Local News

  • A childhood relived

    Artisan Sally Cammack remembers a quieter, calmer lifestyle from her early years in Stearns, Ky.

    It is there that she was unknowingly developing images that would later appear on her popular hand-painted gourds.

    Cammack describes her designs as folk art or what she laughingly calls “an unschooled form of art.”

    Whether schooled or unschooled, Cammack’s gourds and her talent are in high demand.

  • School district does not meet state’s progress goals

    It wasn’t what school officials had hoped for, but, according to David Case, district assessment coordinator, the recently released test scores showed some growth.

    Harrison County schools joined 66 percent of the state’s school systems in not meeting its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Some of the schools in the district did meet theirs.

    However, according to Superintendent Andy Dotson, the district as a whole missed its mark.

  • Fire Safety Day is Saturday

    The Cynthiana Fire Department will be joined by other firefighters from throughout the state in recognizing Fire Safety Day on Saturday.

    Firefighters will be at Walmart at 9 a.m. for the start of a day filled with activities.

    There will be a firefighter muster competition that will pit departments against each other in things like hose rolling, bucket brigade and others.

    There will be a parade at 3:30 p.m. followed by a chili cook-off at Station 1.

    The public is invited to all of the activities designed to educate the public in fire safety.

  • County supports quest for park gym

    Harrison County Fiscal Court is prepared to throw funding into a grant proposal to build an activities/wellness center near the Wedco Health Center on Oddville Avenue,

    Magistrates voted Tuesday to provide $125,000 as part of a commitment for a $250,000 Healthy Communities grant.

  • Commission sets Trick or Treat for Saturday, Oct. 30, in Cynthiana

    Cynthiana’s little ghouls and goblins will be out for trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 30, Commissioner Amanda Moore announced at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    Moore said trick-or-treating will begin at 6 p.m., at which point the weather sirens will be sounded.

    “Everyone should use caution,” Moore said, adding that the annual tradition is for children 12 years old and under.

    Sirens will sound again at 8 p.m., when trick-or-treating ends.

  • Switzer family plays role in WEG promotion events

    While all eyes are trained on the World Equestrian Games, one Harrison County family is paying particular attention to the reining events.

    Kim and Buddy Switzer and their children Cody and Sadie have had several hands in this year’s world event.

    It started earlier in the summer with Sadie, 17, doing a demonstration at Morehead State University on reining events, which are new to WEG this year.

    Kim’s horse, Lilly, has been on loan to the Kentucky Horse Park all summer to promote the WEG in the breeds barn.

  • Academic Briefs


    Catherine Caudill, Eastside Elementary, Harrison County, is among the 24 outstanding Kentucky educators selected as recipients of the 2011 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA) by the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. These teachers will compete for the 2011 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced next month.

  • Champions town hall meeting is Tuesday

    Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County will host its seventh town hall meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cynthiana Christian Church.

    Van Ingram from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and Amy Adams from the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy will speak about “The Face of Substance Abuse.”

    Refreshments will be served.

  • Academic Briefs


    Five students from Harrison County High School have been named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars. Five earn this designation by achieving a 4.0 grade point average all four years of high school and scoring at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    As Sen. Jeff Green Scholars, these students are eligible for $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. Students may earn up to $10,000 toward their higher education expenses if they continue high scholastic achievement in college.

  • Licking Valley Children’s Choir to begin in September

    This fall, Harrison County fourth, fifth and sixth graders will have a reason to lift their voices in song.

    “To sing in a choir is a different experience,” Kids’ College coordinator Karey Smith said.

    With the success of the adult Licking Valley Singers, Smith said the Cynthiana Arts Council and Maysville Community and Technical College/Licking Valley Campus are joining forces to sponsor the Licking Valley Children’s Choir.