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  • Heritage Council: Flat Run Veterans’ Park development can move forward

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court and Cynthiana City Commission are in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and can proceed with the development of the Flat Run Veterans’ Park.

    Judge Alex Barnett announced Tuesday that the state’s archaeological study has determined that the house and property where baseball fields were planned are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

  • An apple a day

    Gala. McIntosh. Jonathan. Honeycrisp. Mutsu. Fuji. Granny Smith. Golden Delicious.

    Name any type of apple and chances are, you’ll find it at Reed Valley Orchard.

    “He won’t tell me how many we’ve got,” Trudie Reed said about her husband’s acres of apple trees. “He just keeps planting more and more...”

    It’s Reed Valley Orchard, she said, that’s continued to grow over the years, with more than 4,000 trees, more than 50 varieties of apples and more than 117 acres.


  • Fixing A. Keller Dam: City approves preliminary funding

    The A. Keller Dam continues to worsen, Dustin Rose told the Cynthiana City Commission at its meeting Tuesday evening.

    Rose and a group of individuals, known as the A. Keller Dam Committee, have been meeting over the past several months to consider solutions to fix the dam.

    “The 1997 flood took the top off the dam,” Rose, who serves as the committee’s chairman, told the commission. “And more keeps coming off of it...”

    In addition, Rose said, there are several holes in the dam where water flows through.

  • Safe Routes to School sidewalk project won’t be ready for opening day

    Harrison County schools will start back to class before the city’s Safe Routes to School sidewalk project is complete.

    “We won’t be able to have it completed by the time school starts this year,” Dave Kennedy, the city’s administrative assistant, said last week.

    Kennedy said the sidewalk plans are currently being reviewed by an engineer with  the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

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

  • MCTC/LVC to host writers’ workshop

    Words won’t be scarce this weekend in Cynthiana.

    The second annual book signing and writers’ workshop will be held Friday and Saturday at the Prizing House and Maysville Community and Technical College/Licking Valley Campus.

    “This is year two and it is even bigger and better than last year’s first edition,” said event coordinator and MCTC/LVC campus director Bruce Florence.

    Friday evening’s book signing will begin at 4 p.m. at the Prizing House, with over 20 authors selling and signing their books.

  • Living the entrepreneurship example

    Jeffrey Owen believes that entrepreneurship is not for everyone.

    “But if you are self motivated and highly driven, then you can do it,” he said.

    Palm Plastics Ltd. was started in 2003, by Owen.

    Palm Plastics is a custom injection molding supplier located in Morenci, Mich. The company is currently the world leader for producing the most plastic palettes in a year, which is about 4.8 million. Its supplies are used for consumer products by companies such as Kraft Foods, Pepsi and General Mills.


    Of the top 10 salaries for Harrison County employees/elected officials, six of those are in the sheriff’s department.

    Salaries for three elected positions are mandated by the state government and are dependent upon years of service. Those are county judge-executive, county clerk and sheriff.

    Linda Furnish, county clerk, is the highest paid official in county government. In fiscal year 2009-10, she earned $82,131.09. Her salary increased from $81,298.93 last year.

  • Harrison's unemployment drops

    For the fourth month in a row, Harrison County’s unemployement rate dropped.

    In January, 12.2 percent of Harrison County’s labor force was unemployed. Over the last six months it dropped to 10.4 percent.

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

  • Animal attacks

    While reports and pictures of a wild animal in the Connersville area continue to spread, law enforcement officials say there is no evidence to indicate there is a large cat on the loose.

    Perhaps the only cats on the loose in Connersville are house cats, said Harrison County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Olin.

    “Everything we go by is facts and evidence,” Olin said Monday afternoon.

    The Sheriff’s Department began investigating the possibility of a large cat in the area after resident Tim Humphries’ dog was attacked on July 26.

  • Webb’s Bourbon trial date set

    A third 2011 trial date in as many counties has been set for accused murderer Bass Webb.

    The  man who police said ran down two jail officials on the  morning of July 31, 2009, will stand trial in Bourbon County beginning on May 16, 2011.

    Webb is charged with two counts of attempted murder in the July 31, 2009, attack on the  jail officials. He is also charged in Bourbon County with being a persistent felony offender.

    He will be back in Bourbon County court on April 29, 2011, for a status hearing.