Local News

  • Second indictment comes from Montgomery woman's disappearance

    After Bass Webb was indicted last month for the murder of a Montgomery County woman, another man has been indicted in connection with the case.

    Jonathan French, 32, was indicted earlier this month in Montgomery County on a charge of tampering with physical evidence following the alleged murder of Sabrina Marie Vaughn.

    Vaughn was last seen in December 2003.

    Montgomery County police believe Vaughn was strangled by Webb, Vaughn’s former boyfriend.

  • Advertising staff earns state awards

    The advertising staff at The Cynthiana Democrat/Harrison Shopper won numerous awards as part of the 2010 Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers.

    The Harrison Shopper staff won the award for the best weekly total market coverage product.

    The staff also won second place in general excellence in the weekly class three division, which is for the largest weekly newspapers. The advertising staff has finished first, second or third in general excellence in nine of the last 12 years.

  • Commision moves ahead with plans for skate park grant

    The City of Cynthiana Board of Commissioners passed three resolutions and two authorizations at its meeting Tuesday night.

    The first was a joint resolution to apply for ADF funds to cover the costs of the proposed skate park. This resolution enables Judge-Executive Alex Barnett to sign papers regarding all documents relating to the project. The resolution was unanimously approved.

    For more from the city commission meeting, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Controlled burns gone awry claim acreage

    Grass fires kept county firefighters busy over the weekend.

    According to Chief Charlie Carson, volunteer firefighters responded to three grass/brush fires on Friday and two on Saturday.

    “It was long days for a lot of us,” Carson said, adding that the fire locations were spread across the county.

    Carson said firefighters first responded to a grass fire off Crooked Creek Road on Friday afternoon.

    “The call came in about 2 p.m.,” said Wagner Perrin, who acted as incident commander at the scene.

  • City, county give nod to skateboard park at FRVP

    Skateboarders are on their way to having a skateboard park.

    “This is a great plan,” SWAP (Skaters With a Purpose) sponsor Mark Sims told commissioners at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    The plan will include a concrete skating area to be built at Flat Run Veterans Park, between the Handy House barns and the high school soccer field.

    “This location will isolate them, but won’t segregate them,” Sims told magistrates at Tuesday evening’s fiscal court meeting.

  • Cutting tobacco: Farmers feel the crunch

    On their family farm off Mt. Vernon Road, brothers Jerry Prows and Steven Prows are preparing for this year’s tobacco crop.

    Tobacco farmers in Harrison County for over 25 years, the Prows brothers know this year will be different.

    Their tobacco crop will only be half.

    There will be no contract.

    And, there will be no guarantees.

    The family found out two weeks ago that its contract with Universal Leaf Tobacco Company has been cut.

  • Construction begins on Farmers Market pavilion

    The farmers market will soon have a new and permanent home at Flat Run Veterans’ Park.

    Construction is scheduled to begin on the $150,000 facility later this week.

    “I am so excited,” said Sue Clifford, who serves as secretary of the farmers market committee. “I can’t wait for it to open...”

    Clifford was one of many who helped organize the group of local produce sellers over 10 years ago.

    “We’ve been in six or eight locations since we’ve been organized,” Clifford said Monday morning.

  • LEOs bring in 7 on drug charges

    Seven Harrison County individuals were arrested last week on drug charges.

    Det. Paul Olin said the arrests were a joint investigation between the Kentucky State Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

    “The investigation has taken place over the course of several months and is ongoing,” Olin said last Friday.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • ‘Biggest threat since the ‘97 flood’ is result of 4.31 inches of rain in two days

    Receding flood waters are a relief for Cynthiana and Harrison County residents, following a weekend of heavy rains and several days of flooding conditions.

    “This is the biggest threat since the ‘97 flood,” County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said Sunday night.

    Emergency Management Director Mike Palmer said a few businesses were damaged by the flood waters, along with several homes.

    “There were several residents that moved out and a bunch that just stuck it out,” Palmer said.

  • Academic Briefs


    A Harrison County High School graduate received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Transylvania University on Saturday, May 29, during a commencement ceremony on the front steps of historic Old Morrison.

    Michelle Ann Franzetti graduated with a double major in applied music and music education. She is the daughter of Walter and Theresa Harms of Georgetown.