Local News

  • Gabbard trial gets underway in Falmouth

    The three-day trial for a Pendleton County man accused of wanton murder in the death of Commonwealth Attorney Doug Wright got underway Tuesday in Falmouth with jury selection, opening statements and witness testimony for the prosecution.

    Daniel Gabbard, minister at a Cincinnati church, was charged following the June 8, 2009, fatal crash at Butler. Gabbard is accused of being intoxicated at the time of the crash. He is charged with wanton murder and driving while intoxicated.

  • Library creates room for books

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library is running out of room.

    “We’re out of space at our library,” director Pat Barnes said Tuesday morning.

    Based on population, Barnes said a 12,000-square-foot library would be recommended for Harrison County.

    The current library is 9,600 square feet.

    To combat crowded shelves, Barnes said the library is making several changes.

  • Two at UK following Monday wreck

    Two Cynthiana residents are recovering at UK Chandler Hospital after a Monday evening collision.

    Vernon Moore, 57, was driving a 1979 GMC truck and was traveling southbound toward Cynthiana on US 27 around 5 p.m.  when he struck a 2003 GMC truck driven by Pearl Ashcraft, 59.

    Cynthiana Police Cpl.  Walter Tapp said Moore struck Ashcraft’s vehicle head-on in the southbound lane of the highway, near the viaduct.

    “He crossed over the center line and he hit her,” Tapp said.

  • Grand jury session is Tuesday

    A new grand jury will be seated Tuesday.

    The jurors will be presented cases that have been bound over from district court for possible indictments.

    Also, Ed Davender, who is charged with selling season tickets that he did not have, and Bass Webb, who is accused in the murder of Bryia Runiewicz, will be in Harrison Circuit Court Tuesday for pretrial hearings, according to informaton from the Harrison County Circuit Clerk's office.

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

  • Board begins school board member replacement process

    The Harrison County Board of Education has initiated the process for replacing school board member Lucy Vanhook, who resigned in November with a Dec. 31 effective date.

    Vanhook, who cited a conflict with her work schedule, stepped down after 11 years serving as the Division 2 representative.

    According to a release received Monday morning, the position will be served for the balance of 2010. Candidates must run in the November 2010 election to continue on the board.

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

  • Sending Christmas to Africa

    Instead of exchanging gifts with one another this year, the fourth graders at Southside Elementary are shipping their gifts to Africa.

    “The students decided they wanted to get gifts for the kids (in Malawi) instead of each other,” Southside teacher Judy Clevinger said last Wednesday afternoon.

    When deciding on a “different” Christmas exchange, Clevinger said the fourth grade teachers looked no further than Clevinger’s son, Jacob.

    A junior at Asbury College, Jacob spent over two months in Malawi, Africa, last summer.

  • Top 10 stories of 2009 revealed in Yearbook

    It’s the end of 2009 and with that comes the declaration of the Top 10 stories of the year.

    Inside this week’s issue, those stories are revealed in our first Yearbook.

    The Yearbook is a compilation of photographs submitted by readers and from our photographers’ files of events that occurred over the course of the year.

    The top story of 2009 was the tragic murder of a young mother, Bryia Runiewicz.

  • Counseling program to assist breastfeeding moms

    Coordinator for WIC (Women, Infants, Children), Cathy Brunker is hoping to start a breastfeeding trend in Harrison County and the WEDCO district.

    “Our goal is to increase the percent of people breastfeeding,” Brunker said Friday afternoon.

    The first of its kind in the district, Brunker hosted training last week for new WIC peer counselors who will assist those WIC mothers choosing to breastfeed their infants.

    The peer counseling and training is part of WIC’s National Breastfeeding Program.

  • City moves ahead with legal action on Main Street property

    The burned out building at 213/215 S. Main St. is one step closer to being torn down.

    At last Tuesday’s meeting, the Cynthiana City Commission voted to proceed with litigation to obtain a certified order to demolish the property.

    Owned by William Ray Asbury, the building suffered extensive damage after a fire on Aug. 9, 2002.

    Lair said Asbury has not responded to letters, phone calls or notices of violation and citations issued by the city.

  • Local college enrollment at all-time high

    When Brian Whalen was laid off from work on Jan. 15, he returned to the classroom.

    “With the economy the way it is, people really don’t have much of an option,” Whalen said.

    Whalen is among the record-breaking 789 students currently enrolled at Maysville Community and Technical College/Licking Valley Campus.

    Last fall semester, MCTC/LVC’s head count was almost 200 students less, at 596.