Today's News

  • Proposed zone change would allow for ‘a potential bomb’

    To the editor:

    It is a shame that our elected officials would even consider rezoning a few acres closest to U.S. 32 (Connersville Pike) in the business park from I-1 (light industrial) to I-2 (heavy industrial) to accommodate the needs of a hazardous business. The plan to rezone has raised major concerns of the residents as to the safety issues of such a plan since it will be like having a potential “bomb” next door to us and our safety will depend on the three employees who will work there.

  • ‘As the family grows, so does my prayer list’

    Last Saturday night I ate Mexican food in San Marcos, Calif., with my nephews Dan and Eric, their dad (my brother, Tim), their mom (Nika), my favorite only sister Peggy and my cousin Jan.

    Eric, a corpsman in the Navy, ate chimichingas and I had a chicken tamale and a fish taco. There’s nothing like California Mexican food to make me feel I’ve truly come home.

    I had flown home for my niece Kacie’s wedding on Friday.

  • City raises water costs to county

    City water will soon come with a heavier price tag.

    At a special meeting last Thursday afternoon, the Cynthiana City Commission voted to accept a $2.41 per thousand gallon water rate offer from the Harrison County Water Association.

    Part of the same vote, commissioners agreed for Mayor Jack Keith to negotiate and execute a contract with HCWA.

    The new rate will become effective Nov. 1, 2009.


    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more on this story.

  • Webb to go to Bourbon grand jury

    Search warrants for Bryia Runiewicz’s New Lair Road residence and vehicle have been filed, Deputy Clerk Scott Emery confirmed Wednesday morning.

    Runiewicz, 31, was found dead at her home on the morning of Friday, July 31.

    Charges against Bass Webb, who allegedly confessed to police that he murdered Runiewicz, have yet to be filed in Harrison County.

    Webb has been charged in Bourbon County with two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to run over a Bourbon County jailer and pre-trial officer.

  • Webb arraignment is Tuesday

    Accused murderer Bass Webb will be in Harrison Circuit Court Tuesday to enter a plea to felony charges of murder and persistent felony offender.

    Webb was recently indicted for the July 31 murder of Bryia Runiewicz.

    For an update on this story, see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • City, county ponder deal for Handy House fate

    After years of questions and debate regarding the fate and future of the Handy House, the Cynthiana City Commission and the Harrison County Fiscal Court showed signs of support at Tuesday evening’s meetings.

    At seperate meetings, both commissioners and magistrates voted to enter into negotiations with the Harrison County Historical Society for the non-profit corporation’s possible take-over of the house located in Flat Run Veterans’ Park.

  • Community prepares for H1N1 virus

    While swine flu continues to dominate national news, Harrison Memorial Hospital director Sheila Currans said  the public shouldn’t panic.

    “We’re making every effort to be prepared for the potential,” Currans said.

    Currans said eight individuals in the community have tested positive for H1N1, formerly known as the swine flu.

    “We do know we have H1N1 in this county,” she said.

    Appearing in the United States in April, Currans said H1N1 has attracted media and heightened health attention because the virus is new.

  • Federal funding available to Harrison County landowners

    The Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has received federal grant funding that is available to landowners to address water quality and improve farm operations within the South Fork Licking River watershed of Nicholas, Bourbon, and Harrison counties. The funds were awarded by the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) through the Clean Water Act. 

    These grant funds focus upon using a “watershed approach,” meaning that watersheds of high importance are selected with a goal of improving the water quality in these areas. 

  • Board agrees to zone change recommendation

    After hearing opposition from residents during a continued public hearing Monday evening, the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission approved the zone change that brings United Propane Gas Inc. one step closer to locating in the county.

    Board members voted 5-1 to approve the zone change of the Business Park corner lot on Sea Biscuit Way, directly off Connersville Pike, from light industrial to heavy industrial.

  • State sets salaries of county’s three top paid public officials

    The top paid Harrison County officials are also those whose salaries are set by state legislation and are based on years of service and county population.

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett ranks third among those three. In fiscal year 2008-09, he earned $74,098.57. County clerk Linda Furnish was paid $81,298.93 from county coffers and Sheriff Bruce Hampton earned $76,836.53.