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    Of the top 10 salaries for Harrison County employees/elected officials, six of those are in the sheriff’s department.

    Salaries for three elected positions are mandated by the state government and are dependent upon years of service. Those are county judge-executive, county clerk and sheriff.

    Linda Furnish, county clerk, is the highest paid official in county government. In fiscal year 2009-10, she earned $82,131.09. Her salary increased from $81,298.93 last year.

  • Harrison's unemployment drops

    For the fourth month in a row, Harrison County’s unemployement rate dropped.

    In January, 12.2 percent of Harrison County’s labor force was unemployed. Over the last six months it dropped to 10.4 percent.

    For more on this story, see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Animal attacks

    While reports and pictures of a wild animal in the Connersville area continue to spread, law enforcement officials say there is no evidence to indicate there is a large cat on the loose.

    Perhaps the only cats on the loose in Connersville are house cats, said Harrison County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Olin.

    “Everything we go by is facts and evidence,” Olin said Monday afternoon.

    The Sheriff’s Department began investigating the possibility of a large cat in the area after resident Tim Humphries’ dog was attacked on July 26.

  • Webb’s Bourbon trial date set

    A third 2011 trial date in as many counties has been set for accused murderer Bass Webb.

    The  man who police said ran down two jail officials on the  morning of July 31, 2009, will stand trial in Bourbon County beginning on May 16, 2011.

    Webb is charged with two counts of attempted murder in the July 31, 2009, attack on the  jail officials. He is also charged in Bourbon County with being a persistent felony offender.

    He will be back in Bourbon County court on April 29, 2011, for a status hearing.

  • Taste of Harrison County is next weekend

    The annual Taste of Harrison County will be held next Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. downtown around the old courthouse lawn.

    Sponsored by the Cynthiana Lions Club, the event will include over 50 arts, crafts and retail booths, along with a food court and an expanded kids’ area.

    Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local music and dancing groups.

    In conjunction, the True Classic Car Club Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Flat Run Veterans Park.

    Registration for the car show is $12.

  • Arrests expected in tagging incidents

    Police are expected to make arrests this week of an adult and two juveniles in a recent “tagging” spree in Cynthiana.

    Cynthiana Police have been called to four incidents over a two-day period beginning Tuesday, July 13.

    A CPD spokesman said the new viaduct, which is under construction on U.S. 27 North, was the first target. Graffiti was spray painted on the bridge and construction equipment was vandalized.


    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Sidewalks grant held up by federal requirements

    It’s been over a year since the city received the Safe Routes To School grant and the first slab of concrete has yet to be laid.

    “Basically, we’re on a stand still with this project,” administrative assistant Dave Kennedy told the Cynthiana City Commission at its special meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    A $247,000 federal grant administered by the District 6 Transportation Department, the Safe Routes To School project intended to build and improve around 7,000 feet of sidewalk leading from town to the Hilltop.

  • Driver thrown from vehicle in Tuesday crash

    A man is in fair condition at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center following a Tuesday afternoon wreck at the intersection of US 27 South and US 62 West.

    According to Sheriff’s Deputy Tuan Kreer, Susanne Fizette, 29, was traveling southbound on US 27 around 2:30 p.m., driving a 1999 black Toyota 4Runner, when she struck a white 1988 Ford F150 driven by Sherley Saunders, 66.

    “The truck was turning from 62, heading north on 27,” Kreer said.

  • Nichols named assistant principal at high school

    Harrison County High School has a new assistant principal and Jenny Nichols has her dream job.

    “It’s a dream come true,” Nichols said Friday afternoon.

    Formerly a social studies teacher at HCHS, Nichols will fill the vacant assistant principal position following Amy Casey’s hire as head principal.

    “I still can’t believe it’s true,” Nichols said, smiling. “I’m just giddy about it...”

    Behind Nichols’ desk in her new office, the senior class motto is written on her window.

  • Local girl sings, dances her way to WEG stage

    When the World Equestrian Games kick off this Saturday, one Harrison County youth will be dancing and singing right in the middle of it all.

    Alexis Lanza, 11, will be one of 150 kids from across the Bluegrass to perform during the WEG opening ceremony.

    “They told us there are going to be a whole lot of people there,” Alexis said Monday afternoon.

    Over 30,000 spectators will fill the stands at the Kentucky Horse Park for Saturday’s star-studded ceremony.

    Country singer Wynonna Judd will be among those performing.