Local News

  • County considers raises for next year’s budget

    Harrison County magistrates have given an unofficial nod to a 50-cent pay increase for county employees.

    District 8 magistrate Bradley Copes, who opposed last year’s pay increase request, said Tuesday that since the county was able to negotiate lower health insurance costs, the raises are more feasible.

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said the county will receive about an 18 percent savings by switching from Bluegrass Family Health to United Health Care.


    Cynthiana is on the search for this year’s new hometown idol.

    The third annual Cynthiana Idol kicked off at Rohs Opera House at the beginning of the month with 15 vocal contestants, including Caylin Mattox, Evan Clifford, Lauren Shepard, Ariel Thornberry, Savannah Burton, Justin Newcomb, Jessica Curtis, Angela Curtis, Justin Northcutt, Savannah Ecklar, Paige Adair, Brittany Campbell, Brooklin Wiggins, Bailey Wiggins and Aleesha Tapp.

    “The attendance has been great and all the contestants have performed extremely well,” said Rohs owner Roger Slade.

  • Magistrate calls for end to skate park delays

    Eighth district magistrate Bradley Copes wants to keep things rolling for a skate park.

    Initially, the court set a deadline of late April for a location to be found for members of SWAP (Skaters With a Purpose) to set up their equipment. However, the recent flood destroyed their equipment, which was being stored at River Road Park after they were forced to remove it from the park last year.

  • Second man indicted in Montgomery murder

    After Bass Webb was indicted last month for the murder of a Montgomery County woman, another man has been indicted in connection with the case.

    Jonathan French, 32, was indicted earlier this month in Montgomery County on a charge of tampering with physical evidence following the alleged murder of Sabrina Marie Vaughn.

    A cousin of Webb’s, French turned himself into authorities last Friday.

    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more of this story.

  • Police working Wednesday morning break-in

    Cynthiana Police Ptl. Brian Hassall is investigating an apparent break-in of a Cynthiana business.

    Sometime between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday, Mike Sosbe’s Construction/Properties building on Waterworks Road was broken into.


  • Residents begin evacuating west end of Cynthiana

    Cynthiana’s west side residents are under a non-madatory evacuation Sunday evening after the Licking River continues to rise due to this weekend’s heavy rains.

    County officials estimate that the non-mandatory evacuation could be upgraded to a mandatory evacuation later Sunday night or Monday morning.

    “This is the biggest threat since the ‘97 flood,” County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said Sunday evening at the Cynthiana Christian Church, where a shelter has already been set up for those escaping rising water levels.

  • Police search for leads after weekend tire fires

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information relating to early morning tire fires on Saturday, March 20.

    According to Harrison County Deputy Sheriff Dean Hutchison, tires were intentionally set on fire on Pike Street, Junction Pike, U.S. 27 North at the Two Lick bridge, two on KY 1032  and one on Dutch Chapel. All occurred between 3 and 5:30 a.m.

    It is also believed that the culprits attempted to set a barn on fire on KY 1054.

  • Chamber honoree, principal plans to retire

    After 29 years as an educator, Eastside Elementary principal Rick Dycus is retiring.

    “I’ve been so incredibly fortunate to have the chances to do what I’ve done,” Dycus said Tuesday morning.

    Dycus will finish out this school year, with his last day being June 30.

    “It will be like any other day,” Dycus said about that day. “The only difference will be that I just won’t be coming back the next day.”

    Dycus said his decision to retire has been one he has contemplated for several months.

  • Grand jury issues eight indictments at special session

    Drug and theft charges were addressed in eight indictments handed down by a Harrison County grand jury during a special session on Tuesday.

    Edward Durbin Jr., 52, was named in a three count indictment for trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone) first degree, first offense.

    The grand jury alleges that about a year ago, on April 17, April 21 and May 1, Durbin sold or transferred to another person the Schedule II narcotic known as Oxycodone.

    Durbin will be held on a $20,000 bond.

  • Oxycodone sales target of grand jury indictments

    Fourteen drug-related indictments and one forgery indictment were issued by the Harrison County grand jury Tuesday.

    Included in the indictments were:

    James Wesley Soard, 39, faces a two-count indictment. He is charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone)  and persistent felony offender. Soard’s offense occurred on Dec. 15, 2009, when he allegedly sold the Schedule II narcotic to another person.

    For more of the indictments, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.