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  • 28 years working + four robberies equals retirement for Philpot

    After 28 years in the banking industry and being a victim of four robberies, Christine Philpot was ready to retire.

    She had looked down the barrel of a Saturday Night Special, been shut inside the bank's vault, told if she pushed a button it would be her last, and with the last robbery told, "I'm sorry I made a bad day for you ladies," after he had helped himself to the contents of the cash drawer.

    Yes, Philpot said, it was time to retire. On May 9, she did just that.

    "I loved my job," she said.

  • Motorcycle ride to benefit four-month-old

    A benefit motorcycle ride will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 for four-month-old John Mikel Sidles who has a viral infection that spread to his heart. He and his family have traveled to Arkansas Childrens Hospital to await a heart transplant.

    Cost for the ride is $15 per bike. Entry will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Paris Wal-Mart with departure at 10:30 a.m.

    The ride will take a trip through Red River Gorge and onto the Sky Bridge, up to Cave Run Lake and then return to Paris.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Pratt caught in Lexington

    Escaped bank robbery suspect Jeffrey Pratt has been caught.

    Harrison County Sheriffs Det. Paul Olin confirmed that Pratt was arrested at Everybodys Auto Sales, 530 E. New Circle Rd., Lexington, Monday afternoon.

    Pratt, 30, has been on the run for almost a month after escaping custody in Robertson County. He apparently shoved a guard outside the Robertson County Courthouse on July 21, got into a car which belonged to his mother and fled.

    He was on his way to court that day in connection with the robbery of Integra Bank in Mt. Olivet.

  • FNB Oddville branch robbed again

    For the second time in less than six months the Farmers National Bank Oddville branch has been robbed.

    Police were dispatched to the bank just after 10 a.m. Monday and the Cynthiana Police Department has confirmed a robbery took place.

    Ptl. Scott Loechel said a white male in his 30s went into the bank, jumped over the counter and emptied the drawers. This was the same method employed in the Feb. 25 robbery at that branch.

  • Leesburg Grocery burglarized

    Cigarettes, beer and cash were the objects of burglars attention at the Leesburg Grocery Store on Tuesday morning, said Harrison County Sheriffs Deputy Terry Barnes.

    Store employee Sheila Mattox discovered the break-in about 5:41 a.m.

    The store, which owned by James Goins, is located at 217 Old Georgetown Road in Leesburg.

    Barnes said the burglary is still under investigation

  • Nov. 4 election: Four file for family court judge seat

    The lines are drawn for the Nov. 4 general election.

    Incumbent candidates for the Harrison County Board of Education in Divisions 4 and 5 will be uncontested. Edwin Taylor and Gary Lizer will retain their seats.

    In Division 3, a seat to be filled for the late Joe England, the candidates are Bill Doan, who is currently serving as Cynthiana City Commissioner of Public Finance, and Kristy Carey, who was appointed to fill England's term through the election.

  • State advises no parking on Church Street

    Church Street residents have been given a letter from the states Transportation Cabinet regarding the impending traffic detour.

    Due to a recent state assessment of the U.S. 27 North viaduct, which deemed the bridge structurally unsound, the weight limit of the bridge has been reduced to 10 tons.

    Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown said this will create a need for traffic to be diverted off of U.S. 27 to Church Street until the new bridge can be constructed.

  • Prime Time Family Reading Time to be offered at public library

    Reading has the possibilities of opening doors throughout ones journey through life. It can take you places you may never get to visit other than through the pages of a book, but it can also lead you to a career.

    Prime Time Family Reading Time will get underway at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library on Aug. 21. The six-week program is targeted toward needs-based families -- those with low literacy rates and low income.

  • City residents target of scam

    Two elderly Cynthiana residents have been at the center of a scam that has netted the suspects over $14,000.

    Ptl. David Powers of the Cynthiana Police Department said a man and woman went into a home on Pearl Street on July 24 under the guise of measuring for insulation. Powers said the woman had been planning to do some home remodeling and had a large amount of cash in a lock box.

  • Pratt's sister indicted

    While police are continuing their search for escaped bank robbery suspect Jeffrey Pratt, another bank heist has occurred in neighboring Falmouth.

    Pratt's sister is also now facing charges for aiding his escape from Mt. Olivet.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 6, about 9:30 a.m., a man entered the Farmer's National Bank in Falmouth and demanded money.

    Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton said Kentucky State Police asked that his deputies review the video to see if they saw any similarities between Pratt and the bank robber.