Local News

  • PTO officer back in court

    The Northside Elementary School PTO treasurer who was indicted last month on forgery and theft charges was back in court Tuesday.

    Stacey Harney, who faces nine counts of forgery and one count of theft by unlawful taking, appeared with her attorney James Brannon for arraignment.

  • Bogus bills surface

    The Cynthiana Police Department is looking for the culprit of manufacturing bogus bills... $20 bills to be exact.

    Eight incidents over the last month have triggered an investigation centered around Cynthiana and Harrison County.

    Cynthiana Det. Alan Judy said Tuesday that surrounding counties have not received any of the funny money.

  • Leaders weigh benefits of fire-based ambulance service

    Firefighters, as a general rule, respond to fires.

    But the Cynthiana City Commission is considering the possibility of having the fire department respond to more than flames.

    At last Thursday’s workshop meeting, Commissioner of Public Safety Amanda Moore presented the idea of a fire-based EMS service for Cynthiana and Harrison County.

    Moore said a fire-based EMS service could account for a $1.4 million potential income, before expenses.

  • Hope’s Helping Hands Food Bank:

    When Living Hope Assembly of God church members saw a need in the community, they did something about it.

    Now, every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., their worship center on Walnut Street is transformed into Hope’s Helping Hands - a food distribution facility.

    “We saw the need,” said pastor Tunya Adams. “We had no God’s Pantry agency in this county...”

    As a God’s Pantry agency, the church is able to supplement food for low income families in Harrison County.

  • On a mission

    A mission trip to Haiti has led Barry Wethington on a mission of his own.

    The youth minister at Central Christian Church, Wethington is now working to spread a message of need for the country devastated by the January earthquake.

    “The earthquake only magnified the problem,” Wethington said. “They’re mad and they need help.”

    Wethington’s mission trip to Haiti began on Feb. 17 with a group of seven from Teen Mission USA.

  • Police make fourth arrest in recent church burglaries

    Another Harrison County individual has been arrested for her alleged involvement in a church burglary early last month.

    Alicia Johnson, 19, was arrested last Thursday at 11:30 a.m. by Cpl. Walter Tapp of the Cynthiana Police Department.

    She is charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft.

    Tapp said Johnson allegedly entered the Webster Avenue Church of God on two separate occasions between Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, at which point she allegedly took “a large amount of collection money.”

  • Relay for Life coming June 25

    Harrison County’s Relay for Life will be on Friday, June 25, starting at 7 p.m. at the Old Ingles Football Stadium. The event will end at 7 a.m. the next day.

    Jeni Valentine, one of the event’s co-chairs, said the event lasts 12 hours “because cancer never sleeps.”

    This is will be Harrison County’s 13th Relay for Life.

    For more about this year's Relay, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • P&Z board fires its administrator

    Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Administrator Linden Smith has been fired following a February board meeting.

    According to P&Z chairman Avi Bear, the commission voted unanimously to fire Smith at its rescheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

    Smith was suspended by the commission on Jan. 18 for “insubordination.”

    He returned to work from that 30-day suspension on Friday, Feb. 19.

    As part of Smith’s suspension terms, Bear said Smith was supposed to write letters of apology to the board.

  • Bill to make hiring coaches easier passes, gets start in Cynthiana

    House Bill 327 passed in Frankfort earlier this month.

    But the bill’s process began right here in Harrison County over a year ago, with the initiative of Harrison County High School Athletic Director Lee Kendall.

    “It was a problem we had in Harrison County,” Kendall said about the ability to find coaches that matched the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s criteria.

    The association’s regulations required that all head and assistant coaches be certified teachers or have earned 64 hours of college credit.

  • Webb faces second murder charge

    A second murder indictment has been added to the multiple felony charges facing Bass Webb.

    A Montgomery County grand jury issued murder and tampering with physical evidence charges against Webb for the December 2003 disappearance of Sabrina Vaughn.

    A body was recovered in Powell County in January.

    Although DNA results have not been received, Montgomery County  Sheriff Fred Shortridge said he doesn’t need them to make the charges.