Local News

  • Harrison County students win state speech awards

    After five years, Harrison County High School has a new speech champion.

    Aaron Williams, a senior at HCHS, won extemporaneous speaking at the Kentucky High School Speech League held March 13-16 at Western Kentucky University.

    “This was the cumulation of four years,” said Williams, who began the event in middle school.

    Participants in extemp are given a political question to answer and 30 minutes to prepare a seven minute speech.

    “You don’t actually write out the speech,” said Williams.

  • Commissioner's special meeting is canceled

    The Cynthiana City Commission’s special meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at noon, has been canceled.

    The special meeting, scheduled by commissioners at Tuesday evening’s regular city commission meeting, was planned to further discuss the sidewalk renovations on Main Street.


  • Extension leaders honored at Hall of Fame program

     Individuals were honored as Hall of Fame recipients Monday evening for their assistance and dedication to the Harrison County Extension Office and its programs. Pictured are those recipients; from left, front row, Sylvia Fryman, Georgia McCauley, Pat Perraut, Jane Butcher and Charlene Dawson; back row, J. Leslie Fryman, Ralph Jones, Dick Wolsing, Kenneth Leach, Jerry Dawson and Danny Tackett. J. Leslie and Sylvia Fryman accepted the award on behalf of the late Gertrude Fryman.

  • HCHS chorus concert Thursday, March 26

    The Harrison County High School Chorus Department will be presenting a concert Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. 

    This is a free concert and will be under the direction of Tom Flannery.  Flannery is enjoying his first year as the director of choirs. 

    There will be many soloists as well as the school’s two choirs.  Come out and show your support and enjoy an evening of live music.

  • Local scam investigated

    The Cynthiana Police Department is investigating what was termed a “scam”.

    According to Cynthiana Police Officer David Powers, a perpetrator claiming to be a representative of the Farmers National Bank has telephoned Harrison County residents. Residents are being asked for their debit and/or credit card number. It is not known whether any accounts at the bank have been accessed.

    It was also reported that customers of other Cynthiana banks were being called as well.

  • Blue Grass Energy scholarship due April 1

    Ten high school seniors served by Blue Grass Energy can win a $1,000 scholarship to aid them in furthering their education.

    Scholarship awards are based on financial need, academic achievement and extracurricular activities. Applications must be postmarked or brought to any BGEnergy office by Wednesday, April 1. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

  • Buena Vista house is total loss

    A Monday morning fire leaves one Harrison County family’s home and belongings destroyed.

    The Harrison County fire department responded to a 11:41 a.m. call to Thomas and Layla Wilson’s residence on Republican Pike, about six miles from town.

    “When we got there, fire was coming out the window downstairs in the living room and up in the attic,” said Harrison County Fire Chief Charlie Carson.

    Carson said the residents were not home at the time of the fire.

  • Welcome Home!

    Cynthiana’s National Guard soldiers returned to Cynthiana last week after a one-year deployment serving in Afghanistan as part of the Operation  Enduring Freedom.

    Soldiers with C Co. 201st Engineering Battalion left Cynthiana last March for training at Ft. McCoy, Wisc. Their overseas deployment began in May.

    They were released to their families Thursday evening in Ashland, Ky.

     A local celebration Freedom Salute will be held in May in Cynthiana.

  • Stout appeals prison sentence

    A Harrison county man who had initially entered a guilty plea to federal drug charges is now appealing his sentence.

    Izzah A. Stout, who is serving a 66-month sentence at Manchester Federal Correctional Institution for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, filed a motion in U.S. District Court on March 3 to vacate his sentence.

    Stout, who was arrested in Harrison County last May, was also charged with distribution of crack cocaine and abetting.  Those charges were dismissed.

    Stout’s case was assigned to Judge Karen K. Caldwell.

  • Poplar Street home damaged Tuesday

    A 50-year-old family home was damaged in a Tuesday night fire.

    Cynthiana firefighters were called to 205 N. Poplar St. around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after a fire started on the second floor of Naomi Smith’s residence.

    No one was injured and Cynthiana firefighter David Bell was able to rescue the resident’s cat Smokey.

    Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders said firefighters were contained the fire to the attic and an upstairs room, eliminating further fire and smoke damage to the rest of the house.