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Today's News

  • County unemployment jumps back up to 11%

    After having three months of a declining unemployment rate, Harrison County once again has jumped back up to 11 percent of its labor force out of work.

    According to figures released from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Harrison County’s 11 percent October figure increased from 10.5 percent in September.

    There are 1,057 people who are recognized as being unemployed locally from the 9,575 labor force.

    Harrison County had been on a declining trend since the June high rate of 12.2 percent. In July, the rate dropped to 11.0 followed by August’s 10.8.

  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .

    Births announced this week are: Jaclyn Nicole Poe, Nov. 13, daughter of Darin and Amy Poe; Austin Gene Sharp, Nov. 27, son of Ruben Baker and Amanda Sharp.

    County officials vote to proceed with condemnation action on property needed to construct the Harrison County Justice Center. The Levi building on the southeast corner was purchased for $150,000; property on the northeast corner was purchased for $32,000; and the Cooper property for $135,000.

  • County continues to pay for employees’ health insurance

    Faced with a 28 percent increase in health insurance costs, Harrison County magistrates voted to switch carriers.

    “We’ve been dealing with this for months,” said Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett at Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting.

    The county pays 100 percent of the employees’ premiums. Barnett said that practice was in jeopardy had an alternative plan not been found.

    Steve Parrish of Smith Insurors presented a policy proposal from United Health Care that drops the county’s annual premium from $303,000 to $257,000.

  • MCTC/LVC offers EMT class next year

    The U.S. government reports that Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) positions are expected to grow over 19 percent in the next five years. The growing need for EMTs is a result of an aging population and attrition from the field as certification and training requirements increase.  

    Karey Smith is the Community and Economic Development Coordinator for the Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community & Technical College. 

  • Joneses recovering from wreck that killed niece

    A Harrison County couple and their grandson are recovering following a tragic accident over the weekend that claimed the life of their niece.

    Larry and Roselyn Jones of Connersville Pike, their grandson Sterling Wayler of Lexington, and  niece Shawna Ishmael were on their way to a family Christmas gathering in Indiana on Saturday morning.

  • Harrison County wrestlers open with thumping of Madison Central

    Harrison County High’s grapplers began the 2009-2010 season with an impressive 57-18 beating of the Madison Central Indians in Richmond Wednesday night. HCHS won 11 of the 14 bouts, four by forfeit. Madison Central is in only the second year of wrestling and Coach Russ Riegel feels that they will be a formidable opponent in coming years. 

  • Compliments to Red’s Fest, coaches

    I was surprised to see the number of people at Red’s Fest last Friday night. It was held at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, which is a huge facility. There must have been 5,000 people there, most in Red’s garb and probably, all but me, big Red’s fans. 

    I will say that the Reds staff in charge of our interview area were really nice people and very helpful. Interviewing is not what I do best, but they did what they could to make us feel at home. 

  • Commissioner: City Hall gym needs improvements

    Commissioner Billy Grayson urged commissioners to consider looking for ways to improve the City Hall gym facility at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    “We really need to put our thinking caps on,” Grayson said, adding that he recently toured the gym after he heard some citizens’ concerns.

    “The city hall gym is a very, very difficult problem to tackle,” said Commissioner Mark Mattmiller.

  • Church Briefs

    CALVARY

    ASSEMBLY OF GOD

    Pastor Dan Collard and church family invites everyone to holiday activities planned for the month of December at Calvary Assembly of God.

    Dec. 11: Youth Group Fundraiser at the High School Christmas Concert at 6 p.m.  Get your picture taken with Santa for $3 or 2 for $5. All proceeds go to the Ireland Missions Trip this April.

  • HCMS speech team takes third at Knott and Lafayette

    The Harrison County Middle School speech team traveled to Hindman, KY to take on 17 teams from the southeast in the Knott County Central High Patriot Classic Speech Invitational. The team had 12 members break into to the top six, plus one student won in the overall performance category.  The following students brought home trophies: