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Today's News

  • Clean up

    The flood waters are gone, but the clean-up process continues for some.

    “We’ve been without electricity for over a week,” Recreation Department Director Rick Chasteen said.

    The baseball season was put on hold after heavy rains pushed the South Fork Licking River to crest at 21.92 feet on May 4 - almost two feet above flood level.

    Thirty-four inches of water stood in the concession stand at River Road Park, Chasteen said.

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

  • Commission searches for skateboard park options

    City commissioners continue to ponder the location of a possible skateboard park.

    “This situation is with us and it’s going to stay with us,” Commissioner Mark Mattmiller said at Tuesday’s city commission meeting. “It’s not going away.”

    Mattmiller said there is some question as to whether or not previously used skateboard equipment would be able to continue to be used.

    The equipment was removed from River Road Park in May 2009 by the Recreation Department.

  • Volunteers rescue victims from rising flood waters

    Harrison County firefighters responded to two separate calls of residents being trapped in their homes Sunday morning due to rising flood waters in the eastern part of the county.

    Chief Charlie Carson said the first call came in at 7:30 a.m. from a resident saying flood waters had trapped her in her home on Smalley Branch Road off US 62 East.

    “We couldn’t get to her because the water was seven feet over the road,” Carson said Tuesday morning.

  • Dailey’s filmed for Speed feature

    Crews from the Speed Channel were in Cynthiana last week filming the activities of Dailey’s Body Shop.

    Tomi Jean Dailey submitted her pink vehicles to Speed’s television show “Copart: Sold in Seconds” for a segment on buying wrecked vehicles and fixing them up for resale.

    “It’s Pink” is the vanity plate on the 26-year-old Dailey’s Nissan Frontier, which is her second pink refurbished vehicle. The first was a Jeep.

    Dailey said she was filmed in the paint booth, spraying pink, of course.

  • Seven arrested on drug charges

    Kentucky State Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s office arrested seven individuals on drug charges last week.

    “The investigation has taken place over the course of several months and is ongoing,” Det. Paul Olin said Friday afternoon.

    Those arrested were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance.

    For the complete story, including the names of those individuals arrested, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Court hears bridge concerns

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court awarded the construction bid for the Rutland Road bridge at Tuesday’s meeting. However, discussion prior to the vote addressed the contractor’s workmanship.

    E&H Contracting and Ron’s Contracting were awarded the contract with the lowest bid of $47,606.17. The pair have teamed up before to construct nine other bridges in Harrison County.

    Jerry Bacon of RRC Co., an industrial bridge developer, told magistrates of things that he believes are wrong with the previous projects.

  • Barnes heads to Air Academy, thanks to Young Eagles donations

    Justin Barnes loves being in the air.

    “I’ve liked it from an early age,” Barnes said last Thursday afternoon at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport. “Just being up there and seeing the Earth from a different point of view...”

    It’s a passion that began with airplane rides with his grandfather, the late Jim Wornall, who served on the airport board for 40 years.

    Barnes’ love of planes will only be heightened this summer when he attends the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisc. July 12-17.

  • Furnish: Outstanding in his field

    For David Furnish, farming has always been a family event.

    “That’s why our family’s so close,” David said one sunny Thursday afternoon at one of the Harrison County farms he manages. “If we didn’t do it together, there’s no way any of us could do it...”

    Raised on a farm by parents George Furnish and Linda Furnish, David is one of eight children; he has six brothers and one sister.

    “We all help each other any way we can,” he said.

  • Funeral held Tuesday for HCHS senior killed last weekend

    Family, friends and classmates continue to mourn the death of Harrison County High School senior Brittany Cordray, 17, whose funeral was held Tuesday.

    Cordray was killed in a Friday night wreck in Bourbon County on Colville Road, approximately seven miles from Millersburg.

    “Today was Brittany Cordray day at Harrison County High School,” principal Jim Schmidt said Monday. “We named today for her...”

    Schmidt said students were made aware of Cordray’s death briefly during the morning announcements, followed by a moment of silence.

  • A push for Advanced Placement

    Harrison County High School students will have some new class options next year.

    And these new class options will provide challenges for high school seniors and juniors.

    The new classes will be Advanced Placement classes.

    Part of a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (which is supported by ExxonMobil, Dell and Gates Foundation), Harrison County is among 16 new high schools in the state picked to join the AdvanceKentucky program, offering training and incentives for AP teachers and students.