Today's News

  • P&Z board fires its administrator

    Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Administrator Linden Smith has been fired following a February board meeting.

    According to P&Z chairman Avi Bear, the commission voted unanimously to fire Smith at its rescheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

    Smith was suspended by the commission on Jan. 18 for “insubordination.”

    He returned to work from that 30-day suspension on Friday, Feb. 19.

    As part of Smith’s suspension terms, Bear said Smith was supposed to write letters of apology to the board.

  • Bill to make hiring coaches easier passes, gets start in Cynthiana

    House Bill 327 passed in Frankfort earlier this month.

    But the bill’s process began right here in Harrison County over a year ago, with the initiative of Harrison County High School Athletic Director Lee Kendall.

    “It was a problem we had in Harrison County,” Kendall said about the ability to find coaches that matched the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s criteria.

    The association’s regulations required that all head and assistant coaches be certified teachers or have earned 64 hours of college credit.

  • Webb faces second murder charge

    A second murder indictment has been added to the multiple felony charges facing Bass Webb.

    A Montgomery County grand jury issued murder and tampering with physical evidence charges against Webb for the December 2003 disappearance of Sabrina Vaughn.

    A body was recovered in Powell County in January.

    Although DNA results have not been received, Montgomery County  Sheriff Fred Shortridge said he doesn’t need them to make the charges.

  • Suspects leave IDs at scene of stolen steel

    After two days of being the victim of theft, an employee of Steel Trailers on Water Works Road decided to be on the look out.

    Just after midnight on Sunday, he spotted a suspicious vehicle, one he had allegedly seen earlier driving by the business, that was parked near what used to be Harrison Ready Mix.

    Sgt. Wilbur Gross of the Cynthiana Police Department said when police and Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found the green Ford pickup truck and two men running from the scene.

  • Police suspect meth lab cause of explosions

    Kentucky State Police and the Scott County Fire Department continue to investigate the possibility of a meth lab explosion at a mobile home fire in Harrison County, near the Scott County line.

    According to Scott County Fire Battalion Chief Robert Hutchins, the department received a call about the burning mobile home at 913 Fields Lane around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Main Street building will come down

    A downtown eyesore is coming down.

    At last Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting, city attorney John Lair said a judgment has been reached regarding the building at 213/215 S. Main St.

    Lair said the city can now begin the process of demolishing the building.

    But despite what Lair said he considered to be a quick judgment, he added that the demolition work will not be easy.

    The building is not free-standing and is connected to the building currently housing the Department for Juvenile Justice.

  • CURRANS: I'm a nurse first

    Sheila Currans was recently awarded the title of the Chamber of Commerce’s  Businessperson of the Year.

    There’s only one problem.

    Currans doesn’t think of herself as a businessperson.

    “I’m a nurse first,” she said.

    Despite a comfortable chair in her CEO office at Harrison Memorial Hospital, she would much rather be walking the hallways and making the rounds.

    “That’s the best part of my day,” Currans said.

  • $4.2 mil will save 500 jobs

    For over 40 years, 3M Company has been a major force in Harrison County’s economy. With its recently announced $4.2 million investment in an expansion project, state and local leaders consider it proof that 3M will retain that force.

    Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement last Thursday along with 3M plant manager Ann Getting that 3M will be reinvesting in its Cynthiana property.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Statistics indicate prison works in fight against crime

    Community members gathered Monday evening for Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County’s sixth town hall meeting at the Cynthiana Christian Church.

    “Public safety is job one,” said Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney Ray Larson.

    Serving as the town hall meeting’s keynote speaker, Larson said five percent of the population is committing about 80 percent of the crime.

    “The main purpose of government... is to do all that it can to guarantee the safety and security of its citizens,” Larson said.

  • Seven cars vandalized Monday night

    Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson said it was supposedly an argument with his girlfriend that made a Harrison County teen vandalize at least seven cars on Monday night, including Johnson’s.

    Although no charges had been filed for the alleged vehicle damages as of press time Wednesday morning, Johnson said the teen was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol.