Local News

  • Licking Valley home earns Star Energy rating

    Bertha Clark moved from Nashville to Cynthiana in 2006 and became a star. Actually, her home has become the star -- an Energy Star.

     With electric bills nearing $800 per month, Clark knew she had to do something to make her Licking Valley home more efficient.

    Steve Rose with Blue Grass Energy did an audit of her home to find its failures. What he discovered was the loss of about 70 percent of her heat, much of which was simply going up the chimney.

    She contracted Tim Wilson of Copperwood Construction to do what he could to make her home more efficient.

  • Woman injured in 4-car wreck Saturday night

    A Carlisle woman was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center following a Saturday night wreck on KY 36.

    According to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve McCauley, a disabled vehicle set off of a chain of events that ended in a four-car accident.

    About 9:15 p.m. Saturday, a 1993 Toyota pickup truck, driven by Phillip Nickell II, was headed west on KY 36 W when the truck broke down. Nickell pulled the truck to the side of the road.

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

  • Delaney to decide legality of sign limits

    The constitutionally of restricting political signs is being considered by Harrison County Circuit Judge Jay Delaney, who is expected to soon rule in the case.

    State representative candidate Timothy Fairfield of Berry brought a civil suit against the planning commission regarding the constitutionality of regulating those signs.

    Political debates in Harrison County have gone to signs.

    Are they out too early? Are they too close to the highway? Are they blocking an entrance? Are they too large?

  • Clean up

    The flood waters are gone, but the clean-up process continues for some.

    “We’ve been without electricity for over a week,” Recreation Department Director Rick Chasteen said.

    The baseball season was put on hold after heavy rains pushed the South Fork Licking River to crest at 21.92 feet on May 4 - almost two feet above flood level.

    Thirty-four inches of water stood in the concession stand at River Road Park, Chasteen said.

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

  • Commission searches for skateboard park options

    City commissioners continue to ponder the location of a possible skateboard park.

    “This situation is with us and it’s going to stay with us,” Commissioner Mark Mattmiller said at Tuesday’s city commission meeting. “It’s not going away.”

    Mattmiller said there is some question as to whether or not previously used skateboard equipment would be able to continue to be used.

    The equipment was removed from River Road Park in May 2009 by the Recreation Department.

  • Volunteers rescue victims from rising flood waters

    Harrison County firefighters responded to two separate calls of residents being trapped in their homes Sunday morning due to rising flood waters in the eastern part of the county.

    Chief Charlie Carson said the first call came in at 7:30 a.m. from a resident saying flood waters had trapped her in her home on Smalley Branch Road off US 62 East.

    “We couldn’t get to her because the water was seven feet over the road,” Carson said Tuesday morning.

  • Dailey’s filmed for Speed feature

    Crews from the Speed Channel were in Cynthiana last week filming the activities of Dailey’s Body Shop.

    Tomi Jean Dailey submitted her pink vehicles to Speed’s television show “Copart: Sold in Seconds” for a segment on buying wrecked vehicles and fixing them up for resale.

    “It’s Pink” is the vanity plate on the 26-year-old Dailey’s Nissan Frontier, which is her second pink refurbished vehicle. The first was a Jeep.

    Dailey said she was filmed in the paint booth, spraying pink, of course.

  • Seven arrested on drug charges

    Kentucky State Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s office arrested seven individuals on drug charges last week.

    “The investigation has taken place over the course of several months and is ongoing,” Det. Paul Olin said Friday afternoon.

    Those arrested were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.

    For the complete story, including the names of those individuals arrested, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Court hears bridge concerns

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court awarded the construction bid for the Rutland Road bridge at Tuesday’s meeting. However, discussion prior to the vote addressed the contractor’s workmanship.

    E&H Contracting and Ron’s Contracting were awarded the contract with the lowest bid of $47,606.17. The pair have teamed up before to construct nine other bridges in Harrison County.

    Jerry Bacon of RRC Co., an industrial bridge developer, told magistrates of things that he believes are wrong with the previous projects.

  • Barnes heads to Air Academy, thanks to Young Eagles donations

    Justin Barnes loves being in the air.

    “I’ve liked it from an early age,” Barnes said last Thursday afternoon at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport. “Just being up there and seeing the Earth from a different point of view...”

    It’s a passion that began with airplane rides with his grandfather, the late Jim Wornall, who served on the airport board for 40 years.

    Barnes’ love of planes will only be heightened this summer when he attends the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisc. July 12-17.