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  • Other help available to victims

    Those affected by the Feb. 6 storms - either by the tornado, straight line winds, severe storms or flooding - have several options for help.

    The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster physical damage loans for homes, personal property and non-farm businesses in the areas declared as disasters since the storms.

    Michael Peacock, communications specialist for SBA, said the loans are for uninsured and underinsured losses as a result of the storms.

  • Feds lend a helping hand

    Harrison County residents affected by the Feb. 6 storms are now receiving help from the federal government.

    A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened Monday in the parking lot next to the Harrison County Sheriffs office.

    Harrison is one of six counties added last week to the original nine declared eligible for federal assistance.

    Federal disaster assistance can include grants for short-term rental needs, for homeowners to make repairs and for a variety of other disaster-related expenses.

  • FEMA offers answers to common myths, rumors

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Kentuckys Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) said in the first few weeks following a disaster, those affected may be misled by half-truths and rumors.

    State and federal disaster recovery officials said there are two easy ways to begin the application process. You may call FEMAs toll-free number, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the hearing- and speech-impaired. Both numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice.

  • Brown reports

    "The city continues to look good from a financial standpoint," Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown said in his "state of the city address" on Tuesday.

    He commended commissioners for staying within their operating budgets and identified specific areas where the city progressed over the last year.

    He said the city made water system improvements which amounted to $793,720. Grant monies amounted to $230,000. The city picked up the balance.

  • Burglary suspect shot Sunday night

    The investigation into a Sunday night shooting and its relation to numerous burglaries along Old Lair Road is continuing.

    Det. Paul Olin of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department said the initial call was made at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday for a burglary that had occurred on Old Lair Road.

    While law enforcement was on their way to the burglary, a second call came in that shots had been fired at the same residence.

    Thomas Perysian, 26, of Paris, was allegedly shot by the homeowner, Kevin Landrum, who interrupted the burglary of his home.

  • England, champion for students, dies Thursday

    Harrison County lost one of its public servants last week with the death of Joe England. Public service was both his profession and passion.

    England, 52, began his nearly 30-year career in law enforcement as a dispatcher for the Cynthiana Police Department and he kept moving up the ladder into state government. His passion was as an advocate for children and their education. He pioneered Southside Elementarys site-based council in the infancy of such boards in Kentucky.

  • Esteemed citizens honored at banquet

    While he didnt have much to say after accepting his award for Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, you could read the surprise all over Bill Kelly Sr.s face.

    Kelly thought he was at the Cynthiana Country Club last Friday in honor of food pantry volunteers Margaret Watson and Marilyn Wash.

    Instead, when presenter Charlie Tribble mentioned the words grist mill, Kelly turned to wife Sue with a they-got-me expression on his face.

  • New superintendent reviews begin Feb. 28

    The Harrison County Board of Education and the superintendent search committee will have their first joint meeting on Thursday.

    At 6 p.m., the two committees will be advised of their roles in the search and hiring of superintendent to replace the retiring Dr. Roy Woodward. Mike Oder of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) will present members with packets and explain members roles in the hiring process.

    Oder will also go over the screening process with the two entities.

  • Have homes inspected now, says tornado victim

    Connersville Road resident Andy Gray lost his house on Feb. 6.

    Looking back, he realizes that hes fortunate he didnt lose his life.

    Grays house was right in the path of the tornado which hit that morning. It ripped the roof right off the split-level home.

    I just put plywood around [the houses exterior] this summer, he said. Thats why were still alive today.

    Subsequent water damage has left the structure uninhabitable.

  • FNB Oddville branch robbed

    The Cynthiana Police Department is continuing to investigate a bank robbery which occurred Monday morning.

    Chief Steve Muntz said a masked man walked into the Farmers National Bank branch on Oddville Avenue around 10 a.m. Monday, jumped over the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash.

    No weapons were used or implied in the robbery, said Muntz.

    The suspect, described as a white male with blue eyes and a medium build (around six feet tall), was last seen fleeing eastward on foot.