Today's News

  • Grace Notes

    A number of years ago I got a phone call from a reader with a request.
    He said he was 90 years old and had outlived two wives, yet he wasn’t sure he knew what real love is and he hoped that I could explain it.
    I don’t know if he’s still one of my readers -- I haven’t heard from him since that one time. But if he is, here’s my best answer to his question:
    When I was in middle school, I loved red-haired Paul Minardi with all my 13-year-old heart. We passed notes in class and he walked me to homeroom, carrying my books.

  • Sen. Steve West: Legislative Update in the General Assembly

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort.
    A flurry of bills were sent to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Open meetings of public officials is vital to our freedom

    I was out of town last week and missed the opportunity to commemorate one of the most important laws adopted by our forefathers.
    Last week was “Sunshine Week,” which celebrates the Sunshine Law. In Kentucky, that’s the Open Meetings, Open Records Law. Federally, it’s the Freedom of Information Act.
    The Sunshine Laws are to help everyone -- not just idealistic journalists -- ensure an accountable government.

  • The Wizard of Oz to be staged at HCHS next weekend

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    If you “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” in a couple of weekends, it will take you to the Harrison County High School auditorium.
    On March 24-26, nearly 100 Harrison County students will come together for four performances of the stage version of The Wizard of Oz.

  • US 62 accident victim dies March 9 at UK

    One of the two people that were air-lifted following a single-vehicle accident on Sunday, March 5, died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center on Thursday, March 9.
    Adam Bonar, 24, of Alexandria, Ky. and formerly of Pendleton County, was a passenger in a pick-up truck driven by Larry Gaunce. The truck ran off the road and struck a tree, apparently as the result of a blown tire. The accident happened on US 62, about 10 miles east of Cynthiana.

  • Fiscal Court okays 2017-18 jail budget

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court accepted the 2017-18 jail budget that was submitted by jailer Steve Slade, in spite of rising costs for housing inmates in different facilities.
    “We are spending a lot of money for this, but it is still much less than what it would cost if we had our own jail,” said County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett. “If you look at the expense incurred by counties that do have jails, we are still in pretty good shape.”

  • Did You Know

    Quarter auction to benefit
    clothing closet
    A quarter auction will be held Saturday, March 25, at the Cynthiana Elks Lodge with proceeds to benefit the Harrison County Clothing Closet. Funds will be used to purchase undergarments for those in need.
    Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with the auction getting underway at 10:30 a.m.
    There will be a $5 admission that will include three paddles. Additional paddles, limit five, will be available for $1 each.
    Concessions will also be available.


  • Chamber Educator of the Year

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    If anyone was born to be a teacher, it is Stephanie Whitson.
    The 2016 Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year has been teaching for 16 years, all at Eastside Elementary School and comes from a family of teachers.
    “I most definitely feel like this is what I was born to do,” she said during an interview last week. “I am a very spiritual and faith-based person and I just feel like this is the plan that God has for me.”

  • Eight indictments issued by grand jury

    Robin Smiley,
    news writer

    The Harrison County grand jury met on Tuesday, March 7 and issued eight indictments.
    Included in the indictments were:
    The grand jury charges that Jackie Caskey, 59, operated a motor vehicle while under the influence - fourth or subsequent offense with aggravating circumstance, terroristic threatening in the third degree, criminal mischief in the third degree and disorderly conduct in the second degree.
    Caskey is alleged to have committed the offense in December, 2016.

  • Three air-lifted after Saturday head-on crash

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    Tragedy was averted on Saturday afternoon as three people were air-lifted from the scene of a three-vehicle accident on Ky 36, three and a half miles west of Cynthiana just past Hendricks Lane, on Saturday afternoon at about 3 p.m.