Local News

  • Community prepares for H1N1 virus

    While swine flu continues to dominate national news, Harrison Memorial Hospital director Sheila Currans said  the public shouldn’t panic.

    “We’re making every effort to be prepared for the potential,” Currans said.

    Currans said eight individuals in the community have tested positive for H1N1, formerly known as the swine flu.

    “We do know we have H1N1 in this county,” she said.

    Appearing in the United States in April, Currans said H1N1 has attracted media and heightened health attention because the virus is new.

  • Federal funding available to Harrison County landowners

    The Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has received federal grant funding that is available to landowners to address water quality and improve farm operations within the South Fork Licking River watershed of Nicholas, Bourbon, and Harrison counties. The funds were awarded by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) through the Clean Water Act. 

    These grant funds focus upon using a “watershed approach,” meaning that watersheds of high importance are selected with a goal of improving the water quality in these areas. 

  • Board agrees to zone change recommendation

    After hearing opposition from residents during a continued public hearing Monday evening, the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission approved the zone change that brings United Propane Gas Inc. one step closer to locating in the county.

    Board members voted 5-1 to approve the zone change of the Business Park corner lot on Sea Biscuit Way, directly off Connersville Pike, from light industrial to heavy industrial.

  • State sets salaries of county’s three top paid public officials

    The top paid Harrison County officials are also those whose salaries are set by state legislation and are based on years of service and county population.

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett ranks third among those three. In fiscal year 2008-09, he earned $74,098.57. County clerk Linda Furnish was paid $81,298.93 from county coffers and Sheriff Bruce Hampton earned $76,836.53.

  • Just a spoonful of...

    It was in her grandmother’s jewelry drawer where Susan Davisson found her inspiration.

    “Well, that’s kind of neat,” Davisson said as she admired a pendant made from a fork.

    For Davisson, it was the beginning of a business.

    “I can make that,” she said to herself.

    On Friday morning, Davisson sat in Teabeary’s gift shop on Pike Street constructing bracelets that are sold in the same store, at ‘Between Friends’ in Georgetown and online at www.jewelrybythespoonful.com.

  • Mother of murdered daughter says house has been robbed

    The mother of Bryia Runiewicz said the month after her daughter’s murder has been ‘a living hell.’

    Runiewicz, 31, was murdered in her New Lair Road residence on Friday, July 31.

    “They lost their whole way of life,” Dora Clair said about her two granddaughters and Runiewicz’s children.

    While Clair said the residence, turned murder scene, has been cleared for the family to enter, many of Runiewicz’s possessions have been taken - a result of what Clair claims was four separate robberies.

  • First writers’ workshop to welcome poet laureate

    “When the Kentucky Poet Laureate tells you to do something, you do it,” Bruce Florence said.

    Easier said than done, perhaps.

    Kentucky Poet Laureate Gurney Norman didn’t want a simple favor. He wanted a writers’ workshop.

    Norman’s wish will come true this Friday and Saturday at the first ever Licking Valley Writers’ Workshop, where published writers will come to share and teach their stories and skills with local writers.

  • Cynthiana lawyer to take over as state’s prosecutor

    After 30 years as a defense attorney, Cynthiana’s Doug Miller will be stepping into the prosecution side of the courtroom.

    Miller, 55, was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to fill the unexpired term of Commonwealth Attorney Doug Wright, who was killed in a car accident on June 8.

    Miller was filling in as host of Coffeebreak for WCYN when he began wondering who would assume Wright’s duties.

  • Cynthiana police charge man with stealing thousands from employer

    Police have arrested a Cynthiana man on numerous felony charges including illegal weapons as well as possessing armor-piercing ammunition.

    Charles Helton, 54, was arrested Friday night at his Church Street home after Cynthiana police executed a search warrant of the home and garage.

    Among the items seized from the home were thousands of dollars in property from his employer TI Automotive Group.

    Cpl. Walter Tapp was expected to execute a second search warrant Monday afternoon of a storage building rented to Helton.

  • Police halt long-term theft operation

    It was more than a drug bust, more than a recovery of stolen property. It was a seizure of thousands of dollars worth of pills and stolen property as well as thousands of dollars.

    Police suspected that the garage apartment at 145 N. Church St. held a cache of stolen items. There was a report of nearly $500,000 of stolen goods that was said to be in the home. However, what they found was astounding, even to Cpl. Walter Tapp who was investigating the alleged theft from TI Automotive Group.