Local News

  • $4.2 mil will save 500 jobs

    For over 40 years, 3M Company has been a major force in Harrison County’s economy. With its recently announced $4.2 million investment in an expansion project, state and local leaders consider it proof that 3M will retain that force.

    Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement last Thursday along with 3M plant manager Ann Getting that 3M will be reinvesting in its Cynthiana property.

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

  • Statistics indicate prison works in fight against crime

    Community members gathered Monday evening for Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County’s sixth town hall meeting at the Cynthiana Christian Church.

    “Public safety is job one,” said Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney Ray Larson.

    Serving as the town hall meeting’s keynote speaker, Larson said five percent of the population is committing about 80 percent of the crime.

    “The main purpose of government... is to do all that it can to guarantee the safety and security of its citizens,” Larson said.

  • Seven cars vandalized Monday night

    Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson said it was supposedly an argument with his girlfriend that made a Harrison County teen vandalize at least seven cars on Monday night, including Johnson’s.

    Although no charges had been filed for the alleged vehicle damages as of press time Wednesday morning, Johnson said the teen was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol.

  • Guilty pleas entered in Flamingo Road drug cases

    Six of eight defendants on last Thursday’s circuit court docket who had been indicted for drug-related charges on Jan. 5, changed their not guilty pleas to guilty.

    According to court records, the five men and one woman will be back in court on April 20 for formal sentencing.

    The individuals were arrested on charges related to Operation Flamingo Road, which was the largest drug sweep in Kentucky history. Well over 500 warrants were issued state wide.

  • Immigrant indicted for illegal re-entry into Harrison County

    Eusebio Torres-Torres, aka Porfrrio Torres-Mendez, 34, of Mexico, was indicted Thursday, May 6, for illegal re-entry by a previously deported alien, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

    The indictment alleges that Torres-Torres, an alien who had previously been deported on Oct. 7,2004, unlawfully entered the United States at Harrison County, Ky.


    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more on ths story.

  • Hampton, Turner reclaim offices; Taylor first woman elected magistrate

    Incumbent sheriff Bruce Hampton, by all indications, will be back in office for his sixth four-year term.

    Hampton led the primary election by a narrow 108 vote margin over opponent Shain Stephens. Hampton claimed 1,795 votes to Stephens’ 1,687. Former Kentucky State Trooper Roger Fuller garnered 323 votes.

    “I want to thank everyone for their support,” Hampton said Wednesday morning.

    Hampton led 11 of the 18 precincts with Stephens leading the remaining seven.

  • Dycus decided early to trade law books for lesson planners

    It was at law school where Rick Dycus decided he wanted to be a teacher.

    After a year and a half of law classes, Dycus said he asked himself one question.

    “Why am I doing this?”

    His future as a lawyer ended right then and there and his career as an educator began.

    “I took all my books and went down to the dean’s office and I dropped all my classes,” he said. “That was probably one of the smartest things I’ve ever done.”

    Sitting in his Eastside Elementary principal’s office, he smiled.

  • Three arrests, two warrants for drug charges

    Three Harrison County individuals are behind bars and two are wanted for drug charges following an investigation by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police.

    Det. Paul Olin said three individuals were arrested last Thursday for illegal prescription drug activity.

    Edward Durbin Jr., 52, was arrested on three counts of first degree trafficking a controlled substance.

    He is being held at Grant County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash bond.

  • Ashbrook signs with White Sox

    J.D. Ashbrook signed Monday morning to play baseball for the Bristol White Sox, an advanced rookie league team.

    Ashbrook, a 2006 graduate of Harrison County High School, will report to Bristol, Va., Wednesday for a four-day camp.

    The season begins June 22.

    Ashbrook batted .432 for Morehead State University where he was named to the first team all OVC. He also had 18 home runs and 14 stolen bases.

    He is the son of Greg and Amy Ashbrook.

    For a complete story, see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Sheriff's candidate calls for recount

    A recount of votes in the Harrison County Sheriff’s race has been requested by Shain Stephens.

    One-hundred-eight votes separated Stephens from incumbent Bruce Hampton’s 1,795 tally.

    According to Harrison County Clerk Linda Furnish, Stephens filed his written request on Monday morning.

    The recanvassing will involve going back through the machine totals as well as hand counting the absentee votes on Thursday at 9 a.m.

    The deadline to file for a recanvassing is Tuesday at 4 p.m.