Local News

  • Mentoring may boost enthusiasm for learning

    A new program has been established to help kids remain interested in learning through the crucial shift from elementary to middle school.

    The Harrison County school system has teamed up with the Harrison County Community Foundation to form a mentoring program for children in fourth and fifth grades.

    After foundation member Doreen Wisener went to superintendent Dr. Roy Woodward with the idea for the program, Woodward tapped the skills of elementary supervisor of instruction Cindy Hill and secondary supervisor of instruction Jenny Lynn Hatter.

  • College expansion back in budget

    Despite speculation of massive budget cuts across state government, it appears at least one local project is slated to move forward - after being delayed several times already.

    When Gov. Steve Beshear unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday, included in it was reinstatement of a $1 million general fund appropriation vetoed by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher two years ago. That money was to help build an expansion to Maysville Community and Technical Colleges Licking Valley Center, here in Cynthiana.

  • Nine file for city race

    Just one year into a two-year term, candidates for Cynthiana City Commission are filing for the next election.

    Nine candidates met the Tuesday deadline. Incumbents Bill Doan, Jack Keith, James Martin and Jimmy New filed for re-election.

    The five additional candidates are Cherity Christopher, Mark Mattmiller, Amanda Moore, Price Mitchell and Elizabeth Jones.

    County Clerk Linda Furnish said a primary election for Cynthiana City Commission will be held May 20 because there were at least nine candidates who filed.

  • Cynthiana woman faces cancer for fourth time

    Tracy Milner has not had an easy four years. Four times shes faced a doctor who delivered grave news.


    Three of those times, she has gone through treatments and/or surgeries. Now, shes facing what some may call Goliath again.

    Milner has a rare, soft-tissue cancer known as synovial sarcoma.

  • Administrators brace for school funding cuts

    Officials and personnel in public schools statewide are waiting with bated breath for the release of Gov. Steve Beshears budget proposal next Tuesday.

    Already, a $46 million cut has been requested by Beshear in the states education budget for fiscal year 2008-2009.

    Julie Asher, Harrison County Schools director of finance, said most of the systems budget goes toward personnel salaries and benefits.

    She is hoping the system is not going to get a cut for the current school year.

    Its happened several times [before], she said.

  • City sirens to go weekly

    Be prepared for the loud wail of sirens to blast through the city on a weekly basis.

    Safety commissioner James Martin told fellow commissioners Tuesday that test sirens will begin Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon.

    Sirens are currently tested monthly on the first Tuesday at 7 p.m. That will change to the weekly noon testing next month.

    Mayor Jim Brown asked if the cycle could be shortened.

    Nursing home patients get upset if it goes the full three minutes, Brown said.

  • Harrison joins states few to provide family drug court

    Harrison Family Court will soon join an elite group of family courts with the implementation of a new program.

    Judge David Melcher announced last week, the 18th Circuit, which includes Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson counties, will become home to a family drug court program.

    It will be one of only four statewide.

    The new Family Drug Court will be a collaborative effort by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Bourbon/Harrison Board of the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP).

  • Court undecided on issue to tax rental property

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court decided Tuesday to table the reading of an amended occupational and net profits tax ordinance until a decision can be made as to how rental property will be taxed.

    State mandates require all counties to standardize their occupational and net profits tax ordinances by April.

    The court voted at its Jan. 8 meeting to tax all income on rental properties, but facing a large crowd of landlords Tuesday, decided to do a little more research before reading the ordinance.

  • Weekend snack packs designed to help feed hungry students

    Its painfully obvious on Monday mornings which children have had no sustainable food over the weekend.

    These students are ravenous and gobble their school-provided breakfasts at break-neck speed as lunchroom monitors and teachers are witness to their hunger.

    I dont know what its like to be hungry, said Kim Brooks, NorthEast Family Resource director. I dont think the majority of people really know what its like.

  • Bypass, viaduct on hold

    Two major road projects for Harrison County that were slated to get underway in 2008 have been put on hold.

    The Cynthiana bypass and the U.S. 27 North viaduct replacement were scheduled for bidding in January. However, Kentuckys new governor has pulled in the reins on those as well as every other road project in the state.