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  • Brown to give presentation on dealing with the dying

    A local Harrison County church is welcoming a national expert to address the emotionally difficult process of maintaining a close relationship with friends or family in the final days or weeks before death.
    Ryland Brown, an expert in the study of death and dying,  will be a special invited guest of Cornerstone Christian Church. He will be giving an acclaimed presentation entitled Looking from the Bed: How to Love and Serve the Dying on Saturday, March 1, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Harrison County Extension Office.

  • Two police officer recruits take oath at Tuesday’s city meeting

    Two police officer recruits were sworn in at Tuesday’s Cynthiana City Commission.
    Lewis E. Crump III and Justin F. Jett will begin classes at Eastern Kentucky University March 17 and will continue for 18 weeks.
    Police Chief Ray Johnson said that the new recruits will join a third recruit, Matt Royce, who should complete his training at the police academy in August.
    The three recruits will bring the total police officers to 17 if all officers on the roll now remain with the department.
    In other business, the commission:

  • Donations needed to help surviving family from last week’s fatal fire

    Friends and family members of Patricia Kearns, who was killed in a tragic house fire last week, have established a memorial fund to help her family who was made homeless by the fire.
    Kearns was the only fatality in a house fire that occurred at 1273 Hick Hardy Road on  the border between Nicholas and Harrison counties.
    Not only did the fire claim Kearns’ life, it also left her husband, daughter Hannah Callahan, son-in-law and two grandsons homeless. The home was a complete loss.

  • Harrison County schools closed Wednesday, Feb. 26

    There will be no school in Harrison County today, Wednesday, Feb. 26.

    Harrison County assistant superintendent David Case made the announcement at 5 a.m.

    Roads in the northern part of the county are snow-covered with this latest round of snow pushing southeast.

  • Celebrity chef and Kentucky artist join Project Playground for ‘Beat the Boredom’ series

    Project Playground fundraiser promises to combat the winter blues with its upcoming “Beat the Boredom” series.
    The “Beat the Boredom” series of events features two unique experiences and will raise funds for local playground equipment.
    On Saturday, March 1, a Yoga + Celebrity Chef event brings Chef Brigitte Nguyen – as seen on Food Network, Cooking Channel and Kentucky Proud Kitchen – to Cynthiana.

  • Local college stages campus lockdown drill

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    City police and sheriff’s deputies helped carry out a lockdown drill at the Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community College last week. The drill was meant to clarify security procedures in case a shooter is reported on the campus or in the educational building.
    Similar lockdown drills are being run at all five Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) sites, said Jeff Stevens, director of safety and security at all of the college campuses.

  • Ten jury trials set next week in Harrison Circuit Court

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Ten jury trials are scheduled for next week, according to Harrison County court records.
    The jury trials are all set  for Tuesday, Feb. 25, and are subject to change.
    Janet Hall was named in two separate jury trials. She previously entered not guilty pleas to two charges of trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense, drug unspecified.

  • Black ice creates commuter nightmare; 11 wrecks in four hours

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    The Harrison County Sheriff’s office had its hands full early Tuesday morning when black ice caused 11 car wrecks, four of them injury accidents,  within a four-hour time span. One is likely to involve charges, according to Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton.
    On a day in which snow and ice were expected to melt, black ice patches caught many morning commuters by surprise, according to Hampton and deputy sheriff Robert Peak.

  • Grievance hearing ends with recommendations

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Months after nine Cynthiana police officers filed grievances with the Cynthiana City Commission against Chief Ray Johnson, the issue is settled.
    The commission voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to merge a sexual harassment complaint made by the city’s only female officer, Dottie Batte, with the other grievance.
    There were nine active officers with the department who signed the complaint as well as one former officer. Each of the officers testified during the hearing, which began on Jan. 27 and continued over two days.

  • Fayette robbery suspect nabbed in Walnut Street home

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    Harrison County and Cynthiana law enforcement arrested a man Friday morning at a Walnut Street apartment who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Lexington on Jan. 31.
    Eric Paul Nelson, 35, listed as living in Boyle County, was in custody hours after arriving in Cynthiana. A warrant had been issued for Nelson’s arrest for his role in the armed robbery of a Speedway gas station at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway in Lexington.