Local News

  • Armed robbery under investigation

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate an armed robbery that occurred over the weekend.

    According to Deputy Nathan Gasser, an armed male entered a residence Sunday morning on Ky Hwy 392, demanding medication.

    As of Monday morning, no arrests in the case have been made.

    For the complete story, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • ‘Here’s your sign’: Keep them off of poles

    The Cynthiana City Commission passed a new ordinance Tuesday night that instructs all city employees to remove signs from utility poles.

    The ordinance was effective yesterday.

    Billy Grayson, commissioner of public utilities, made a special motion because, he said, the ordinance will greatly improve the appearance of the city.

    The hanging of signs on utility poles is illegal, but some people seem to do it regardless, he said.

  • Former ER doctor in fair condition

    A former Harrison Memorial Hospital emergency room doctor is listed in fair condition at a Lexington hospital after a Saturday wreck in Scott County.

    At about 4:30 p.m., Dr. Michael Chestnut was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue near his residence on Thistle Way when he ran off the road, struck a utility pole and went into a creek.

    Chestnut was traveling alone in his vehicle and no other vehicles were involved, according to the report filed by Scott County Deputy Jeremy Johnson.

    Chestnut was transported to UK Medical Center by Georgetown-Scott County EMS.

  • County changes dead animal removal contract

    Effective immediately, Countryside Industries, Inc., of Lexington, Ky., will be handling Harrison County’s dead livestock removal.

    Griffin Industries, the former service provider, is no longer doing livestock removal.

    The service is free to any Harrison County resident and will be paid for by grants and  Harrison County Fiscal Court.

    If you have dead livestock that you need removed, please call 859-234-0004.

    For any questions about this change contact Alex Barnett at 859-234-7136 or the Harrison County Extension Office at 859-234-5510.

  • Lab missed test, says supervisor

    Cynthiana and Harrison County residents should have received mail from the City of Cynthiana Water Department within the past weeks.

    The 2009 annual water quality report was mailed to customers, informing them of a notice of violation.

    “People get concerned when they see this,” said supervisor Harry Johnson. “I don’t blame them.”

    The NOV (notice of violation), issued by the Kentucky Division of Water, claims that the department failed to complete a volatile organic compound test last year.

  • School board wants monthly accounting from booster clubs

    The Harrison County Board of Education postponed the approval of the first reading of a policy regarding booster club fundraisers until it can get legal advice.

    The proposed policy would require school district booster clubs to submit a monthly financial report to the appropriate principal. The principals would then submit these copies as part of their monthly reports to the board.

  • Trash can taken from Berry Post Office

    Berry postmaster Judy Woodworth would like for the person or persons who took the post office’s large trash can to know that even though the trash in the can was not first class mail, the theft of the can still constitutes a felony offense.

  • Robbery, escape charges made against Cynthiana woman

    A Cynthiana woman who was named as a codefendant in an indictment for complicity to first degree robbery, was also charged with second degree escape.

    Jerrica McCord, 23, faces an escape charge after having been charged with a felony on May 20, and then escaping from custody.

    Harrison County Jailer Larry Turner testified before the grand jury on Tuesday on McCord’s escape.

    She is also alleged to have taken property belonging to Santos Perales and conspired with Darrell Benton, who allegedly used or threatened the use of physical force on Perales.

  • Falmouth man identified as victim of fatal accident on US 27 North

    Law enforcement officials released the name last week of the Falmouth man killed in last Wednesday morning’s single-car accident on US 27 North.

    According to the report taken by Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Gasser, Clarence Hoskins, 62, was driving northbound at 9:40 a.m. when his vehicle exited the right shoulder of the road and struck a driveway culvert.

    The report says Hoskin’s 2001 Honda Odyssey became airborne, striking two parked tractors.

  • Hunt joins Democrat/Shopper sales staff

    Harrison County native Tony Hunt, 41, has joined the advertising team at The Cynthiana Democrat/Harrison Shopper.

    A 1987 Harrison County High School graduate, Hunt began his advertising consultant position on July 5.

    “It’s been exciting,” Hunt said about his first few weeks at the Democrat.

    Hunt graduated from Brescia University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

    After college, he was a golf professional for five years, followed by 10 years in the communications industry.