Local News

  • Police six of city’s top 10

    At a salary of $57,706.22 for fiscal year 2009-10, Gary Royalty, public works/utilities director, is the highest paid City of Cynthiana employee.

    Cynthiana salaries were released last week through an open records request. County government salaries appeared in last week’s Cynthiana Democrat and the Harrison County school district salaries were published Aug. 19.

    Totals for each of the employees reflect what they will pay taxes on, which includes any overtime and incentive stipends they may have earned.

  • School board refinances bonds

    The Harrison County School Board is taking advantage of low interest rates.

    “Interest rates are real low right now,” Joe Nance, bond specialist for Ross, Sinclair & Associates, told the school board at its Tuesday evening meeting.

    The refunding of school revenue bonds, at a new interest rate of 1.15 to 3.25 percent, would save the school district $6,400 per year for 11 years, Nance said.

    The savings would total $70,405.

    The previous interest rate for the set of bonds issued in 2001 was 4.7 to 5 percent.

  • Pilot makes emergency landing at Cynthiana airport

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport was the answer to Stuart Marsden’s prayers last Wednesday evening.

    In need of a runway for an emergency landing, Marsden, 35, found the perfect spot in Cynthiana.

    According to Ptl. Brian Hassall’s Cynthiana Police report, Marsden was piloting a 2003 Cirrus SR-22 airplane from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Atlanta, Ga., when an oil line blew, spraying and covering the front windshield of the plane.

  • A Special Night on Church

    Hospice of the Bluegrass’ annual ‘Church on Church’ fundraising event will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, from 7 p.m. to midnight.

    But some things will be different this year.

    While the event will continue to be held at the LeBus storage warehouse on Church Street, the other “church” will change.

    Due to a scheduling conflict, the Jimmy Church Band will not provide the tunes at this year’s event, coordinator Kelly Kendall said Friday.

  • Funeral this week for woman hit by vehicle at Walmart

    Funeral services will be held Tuesday for the Cynthiana woman who died of injuries she suffered after being struck by an SUV in front of Walmart on Friday.

    Sylvia Fight, 74, died about 6 p.m. Friday night, according to Sgt. Wilbur Gross of the Cynthiana Police Department.

    Fight was exiting Walmart about 10 a.m. Friday when she was struck by a Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Lauren Watts, 24.

    She was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital and airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she died of her injuries.

  • County’s unemployment down fourth month in a row

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

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

    According to figures released this week by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Harrison County was one of eight counties in the 17-county Bluegrass Area Development District to show a drop in unemployment between May and June.

    Statewide, the unemployment figure remained the same during the one-month period at 10.1 percent.

  • 3M investigation complete

    The state’s investigation following the death of a 3M employee is finished, but results have yet to be released.

    “Kentucky OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has completed their investigation,” 3M plant manager Ann Getting said Tuesday morning.

    The investigation followed the death of Tammy Landrum, 39.

    Landrum suffered from static electric shock in the tape film department of the New Lair Road factory on May 6.

    She died four days later at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.


  • Fisher files in school board race

    Mike Fisher has filed to seek election to the Harrison County Board of Education, Division 2.

     Fisher began his active involvement in the Harrison County School System in 1998 when his children enrolled in Eastside Elementary. He was a parent member of the Harrison County Middle School Site Base Decision Making Council from 2002 until 2007.

    During this time, the council hired the current HCMS principal, Michael McIntyre, and the assistant principal, Robin Glascock. 

  • Native American culture on display at pow-wow

    His Native American heritage has always been important to Clinton Gould.

    “It’s just something I’ve always taken to heart,” he said Monday morning. “I take great pride in who I am and where I come from...”

    It’s something Gould now plans to share with his fellow Harrison County residents.

    A full-blooded Ottawa Indian and a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians of northern Michigan, Gould has coordinated Cynthiana’s first Pow-Wow event.

  • A childhood relived

    Artisan Sally Cammack remembers a quieter, calmer lifestyle from her early years in Stearns, Ky.

    It is there that she was unknowingly developing images that would later appear on her popular hand-painted gourds.

    Cammack describes her designs as folk art or what she laughingly calls “an unschooled form of art.”

    Whether schooled or unschooled, Cammack’s gourds and her talent are in high demand.