• Harrison County Food Pantry in need of help

    To the editor:
    Troublesome times are facing the Harrison County Food Pantry. Yes, these are hard times but we have not given up nor do we intend to do so.
    The cost of food has risen, as we all know; cliental is up also, but donations of food and money are down.  Putting this altogether, it can spell trouble. With all that said, I am asking the community to help us. Christmas is coming and we must think about holiday baskets. The churches donate non-perishables, leaving the food pantry’s money for turkeys and rolls.

  • Those who helped with Berry Festival greatly appreciated

    To the editor:
    Our heartfelt thanks go out to those who made our 2015 Berry Festival successful. The generosity of businesses and individuals making contributions for our raffle was greatly appreciated. I hesitate to name the many people whose contributions made our festival successful for I fear, if I tried, I may omit someone.  Each and everyone is dear to us.

  • Kentucky Retirement System meeting held to discuss pensions

    To the editor:
    I want to thank Pat Barnes and the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library for allowing me to hold a meeting there this past Monday.  The Community Room is very nice and has wonderful A/V equipment.
    The meeting dealt with the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) pension plan which includes state/county government and state police employees and retirees. When you combine all of these plans together there are a total of 1,473 agencies with 139,452 covered employees in the funds.    

  • Voters encouraged to hear Bevin speak

    To the editor:
    Nearly 40 years ago, as a recent college graduate, I sat with my dad one day watching the news during the 1976 presidential election season.
    Since I was just beginning to tune into the emerging candidates, I was interested to see of them featured whom I had heard about, but had not yet had an opportunity to hear speak.
    I listened to Ronald Reagan for just a few minutes before I was deeply impressed by his wit, confidence, clarity and common sense.

  • Local gov’ts unnecessarily stopping Handy House rehab

    To the editor,
    Ridgeway, the house at the top of the Veterans Park more commonly known as  the Handy House, has been a target of the Cynthiana and Harrison County  governments for demolition for years.  
    This is not necessary. Every effort that anyone in the past, and now the Heritage Council, has made to improve or  protect the house has been prevented and delayed.  

  • Community missing out if Ridgeway is torn down

    To the editor:
    The citizens of Cynthiana and Harrison County are missing out on an opportunity to invest in their community. We have a 7,000 square foot house in an ideal location that would make a wonderful community center.
    We have the possibility of receiving over one half million dollars in capital “cash” due to tax credits for this community center. With a community center, the possibilities are endless.  

  • Fear is insufficient reason to block Handy House rehab

    To the editor:
    By attending the last Fiscal Court meeting, Sept. 8, 2015, I learned a few things. First, the acoustics in what used to be the second-floor courtroom are horrible. It was nearly impossible to understand what was being said by those seated around the table. One would have to read the minutes of the meeting to know exactly what had transpired, by then it’s too late to object or give constructive suggestions.

  • Taxpayers got bad deal with courthouse renovation

    To the editor:
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but as I recall, we, the people of Harrison County, recently spent $1 million+ to renovate the old courthouse, which was finished last year just prior to the Rod Run.
    There is a magnificent plaque mounted on the wall adjacent to the newly installed elevator. This plaque tells about the renovation and I wonder how much of the million dollars went toward the plaque and elevator.
    Having said this; we got screwed!

  • Waits Road construction continues to be a nuisance

    To the editor:
    With no concern for its neighbors on Waits Road, the Indian Creek Christian Church leased property to the East Kentucky Power Company, which has been having ongoing construction on the property.
    Many members of the church were not aware of the leasing arrangement, with some being told that the church was not receiving any money.
    This property is at our front door. For the past five months, we have endured the  unsightly view, horrible noise, and industrial traffic. We are told this will continue for another three months.

  • KY retirement pension must be funded

    To the editor:
    The Kentucky Retirement System Pension fund issues are well known around the Commonwealth.  One of the funds (KERS non haz) is funded at only 21% and is the worst funded public pension plan in the United States.
    Recently I was elected President of the Bluegrass East Chapter of the Kentucky Public Retirees organization and I will present an informational meeting on Monday, Sept. 28 in the Community Room at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.
    There will be two (2) sessions:  10 a.m. – 12 noon and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.