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  • Deputies capture alleged shooter

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies have captured Thomas Field VanMeter.
    About 9:30 a.m., VanMeter was captured in the area where a shooting occurred on Monday.
    There were no injuries from yesterday’s shoot-out with law enforcement and none reported this morning from his capture.
    As law enforcement was drawn in from adjoining counties as well as Frankfort, VanMeter was spotted crossing through fields on KY 1842.

  • No school Tuesday, Sept. 12

    Harrison County law enforcement was joined Tuesday afternoon by several other agencies in a search for an active shooter. That person has not been located. 

    Just before 2 pm Monday a KU helicopter was shot down around White Oak Pike and Fritz Lane. The two pilots were not injured and picked up by a KSP helicopter. 

    Harrison County sheriff's deputies were fired on by the shooter and they returned fire. It is not know if the shooter was hit. 

  • 2016-17 Harrison County School District salaries

    Dotson, Andy    $134,508.24
    Shepard, Melissa    $111,361.41
    Case, David    $105,013.44
    Hatter, Jenny Lynn    $92,583.60
    Asher, Julie    $90,387.36
    Switzer, Robert    $89,583.60
    Yearsley, Brad    $89,415.84
    Maggard, Belinda    $89,224.06
    McIntire, Michael    $87,843.60
    Fowler, Steven    $86,848.32
    Hill, Sharon    $86,848.32

  • Harvey relief accepted at state highway barn

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The new State Highway Maintenance Barn, located on the by-pass, will be accepting Hurricane Harvey Relief donations until the close of business on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
    Local Supervisor Kevin Florence said that someone would be at the barn from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

  • Ayala sentenced in federal court

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Miguel Ayala was found guilty of robbery involving controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone in federal court in May.
    On Monday, Aug. 28, Ayala was sentenced to 150 months in prison. Upon completion of the sentence, he will remain on parole for three years.
    He is also required to pay restitution of $3,219.61 to Rite Aid Pharmacy on  Executive Drive in Lexington.

  • Increase of Cynthiana mayor’s salary tabled for more research

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A decision to double the salary of Cynthiana’s mayor in the next term was tabled Tuesday after Commissioner Jada Griggs said she would like more time to view the proposal.
    Commissioner Mark Mattmiller said the time to make the decision was prior to the filing deadline for the next election.

  • Elridge recalls wisdom he received from the late John Swinford

    David Stone,
    News writer
    dstone@lcni.com

    Cynthiana native Colmon Elridge is expecting at least two questions when he returns to town Sept. 14 to host the Harrison County Democratic Party’s John Swinford Dinner: Will he or won’t he?
    Elridge, who served as executive assistant to former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, is considered a potential candidate in two races — the 6th District House of Representatives and governor — but he’s staying mum for now.

  • School board opts for tax increase to generate 4% over last year’s revenue

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Harrison County Board of Education voted unanimously to enact a 4 percent increase in property taxes for the 2017-18 school year at a special meeting on Friday afternoon, Sept. 1.
    The tax increase is expected to put an additional $300,000 in the district’s coffers.
    District financial officer Julie Asher clarified that this is not a flat 4 percent increase in taxes.

  • Four sentenced, other cases continued in Harrison court

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Formal sentencing was held Tuesday in Harrison Circuit Court for individuals who had previously been found guilty or entered guilty pleas to their charges.
    Jackie Caskey was sentenced to two years in prison and probation was denied.
    Caskey was convicted on his fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs. His license was suspended for five years.

  • Cemetery Preservation planning meeting is Tuesday

    A planning meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Biancke’s Restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m. to discuss preservation of the Old Cynthiana Graveyard.
    The cemetery is located on North Main Street. Karey Riddell and Rick Mattox are heading up a group to help restore and promote the cemetery’s beauty.
    Anyone interested in helping is urged to attend the meeting.