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  • Police chief retiring July 31

    During his 22-year career in law enforcement, Chief Steve Muntz says it's the public service end of his job that has been most gratifying.

    Cynthiana Chief of Police Steve Muntz, 48, will be retiring July 31. He has been with the Cynthiana Police Department for 21 years.

    He said the most recent satisfying event came following the arrest of man on some minor infraction. While Muntz was processing him for arrest, he said he had the opportunity to witness to him about Jesus Christ.

  • Breds face LexCath Thursday at Applebee's

    The motto of Harrison County Thorobred baseball is, and has been for decades, "A Matter of Pride." That motto rang true once again last weekend as the 2008 version of the Thorobreds became the eighth team in Harrison County history to make it to the final phase of the state baseball tournament.

    Prior to the 2003 season, Harrison County made it to the "Final Four" six times. The Breds won state titles in 1993, 1997 and 1998, were runners-up in 1984 and 1987 and were knocked out in the first game in 1996.

  • Music Fest is Saturday

    The first Cyn City Music Fest will be held at the Handy Park Saturday.

    Members of the Cynthiana Fire Department will be organizing the event as a fundraiser for their Relay for Life team.

    According to firefighter Joey Nelson, one of the event coordinators, entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. and continue through 9 p.m. The cost will be $10 for all day.

    Scheduled artists include JoJo Gunn, Goodtimers, George Molton, Fifth on the Floor and The Jackson Family Band.

    "Wherever they can throw a blanket or set a chair," Nelson said of where seating will be available.

  • Berry Festival is this weekend

    The City of Berry, Ky. will be holding its 26th festival this weekend with plenty of food, games and music beginning Friday night, June 13, and all day Saturday, June 14.

    "Train rides for kids and adults have been added this year," said Christine Philpot, one of the event coordinators.

    On Friday evening, the annual Gospel Jubilee will begin at 6 p.m. with singers such as Thunder Ridge, Joyful Messengers, Bluegrass Gospel Travelers, The Boyd Wonders and more. Also, bingo will be available beginning at 6 p.m. in the city firehouse.

  • UPDATE:Willis convicted, sentence recommended

    Larry Willis was found guilty late Thursday afternoon of first degree assault and second degree assault in the Aug. 22, 2007 shooting of his estranged wife, Ruby.

    Before closing arguments were made Thursday, the jury was advised of the options it had in the case. Each count was placed as a aresult of a gunshot wound, one for the shoulder and one for the abdomen.

    For the shoulder wound, the options were assault second degree, assault under extreme emotional disturbance, assault fourth degree and aquittal.

  • Cyclist killed in head-on wreck

    Police continue to investigate what caused a motorcycle and its driver to veer across the center lane last Thursday about 2:40 p.m.

    The head-on collision with a pick-up truck killed the motorcycle's driver, Phillip Nickell.

    According to Harrison County Deputy Dean Hutchison, Nickell, 51, was driving a 2005 Honda Shadow that had just been transferred to him that day. He was westbound on Ky. 36 West. Wayne Dunn, 52, Owenton, Ky., and passenger John Halfhill, 23, also of Owenton, were traveling east.

  • Poindexter Lumber celebrates 100 years

    Something special has kept Poindexter Lumber running for 100 years - family ties.

    The current owners, Bill Selin and Bobby Poindexter are first cousins.

    Their fathers both worked there.

    Their grandfather worked there.

    And their great-grandfather worked there.

    It's that family connection which has helped the business weather the storm of construction supercenters and giant corporate lumber yards.

    There used to be three lumber yards in Cynthiana.

    Then there were two.

    Now, only Poindexter remains to try and carve out a niche in the future.

  • Carey to finish England's board term

    Kristy Carey views her appointment to the Harrison County Board of Education as bittersweet.

    Carey will be filling the unexpired term of Joe England, who died earlier this year.

    "I had great respect for Joe," Carey said Tuesday afternoon. "He had so much knowledge of education."

    Carey, whose appointment was announced by state Commissioner of Education Jon Draud on Friday, will have to resign from her parent representation on the high school site based council before being sworn in to the school board.

  • Willis trial gets underway

    The prosecution rested Wednesday morning after hearing testimony from Ruby Willis, who was allegedly shot by her husband last August.

    Jurors heard from four prosecution witnesses prior to presstime regarding events leading up to the shooting of Ruby, allegedly by her husband and former manager of Blue Grass Energy Harrison District, Larry Willis.

    Joseph Newkirk and Loraine Taylor testified Wednesday morning to what they saw and heard while helping Ruby move some items from her Smith-Martin Lane home.

  • Students have nature walk at Griffith Woods Tuesday

    Two yellow school buses pulled into Griffith Woods driveway Tuesday afternoon, and over 50 Eastside Elementary third-graders marched out.

    "Smell the grass," one girl said to a classmate.

    Despite living in a rural county, one teacher pointed out, some students werent used to the great outdoors.

    "Shes a city girl," said teacher Shelley Slade.

    Teacher and student laughed.

    "You're going to see trees that are very old," Melinda Boyer said, with a tall walking stick in hand.