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  • Dump cleaned at new stadium site

    The Harrison County Board of Education approved a $66,528 expenditure for clean up of an apparent illegal dump site found during construction of the new Harrison County High School Athletic complex.

    John Gilbert, of architectural firm Ross Tarrant, said 3,360 cubic yards of what he called unsuitable soils had to be removed from the site, which is adjacent to Harrison County Middle School.

    Generally speaking, Gilbert explained, this means any type of ground that cannot be used for new construction.

  • Contract negotiation not acceptable for closed meeting

    Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown anticipated negotiating the city's contract with Harrison County Water Association in a closed session at the conclusion of Tuesday's city commission meeting.

    However, John Lair, city attorney, advised the mayor and commissioners that a contract negotiation was not accepted for closed session under the Open Meetings Act.

    The Kentucky Open Meetings act is designed to keep the public's business open to public scrutiny.

    Harrison County Water Association purchases its water from the city.

  • Local group readies disaster-relief trailer for possible emergencies

    His pastoral duties aside, First United Methodist Church minister Jimmy Owens has been pretty busy lately.

    Owens, his wife Gail and Covington UMC district coordinators Jim and Barb Harris spent last Wednesday unloading, inventorying, troubleshooting and reloading the UMC disaster relief trailer at the church.

    "We're getting it ready in case we get a call, an emergency call in the state of Kentucky or surrounding states," Owens said. "So we can go for disaster relief."

    This all falls into the new role he has taken.

  • Cowgirl is ready to ride

    Eight-year-old Haley Fauste is a rodeo enthusiast. She likes the horses, the events, but mostly, she likes winning.

    In just her second year with the Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association (KJRA), Fauste has more trophy belt buckles than her horse has legs.

    Through the September to May rodeo season, Fauste competed in 10 rodeos in the state, garnering annual points along the way.

    She competes in goat-tying, barrel racing, pole bending, dummy roping and mutton busting.

    Her favorite, she said, would have to be goat tying.

  • Mastin difficult to replace

    After 18 years as chair of the 4-H fair board, Chapie Mastin retired at the beginning of the year.

    The board chose Christy Hall and Greg McCauley to step into Mastin's shoes and run the show.

    "Chapie said it took two people to replace him," joked Greg McCauley last week.

    Mastin's retirement means the end of an era not only in Harrison County, but beyond.

    "Chapie's very well known at the state level, there were a lot of people who couldn't believe he was retiring," Hall said. "It is very uncommon for a chairman to stay on for that amount of time."

  • Vo-Tech principal named

    When John Hodge retired as principal of the Harrison Area Vo-Tech School in the middle of last school year, his interim replacement came from neighboring Pendleton County.

    John White was at Pendleton County High School for 30 years, seven of those were as principal.

    White was enjoying his retirement when a former student, who is now a teacher at McCormick Area Tech Center, asked him be a substitute for his class.

    White agreed to take on the class, and from there he was back in the education circuit.

  • HMH campus going tobacco-free Tuesday

    With good health being its central focus, Harrison Memorial Hospital is making some changes to aid in that pursuit.

    Starting on Tuesday, the hospitals entire campus - building and grounds - will go tobacco-free.

    The policy includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco products.

    The hospital announced plans to go smoke-free a year ago, and recently signage has popped up reminding people of the impending change.

    HMH has been smoke-free for employees since May 1. Root said this has had an added benefit.

  • Family and foliage are in Feix's future

    After over 60 years of volunteer work, Charley Feix has decided it's time to pass the baton.

    He has recently resigned from the numerous boards and committees he has been serving.

    "It's time to quit," said the 71-year-old Feix, adding that he has his grandchildren, his garden and fishing to fill his time.

    Feix's interests may seem worlds apart. However, they are actually more connected than one might think.

  • City's closed session denied
  • County to clean up property on Edgewater Pike

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to clean up a problematic county property and place a lien on it until the cost is repaid.

    The court had discussed this property, known as the Raymond Juett property on Ky. 982, on May 13 and decided at that time to have Harrison County Attorney Bill Kuster look into the legality of the action and whether the property already had federal liens on it.

    After hearing at the May 27 meeting that it would be possible to proceed, the court approved this action.