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Today's News

  • Commission says no to take-home fleet for police

    Cynthiana police officers won’t be driving their cruisers home anytime soon.

    At Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting, the commission dismissed the home fleet program in a 2-3 vote.

    “The main benefit the home fleet has is for the citizens,” Commissioner Amanda Moore said, adding that cruisers parked in neighborhoods deters crime and makes residents feel safe.

    Commissioner Jimmy New agreed, stating that a take home fleet would also help retain officers.

  • Webb test incomplete

    Competency evaluation results for accused murderer Bass Webb are incomplete, attorneys told Judge Robert McGinnis Tuesday morning.

    Webb, 30, who is to stand trial for the murder of Bryia Runiewicz, was back in court Tuesday morning wearing his prison-issue gray jumpsuit as well as the leg shackles and chain around his waist that attaches to hand cuffs.

    As he entered the courtroom, a newly bearded Webb stared into the crowd, that included family and friends of the victim.

  • Nominees for circuit judge replacement announced

    The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., today announced nominees to fill the vacant Circuit Court judgeship in the 18th Judicial Circuit, Division 1, consisting of Harrison, Nicholas, Pendleton and Robertson counties.

     The three attorneys named as nominees to fill the vacancy are Edwin M. Culbertson, Jay Brett Delaney and Peter Canavan Newberry, all of Harrison County.

     The Circuit Court judgeship was left vacant by Judge Robert W. McGinnis, who resigned Jan. 31 to join the Senior Judges Program.

  • Free tax preparation for eligible families available

    Free tax preparation volunteers to help families file taxes and claim the EITC at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.

    The Kentucky Asset Success Initiative (KASI) will be operating a free tax preparation site at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library on Feb. 2 and 22. KASI is a coalition of agencies and organizations seeking to empower low- and moderate-income Kentuckians through a variety of asset-building programs.  Families with a household income less than $49,000 are eligible for the free tax preparation service.

  • Lincoln’s question at Gettysburg is still relevant

    Maybe it’s the recession. Or the perilous state of the war in Afghanistan. Or the growing sense that other nations — China, India, Brazil — are rising at a clip we can’t match. Suddenly, though, doubts are surfacing about whether our political system can handle the challenges that confront the United States.

  • Stolen wheels

    Robert Case had his new wheelchair a mere three weeks before it was stolen from in front of his Walnut Street home.

    It was a series of the unusual that melded together and made it necessary for  Case to leave his brand new wheelchair along the curb on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

    He was home alone about 2 p.m. when his girlfriend, Glenna, called to tell him the car wouldn’t start. She was at Ken’s NewMarket and needed a ride home.

  • Search begins for board member

    The search has begun for a school board replacement for long-time board member Lucy Vanhook.

    Vanhook submitted her letter of resignation in November, however, it was not effective until Dec. 31.

    “We appreciate the efforts Lucy put forward on behalf of the students,” said Superintendent Andy Dotson.

    Vanhook served Division 2 for the last 11 years and resigned last month citing work schedule conflicts.

    School board members serve four-year terms. Vanhook last ran in 2006 when she defeated opposition Mike Fisher by 38 votes.

  • Cynthiana Police Report

    CYNTHIANA POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Dec. 29 – At 9:56 p.m., police were called to Hillside Apartments for a domestic disturbance in progress. Police arrested John Roberts, charging him with alcohol intoxication in a public place and violation of an EPO/DVO.

    Dec. 31 – At 3:06 p.m., Leonard C. Mineer, Cynthiana, reported that he was assaulted.

     Dec. 31 – At 4:23 p.m., police took a report from a juvenile who said she has been receiving harassing and threatening text messages from another individual.

  • Animal shelter doubles its adoptions in six-month period

    “Right now we’re carrying our own and that’s what we want,” Harrison County Animal Control Officer Allen Fryman told magistrates Tuesday.

    Fryman took over the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter last summer after Jeff Neuspickle retired.

    Magistrate Debbie Lemons Palmer commended Fryman.

    “Anyone who ever had anything to do with the shelter in the past can’t believe the difference,” Palmer said.

    Fryman said the difference has been the people who make up a team of workers and volunteers.

  • MCTC/LVC enrollment shows dramatic increase

    When Brian Whalen, 39, was laid off from work on Jan. 15, he returned to the classroom.

    “With the economy the way it is, people really don’t have much of an option,” Whalen said.

    Back at Maysville Community and Technical College/Licking Valley Campus and working to earn his second degree, Whalen is hoping to enter the college’s nursing program in the spring.

    “I’m like a returning customer,” Whalen said, laughing.