Local News

  • Bridging the gap

    It’s going to get worse before it gets better, but it will definitely be an improvement.

    Since last July, the U.S. 27 North viaduct over CSX has been closed to heavy trucks, which have been diverted onto Church Street.

    Beginning in mid October, weather permitting, the viaduct will be closed to all traffic, said Nathan Fields, the Transportation Cabinet’s chief project inspector, which will send all traffic passing through Cynthiana to Church Street.

  • US 27 N wreck claims one life

    A man is dead following a Wednesday morning car accident on US 27 North.

    As of press time Wednesday morning, the individual had not been identified by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

    Officers at the scene said they believed the individual was a Pendleton County resident.

     The vehicle was traveling northbound around 10 a.m. when the car left the roadway, striking two parked tractors and a utility pole.

    The vehicle flipped, landing in the parking lot of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall.

  • Lance’s recovery: Defying the odds

    Baby Lance Phillips is defying the odds.

    Diagnosed with Hurler’s Syndrome, Lance was looking at a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy and months of recovery.

    Four months to the date from entering Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Lance was released to come home. He had already been released ahead of schedule from the hospital into the Ronald McDonald House.

    “He’s done really well,” said Amanda Phillips, Lance’s mother, who added that once Lance was released to the McDonald House he never had to be readmitted to the hospital.

  • Armed robbery under investigation

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate an armed robbery that occurred over the weekend.

    According to Deputy Nathan Gasser, an armed male entered a residence Sunday morning on Ky Hwy 392, demanding medication.

    As of Monday morning, no arrests in the case have been made.

    For the complete story, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • ‘Here’s your sign’: Keep them off of poles

    The Cynthiana City Commission passed a new ordinance Tuesday night that instructs all city employees to remove signs from utility poles.

    The ordinance was effective yesterday.

    Billy Grayson, commissioner of public utilities, made a special motion because, he said, the ordinance will greatly improve the appearance of the city.

    The hanging of signs on utility poles is illegal, but some people seem to do it regardless, he said.

  • Former ER doctor in fair condition

    A former Harrison Memorial Hospital emergency room doctor is listed in fair condition at a Lexington hospital after a Saturday wreck in Scott County.

    At about 4:30 p.m., Dr. Michael Chestnut was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue near his residence on Thistle Way when he ran off the road, struck a utility pole and went into a creek.

    Chestnut was traveling alone in his vehicle and no other vehicles were involved, according to the report filed by Scott County Deputy Jeremy Johnson.

    Chestnut was transported to UK Medical Center by Georgetown-Scott County EMS.

  • County changes dead animal removal contract

    Effective immediately, Countryside Industries, Inc., of Lexington, Ky., will be handling Harrison County’s dead livestock removal.

    Griffin Industries, the former service provider, is no longer doing livestock removal.

    The service is free to any Harrison County resident and will be paid for by grants and  Harrison County Fiscal Court.

    If you have dead livestock that you need removed, please call 859-234-0004.

    For any questions about this change contact Alex Barnett at 859-234-7136 or the Harrison County Extension Office at 859-234-5510.

  • Lab missed test, says supervisor

    Cynthiana and Harrison County residents should have received mail from the City of Cynthiana Water Department within the past weeks.

    The 2009 annual water quality report was mailed to customers, informing them of a notice of violation.

    “People get concerned when they see this,” said supervisor Harry Johnson. “I don’t blame them.”

    The NOV (notice of violation), issued by the Kentucky Division of Water, claims that the department failed to complete a volatile organic compound test last year.

  • School board wants monthly accounting from booster clubs

    The Harrison County Board of Education postponed the approval of the first reading of a policy regarding booster club fundraisers until it can get legal advice.

    The proposed policy would require school district booster clubs to submit a monthly financial report to the appropriate principal. The principals would then submit these copies as part of their monthly reports to the board.

  • Trash can taken from Berry Post Office

    Berry postmaster Judy Woodworth would like for the person or persons who took the post office’s large trash can to know that even though the trash in the can was not first class mail, the theft of the can still constitutes a felony offense.