Local News

  • Lions ask for naming rights for park shelter

    A proposed outdoor pavilion for the Handy Farm was presented to commissioners at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    County entities are working on a grant for the shelter, with plans for the building to be located inside the walking trail, near the planned soccer and baseball fields.

    City Attorney John Lair read a letter to the commissioners from the Cynthiana Lion’s Club, requesting that the civic organization have naming rights to the pavilion if the group contributed a substantial amount of money toward the cost of the shelter.

  • Local performers taken Kennedy Center Stage for ‘Our Lincoln’

    Three Harrison Countians recently represented the Bluegrass state in the nation’s capital during a special performance at the Kennedy Center.

    As part of a centennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln, groups and performers from around Kentucky took the Washington D.C. stage on Monday, Feb. 2, for musical and theatrical performances during a program entitled ‘Our Lincoln.’

    Among those Kentuckians were Betsy Smith, Devon Williams and Wendy Keith.

    “We’re telling Kentucky stories through drama,” said Smith.

  • Court OKs zone change for Amish store

    A zone change allowing for the construction of an Amish bulk-food store on U.S. 27 North was approved by the Harrison County Fiscal Court on Tuesday.

    A request by Allen Yoder previously ended in deadlock with the Planning Commission and therefore landed with magistrates for a decision.

    Several neighbors attended Tuesday’s public hearing to support the Yoders and their proposed business, which would be located between Carr  Road and Blackburn Road.

  • Suspected drug possession ends in suspension of student

    A Harrison County High School student is suspended after being found in possession of prescription drugs and another substance, believed to be marijuana.

    The drugs were found after the juvenile was searched at the high school Friday afternoon said Harrison County superintendent Andy Dotson.

    Harrison County school security officers and the Cynthiana Police Department responded to the high school Friday afternoon.

    Dotson said tests were still being performed to confirm the identity of the substance that is believed to be marijuana.

  • Overturned tractor-trailer closes Ky Hwy 36 West early Wednesday morning

    Kentucky Highway 36 West was closed for over an hour early Wednesday morning while towing crews removed an overturned tractor-trailer carrying three steel bridge girders.

    The 1999 Peterlait semi-truck was traveling westbound from Virginia when the truck rounded a curve and overturned.

  • Extension office to hold pasture development meeting

    I am sure everyone is wondering what will show up in our pastures this year. Is grass still there or will we be covered with weeds. How much fertilizer will I need to produce the hay needed for my livestock operation? Can I afford to seed this year?

    All of these questions and concerns are going to be facing us as soon as the weather finally breaks.

  • Heart transplant gives Mastin ‘second chance’

    Rachel Mastin has a letter that is very special to her.

    From a mother in Georgia, Rachel has yet to meet the author.

    “Give my baby boy a hug and tell him ‘I love him,’” one of the last paragraphs of the letter reads.

    The boy’s name was M.J. and Rachel is the new owner of his  21-year-old heart.

    On Aug. 2, 2007, after several years of heart problems and many, many, many doctor visits, Rachel became the recipient of a heart transplant.

  • Wednesday afternoon fires keep firefighters busy

    Harrison County firefighters responded to three fires last Wednesday afternoon. A wood stove is believed to have started a barn fire on Connersville Pike, where firefighters arrived at 3:10 p.m. “It was fully involved when they got there,” said fire chief Charlie Carson. Fifteen emergency personnel responded to the incident. The fire was extinguished at 5 p.m. Crews also responded to two grass fires on Ky Hwy 32 West and Robinson Union Road.

  • March 1-7 is Black Church Week of Prayer for the healing of AIDS

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working to promote Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, an observance held March 1-7 that includes thousands of churches across the country.

    As part of the observance, DPH and community-based organizations are inviting churches to participate in a “Prayer for the Healing of AIDS,” an educational event set for 6 p.m. March 1 at St. Paul AME Church, 251 N. Upper St., Lexington. Free HIV testing will be available at the same location from 4 to 8 p.m.


    “I’ve just missed having him here to tell me that everything’s gonna be OK,” said a tearful Kim True, wife of soldier William “Jack” True.

    Jack and comrades from the 201st Engineering Battalion will be returning to Cynthiana next week after a 12-month tour of duty that led them to Afghanistan.

    Kim said she never expected to have to watch her husband of 10 years leave for a second overseas tour. Their girls, now 16, 15 and 11, were younger the first time.