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Today's News

  • Now is the time to question assessments

    If you have a question about your real estate assessment, now is the time to ask.

    Harrison County property valuation administrator Carla Harney said the assessments are open for public viewing and property owners may contest those assessments during the 13-day period that ends May 17.

    Harney said only about 600 assessments were refigured this year. Those, she said, were primarily where property had new construction or additions.

    Those who had reassessments were notified by mail.

  • Stephens killed in Thursday wreck

    A former Cynthiana man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Thursday on U.S. 62 West.

    Donald D. Stephens, 69, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a passenger in a 2006 Cadillac STS, which was driven by Robert West, Cynthiana.

    The accident occurred about 8:35 a.m. at the entrance to David Manor Subdivision. According to Harrison County Deputy Steve McCauley, the pair were on their way to Georgetown. Witnesses said the vehicle hydroplaned then ran off the road and flipped over several times.

  • Webb murder trial set for March 2011

    The trial for the man believed to have murdered his former girlfriend, Bryia Runiewicz, last July will stand trial in Harrison County in 2011.

    Bass Webb appeared in Harrison Circuit Court Tuesday to hear that his murder trial will be held March 21-29, which is one month after he stands trial in Montgomery County for the murder of Sabrina Vaughn.

    Webb’s defense attorneys also indicated that they may seek a change of venue for the trial, citing pre-trial publicity.

    For more of this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Severe weather tips

    Harrison County Emergency Management along with Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee urge you and your family to review these safety tips as we enter the peak severe weather season in Kentucky.

    Flash flooding safety rules:       

    According to statistics from the National Weather Service; flash floods and floods are the most recent year’s number one storm-related killer in Kentucky and across the United States.

  • Police investigating counterfeit bills

    The Cynthiana Police Department is investigating numerous reports of counterfeit $20 bills.

    According to those reports, banks, businesses and individuals have been victims.

    Chief Ray Johson advises everyone to check their bills closely so as not to be victimized by the scheme.

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

  • In line for a job

    “I thought it would be a big line,” Byron Boyers (far right), 55, said outside Bullard last Thursday morning. Unemployed for 15 months, Boyers was one of 230 people who showed up at the factory to complete a screening questionnaire between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., with people arriving as early as 8 a.m. “I’m too old to be doing this,” said Boyers, adding he has worked in manufacturing his entire life.

  • EMT injured in ambulance crash in Lexington

    A Brown Ambulance Service driver continues to recover at home following a collision last Thursday night in Lexington.

    April Claypool, 22, was driving the Harrison County ambulance carrying a patient around 11 p.m., when a white 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Charles Brown, 30, of Versailles, hit the passenger side of the ambulance at the intersection of Broadway and New Circle Road in Lexington.

    According to Lexington-Police Public Information Officer Sherell Roberts, Brown told police he did not see or hear the ambulance.

  • Church break-in suspects indicted

    The three individuals accused of breaking into the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter on Jan. 17 and taking dogs, cats and pet food, have been indicted by a Harrison County grand jury.

    Husband and wife, Monique, 22, and  Timothy Watts, 24, and William Jackson, 30, were each named in three count indictments in the burglary.

    According to the indictments, the trio entered the shelter, took the animals and damaged shelter property.

    Bonds for each of the three is set at $2,500.

    For more indictments, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • WKU journalism student to serve as summer intern

    The Cynthiana Democrat is welcoming a summer intern who will be spending 10 weeks at the newspaper shadowing news and editorial staffers.

    Mary Barczak, 20, of Richwood in Boone County, started this week and is looking forward to covering the news.

    Barczak is a Western Kentucky University junior, whose primary interest is in feature writing. She serves as the city editor of the award-winning college publication, The College Heights Herald, and is looking for a career as a backpack journalist.

    “I want to go anywhere and every where,” Barczak said.

  • PTO officer charged with theft

    A Northside Elementary School PTO treasurer was charged Tuesday on a multi-count indictment for theft of funds from the organization.

    According to Michael Laws, assistant commonwealth attorney, Stacey Harney, 41, is charged with theft by unlawful taking $500 or more and nine counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.