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  • House fire in Robinson suspicious, says Chief

    A state arson investigator has been called in to check on a suspicious fire in Robinson Tuesday night.

    Chief Charlie Carson, of the Harrison County Volunteer fire department, said firefighters were called just after 11 p.m. to a vacant home on Robinson-Renaker Road.

    Two fishermen were on the bank of the Licking River and noticed two vehicles pull in near the home, which is owned by Junie Pierce. As soon as the vehicles pulled away, there was a loud explosion from the house and it was immediately fully engulfed, the fire chief was told.

  • Cynthiana's first 'Idol' named

    Cynthiana now has its first Idol.

    Taylor Vallandingham came out on top Saturday in the finals of the first Cynthiana Idol competition held at Rohs Opera House.

    Vallandingham wowed the judges and crowd with her rendition of "Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue."

    She won a trophy, a cash prize and the opportunity to sing at several upcoming events.

    "Based on her final performance, she should have won," said Rohs owner Roger Slade, who emceed the four-week event.

    On Saturday, four finalists competed in two rounds, eliminating two, then one.

  • Willis sentence upheld

    Harrison Circuit Court Judge Robert McGinnis upheld the jury's recommendation in sentencing Larry Willis for the Aug. 22, 2007, shooting of his estranged wife Ruby.

    McGinnis sentenced Willis to a total of 10 years in the case, which involved convictions on two charges.

    On May 29, the jury found Willis guilty of first degree assault and second degree assault for shooting his wife two times.

    The sentence was 10 years on the first degree assault and five on the second, to be served at the same time.

  • Many fireworks displays illegal in Kentucky, says county attorney

    Regardless of how Harrison Countians celebrate our nation's Independence Day-picnics, vacations or family reunions-the day usually concludes with fireworks. For many people, the Fourth of July is synonymous with fireworks.

    In Harrison County, the local fireworks display is one of the year's biggest attractions. Even so, some people like to set off their own fireworks. When doing so, it is important to keep Kentucky's fireworks laws and safety measures in mind.

  • Firetruck wrecks in Antioch

    Four Harrison County volunteer firefighters escaped serious injury when they collided while en route to a reported fire Monday night.

    The Harrison County Volunteer Fire Department received a call that two trash cans had been set on fire on Antioch-Richland Road.

    About 11:15 p.m., Christopher Caswell, driving the departments 2001 Ford fire truck, was northbound on U.S. 27 North, and was followed by firefighter Jared Carter in his own 1993 Chevrolet Blazer.

  • Assault indictment issued in April 13 shooting

    The Harrison County man who was charged in the April 13 shooting of his girlfriend's stepfather, now faces a two-count indictment.

    Catesby Bramel, 27, was indicted by a Harrison County grand jury on charges of first degree assault and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

    The grand jury alleges that Bramel "intentionally caused serious physical injury to Jay Tackett by shooting him with a handgun."

    Bramel will be arraigned in Harrison Circuit Court on June 17 at 9 a.m. His bond is $10,000.

  • City plans for employee pay raises

    The Cynthiana City Commission approved the first reading of its 2008-2009 budget at Tuesday's regular meeting.

    The new budget contains a raise for all city employees with a range of 4.1 percent to 5 percent, depending on hourly wage. However, raises are still subject to change before the second and final reading of the ordinance at the next meeting.

    City clerk Charleen McIlvain said at a budget workshop last week that the raise schedule is basically the same as last year.

  • Harrison Memorial to host Maternity Fair on Saturday

    Last summer, Harrison Memorial Hospital gave birth to its premiere Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby Maternity Fair. The response was so positive that we decided to make it an annual event, and the public invited.

    This year's maternity fair will be held Saturday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Harrison Memorial Hospital. Dozens of vendors will be on hand to provide giveaways and information to expectant parents or those who are thinking about having a child. Entrance to this event is FREE and open to the public. However, some vendors will have products for sale.

  • Police chief retiring July 31

    During his 22-year career in law enforcement, Chief Steve Muntz says it's the public service end of his job that has been most gratifying.

    Cynthiana Chief of Police Steve Muntz, 48, will be retiring July 31. He has been with the Cynthiana Police Department for 21 years.

    He said the most recent satisfying event came following the arrest of man on some minor infraction. While Muntz was processing him for arrest, he said he had the opportunity to witness to him about Jesus Christ.

  • Breds face LexCath Thursday at Applebee's

    The motto of Harrison County Thorobred baseball is, and has been for decades, "A Matter of Pride." That motto rang true once again last weekend as the 2008 version of the Thorobreds became the eighth team in Harrison County history to make it to the final phase of the state baseball tournament.

    Prior to the 2003 season, Harrison County made it to the "Final Four" six times. The Breds won state titles in 1993, 1997 and 1998, were runners-up in 1984 and 1987 and were knocked out in the first game in 1996.