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  • Address available for Cynthiana soldiers

    The Cynthiana National Guard unit has released mailing information for its soldiers in Afghanistan.

    Sgt. Allen Fryman said anyone interested in sending care packages to the Cynthiana soldiers may mail them to Charlie Company 201st EN BN, FOB Salerno, APO-AE-09314. For a specific soldier, place his or her name on a line before Charlie Company.

    Fryman also said that if a package is sent Fed Ex, add building number 1543.

    He said soldiers will appreciate anything that is sent to them. However, he suggested personal hygiene items, phone cards or candy.

  • Wreath-laying Ceremony

    Wreath-laying Ceremony. In observance of Memorial Day, the Citizens Committee for the Commemoration of Veterans Day and Memorial Day for Cynthiana and Harrison County, Ky., will be conducting a wreath-laying ceremony at the old courthouse in downtown Cynthiana at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 26. This years speaker is Heather Phelps, wife of Staff Sergeant James Phelps. Phelps is serving with the 201st Engineer Company from the Cynthiana-Harrison County Kentucky Army National Guard Armory and is deployed to Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

  • District buys 48 acres

    The Harrison County Hilltop almost doubled its acreage Tuesday night.

    The Harrison County Board of Education voted to purchase 48-plus acres from the Moore family to add to the contiguous school campus.

    "This is an opportunity that will go away and we'll not ever see it again," said board chairman Ed Taylor. "The Hilltop is significant to this community and this is a win/win situation for this board."

  • Willis trial begins Tuesday

    The trial of a prominent Cynthiana man accused of shooting his estranged wife starts next week in Harrison Circuit Court.

    Larry Willis, is now scheduled to go on trial May 27, 28 and 29, starting at 9 a.m. each day.

    Willis allegedly shot his estranged wife, Ruby, last August when she went to their Smith-Martin Road home to retrieve some property. He is being tried for first degree assault and attempted murder in the case.

  • Philpott will address seniors

    This year's Harrison County High School commencement address will be given by WKYT 27 Newsfirst anchor Amber Philpott.

    Philpott, the daughter of Gary and Thresa Philpott, is a Cynthiana native who graduated from HCHS in 1999. In 2003, she received a bachelor's degree in communications with emphasis in electronic media from Morehead State University.

  • Search is on for Cynthiana's talented singers

    'Good volume, good pitch.' 'Average voice, very confident, good stage presence.' 'A little too fast, watch your breathing.'

    Those were just some of the comments made by judges during tryouts for the first Cynthiana Idol competition, which starts this Saturday at 8 p.m.

    Being held at Rohs Opera House, Cynthiana Idol is a local version of the wildly popular Fox TV series, American Idol, where singing talents compete for a grand prize.

    On TV, it's $1 million and a recording contract.

  • Sanders named new fire chief for Cynthiana

    Cynthiana has a new fire chief, but he's no new face.

    James "Jay" Sanders was promoted from assistant chief to chief last week by the Cynthiana City Commission. Sanders shared the assistant chief rank with Charles Allen Carson and Robbie Lyons. The three men headed up the department following the retirement of Terry Stinson nearly a year ago.

    "There was no interruption to city services," Sanders said, commending his colleagues.

  • Clinton overwhelmingly wins Harrison County

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton handily beat her challenger, Barack Obama, in Harrison County's primary ballots Tuesday.

    Clinton secured 2,613 votes (72.4 percent) to Obamas 761 (21.1 percent). Statewide, Clinton also secured the victory. She garnered 459,093 (65.5 percent) to 209,869 (30 percent) won by Obama.

    On the Republican side, the presumptive nominee John McCain won Harrison County with 368 votes.

  • Class of 2008 graduation is May 30

    After a school year with many highs and lows, the Class of 2008 is prepared to cross the stage at Ingles Stadium.

    Commencement exercises are set for next Friday, May 30, starting at 7:30 p.m.

    Although it was thought last year would be the final year for commencement at the football stadium - it was supposed to be demolished last fall in preparation for a new facility, a change of plans by the state spared the field making it available for this year's crop of grads.

    The alternative plan in case of rain is to use the high school gym.

  • Sentencing postponed in child predator case

    Formal sentencing for the Harrison County man who is an admitted child predator has been postponed in Pennsylvania.

    According to Nils Frederiksen, deputy press secretary for the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals office, sentencing has been moved to sometime in June. Vascotto was previously scheduled to hear his fate on May 29.

    Thomas Vascotto was arrested in Pennsylvania last August as part of a child predator sting operation.