Today's News

  • Extension intern kept busy with 4-H projects

    University of Kentucky student Kayleigh Vallandingham has had a busy summer.

    The 2003 Harrison County High School graduate has been serving as an intern for the Harrison County Extension office.

    Ive worked a lot with the Homemakers, she said. And with 4-H a lot. 4-H was really busy.

    Vallandinghams duties with 4-H included serving as a camp counselor and attending the teen conference.

    A major part of her internship has consisted of shadowing Extension Agent Cheryl Case and observing what she does on a day-to-day basis.

  • County ponders contract for recycling services

    Future funding of recycling efforts in Harrison County remain undecided after Tuesdays meeting of the Harrison County Fiscal Court.

    Magistrates discussed the contract with Randys Recycling, but in the end took no action.

    At issue is the city of Cynthianas apparent decision to end its $21,000 annual subsidy of the business, based on the fact that city employees pick up the recycled materials using a city vehicle and city-bought fuel.

    This decision was laid out in a letter to the court signed by Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown and the four city commissioners.

  • Academic Brief


    The University of Kentucky recognizes the academic performance of 17 students from Harrison County who were named to the UK Deans List for the spring 2008 semester.

  • Inmate escapes, again

    Not for the first time, police are looking for Jeffrey Pratt after an apparent escape while in custody.

    About 12:45 p.m. Monday, Pratt, 30, who was expected to enter a plea in Robertson Circuit Court on a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $300 in connection with a Mt. Olivet bank robbery, overpowered a deputy jailer and escaped.

  • Suspected shoplifting ring busted

    Police believe they have broken up a shoplifting ring that has plagued Wal-Marts and K-Mart in Harrison, Bourbon and Scott counties.

    Cpl. Walter Tapp of the Cynthiana Police Department arrested one of four women who are suspects in the theft ring.

    According to Tapp, the first complaint came from Cynthianas Wal-Mart on Sunday when a manager reported finding over $500 worth of empty DVD and video game boxes.

    The shelf was completely empty and they knew they hadnt sold any, Tapp said.

    In all, 26 items were discovered stolen on Sunday.

  • COMMENTARY: Ticket prices revamped to help HCHS athletics thrive in an increasingly competitive world

    A little clarification is perhaps needed to explain the somewhat new and revamped athletic ticket policies at Harrison County High School.

    First, it is important to understand that our athletic department at HCHS is almost 100 percent self sufficient. Fortunately, we have had in the past, and continue to have now, a central office and board of education that is understanding of the importance of athletics to our community, our school and, most importantly, to our student athletes.

  • Just a kid: New business has been long time in making

    A Harrison County native has blazed new agricultural ground in the dairy market.

    After much research and work, Todd Harp - a former Harrison County High School Agriculture teacher - shipped his first load of goats milk on Monday, July 7, making him the first commercial dairy goat farmer in the state of Kentucky.

    It was an exciting time, he said. Now my goal for [the goats] is to pay their own meal ticket.

  • Bagworms are on the move, slowly

    I received a call the other day about what to do with a blue spruce covered in bagworms. The tree is apparently covered (and large) so hand-picking was not an option. The caller said the pest was rather large, too, so I had to recommend a systemic insecticide as the treatment. I prefer that we catch the bagworms earlier in the season so that we can take a biological approach but this is not always the case.

  • Ripken teams eliminated: All-Stars will face off in RRP tourney

    None of Harrison Countys four Cal Ripken teams won their respective state tournaments last week at different sites, but all four teams will be competing in a season-ending tournament at River Road Park in two weeks.

    The 11-year-old All Stars had the best finish among the local teams, taking runner-up honors over the weekend to South Lexington in the Kentucky East State Tournament at Frankfort.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Pratt escapes from Robertson County courthouse

    Jeffrey Pratt, who was expected to make a court appearance in Robertson County Circuit Court Monday, escaped just minutes before his scheduled court appearance.

    Pratt, 30, was expected to enter a plea for a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $300 in connection with a Mt. Olivet bank robbery.

    According to Sheriff Randy Insko, about 12:45 p.m., Pratt was being led to the courthouse in shackles by Marvin Mulligan, deputy jailer, when Pratt allegedly shoved the deputy into the car and fled.