Local News

  • HMH to expand day care options, facility

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer

    Just about a month after the decision was made to close two school-based child-care centers, Harrison Memorial Hospital (HMH) has announced plans to expand its day care and begin offering before- and after-school care.
    Sheila Currans, CEO of HMH,  said the closing of New Beginnings and Kids Club prompted the expansion.

  • Wandering dog leads to owner’s arrest

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer

    A dog wandering away Sunday led to a chain of events that resulted in its owner being arrested and facing numerous charges.
    And it all started and ended at Robinson Dam.
    Billy J. Beckett, 37, was arrested a little before 9 p.m. Sunday.
    Beckett had been at the Robinson Dam earlier that day, and his dog had gone missing.

  • Gettin’ that music feelin’

    Brady Posey, a Harrison County High School marching band student, practiced on Tuesday morning on the Hilltop. Posey is one of 80-plus band members who attended two weeks of camp on the Hilltop and is now following up with daily practices. Director John Merz is preparing the students for the upcoming competition marching season

  • Cigarettes, cash target in Leesburg store burglary

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer

    A man the investigating deputy describes as a professional broke into a Harrison County gas station last week and walked out with more than $1,000 worth of cigarettes and cash.
    The man was caught on tape breaking into Ned’s Gas and Deli on Newtown Leesburg Road around 2 a.m. July 28, Harrison  County Sheriff’s Deputy Tuan Kreer said.
    A second man served as lookout. The pair were done and gone in about two minutes, Kreer said.

  • News briefs

    Post-it® Fashion Show entries wanted
    The Taste of Harrison County Post-it® Fashion Show and Contest will take place on Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Rohs Opera House. Entries are wanted. The entry deadline is Aug. 28. Teams consist of up to four members. Registration is $5 per team member.  

  • Junior ‘14-’15 ACT scores highest in about 10 years

    This year’s Harrison County High School seniors have some serious bragging rights.
    Their class scored the highest average ACT score for  junior classes in Harrison County since the state started requiring juniors to take the test about 10 years ago, according to HCHS principal Amy Coleman.
    Coleman said she believes the increase is due to efforts by the school, including the addition of more rigorous courses and more time spent learning test-taking skills.
    “We’ve added so many AP courses,” Coleman said.

  • Battle of Blue Licks Anniversary set for Aug. 15-16

    Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park will commemorate the anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle with its annual re-enactment weekend on Aug. 15-16.
    The re-enactment commemorates the 1782 battle that included Daniel Boone and other pioneers along the Licking River.
    The outnumbered pioneers lost as they went up against British soldiers and Native Americans. Among the 70 pioneers who died was Boone’s youngest son, Israel.

  • HCMS team competes at World Archery Tournament

    By Mike Aldridge, Sports writer
    The Harrison County Middle School team went to the NASP World Tournament in Nashville last weekend and returned with a total score of 3,143, which placed them 60 of 90 teams.  
    The HCMS team consisted of elementary students as well as middle school students since, according to rules, the school had to compete as one not two. This meant that the elementary youngsters competed against middle school archers for the team score as well as fellow elementary students for individual honors.

  • Food preservation class upcoming

    The Harrison County Extension Office will soon be holding a free summer food preservation class.

  • “Cut-a-thon” to raise funds for Abby