Local News

  • District releases educators salaries

    By Becky Barnes, Editor

    With total payroll of $15.9 million and 688 employees, the Harrison County School District is the leading employer for the county.

    Retiring superintendent Dr. Roy Woodward left the system after 16 years with a final salary of $193.071.52. That total included any paid leave that he accumulated. His salary for the previous year was $120,702.68, which still made him the highest paid school official.

    Andy Dotson was hired to replace Woodward, his projected salary for 2008-09 is $110,000.

  • City declares emergency for garbage collection

    With its garbage trucks inoperable, the City of Cynthiana had to declare a state of emergency Tuesday night to enter into an agreement with Legacy Carting of Pittsburg, Ky., for the citys solid waste removal.

    Commissioners had previously agreed to get out of the trash collection business and were planning to receive sealed bids for that service. However, it was believed the city employees would continue to operate until Nov. 1.

  • Newberry announces candidacy for family court judge

    The retirement of Hon. Judge David Melcher has created a unique opportunity for a mid-term election to take place to fill his vacated seat on the Harrison County Circuit Court bench.

    Peter Newberry has announced his candidacy for Family Court Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit, 2nd District, which includes Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson counties.

  • Handy House subject of national competition

    A group of University of Kentucky graduate students are using the Handy Farm house as an entry in a national competition for measured drawings.

    Three students are working on detailed drawings for the Peterson Prize, named for Charles E. Peterson who founded the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) program.

    The HABS program, which is part of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the American Institute of Architects, sponsor the prize.

  • Arrest made in Claysville Store burglary

    A Harrison County man has been arrested in connection with a July burglary of the Claysville Store.

    Det. Paul Olin, of the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, said an arrest warrant was served on 19-year-old Steven Price last Friday after an investigation led to the warrant being issued.

    Olin said the store was burglarized around 5 a.m. on July 26 and a video showed a person wearing a ski mask inside.

    While there were apparently theories as to a suspect at the time, Olin said more real evidence was needed before an arrest could be made.

  • Downtown sidewalk project could include other side, too

    Work continues on the Main Street sidewalk project and hopes are that at least some of it will be finished by next weekend.

    Wayland Quisenberry, who is in charge of the local Renaissance program, said he would like to see some of it complete by next Saturday's A Taste of Harrison County festival.

    "We probably won't get it all finished [by that time]," he said.

    One thing he wanted to clear up, however, is that this project is different than the Safe Sidewalks project, recently funded through a grant from the state government.

  • Gross changes plea in Hillside arson

    Formal sentencing for Marcus Gross will be held Sept. 16 in Harrison Circuit Court.

    Gross was charged and later indicted on charges of arson, criminal mischief, burglary and wanton endangerment. He initially entered not guilty pleas to the charges. However, in court last week, Gross changed his plea to guilty on an amended arson charge and the remaining three charges.

  • Burglars get 10-year sentences

    Two men who burglarized a number of homes in the Old Lair Road area earlier this year have been sentenced to 10 years each.

    Thomas D. Perysian and Jeremy Puckett were sentenced last week on multiple charges related to the burglaries.

    Charges against Persyian included second degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking over $300, first degree burglary, first degree criminal mischief and theft of controlled substance.

    Puckett's charges also included complicity to commit burglary and complicity to commit theft by unlawful taking.

  • Country church adjusting for change

    Embracing change while holding fast to doctrine might seem an impossible feat. However, that's exactly what has occurred at a little country church in the western edge of the county.

    Leesburg Christian Church has rested in the quaint little community well over 100 years. It's numbers have gone through the ebb and flow of many church congregations.

    Sammy Harris, who has been leading services at Leesburg for the last six years, said Leesburg was like every other church in that its growth went through cycles.

  • Soldier's daughter sees that medals awarded

    For three years, one month and 19 days, James Johnson was away from his home and his family, fighting in World War II.

    James came back, never receiving the medals he had earned for his sacrifice.

    Originally from Pike County, James moved to Harrison County where he owned and operated the Claysville Store for 33 years while raising a family.

    He retired in 1992 and on May 19, 1996, at age 73, he died, still never receiving his medals.

    On Tuesday, Aug. 12, those medals came home and were given to James daughter Donna.