Local News

  • 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 hospital's 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.

  • Six deployed guardsmen activated to serve in Iraq

    Six local soldiers have been activated to serve their country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Nathan L. Roe, Staff Sgt. Jason G. Hawkins, Spec. Andrew D. Wiglesworth, Staff Sgt. Jerry D. Sipe, Spec. Milton A. Buckner and Pvt. Kelly B. Slade have been mobilized and activated at Fort McCoy, Sparta, Wis., for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in Iraq.

    They are members of the 201st Engineer Battalion in Cynthiana.

  • Support for troops can be packages from homefront

    With local National Guard troops in Afghanistan fighting the Global War on Terror, many local residents may feel a desire to do something to help.

    One Harrison County resident wants to do just that and wants to recruit the community's help.

    Marilou Brunker said after watching a good friend leave with the unit, she felt helpless and wanted to do something to help.

    "I went with my family to see him off at the Christian Church," she said in an e-mail last week. "And I kept thinking about everything they were doing and risking."

  • Woodward ends 16-year reign

    Sixteen years ago, Dr. Roy Woodward came to Harrison County on the heels of controversy and was touted to be the man who would move the schools forward.

    Woodward took over as superintendent on July 1, 1992.

    Dr. George Paul Hehr, who was a former assistant superintendent, was serving as interim superintendent in the wake of the Wade G. Roby PhD. era. Roby's reign as superintendent ended after months of debate and division of the community.

    Hehr stayed at the helm until Woodward arrived.

    In Woodwards early days, he, too, came under close community scrutiny.

  • Robinson bridge not ready before late fall

    Work continues on the bridge over the Licking River at Robinson and the new span should be open later in the year.

    Nancy Wood, public information officer for District 6 of the Kentucky Department of Transportation, said the new bridge on Robinson-Renaker Road should be ready for travelers in northern Harrison County this fall if construction continues on schedule.

    The $2.4 million bridge, being built by D. L. Braughler Company Inc. of Morehead, Ky., was started in May 2007 with an expected completion time of around 18 months.

  • 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.