Local News

  • UPDATE: Name of Wednesday wreck victim released

    Law enforcement officials have released the name of the Falmouth man killed in the Wednesday morning single-car accident on US 27 North.

    According to the report taken by Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Gasser, Clarence Hoskins, 62, was driving northbound at 9:40 a.m. when his vehicle exited the right shoulder of the road and struck a driveway culvert.

    The report says Hoskin’s 2001 Honda Odyssey became airborne, striking two parked tractors.

  • Truck speeds away after striking man in Leesburg

    The Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate after a pedestrian was hit by a truck in the Leesburg area over the weekend.

    According to deputy Robert Peak, Darius Ray, 20, was walking on the side of Ky. Hwy. 1842 North Sunday evening.

    “He got hit by a pickup truck and then the truck fled the scene,” Peak said.

    Peak responded to the 9:48 p.m. call to dispatch.

    Peak said Ray had been walking from a residence to the Leesburg grocery store when he was hit.

  • Murder victim positively identified

    Sabrina Vaughn left her family’s Montgomery County home just before Christmas in 2003, vowing that she would return for the holidays.

    She didn’t.

    It wasn’t until last Friday that official word came of Vaughn’s murder.

    Even before her body was positively identified, however, her former boyfriend, Bass Webb, was indicted for her murder.

    A woman’s body was recovered from a shallow grave in Powell County near Clay City on Jan. 15.

  • Summer reading program drives library use above average

    The summer reading program is in full swing at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.

    Pat Barnes, the director of the library, said the circulation last week was abnormally high due to the start of summer reading, which started June 12.

    She said about 2,000 people were served over the span of four days two weeks ago, which differs from the normal average of about 1,300 in a six-day week.

  • Two hospitalized following Friday wreck at River Road and U.S. 27

    The Cynthiana Police Department responded to an injury accident Friday evening around 10:21 p.m. at the River Road and US 27 intersection.

    According to the police report draft, Kyle D. Caldwell, 18, was turning left onto US 27, when his vehicle struck an oncoming vehicle traveling southbound on US 27.

    Caldwell, along with a passenger in the vehicle, were transported by Browns EMS to Harrison Memorial Hospital, then later transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

  • Search is on for teen suspect

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department continues to search for an individual following a Monday afternoon burglary on Poindexter Road.

    Deputy Dean Hutchison responded to a residence after an individual was caught stealing tools from the shop building behind the home.

    According to Hutchison, the daughter of the property owner saw a white male exiting the shop building on foot around 2 p.m.

    Along with a friend, the daughter proceeded to chase the individual on foot.

  • Promised to God

    Singing is an ability that Steven Strawzell has never taken for granted.

    He was diagnosed with medium grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the parotid gland in the fall of 1983 and had surgery almost immediately.

    During surgery, the doctor removed the tumor, the neck muscle, the jugular vein and all of the glands on the right side of his neck.

  • Renovation underway at Cynthiana Presbyterian

    The  Cynthiana Presbyterian Church has started work on its historical restoration/renovation project.

    The project will take about six months to complete.

    Arthur DeYoung, interim pastor of the church, said the congregation voted on June 12 to do the restoration.

    He said the construction is necessary to maintain the building and keep it in repair for many years of use. 

    The entire roof will be replaced, a wall on the Pleasant Street side is being reconsructed and the mortar between the bricks will be replaced.

  • Police have woman in custody following Friday shooting

    Police have one woman in custody and a second woman has been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

    About 4 p.m. Friday, neighbors on Confederate Drive said a woman drove onto their street, jumped from the passenger side of her car and headed to the home of her ex-husband with a gun in hand.

    Once at the home, she fired shots at the ex-husband’s girlfriend as well as a neighbor who was outside.

    Names of those involved in the shooting have not been released.

  • School administration offices relocate to CEC building

    Harrison County school system administrators are in a new office.

    “It’s a lot easier to streamline information here,” Superintendent Andy Dotson said Tuesday morning from his new office at the former Community Education Center.

    Dotson said the new central office now houses all the academic, financial and human resource offices.


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