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Today's News

  • Local unemployment rate tops 12%

    For the first time since October 2008, the state’s unemployment rate showed a drop in the percent of unemployed Kentuckians from June to July.

    The state recorded an 11.0 percent unemployment rate in July compared to the 11.1 in June.

    Locally, unemployment figures have doubled from June 2008 to June 2009. July county figures have not been released. In June 2008, there were 585 unemployed Harrison Countians compared to the 2009 figures from the same month at 1,202. In June 2009 the rate for Harrison County was 12.2 compared to the 2008 figure for June of 6.1.

  • Bandy gets 15 years for sex crimes

    James Bandy was in the Harrison County Circuit courtroom Monday morning for final sentencing of eight sex-related charges.

    Judge Robert McGinnis presided, sentencing Bandy to 15 years in prison, with no probation.

    Bandy was arrested on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, on nine counts of sex crime charges.

    After entering a guilty plea on June 23, three of the nine charges were amended and a persistent felony offender charge was dismissed.

    For the complete story, see this week's edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

     

  • Two stabbed in robbery, one arrested

    One man is in jail, charges are pending against three individuals and two men are recovering after a Wednesday night stabbing.

    “Both the victims had driven out to Sugar Hill Lane and were assaulted after their arrival...” said Harrison County Sheriff’s Det. Paul Olin. “One subject was struck with a blunt object and stabbed. The other victim was stabbed numerous times.”

  • Northside’s playground needs help from community and PTO

    To the editor:

    Grandparents’ Day was very enjoyable until our trip for recess took us to what was called a “playground.” I was horrified at what I saw. There is no “playground!” What there is are swings that leave rust on the children’s hands and clothes. What there is are swing sets that are not maintained and an area of decaying mulch - something the teachers fight to keep the kids out of for several reasons.

  • Dog Gone Wild - Chapter 2

    At sunrise, our family crawled into our trusty Woody Bus.  Though sleepy, I was excited about our adventure. I knew with the challenges of camping that I needed my strength.  “Dad, before we leave town, can we run through the drive-through?  I’ve a hankering for a bacon sandwich.”

    “Woody, we haven’t left the driveway! Besides, we won’t be eating fast-food or stopping at restaurants. We’ll be having picnics with the food we packed.”

  • Here’s the 411

    It’s been a over a month since the 411 service was launched and Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson said it has yet to be used.

    “Nobody’s using it,” Johnson said Monday afternoon. “I don’t think people really know how to use it.”

    The 411 system allows the dispatch center to receive anonymous internet and text messages.

    The dispatch center then relays the message to the appropriate authorities.

    “It’s just nice to have more eyes and ears to benefit the community,” Johnson said.

  • Kyler Allen Switzer

    Kyler Allen Switzer

    Kyler Allen Switzer was born to Jonathan David Switzer and Brandy Jett on June 19, 2009, at Georgetown Community Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. and 15 oz.

  • Suspect confession

    Looking back, Carol Banks said she can now see where something was building to a tragic end.

    Banks was a childhood friend of Bryia Runiewicz, 31, who was murdered Friday in her home on New Lair Road.

    Banks, who lives down the hill from Runiewicz in the Suburban Trailer Park, woke to find police and media vehicles all around her friend’s home. She ran the short distance between their homes to be met by police in Runiewicz’s driveway inside the yellow crime scene tape.

    They confirmed her fears.

  • Caden Luke Davis

    Caden Luke Davis

    Caden Luke Davis was born to Brandy and Scott Davis of Leetonia, Ohio on Sept. 8, 2009 at Salem Community Hospital. He weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz.

  • Dog Gone Wild - Chapter 1

    My golden opportunity! My chance to shine! My time to show my family that I’m a warrior, a champion, a real sportsman, uh, sportsdog!

    I’m sorry, I should introduce myself. I’m Mr. Dogwood, but my friends and family call me Woody. (Sometimes I’ll hear “Dogwood” if I’ve made a knucklehead decision or if my parents are trying to get my attention.) Anyway, I’m a black and tan miniature wiener dog who lives in the great state where I was born – Kentucky. That makes me “Woody, The Kentucky Wiener.”