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Today's News

  • Ombudsman program provides visitors to nursing home clients

    About 60 percent of all nursing home residents do not have regular visitors.

    However, thanks to a 25-year-old program, Harrison County’s 294 nursing facility residents have two familiar faces to talk to about issues with their care.

    “We like to let them know that someone is coming in to see them,” said Betty Patrick, one of two Nursing Home Ombudsmen (NHO) in Harrison County.

    Patrick serves the patients at Shady Lawn, Parkside Manor and Grand Haven, while her colleague Carol Ostrander serves Cedar Ridge and Edgemont.

  • Empty ATM targeted

    An ATM machine at the closed branch of Kentucky Bank on North Main Street was damaged in an apparent attempt to get money.

    Cynthiana Ptl. Scott Loechel said a passerby alerted him to the machine’s damage on Monday morning.

    “It looked like someone had pried it open with a small crow bar, but more likely a big screw driver,” Loechel said.

    Since the branch closed on May 7, there has not been any money inside the ATM. He said early estimates of the damage is $1,100.

     

  • Celia wraps up her run on Top Model

    Space Camp. That’s what Celia told friends she was doing during her extended absence. In reality, she was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model.

    Last Wednesday, Celia’s Space Camp ride came to an end placing her fourth and just one week shy of the show’s finale.

    Filming between Halloween and Christmas, Celia had to come up with a diversion for her friends.

    “That contract scared me to death,” Celia said of her commitment to America’s Next Top Model. “I was so good. I didn’t tell anyone.”

  • Court votes 5-3 for 20-cent pay hike

    A 20-cent per hour raise for each county employee has passed first reading of the Harrison County Fiscal Court budget.

    The vote was 5-3 with magistrates Jeff Brunker, Dwayne Florence and Bradley Copes casting the opposing votes to the budget.

    The first proposal was to give each employee a 5 percent pay increase in the coming year. However, that was shot down by some members of the court before it got beyond the draft stage.

    The county’s total budget for 2009-10 is $9,413,533 of which over half is devoted to the general fund.

  • Extreme Makeover home up for grabs

    Three years after the ABC television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition demolished Brian and Michelle Hassall’s Sunrise home, then built them a new one, the couple is putting the home on the market with an asking price of $349,900.

  • Rec department told to relocate park

    Skateboarders may soon have a new home after city commissioners issued the Cynthiana-Harrison County Recreation Department a deadline for relocation of the skate park at Tuesday evening’s Cynthiana City Commission meeting.

    “We all agree that we have to have a place for the skateboarders,” said Commissioner Mark Mattmiller. “There was no question about that.”

    Mattmiller said the recreation board met last Thursday and decided to relocate the skateboarding equipment to another location.

  • Friends work to keep theater open

    Roger Slade feel in love with Rohs Opera House the moment he began working there.

    “I just fell in love with the building,” he said.

    Now Slade is working along with friends James Smith and Philip Nickerson to keep Rohs alive and vibrant in the community.

    “We just want to make it a place for family-fun entertainment,” said Slade.

    Today, Slade and the Rohs crew work to bring plays, concerts, comedy shows, church lock-ins, classic movies, ghost walks and new movies to the historical building.

  • It’s official: Keith is mayor

    Mayor Pro-tem Jack Keith was sworn in as mayor at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    After an unanimous vote to accept Mayor Brown’s resignation, Commissioner James New nominated Keith to fill the vacant mayor position for the remainder of the term.

    “I would like to thank the members of the commission for the belief they had that I will do the best I can...” Keith said at the meeting.

    Keith said while he recognized this was a temporary job, he will continue to work in the interest and desire of the commission.

  • Neighborhood dispute gets heated

    A neighborhood is embroiled in a dispute that included shots being fired on Monday afternoon.

    Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve McCauley said the area around Sylvandell Road and Mouth of Cedar have been a hot bed of disturbance calls in recent weeks.

    The more recent set of calls began on Saturday and came from Eddie Vanhook.

    According to a sheriff’s report, Vanhook told Deputy Dean Hutchinson that two juvenile boys were driving his truck in the Sylvandell area.

  • Mayor resigns

    After months of recovering from a stroke, Mayor Jim Brown had letters of resignation delivered to Cynthiana city commissioners, City Attorney John Lair and City Clerk Charleen McIlvain Tuesday.

    Lair read Brown’s resignation letter during Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.