Local News

  • Farmers Bank robbed

    Local law enforcement officials were out in force Monday morning looking for an alleged bank robber.

    Cynthiana Police Chief Steve Muntz said a masked man walked into the Farmers National Bank branch on Oddville Avenue around 10 a.m. Monday, went behind the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash.

    No weapons were used or implied in the robbery, said Muntz.

    The suspect, described as a white male with blue eyes and a medium build (around six feet tall), was last seen fleeing eastward on foot.

  • Guardsmen finishing first leg of training; heading to Wisconsin in March

    Soldiers from Cynthiana's National Guard Unit are now in western Kentucky going through specialized training for their upcoming deployment.

    The 201st Engineer Battalion of the Kentucky Army National Guard, which is made up of units from Ashland, Olive Hill, Cynthiana and Prestonsburg and is commanded by Lt. Col. Michael Ferguson, arrived at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Muhlenberg County on Saturday Feb. 9.


    Schools in Harrison County will be dismissing at 10 a.m. Thursday due to the potential for freezing rain and sleet.

    According to Harrison County Assistant Superintendent DeeGee Fischer, the National Weather Service contacted school officials and urged officials to close school early.

    An announcement had already been made to dismiss at 1 p.m. However, with NWS information and the potential for driving hazards, the dismissal was was moved up.

  • Committee for park plan to disband

    "Mission accomplished," say members of the Recreation Park Planning Committee.

    After having served since 2003, shortly after the city and county governments purchased the 120-acre Handy Farm on Oddville Avenue, committee members voted Monday night to disband.

    According to committee chairman, Rick Chasteen, the committee was charged with getting a plan for the park that would offer a variety of recreation.

  • Sipes not at fault, say investigators

    A Cynthiana man who died after his Sport Utility Vehicle rolled over a 300-foot embankment in Williamstown on Jan. 12 did not cross in front of another vehicle.

    Kenneth R. Sipes, 68, and his wife, Peggy Sipes, 60, were traveling north on Interstate-75, near the 154-mile marker, when their 2005 Dodge Durango was struck in the rear by a 2008 Impala driven by Bronson McDowell, 26, of Stamping Ground.

    McDowell originally told police that the Durango crossed in front of his car and he had no choice but to hit it.

  • 23 apply for school superintendent post

    So far, 23 applications have been received for Harrison County schools superintendent. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 22.

    According to Jan Wilson of the Kentucky Department of Education, 17 of the applicants are Kentucky residents.

    The search committee and school board officials have a busy few weeks ahead to get the new superintendent in place by April 4.

  • Free flu shots available

    Not everyone has been able to avoid the coughing, sneezing, aching symptoms of the flu. Some of those who have been able to dodge the post nasal drip, have done so out of luck rather than with the help of a flu shot.

    However, health officials are now saying why take the chance?

    There's still time for vaccines to be effective. Better yet, they're fee.

    The peak flu season, according to Barbara Turner, Wedco District nursing administrator, is February and March.

  • Harrison County schools not included in beef recall

    Harrison County schools' beef is not part of the major recall for nearly 143 million pounds of raw and frozen beef products.

    According to Tammy Klapheke, Harrison County district food director, the recall is for that beef which is a commodity product used only for processing.

    School districts can use their commodity money to have their beef processed by another company into burgers, meatballs, sloppy joes, etc.

    Harrison County does not do this with beef, Klapheke said.

  • Plea agreement reached in animal cruelty case

    The Harrison County couple charged with cruelty to animals after an animal rescue group lodged a complaint, have reached a plea agreement in Harrison District Court.

    Haskel and Dinah Risner changed their pleas to guilty for the multiple misdemeanor cruelty charges on Feb. 4.

  • Landlords seek reimbursement of tenant losses from sewer back up

    By Becky Barnes, Editor

    Landlords Willie Smith and Jeff Hopkins would like to recoup their losses and those of their tenants from the city.

    Smith told commissioners Tuesday night that he and Hopkins recovered $11,094 from their insurance company after a sewer back-up into their Second Street property on Jan. 10.

    Tenants, who lost much of their belongings when the sewer backed up several inches into their apartments, said their renters insurance did not cover their losses stating that the tenant should not be responsible for sewer back-up.