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  • 23 apply for school superintendent post

    So far, 23 applications have been received for Harrison County schools superintendent. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 22.

    According to Jan Wilson of the Kentucky Department of Education, 17 of the applicants are Kentucky residents.

    The search committee and school board officials have a busy few weeks ahead to get the new superintendent in place by April 4.

  • Free flu shots available

    Not everyone has been able to avoid the coughing, sneezing, aching symptoms of the flu. Some of those who have been able to dodge the post nasal drip, have done so out of luck rather than with the help of a flu shot.

    However, health officials are now saying why take the chance?

    There's still time for vaccines to be effective. Better yet, they're fee.

    The peak flu season, according to Barbara Turner, Wedco District nursing administrator, is February and March.

  • Harrison County schools not included in beef recall

    Harrison County schools' beef is not part of the major recall for nearly 143 million pounds of raw and frozen beef products.

    According to Tammy Klapheke, Harrison County district food director, the recall is for that beef which is a commodity product used only for processing.

    School districts can use their commodity money to have their beef processed by another company into burgers, meatballs, sloppy joes, etc.

    Harrison County does not do this with beef, Klapheke said.

  • Plea agreement reached in animal cruelty case

    The Harrison County couple charged with cruelty to animals after an animal rescue group lodged a complaint, have reached a plea agreement in Harrison District Court.

    Haskel and Dinah Risner changed their pleas to guilty for the multiple misdemeanor cruelty charges on Feb. 4.

  • Landlords seek reimbursement of tenant losses from sewer back up

    By Becky Barnes, Editor

    Landlords Willie Smith and Jeff Hopkins would like to recoup their losses and those of their tenants from the city.

    Smith told commissioners Tuesday night that he and Hopkins recovered $11,094 from their insurance company after a sewer back-up into their Second Street property on Jan. 10.

    Tenants, who lost much of their belongings when the sewer backed up several inches into their apartments, said their renters insurance did not cover their losses stating that the tenant should not be responsible for sewer back-up.

  • Local guardsmen prepare for combat deployment

    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.

  • First major winter storm hits Harrison County

    Cynthiana's first major winter storm of the year occurred Monday night and dumped four inches of snow and about one-quarter of an inch of ice, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville. School maintenance technician Doug McCarty cleared snow and ice from Harrison County High School's parking lot Tuesday morning for classes to resume on Wednesday. However, another burst of snow and ice kept students home another day. Students had one day of classes since cancelling last Wednesday due to an outbreak of flu.

  • First major winter storm hits Harrison County

    Cynthiana's first major winter storm of the year occurred Monday night and dumped four inches of snow and about one-quarter of an inch of ice, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville. School maintenance technician Doug McCarty cleared snow and ice from Harrison County High School's parking lot Tuesday morning for classes to resume on Wednesday. However, another burst of snow and ice kept students home another day. Students had one day of classes since cancelling last Wednesday due to an outbreak of flu.

  • Grand jury releases three indictments

    A Harrison County grand jury met last week returning three indictments.

    A five-count indictment was issued against Matthew S. Taylor, 22, on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    In counts 1-4, the grand jury alleges that Taylor passed checks on Gary Adamson's Fifth-Third Bank account totaling $898.50 from Nov. 13 to Nov. 26. The grand jury also alleges that Taylor knew the checks were forged and that he was attempting to defraud or deceive someone else.

  • Cynthiana man pleads guilty to sexual abuse charges

    The Cynthiana man who was arrested in a Pennsylvania child predator sting, has entered guilty pleas to numerous charges.

    Thomas Vascotto changed his plea on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Butler County (Penn.) Court of Common Pleas.

    Vascotto was accused of driving to Pennsylvania to have sex with what he believed was a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 4.