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  • England, champion for students, dies Thursday

    Harrison County lost one of its public servants last week with the death of Joe England. Public service was both his profession and passion.

    England, 52, began his nearly 30-year career in law enforcement as a dispatcher for the Cynthiana Police Department and he kept moving up the ladder into state government. His passion was as an advocate for children and their education. He pioneered Southside Elementarys site-based council in the infancy of such boards in Kentucky.

  • Esteemed citizens honored at banquet

    While he didnt have much to say after accepting his award for Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, you could read the surprise all over Bill Kelly Sr.s face.

    Kelly thought he was at the Cynthiana Country Club last Friday in honor of food pantry volunteers Margaret Watson and Marilyn Wash.

    Instead, when presenter Charlie Tribble mentioned the words grist mill, Kelly turned to wife Sue with a they-got-me expression on his face.

  • New superintendent reviews begin Feb. 28

    The Harrison County Board of Education and the superintendent search committee will have their first joint meeting on Thursday.

    At 6 p.m., the two committees will be advised of their roles in the search and hiring of superintendent to replace the retiring Dr. Roy Woodward. Mike Oder of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) will present members with packets and explain members roles in the hiring process.

    Oder will also go over the screening process with the two entities.

  • Have homes inspected now, says tornado victim

    Connersville Road resident Andy Gray lost his house on Feb. 6.

    Looking back, he realizes that hes fortunate he didnt lose his life.

    Grays house was right in the path of the tornado which hit that morning. It ripped the roof right off the split-level home.

    I just put plywood around [the houses exterior] this summer, he said. Thats why were still alive today.

    Subsequent water damage has left the structure uninhabitable.

  • FNB Oddville branch robbed

    The Cynthiana Police Department is continuing to investigate a bank robbery which occurred Monday morning.

    Chief Steve Muntz said a masked man walked into the Farmers National Bank branch on Oddville Avenue around 10 a.m. Monday, jumped over the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash.

    No weapons were used or implied in the robbery, said Muntz.

    The suspect, described as a white male with blue eyes and a medium build (around six feet tall), was last seen fleeing eastward on foot.

  • Farmers Bank robbed

    Local law enforcement officials were out in force Monday morning looking for an alleged bank robber.

    Cynthiana Police Chief Steve Muntz said a masked man walked into the Farmers National Bank branch on Oddville Avenue around 10 a.m. Monday, went behind the counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash.

    No weapons were used or implied in the robbery, said Muntz.

    The suspect, described as a white male with blue eyes and a medium build (around six feet tall), was last seen fleeing eastward on foot.

  • Guardsmen finishing first leg of training; heading to Wisconsin in March

    Soldiers from Cynthiana's National Guard Unit are now in western Kentucky going through specialized training for their upcoming deployment.

    The 201st Engineer Battalion of the Kentucky Army National Guard, which is made up of units from Ashland, Olive Hill, Cynthiana and Prestonsburg and is commanded by Lt. Col. Michael Ferguson, arrived at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Muhlenberg County on Saturday Feb. 9.

  • SCHOOLS DISMISSING AT 10 A.M. THURSDAY

    Schools in Harrison County will be dismissing at 10 a.m. Thursday due to the potential for freezing rain and sleet.

    According to Harrison County Assistant Superintendent DeeGee Fischer, the National Weather Service contacted school officials and urged officials to close school early.

    An announcement had already been made to dismiss at 1 p.m. However, with NWS information and the potential for driving hazards, the dismissal was was moved up.

  • Committee for park plan to disband

    "Mission accomplished," say members of the Recreation Park Planning Committee.

    After having served since 2003, shortly after the city and county governments purchased the 120-acre Handy Farm on Oddville Avenue, committee members voted Monday night to disband.

    According to committee chairman, Rick Chasteen, the committee was charged with getting a plan for the park that would offer a variety of recreation.

  • Sipes not at fault, say investigators

    A Cynthiana man who died after his Sport Utility Vehicle rolled over a 300-foot embankment in Williamstown on Jan. 12 did not cross in front of another vehicle.

    Kenneth R. Sipes, 68, and his wife, Peggy Sipes, 60, were traveling north on Interstate-75, near the 154-mile marker, when their 2005 Dodge Durango was struck in the rear by a 2008 Impala driven by Bronson McDowell, 26, of Stamping Ground.

    McDowell originally told police that the Durango crossed in front of his car and he had no choice but to hit it.