Today's News

  • Workers brave elements to repair spewing waterline

    A drastic weather shift is said to be one of the major factors in a Webster Avenue waterline break last Thursday.
    At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, Cynthiana dispatch contacted Allen Swinford, supervisor of public works, to investigate a possible waterline problem on Webster Avenue between the Cynthiana Democrat office and the Harrison Administration building, the former CEC building.
    Upon arriving, it was assessed that there was a waterline problem which would require digging.
    At approximately 3 a.m. the city received the green light to begin digging.

  • Court reluctantly passes flood plain ordinance

    While the Harrison County Fiscal Court approved a proposed flood plain ordinance, it was visibly not what they wanted.
    “I feel that we are being blackmailed,” said Magistrate Bradley Copes. “What they are saying is ‘do this or we will do this to you’ and that’s not fair to anyone that this is affecting.”
    Nonetheless, it was brought up again by the other magistrates that if the ordinance was not passed, the consequences would be worse for property owners if their property were damaged by flood.

  • Center shares warmth with gifts of coats

      ’Tis the season of giving, and Christian Faith Center chose to give the gift of warmth to local children.
       “The church, during this season, originally went to Campton Ky., to distribute coats,” said church member Larra Dennie. “Last year we decided that we should give to some of the kids that we see every day.”
    Dennie said that the church was not able to give to the community the way that it wanted to without some help.

  • Scholarship to benefit from movie showing

    Rohs Opera House is calling all National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation lovers out for a night of fun and to remember Derek.
    The Derek Webber scholarship is still in need of help from the community and fellow Christmas Vacation lovers.
    Thursday at 7 p.m., Rohs Opera House will be playing Christmas Vacation.
    There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted to go toward funding the Derek Webber Scholarship that will be available for a student at the Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community College.

  • Crews have made travel 'passable'

    Harrison County’s roads are “passable,” said Deputy Steve McCauley about 10 a.m. Monday.
    “Almost all of the county roads are slick, especially where [the snow] has drifted,” McCauley said, adding that where salt has been put on the roads the sun is melting the snow fairly well.
    State and county road crews worked through the night pushing and treating the roads.

  • Trailers are target for thieves

    Trailer owners beware. That’s what Harrison County Deputy Sheriff Tuan Kreer is advising.
    He said Monday morning that a rash of trailer heists has taken place in Harrison County over the last week. Five full-sized trailers have been reported missing.
    “Someone must be driving around looking for people not around,” Kreer said. “They’re having time to get loading ramps, too.”
    Kreer said the thefts have occurred all over the county and not in one specific area.

  • Fatal Berry fire claims four lives, three houses

    An evergreen Christmas wreath sets among the charred remains of what was home to a Berry family. Now, all that remains in that location are the acrid smells of smoldering ashes and the reminder that four people lost their lives in a fire early Sunday morning.
    Virginia Nicole Pike and two of her four children, Cameron, 6, and Nicholas, 3, each one of a set of twins, and her cousin, Charles Tucker, perished in the fire.

  • Webster water line gushing

    Main water line break causes part of Webster Ave. to be closed down.
    From the Community Education Center “CEC” building to the crossing of Webster and Old Lair, the city has the road blocked off due to a main water line break.
    “We believe that it is either a 10 or eight inch pipe that has either split or has circumference damage,” said Gary Royalty, director of Public works/public utilities.
    At this time the type of damage or cause has not yet been declared.

  • Rape charge added to Webb’s growing list

    Accused murderer Bass Webb is back in the news this week with another indictment from a Harrison County grand jury.
    Webb, who is accused of murdering Bryia Runiewicz on July 31, 2009, just three days after his 30th birthday, is now being charged with first degree rape for the same day.
    The indictment, issued Tuesday, simply states, “[Webb] committed the offense of rape in the first degree by engaging in sexual intercourse with B.R. by forcible compulsion.”

  • News briefs

    Shelter Holiday Open House is Saturday
    Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter will be having its Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 1-3 p.m.
    Refreshment will be made available. Guests are asked to bring treats for the dogs and cats.

    Food Pantry in need of donations
    The Harrison County Food Pantry is located at 304 Locust St. (former Cynthiana Police Substation). It is open Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m.