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  • 37-year grocery manager will retire Friday

    John Faulconer bagged his first groceries when he was 15 years old. He worked for Lee Sparks in his Kentucky Food Market at the corner of Main and Pike streets where the new Chamber office is today.

    Now, thousands of bags of groceries later, Faulconer is retiring.

    All totaled, Faulconer spent 37 years in the grocery business, with a few hitches in between.

    Faulconer graduated from Harrison County High School in 1965 and went to Eastern Kentucky University for about a year and half before being drafted into the Army.

  • Making the grade: District meets 12 of 13 NCLB goals

    Better than two-thirds of Harrison County's students are proficient readers.

    According to the recently released No Child Left Behind scores, the local school district's reading goal was 53.04 percent. However, students exceeded that goal with a 64.4 percent proficiency level based on CATS results.

    David Case, Harrison County district assessment coordinator, said students also exceeded the math goal. As a district, Harrison County needed 39.68 percent. There were 58.09 percent of its students scoring at the proficient.

  • Farmers National robbed again; escapee caught, charged

    An ever-growing plethora of charges are coming down the line for accused bank robber Jeffrey Pratt.

    Pratt, 30, was caught Monday afternoon at Everybody's Auto Sales on New Circle Road in Lexington, after being on the run for nearly a month.

    He escaped from custody in Robertson County on July 21 while being taken to court. He was there to be arraigned for theft by unlawful taking in connection to the robbery of the Integra Bank in Mt. Olivet.

  • Rohs to be a Jungle starting tomorrow

    Atop a boulder, Ethan Rognstad holds his fist high.

    Hear me, people of the jungle, he shouts. A hush falls over the area. We are of one blood, you and I.

    The ROHS Acting Troupes Junior Rohsians will present The Jungle Book at Rohs Opera House this weekend.

    Rognstad, who will turn 12 years old on opening night, portrays Mowgli. He is a jungle boy who wandered away from the village when he was too young to know where he was going, Ethan explained. He was taken in and cared for by wolves, and he doesnt know his human family.

  • Khloe's battle: Newborn fights for her life against cancer

    When the doctor announced to Erik and Ella Fryman that they had a "beautiful, healthy baby girl," they were half right.

    Khloe Fryman is no doubt beautiful. She is 10 pounds and two ounces of grab-your-heart gorgeous. She can turn on a smile that exudes through her eyes one minute, and the next instant, she can pucker up with a quivering lip to let her momma know she needs to do something to make her smile again.

    However, Khloe is not "healthy."

  • 28 years working + four robberies equals retirement for Philpot

    After 28 years in the banking industry and being a victim of four robberies, Christine Philpot was ready to retire.

    She had looked down the barrel of a Saturday Night Special, been shut inside the bank's vault, told if she pushed a button it would be her last, and with the last robbery told, "I'm sorry I made a bad day for you ladies," after he had helped himself to the contents of the cash drawer.

    Yes, Philpot said, it was time to retire. On May 9, she did just that.

    "I loved my job," she said.

  • Motorcycle ride to benefit four-month-old

    A benefit motorcycle ride will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 for four-month-old John Mikel Sidles who has a viral infection that spread to his heart. He and his family have traveled to Arkansas Childrens Hospital to await a heart transplant.

    Cost for the ride is $15 per bike. Entry will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Paris Wal-Mart with departure at 10:30 a.m.

    The ride will take a trip through Red River Gorge and onto the Sky Bridge, up to Cave Run Lake and then return to Paris.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Pratt caught in Lexington

    Escaped bank robbery suspect Jeffrey Pratt has been caught.

    Harrison County Sheriffs Det. Paul Olin confirmed that Pratt was arrested at Everybodys Auto Sales, 530 E. New Circle Rd., Lexington, Monday afternoon.

    Pratt, 30, has been on the run for almost a month after escaping custody in Robertson County. He apparently shoved a guard outside the Robertson County Courthouse on July 21, got into a car which belonged to his mother and fled.

    He was on his way to court that day in connection with the robbery of Integra Bank in Mt. Olivet.

  • FNB Oddville branch robbed again

    For the second time in less than six months the Farmers National Bank Oddville branch has been robbed.

    Police were dispatched to the bank just after 10 a.m. Monday and the Cynthiana Police Department has confirmed a robbery took place.

    Ptl. Scott Loechel said a white male in his 30s went into the bank, jumped over the counter and emptied the drawers. This was the same method employed in the Feb. 25 robbery at that branch.

  • Leesburg Grocery burglarized

    Cigarettes, beer and cash were the objects of burglars attention at the Leesburg Grocery Store on Tuesday morning, said Harrison County Sheriffs Deputy Terry Barnes.

    Store employee Sheila Mattox discovered the break-in about 5:41 a.m.

    The store, which owned by James Goins, is located at 217 Old Georgetown Road in Leesburg.

    Barnes said the burglary is still under investigation