Today's News

  • Pension bill filed, other legislation on the move

    While several critical bills have moved through the House, the past week was largely driven by one item: pensions.
    Senate Bill 1 has been filed, and is the result of ongoing work over the better part of the last year to save the pension systems and protect the retirement of our teachers, law enforcement and other state workers.
    This measure puts Kentucky on track to eliminate the unfunded liability and ensures that a good retirement is available for all current and future employees.

  • Guns aren’t the problem, people are

    I have heard and read all the hype about guns and the need for legislation. I have seen the Facebook posts that declare that “Guns don’t kill, people do.”
    What’s the answer to gun violence?
    I grew up around guns. My dad and grandfather made certain that my brother and I had a healthy respect for all weapons.
    We learned how to shoot with accuracy. How to secure a weapon, break it down and clean it.
    Now, 40 years later and not having spent much time since around weapons, some of those lessons might be a little stale.

  • Byron pens book on show horses in Central Kentucky

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    Tom Byron will be 80-years-old in May. He has been inducted into the Kentucky Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame and still works for WMST, in Mt. Sterling.
    While Byron has loved his career in broadcasting, which began in 1956, his real passion has always been saddlebred horses.
    It took him 10 years, but he has finally completed a book devoted to the early years of horse shows in and around Central Kentucky.

  • Harrison County has deep history with Elks Hoop Shoot

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    In 1946, in Corvallis, Oregon, Frank Hise saw a group of children playing basketball and was struck with the idea that something needed to be done to allow less-talented players to compete on a more level playing court with those children who were bigger, faster and more talented.
    Hise, the late former National President of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, originated the idea of a free-throw-shooting contest, that has since evolved into the Elks Hoop Shoot Program.

  • Court gives nod to support for growing medical marijuana

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    Local hemp farmer Jason Marshall addressed the Harrison County Fiscal Court, seeking its approval to endorse his plea to enact state-wide legislation that will legalize the production and sale of medical marijuana.
    “With the wide-spread addictions and over-prescribed use of opioids as painkillers, it is time to use the most natural form of pain relief that we have, cannabis,” Marshall said. “There has never been a recorded death due to an overdose of cannabis.”

  • Legislative update: SB1 is data-driven plan to fund pensions

    After weeks of anticipation and months of discussions and meetings with stakeholders, the Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus filed its comprehensive pension reform bill as Senate Bill (SB) 1 on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
    While SB 1 marked the filing of one of the most significant pieces of legislation of the 2018 Session, we continued to hold committee meetings and voted bills out of the Senate chamber, making for another busy week in Frankfort.

  • Gospel sing to benefit cancer patient

    Central Christian Church at Second Street and Riggs Avenue will host a gospel sing/silent auction on Sunday, March 11, to benefit Kay Moss, who has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma. The kidney cancer has also spread to her liver and lungs.
    The benefit, which will include soup, sandwiches and drink, will begin at 1 p.m. with bidding for silent auction items. Singing will be held 2-4 p.m.; food will be served 4-5 p.m. At 5 p.m., all bidding ends and singing resumes. Silent auction winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

  • Cole sentenced to nine years in prison for drug trafficking conviction

    A Harrison County woman who was recently convicted on drug charges was sentenced last week to nine years in prison.
    Probation was denied for Jewel Cole, who appeared before Judge Jay Delaney on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

  • Arnold honored posthumously for his many volunteer services

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    According to long-time friend Ralph Dietemeyer, the late Dr. Rick Arnold would have been an excellent choice for either the Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Professional of the Year or the chamber’s Volunteer of the Year.
    “He was nominated for both of those and was equally deserving of either award,” Dietemeyer said. “It’s just a shame that he wasn’t honored when he was still alive.”

  • School officials talk safety with board members

    Becky Barnes,

    School shootings are not far from the minds of school officials and local law enforcement. The two groups addressed school safety at the Harrison County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night.
    Assistant Superintendent David Case described some of the ways Harrison County is preparing for any crisis situation.