Local News

  • School board considers calendar changes

    An amended school calendar was tabled at the Harrison County School Board’s meeting Tuesday evening.

    Director of Pupil Personnel Lloyd Ogden presented board members with a school calendar that projected Friday, June 5 as the last day of school for students.

    Harrison County Superintendent Andy Dotson suggested that board members wait to approve the calendar, in hopes that a requested calamity day will be approved by the state.

    State legislators voted to approve up to 10 calamity days to school districts that had missed days due to the ice storm.

  • CATS gets clawed on Frankfort floor

    After a decade of CATS testing, state legislators threw Kentucky’s standardized assessment to the curb last week.

    Passed by the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives during their recent session, the legislation, named Senate Bill 1 plans for revamping of the tests known as CATS - named for the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System.

    The legislation was signed into effect by Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday.

    “The changes will be phased in,” said Rep. Tom McKee Monday morning, adding that a new test will be in place by 2011.

  • Meteorologist visits Northside classroom

    WLEX-TV 18’s Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck visits with the 4th grade students at Northside Elementary on Monday, Feb. 23. Meck presents a fun and informative program on weather.

  • City will receive no stimulus for water, sewer, says clerk

    The city of Cynthiana will not receive any water or sewer federal stimulus money from the state of Kentucky, city clerk Charleen McIlvain reported at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    McIlvain said that while the state will receive $20 million for water projects and $60 million for sewer projects, Cynthiana will not receive any of those first-round funds this year.

    “The state prioritizes these projects and our projects, and as much as a priority as they are to us, on a state level, they are not at the highest level,” McIlvain said.

  • America’s Next Top Model

    Growing up in Cynthiana, Celia was the bottom step of the Ammerman’s three stair-step-aged children, each spaced two years apart.

    Today, 25-year-old Celia Ammerman is on top of the world and she’s heralding the support of her older siblings, her parents and the rest of her family and friends for their support.

    Celia is one of 13 women competing for the title of America’s Next Top Model. Her debut appearance on the reality show by the same name will be Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

  • Academic Briefs


    Evelyn Brett of Berry, Ky., was named to the first semester high honors dean’s list for the 2008-09 academic year. Students who attain high honors must have finished at least the equivalent of four full couses (12 hours) and achieved a grade point average of 3.8 on a scale of 4.0.

    Brett, a graduate of Harrison County High School, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brett. She is a freshman undeclared major at Stephens College.


  • Northside burglarized Thursday night

    Officials are looking into a break-in that occurred overnight Thursday into Friday at Northside Elementary School.

    Superintendent Andy Dotson said the thief or thieves pushed out a window in a hallway to gain entry into the building. Once inside, they took cash from the safe that was part of the staff’s “Biggest Loser” contest.

    Dotson said it appeared the culprits were looking for specific items and not interested in vandalism. There were also two digital cameras missing.

  • Diversion set for child support case worker

    A former Cynthiana Child Support worker has entered guilty pleas to felony theft charges and submitted a motion for pretrial diversion.

    Terri DeZarn, who was charged with three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, $300 or more, appeared in Franklin Circuit Court on Feb. 27 for a plea/diversion agreement.

    An order accepting her motion was filed March 2.

    The charges against DeZarn stem from accusations of theft of money while she was working at the Harrison County Child Support Office.

  • Flu causing absences throughout district

    Harrison County students have already missed 12 days this school year and there may be more.

    At a special school board meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Andy Dotson expressed concern over absences created by the flu.

    “We’re definitely watching it,” Dotson told board members.

    On Tuesday, 289 students were absent from the six public schools.

    “We’ve been hit hard at the high school and middle school,” he said.

  • Strawzell receives medical white coat in February ceremony

    Crista Strawzell received her medical white coat in a ceremony on Feb. 7 at the University of Kentucky. She is a second year Physician Assistant student, and will begin a year of clinical rotations in July. Crista is the daughter of Steve and Rhonda Strawzell, and the granddaughter of Lola Strawzell and Charles and Norma Cooper.