorney Doug Miller, the warrant for the arrest of Edward Davender has not been served.

    “That’s not unusual,” Miller said, noting that the indictment was just filed earlier this month. “When he’s served, he’ll be brought before the court.”

  • At the PEAK of technology performance...

    Harrison County teachers are teaching... and blogging.

    On Friday, delegates from the Kentucky School Boards Association recognized the impact of the teachers’ blogs and presented the Harrison County school district with the 30th PEAK award.

    “It’s truly an honor for our district to receive the PEAK award,” said Assistant Superintendent DeeGee Fischer, adding that the award is the highest honor given by KSBA.

  • Weather system installed in Robinson

    Harrison County weather information can now be found at the click of a mouse.

    The Kentucky Mesonet recently installed an automated weather and climate monitoring system in Robinson.

    “For a weather bug, this thing is fabulous,” said Harrison County Extension Agent Gary Carter.

    By visiting the Kentucky Mesonet website at www.kymesonet.org, viewers can see the temperature, precipitation, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction for all Mesonet stations, including Harrison County.

  • Selin serves on WAVE of WWII

    Betty Poindexter Selin was 22 years old when she left Cynthiana to join the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).

    It was 1944 and America was fighting in the most widespread war in history - World War II.

    Selin and her friend Winnie Midden went to Biancke’s restaurant to meet with a recruiter for the women’s Navy program that had been established only two years earlier.

    “We just decided we wanted to join the WAVES,” Selin said.

    She and Midden left for New York on June 14 that same year.

  • Webb to undergo competency evaluation

    Accused murderer Bass Webb was in Harrison Circuit Court Tuesday for a pretrial hearing.

    Webb, who was escorted into court in chains, was ordered to submit to a competency evaluation.

    Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Michael Laws told Judge Robert McGinnis that Webb’s murder charge in Harrison County parallels a Bourbon County case.

    Doug Miller, recently appointed Commonwealth Attorney, said the competency evaluation will be shared in the Bourbon and Harrison cases.

  • Williams charged in round up

    William C. Williams, 26, is in jail and charged with two counts of first degree trafficking controlled substance (second offense or greater).

    Williams is being charged for allegedly trafficking cocaine.

    According to Sheriff’s Detective Paul Olin, Williams came to the Sheriff’s office to turn himself into authorities Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.

    Williams was arraigned in court Monday morning, where he pleaded ‘not guilty’ over video from Grant County Detention Center, where he is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.

  • Himes competes for Miss Teen America

    As a child, Katie Himes wanted to be a princess.

    As parents, Bobby and Cathy Himes made sure Katie was involved in a variety of activities, from karate to gymnastics to cheerleading to pageants.

    Pageants stuck.

    “It’s what I love to do,” Katie, now 16 years old and a junior at Harrison County High School, said last Monday evening at her home in Cynthiana. “Ever since my very first pageant, it’s been a passion of mine.”

    Katie was six when she first competed in the Little Miss Harrison County pageant.

  • Vanhook resigns from school board

    The Harrison County Board of Education has a spot to fill.

    According to school officials, board member and vice-chairman Lucy Vanhook will resign from her position, effective Dec. 31, 2009.

    “I made a desicion to resign last month...” Vanhook said Wednesday morning. “Due to my conflict with work schedules, I wasn’t being able to give the students the time a board member ought to give, so I thought it was time to step down.”

    Vanhook is employed by Recovery Works in Georgetown, where she works second/third shift.


  • County receives $3 mill through stimulus

    The state of Kentucky is expected to receive $3 billion in stimulus funding and Harrison County will come close to receiving $3 million.

    State Rep. Tom McKee said stimulus funding is determined by each community’s need.

    “A lot of it is specified by the federal government,” McKee said. “It comes with strings attached.”

    While the reconstruction of the north Main Street viaduct isn’t being directly funded by stimulus money, McKee said the availability of stimulus funding opened up revenue with the Department of Transportation.

  • Food pantry needs help restocking before holidays

    After being open only two hours Wednesday afternoon, the Food Pantry had already served 27 families or 80 people.

    “When I came in here today these shelves looked great,” said Food Pantry chairperson Margaret Watson, pointing at the shelves that now show large bare spots. “And we’re not done for the day.”

    Watson said days at the Food Pantry have been busy and the number of people served has increased.