Local News

  • Eastside teacher named new principal

    When Eastside Elementary students return to school on Aug. 10, they’ll have a new principal with a very familiar face.

    B.J. Maggard will replace principal Rick Dycus, following Dycus’ retirement at the end of the month.

    “I’m just so excited about this opportunity,” Maggard said. “I love the kids in this school. I love this school. It’s been my home for years.”

    Maggard’s 23-year teaching career began in her hometown of Whitesburg, Ky., where she taught reading to fourth, fifth and sixth graders.

  • Car catches fire following U.S. 27 North wreck

    A Pendleton County woman has been released from the hospital following an early morning car accident last Thursday.

    According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department accident report, Cassandra Toomey, 16, was traveling southbound on US 27 North around 6 a.m. when Toomey allegedly fell asleep, hit an earth embankment and flipped the 1998 Toyota Camry she was driving.

    Also called to the scene, Harrison County Fire Chief Charlie Carson said the vehicle burst into flames.

    Six volunteer firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.

  • Tractor accident victim airlifted to Lexington

    A Harrison County man is in fair condition at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center following a Sunday morning tractor accident on Dryden Road, off White Oak Pike.

    According to Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Gasser, Leonard Hatch, 48, was driving a Kubota tractor uphill around 7:30 a.m., when it flipped.

    “The tractor turned over causing injury to Hatch,” Gasser said.

    Gasser said Hatch suffered possible internal injuries and was airlifted to UK from the scene.

  • Tractor Supply to open in October

    Tractor Supply Co. recently hired a store manager for its new Cynthiana branch, which is set to open in October.

    Debbie Vest, manager, has been with the company for about three months and she has about 20 years of retail experience.

    Vest is currently training at the Georgetown store.

    George Baker, Georgetown store manager, said the interviewing and hiring process for the Cynthiana store will begin around Aug. 1.

    About 10 to 15 people will be hired to run the Cynthiana store, he said.

    The grand opening will be during the first week of October.

  • Academic Briefs


     Bluegrass Community & Technical College is proud to recognize the following students from Harrison County who have achieved Dean’s List honors for the 2010 Spring Semester. The college recognizes academic excellence by naming to the Dean’s List students who have earned an overall semester grade point average of 3.5 or better in courses numbered 100 or above.

  • UPDATE: Name of Wednesday wreck victim released

    Law enforcement officials have released the name of the Falmouth man killed in the Wednesday morning single-car accident on US 27 North.

    According to the report taken by Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Gasser, Clarence Hoskins, 62, was driving northbound at 9:40 a.m. when his vehicle exited the right shoulder of the road and struck a driveway culvert.

    The report says Hoskin’s 2001 Honda Odyssey became airborne, striking two parked tractors.

  • Truck speeds away after striking man in Leesburg

    The Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate after a pedestrian was hit by a truck in the Leesburg area over the weekend.

    According to deputy Robert Peak, Darius Ray, 20, was walking on the side of Ky. Hwy. 1842 North Sunday evening.

    “He got hit by a pickup truck and then the truck fled the scene,” Peak said.

    Peak responded to the 9:48 p.m. call to dispatch.

    Peak said Ray had been walking from a residence to the Leesburg grocery store when he was hit.

  • Murder victim positively identified

    Sabrina Vaughn left her family’s Montgomery County home just before Christmas in 2003, vowing that she would return for the holidays.

    She didn’t.

    It wasn’t until last Friday that official word came of Vaughn’s murder.

    Even before her body was positively identified, however, her former boyfriend, Bass Webb, was indicted for her murder.

    A woman’s body was recovered from a shallow grave in Powell County near Clay City on Jan. 15.

  • Summer reading program drives library use above average

    The summer reading program is in full swing at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.

    Pat Barnes, the director of the library, said the circulation last week was abnormally high due to the start of summer reading, which started June 12.

    She said about 2,000 people were served over the span of four days two weeks ago, which differs from the normal average of about 1,300 in a six-day week.

  • Two hospitalized following Friday wreck at River Road and U.S. 27

    The Cynthiana Police Department responded to an injury accident Friday evening around 10:21 p.m. at the River Road and US 27 intersection.

    According to the police report draft, Kyle D. Caldwell, 18, was turning left onto US 27, when his vehicle struck an oncoming vehicle traveling southbound on US 27.

    Caldwell, along with a passenger in the vehicle, were transported by Browns EMS to Harrison Memorial Hospital, then later transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.