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  • Arrest made in Claysville Store burglary

    A Harrison County man has been arrested in connection with a July burglary of the Claysville Store.

    Det. Paul Olin, of the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, said an arrest warrant was served on 19-year-old Steven Price last Friday after an investigation led to the warrant being issued.

    Olin said the store was burglarized around 5 a.m. on July 26 and a video showed a person wearing a ski mask inside.

    While there were apparently theories as to a suspect at the time, Olin said more real evidence was needed before an arrest could be made.

  • Downtown sidewalk project could include other side, too

    Work continues on the Main Street sidewalk project and hopes are that at least some of it will be finished by next weekend.

    Wayland Quisenberry, who is in charge of the local Renaissance program, said he would like to see some of it complete by next Saturday's A Taste of Harrison County festival.

    "We probably won't get it all finished [by that time]," he said.

    One thing he wanted to clear up, however, is that this project is different than the Safe Sidewalks project, recently funded through a grant from the state government.

  • Gross changes plea in Hillside arson

    Formal sentencing for Marcus Gross will be held Sept. 16 in Harrison Circuit Court.

    Gross was charged and later indicted on charges of arson, criminal mischief, burglary and wanton endangerment. He initially entered not guilty pleas to the charges. However, in court last week, Gross changed his plea to guilty on an amended arson charge and the remaining three charges.

  • Burglars get 10-year sentences

    Two men who burglarized a number of homes in the Old Lair Road area earlier this year have been sentenced to 10 years each.

    Thomas D. Perysian and Jeremy Puckett were sentenced last week on multiple charges related to the burglaries.

    Charges against Persyian included second degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $300, first degree burglary, first degree criminal mischief and theft of controlled substance.

    Puckett's charges also included complicity to commit burglary and complicity to commit theft by unlawful taking.

  • Country church adjusting for change

    Embracing change while holding fast to doctrine might seem an impossible feat. However, that's exactly what has occurred at a little country church in the western edge of the county.

    Leesburg Christian Church has rested in the quaint little community well over 100 years. It's numbers have gone through the ebb and flow of many church congregations.

    Sammy Harris, who has been leading services at Leesburg for the last six years, said Leesburg was like every other church in that its growth went through cycles.

  • Soldier's daughter sees that medals awarded

    For three years, one month and 19 days, James Johnson was away from his home and his family, fighting in World War II.

    James came back, never receiving the medals he had earned for his sacrifice.

    Originally from Pike County, James moved to Harrison County where he owned and operated the Claysville Store for 33 years while raising a family.

    He retired in 1992 and on May 19, 1996, at age 73, he died, still never receiving his medals.

    On Tuesday, Aug. 12, those medals came home and were given to James daughter Donna.

  • 37-year grocery manager will retire Friday

    John Faulconer bagged his first groceries when he was 15 years old. He worked for Lee Sparks in his Kentucky Food Market at the corner of Main and Pike streets where the new Chamber office is today.

    Now, thousands of bags of groceries later, Faulconer is retiring.

    All totaled, Faulconer spent 37 years in the grocery business, with a few hitches in between.

    Faulconer graduated from Harrison County High School in 1965 and went to Eastern Kentucky University for about a year and half before being drafted into the Army.

  • Making the grade: District meets 12 of 13 NCLB goals

    Better than two-thirds of Harrison County's students are proficient readers.

    According to the recently released No Child Left Behind scores, the local school district's reading goal was 53.04 percent. However, students exceeded that goal with a 64.4 percent proficiency level based on CATS results.

    David Case, Harrison County district assessment coordinator, said students also exceeded the math goal. As a district, Harrison County needed 39.68 percent. There were 58.09 percent of its students scoring at the proficient.

  • Farmers National robbed again; escapee caught, charged

    An ever-growing plethora of charges are coming down the line for accused bank robber Jeffrey Pratt.

    Pratt, 30, was caught Monday afternoon at Everybody's Auto Sales on New Circle Road in Lexington, after being on the run for nearly a month.

    He escaped from custody in Robertson County on July 21 while being taken to court. He was there to be arraigned for theft by unlawful taking in connection to the robbery of the Integra Bank in Mt. Olivet.

  • Rohs to be a Jungle starting tomorrow

    Atop a boulder, Ethan Rognstad holds his fist high.

    Hear me, people of the jungle, he shouts. A hush falls over the area. We are of one blood, you and I.

    The ROHS Acting Troupes Junior Rohsians will present The Jungle Book at Rohs Opera House this weekend.

    Rognstad, who will turn 12 years old on opening night, portrays Mowgli. He is a jungle boy who wandered away from the village when he was too young to know where he was going, Ethan explained. He was taken in and cared for by wolves, and he doesnt know his human family.