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Today's News

  • Local officials discuss KACo, KLC investigations

    By Becky Barnes

    and Kate Darnell

    Two state organizations funded by county and city government money will face an investigation by Kentucky state auditor Crit Luallen’s office. The Lexington Herald-Leader recently reported findings of excessive spending by the organizations’ top officials, which has spurred audits.

    Luallen announced on Wednesday, July 1, that her office will begin a complete investigation on the spending by the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities.

  • Commission will decide zone change at Tuesday meeting

    To the editor:

    This Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m., the city commission will decide if residents of the Lebus subdivision will have a new neighbor. It will not be a new family, but a propane storage facility, which should be located further into the industry park and not in front of our home. We welcome business and progress, but not at this great price directed at just a few people.

  • Library’s community room moving across the street

    The Cynthiana Public Library is bursting at the seams.

    To help with the overcrowding, there will be some moving and shaking going on in the coming months.

    According to Teresa Davis, library board chairperson, the Cynthiana-Harrison County Library will be leasing the building between the Shell Mart and Biancke’s Restaurant on Pleasant Street.

    “We are at maximum occupancy,” Davis said, adding that the community room will be moved across the street to the new branch and the children’s library section will be moved into the Charles Feix room.

  • Webb charged with murder

    Charges have been filed against Bass Webb, 30, for the murder of Bryia Runiewicz, according to a Kentucky State Police press release issued Wednesday afternoon.

    “The murder of Runiewicz has been under investigation by State Police detectives,” the press release says. “Murder is a capital offense and prosecutors are evaluating the case, and have not made a decision on whether or not they will see seek the death penalty.”

  • Murder victim's friend felt tension building

    Childhood friend and neighbor to murdered Bryia Runiewicz said she felt that tensions had been building in recent weeks.

    Carol Banks said the father of Runiewicz’s children died in early July and the grief that the Runiewicz expressed seemed to agitate her boyfriend Bass Webb.

    Webb has since confessed to killing Runiewicz in her New Lair Road home on Friday morning, according to police.

    For more of this story, please see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Webb indicted, victim’s mother coping, relieved

    Charged with Bryia Runiewicz’s murder, Bass Webb, 30, was indicted Tuesday for murder and first degree persistent felony offender.

    The indictment from Harrison Circuit Court reads that Webb murdered Runiewicz and “was not acting under the influence of extreme emotional disturbance for which there was a reasonable explanation or excuse.”

    The indictment also states that Webb previously committed and served a sentence for two felony charges.

    Webb will be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15.

    His bail has been set at $250,000.

  • Park development timeline questioned

    With the final payments for Flat Run Veterans’ Park behind the Harrison County Fiscal Court, a contingent of recreation enthusiasts want to know when development progress can be expected.

    Recreation director Rick Chasteen, who also sat on the committee to develop the master plan for the park, asked Harrison County Fiscal Court members if it is ever going to be developed.

  • Florence indicted for Eastside burglary

    Five indictments were returned by the Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday.

    Tony Florence, 46, was indicted for his alleged involvement in the June 20 break-in of Eastside Pharmacy.

    According to the three-count indictment, Florence is charged with first degree burglary for entering the pharmacy and threatening the use of a dangerous instrument against a person who was not a participant of the crime.

    He is also charged with second degree criminal mischief for allegedly damaging property belonging to Eastside Pharmacy.

  • Museum Musings

    *Cynthiana News, Jan. 7, 1869 - “Bargains! Bargains! W. T. Burns, Pike Street, One Door West of The Smith House has just received and opened a special assortment of Groceries and Confectioneries, consisting of Coffee and Molasses, Tea and Spices, Fish by the Kit or otherwise, Star and Tallow Candles, Shot and Powder, Figs and Raisins, Candies, Kentucky Cheese, Tobacco and Cigars. Complete and full stock of fresh groceries and everything comprising an establishment of the kind. Call and see him.”

  • Murder victim’s home robbed

    The mother of Bryia Runiewicz said the month after her daughter’s murder has been ‘a living hell.’

    Runiewicz, 31, was murdered in her New Lair Road residence on Friday, July 31.

    “They lost their whole way of life,” Dora Clair said about her two granddaughters and Runiewicz’s children.

    While Clair said the residence, turned murder scene, has been cleared for the family to enter, many of Runiewicz’s possessions have been taken - a result of what Clair claims was four separate robberies.