Local News

  • HCHS’s Martinez named semifinalist in art contest

    A passion for good grades and art has led a Harrison County High School French II student all the way to the transatlantic semifinals.
    Tonya Martinez, a 15-year-old sophomore at HCHS, was named as one of the 100 semifinalists in the “Rock The Statue Green: A Transatlantic Art Contest,” which celebrated the 125th birthday of the Statue of Liberty.
    As part of a grade, HCHS teacher Tonya Wagoner, required all of her French II students to provide an entry piece for the contest.

  • New twist in Brown vs. Brown

    After the wife of former Cynthiana Mayor Jim  Brown had her divorce case dismissed in Johnson County last month, Jim Brown has filed in Harrison County.
    The divorce was filed in Harrison Circuit Court on Dec. 29 by Jim Brown’s brother/guardian Paul D.  Brown, and conservator, Richard M. Wehrle.
    In his case, Brown cites that “the marriage is irretrievably broken.”
    He added that prior to their Feb. 2, 2008, marriage, they signed a prenuptial agreement and that neither party is entitled to maintenance, temporary or permanent.

  • Cynthiana author puts tidbits of self in first novel

    Alecia Whitaker Pace calls her new book, The Queen of Kentucky, a skeleton of her own life.
    She grew up in Cynthiana and graduated from Harrison County High School in 1997.
    The bones are of Cynthiana, she said. The muscle and skin are her creation.
    Many of the things Alecia’s main character, Ricki Jo Winstead, cared about, Alecia said are things that girls in small towns care about.

  • Surge in stolen vehicles

    By Ben Hyatt, News writer
    Four cars have been stolen and vandalized in the past week leading authorities to believe that a serial car thief or thieves are at large.
    The first car stolen in the growing list of grand theft autos was taken from Third Street on Dec. 31, and later recovered on Mouth of Cedar Road on Jan. 2, torched.
    Two nights later, a double car theft took place at the home of Stephen McCauley, where a Nissan truck and a Lexus SUV were taken.

  • Community choir looking for more singers

    The Licking Valley Singers Community Choir seeks new members for Spring Session!
    Open to all who love to sing, the community choir will rehearsal Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 2  from 6:30 – 8:30.
    The choir rehearses at MCTC, Cynthiana Campus, with performance dates on April 20th and 22nd .
    There is a $25 (non refundable) participation fee and registration deadline is Jan. 23.
    To sign up or for more information contact Carrie Wade at (859) 585-0613 or carrie.wade@pendleton.kyschools.us

  • Prosecution wants Webb trial in Pendleton

    Commonwealth Attorney  Doug Miller has filed documents asking that the Bass Webb murder trial be held in neighboring Pendleton County.
    Webb’s defense attorneys were to file a response by Jan. 4 and had not done so as of press time Wednesday.
    A hearing is set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 9 a.m. before Judge Jay Delaney in Harrison Circuit Court.
    Webb is charged with the 2009 murder of Bryia Runiewicz, an estranged girlfriend.

  • Copes makes bid for state representative

    Harrison County native Bradley Copes has announced his bid for 78th District House of Representatives in 2012.
    Copes, 57, a Democrat, who has served as the District 8 magistrate for the Harrison County Fiscal Court since 2007, considers himself a fiscal conservative, which, he said will serve him and Kentuckians well.
    “It’s something that needs to be addressed in Frankfort,” Copes said. “Necessities and infrastructure need to be addressed more to draw new industry to the state.”

  • Layoffs expected at TI Group Automotive in 2012

    Expected layoffs and plant closing may follow the halt of production lines at TI Group Automotive plant in Cynthiana.
    According to a TI Group Automotive employee who wishes to remain nameless, three coil lines at the Cynthiana plant will be closed due to relocation of business.
    The source informed the Democrat that the three lines will be closed down due to new production in Bramalea, Canada.
    “To our knowledge, the equipment will still be here but the business and parts will be built in a plant in Canada,” said the source.

  • Civil rights leader to speak at Dr. King celebration Monday

    John J. Johnson, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights executive director and well-known civil rights leader of over 40 years, will be the guest speaker at the Cynthiana-Harrison County NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday program. The public is invited to the free event, which will include a luncheon.

  • 1880 gold coin goes for $2,001

    Although he wants to remain anonymous, the generous bidder for the 1880s gold coin is standing behind his $2,001 offer.
    Kim Brooks, treasurer for the local Salvation Army is going to transfer the coin left in a bell ringer’s bucket sometime on Dec. 10 or 11 to the high bidder on Wednesday.
    The seven bids, coming from as far away as West Virginia, were opened Monday, Jan. 9, and ranged from the $800 minimum bid to the  winning $2,001. The closet bid to the winner was $1,100, said Darwin Root, organizer of the bell ringers for the Walmart stations.