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  • Clinton overwhelmingly wins Harrison County

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton handily beat her challenger, Barack Obama, in Harrison County's primary ballots Tuesday.

    Clinton secured 2,613 votes (72.4 percent) to Obamas 761 (21.1 percent). Statewide, Clinton also secured the victory. She garnered 459,093 (65.5 percent) to 209,869 (30 percent) won by Obama.

    On the Republican side, the presumptive nominee John McCain won Harrison County with 368 votes.

  • Class of 2008 graduation is May 30

    After a school year with many highs and lows, the Class of 2008 is prepared to cross the stage at Ingles Stadium.

    Commencement exercises are set for next Friday, May 30, starting at 7:30 p.m.

    Although it was thought last year would be the final year for commencement at the football stadium - it was supposed to be demolished last fall in preparation for a new facility, a change of plans by the state spared the field making it available for this year's crop of grads.

    The alternative plan in case of rain is to use the high school gym.

  • Sentencing postponed in child predator case

    Formal sentencing for the Harrison County man who is an admitted child predator has been postponed in Pennsylvania.

    According to Nils Frederiksen, deputy press secretary for the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals office, sentencing has been moved to sometime in June. Vascotto was previously scheduled to hear his fate on May 29.

    Thomas Vascotto was arrested in Pennsylvania last August as part of a child predator sting operation.

  • Body shop takes business to new heights

    When Cynthiana native Chris Curtis started Chip Magician in 2003, he couldnt have imagined to what heights his business might go.

    On Wednesday, it went to around 45,000 feet.

    Three paint specialists from Curtis auto body center spent a week in Danville repainting a Cold War-era Russian training jet.

    I never would have believed six months ago we would do that, Curtis said of the rather unique job. The guys I have working for me are just absolutely amazing.

    Curtis said Chip Magician is not exactly a typical body shop.

  • Health officials proclaim its time to give up tobacco

    The question Wedco District Health Department tobacco program coordinator Peggy Seithers asked the 100 area students was simple.

    What time is it? she asked the crowd of Harrison and Nicholas County kids.

    As they looked around for a clock, she gave them their answer: Its time to give up tobacco.

    Last Thursday, Wedco hosted the Tobacco Free Its Up to Me tobacco youth conference at Indian Creek Christian Church. The day-long event featured several speakers as well as some activities designed around an anti-tobacco message.

  • Burglary suspect arrested in G'town

    By Donald Richie, News writer

    The second suspect in a string of local burglaries has been caught.

    Jeremy Puckett, 29, was arrested without incident Monday morning at Georgetown Community Hospital, where his wife was giving birth to their son, according to Harrison County Sheriffs Office Det. Paul Olin.

    He was escorted out of the hospital as discreetly as possible, Olin said.

    Puckett was being sought on charges stemming from multiple incidents on Old Lair Road, Commonwealth Lane and the Connersville area between Feb. 19 and March 9.

  • County revisits possible nuisance violation

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court Tuesday held discussions on its options to clean up a property which has been the subject of nuisance complaints for several years.

    District 4 Magistrate Jerry Dawson asked the court if the countys nuisance ordinance would allow for the county to clean up a property and place a lien on it to recover the costs.

    He was referring to a piece of land on Ky. 982 (Edgewater Pike) which has several stripped down mobile homes on it.

    It was one of the first ones to be brought before the court, Dawson said, referring to the nuisance ordinance.

  • Copper theft creates huge loss at empty building

    The Harrison County Sheriffs Department is investigating a copper theft which has repair estimates in the six-figure range.

    According to a HCS report, Merrill Northcutt, 71, reported a burglary at 962 Ky. 356 (White Oak Pike), the former ATK building.

    Taken in the break in was 1,050 feet of industrial copper wire. Several items sustained damage, including 350 feet of four inch electrical conduit, 70 four inch clevis hangers and six 400 amp, 240 volt disconnects.

    The alleged burglary happened sometime between May 1 and May 7, the report said.

  • Copes resigns; Chasteen steps in as interim leader

    Longtime recreation director Kenny Copes is stepping down.

    Copes, who has been at the helm for the last 11 years, but with the Cynthiana-Harrison County Recreation Department since 1983, will be replaced for an interim by Rick Chasteen.

    Chasteen, who serves on the recreation board, said he will take charge during the search for a new director.

  • U.S. 27 N. businesses burglarized

    A string of Tuesday night-Wednesday morning burglaries on U.S. 27 North is being investigated.

    Det. Paul Olin, of the Harrison County Sheriffs Department, said he is investigating break ins at four businesses just north of Cynthiana.

    Galactic Alley bowling lanes, Handy Man Tool Rental, Bruins Landscaping and the Harrison Veterinary Clinic were all hit, Olin said.

    He suspects there were several people involved, by the amount of activity involved.

    They probably spent the good part of the evening, on the break ins, Olin said.