Today's News

  • Committee work continues in Frankfort last week

    The General Assembly may not have been in session last week because of a planned recess, but that didn’t mean legislators were away from the Capitol.

    Many of the House and Senate committees took the opportunity to continue holding their regular weekly meetings, including the one I oversee as chairman: the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee.

  • Harrison County High School Homecoming Court

    Photo courtesy of Donald Richie/Richie Photography

  • Paris resident leads the way for international exchange

    Sue Kelley of Paris, Ky., has recently been named regional exchange coordinator for EF Foundation for Foreign Study in the Central Kentucky area. As a coordinator she will be giving local families and schools an opportunity to host talented, motivated high school exchange students eager to experience life in America for a semester or year.

  • HCHS cheerleaders fourth at state

    For the first time since 2002, the Harrison County High School varsity cheerleaders have earned a trophy at the KAPOS State Championships.

    The squad of 21 girls took fourth place overall last Saturday in Bowling Green in the Super Large Division with a total of 10 teams competing.

    “I knew and the girls knew that this would be a close competition,” said HCHS coach DeDe Shirley on Tuesday afternoon. “It would come down to hitting all parts of our routine and looking clean to the judges.”

  • Harrison Co. Sheriff's Report




    Feb. 17 at 10:50 a.m. -- non-injury, Jones Lane, Joshua G. Sexton, 25, Cynthiana, driving a 1999 Acura Integra.

    Feb. 13 at 5:10 a.m. -- non-injury, Ky Hwy 36 West, Marilyn S. Casey, 52, Berry, driving a 1997 Ford F150.

    Feb. 13 at 2:28 p.m. -- non-injury, New Lair Road, Terry D. Vaughn, 40, London, driving a 1960 AMC M814.


    Feb. 13 at 4:45 p.m. -- Angela Curzio, 31, Berry, reported fradulent use of credit cards within a six-month period.

  • Cigarette and alcohol tax passed to cushion state budget cuts


    Not long after legislators approved the state’s two-year budget last April, we began to realize that as much as we had scaled back, it still would not be enough because of the steep downturn in the nation’s economy.

                Our state economists told us last fall that, despite several hundred million dollars already being cut, we would need to come up with $456 million more to balance the budget by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2009.

  • County opts out of state aid

    Harrison County is opting to clean up its own mess.

    Judge Executive Alex Barnett said the state has offered to help with storm debris clean-up. However, that assistance comes with a price tag.

    Barnett told magistrates Tuesday that because of the county’s state of emergency declaration, FEMA will reimburse 87 percent of the clean-up costs.

    If the state sends in a clean-up crew to collect debris, that cost could come back to the county in the loss of next year’s state road aid monies, Barnett said.

  • Sports Beat

    Harrison County archers to host

    Region 8 tournament

    Harrison County Schools will play host to the recently realigned 8th Region tournament this Saturday, Feb. 28. Due to the popularity of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), region teams were realigned after the 2007-08 school year. Harrison County Middle School has won the last two years when it was in the former 4th region. Harrison County High School looks to improve on its first year when it narrowly lost the title to Ryle High School. 

  • Vocational School celebrates 40th anniversary

    Kentucky Tech-Harrison County Area Technology Center, or as it has been known these many years in the four counties it serves, the “Vocational School” recently turned 40.

    The ATC was built in 1968 while Martin Carr was serving as Superintendent of Harrison County Schools, and William E. Boswell served as the Chairman of the Harrison County Board of Education. Over the years, the school has helped educate and prepare thousands of young people by expanding student career options to post secondary education or successful employment upon graduation.

  • ‘Marvel’ous talent returns from France

    Tony Moore began looking at comic books before he could even read.

    Once Moore picked up comic books from a leftover moving box of his uncle's, he never put them down.

    “As a kid, I would dress up as He-man and run around out here,” said Moore, pointing out the window of his Harrison County studio.

    Today, from a 15-foot-by-15-foot room in his grandmother, Helen Harney’s home on White Oak Pike, Moore works on a ‘Ghost Rider’ comic for Marvel® comics.