Local News

  • Mercury contamination averted at Northside

    School officials spent much of Wednesday dealing with a possible mercury contamination.
    According to DG Fischer, assistant superintendent of Harrison County Schools, a Northside Elementary third grade student had a trace amount of mercury in a plastic container on the school bus and then in the school’s cafeteria.
    The student showed the less-than-dime-size amount of mercury to four students on bus no. 952 and to five students at his breakfast table.

  • Smiles and giggles

    Big Feet, little feet. After participating in the Born to Run Race, Brittany Thomas found the endurance to give her cousin Hunter Hill a ride during the Little Feet Big Feet race at the Taste of Harrison County Saturday morning.

  • Investigators offer reward in suspected arson cases

    Two Harrison County fires have investigators offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arsonist’s arrest and indictment.
    Kentucky State Police arson investigator Curtis Combs is continuing his investigation on two fires that he is confident were arson.
    On July 26, the home of Lewis J. Mastin, located at 3611 Grays Run, was reported to be on fire.
    The fire was reported around 3 p.m. and was still being fought late that same night. All contents of the home were lost along with a vehicle parked near the house and a small tractor.

  • Commission says ‘no’ to 4% increase

    The Cynthiana City Commission’s decision to not pass a 4 percent tax increase elicited applause from the small audience on Tuesday evening.
    The increase, if it had been approved, would have generated 4 percent more than last year’s taxes.
    Commissioner Billy Grayson made the motion to accept the compensating tax rate plus 4 percent. Although the motion was seconded by Mayor Steve Moses, those were the only supporting votes.

  • Commission wants to know why gas prices are higher in Cynthiana

    Why are gasoline prices higher in Cynthiana than in neighboring cities?
    That’s a question that’s not only on the minds and tongues of Cynthiana residents, but also one that the city’s commissioners want answered.
    An invitation is being issued to area gas station owners to attend the Oct. 11 meeting to explain how prices are set.

  • Hidden talents waiting to be discovered at writers’ conference

    The Licking Valley Campus will host a writers’ workshop Friday, Sept. 30, and Oct. 1, in an effort to unearth hidden writing talent in Harrison County.
    Many Kentucky natives have sat at a desk to fill the pages of their journals with past memories or events from the day at hand.
    Whether the pages contain details of their childhood growing-up near the coal mines of Eastern Pike County or the tobacco fields, hills and bottoms of Harrison County, it is the stories that they tell about their lives that some readers find book worthy.

  • Amendment filed in Brown’s Magoffin County civil suit

    Following the filing of a civil suit in Magoffin County, attorneys for Brenda Kay Brown have filed an amendment to the original complaint against Cynthiana attorney Edwin Culbertson.
    The original suit alleges that Culbertson, who was appointed as the temporary legal guardian for former Cynthiana mayor Jim Brown following a 2008 stroke, has been incompetent and that Brown’s businesses have suffered as a result.
    The suit seeks $20 million in punitive damages.

  • Scott man charged in theft of copper from U.S. 27 house

    A Scott County man has been taken into custody after allegedly being caught in a vacant house and admitting to stealing copper out of another house the night before.
    Harrison County Sheriff Deputy Robert Peak received a call from dispatch around 3:10 a.m., on Sept. 10, to investigate a possible break-in at 3945 US 27 North.

  • Special issue salutes local heroes

    Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93. Heroes stepped out of ashes on Sept. 11, 2001.
    Today, we honor our local heroes, who make rescues everyday with a special section inside this week’s issue.

  • Taste of Harrison County events are Saturday

    It comes around only once a year and this Saturday is the 2011 version.
    “It” is A Taste of Harrison County.
    Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday booths selling or displaying various arts and crafts will be opened.
    This will follow the annual Born to Run 5K and the Little Feet, Big Feet family walk, which begin at 8 and 9:30 a.m. respectively.
    According to Pat Grenier, organizer for the Born to Run, over 500 runners have pre-registered. Registration will open Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Chamber office.