Local News

  • Commissioner recovering from heart attack

    Commissioner Mark Mattmiller continues to recover following a heart attack Sunday evening.

    “I’m feeling really good now,” Mattmiller said during a phone interview Tuesday morning from the Norton Hospital in Louisville.

    Mattmiller was in Indiana at the time of the heart attack and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

    He was later airlifted to Norton Hospital.

    Mattmiller said one of his arteries was completely blocked and doctors inserted a stint.

  • U.S. 27 North viaduct closed

    The existing U.S. 27 bridge over CSX Railroad in Cynthiana closed to all traffic beginning today, Sept. 20. All traffic is being detoured to Church Street. 

    There is a sign directing the detour. Main Street Connector construction is completed and open to all traffic.

    According to a press release from the state’s Transportation Cabinet, total closure is needed to continue new bridge construction. All traffic is expected to be on the new bridge by Christmas 2010. Overall completion of project is slated for summer 2011.

  • Getting hooked

    They’re the Cynthiana Hookers—but in the literal sense—they like to hook rugs as a hobby.

    The Cynthiana Hookers club was formed about a year ago.

    Local women in the community such as Rita Glascock and Judy McKinley found out they shared a similar interest in hooking and decided to get a group together to hook.

    Rug hooking is similar to crocheting in that a piece of fabric is pulled through a burlap or linen pattern with a hook to form a rug.

  • Brunker runs for school board post

    In March 2010, Mary June Brunker was appointed by the Kentucky Education Commissioner, Terry Holliday, to the Harrison County Board of Education to complete the term of Lucy Vanhook, who resigned in December 2009. In April she announced her intention to seek election to continue in the 2nd division seat. 

  • Deadly US 62 crash claims two lives

    Law enforcement officials continue to investigate last Thursday’s US 62 West wreck that killed two drivers.

    Miranda L. Walters, 30, was traveling westbound in a 2009 Toyota Camry around 5:43 a.m., when police say she struck an oncoming 2004 Toyota Corolla, driven by Matthew Herrington, 21.

    According to Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Hutchison, Walters crossed the center line of the highway, striking Herrington’s vehicle head on.

  • $36 mil earmarked for Harrison County roads

    Harrison County is set to receive $36,570,000 in road improvements over the next two years.

    The state’s two-year highway plan, which was adopted during the legislature’s special session earlier this year, became effective July 1.

    “I think this is the biggest total for our county since I’ve been in Frankfort,” said state Rep. Tom McKee, during a telephone interview on Tuesday.

  • Superintendent, assistant are top paid school staffers

    There were five fewer people on Harrison County School District’s payroll in 2010 than in 2009.

    According to Julie Asher, district financial officer, 673 people were paid during the fiscal year that just ended.

    Kentucky law requires school districts to provide a complete listing of school salaries to the newspaper in August. The decision to print that list is left to each newspaper. The Cynthiana Democrat has for several years published school salaries as well as Cynthiana and Harrison County salaries.

  • Thorobred Classic band competition is Sept. 25

    The Marching Thorobreds performed at the Montgomery County Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18, finishing in second place in the 4A classification and earning a proficient rating. 

    This rating qualifies the band for the regional quarterfinals of the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championship Series.

    The Color Guard not only won the Best Color Guard award for class 4A, but it also received the highest preliminary score of all competitors. 

  • Shooting victim to be released from hospital

    The Georgetown woman accused of shooting her ex-husband’s girlfriend on Friday afternoon is in jail.

    Police charged Sandy Southwood with multiple charges, including attempted murder after she allegedly shot Amber Florence.

    Florence was at the home she shares with fiance Charles Arnold on Confederate Drive when Southwood showed up shortly after 4 p.m. Friday and allegedly began firing off several shots from a 9mm handgun.

  • Driver being deported after crash

    Deportation procedures are underway after one Harrison County man is arrested following a Saturday night wreck.

    Alberto Lopez, 23, was traveling northbound in a 1997 Ford Contour on US 27 around 11:20 p.m., when the vehicle crossed the center line of the highway, striking a 2008 Ford Focus, driven by Kyle Caldwell, 18.

    “He was struck head-on,” Deputy Robert Peak said.

    Caldwell, who had been traveling southbound on US 27, suffered from a leg injury and was transported to Harrison Memorial Hospital by Browns EMS. He was released later that night.