en School board opts for compensating tax rate <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> Becky Barnes,<br /> Editor<br /><br /> <br /> Forgoing an opportunity to generate $162,927 in additional revenue, the Harrison County Board of Education opted for the compensating tax rate at its Tuesday meeting.<br /> The compensating tax rate of 47.3 cents per $100 of assessed property would generate $4,272,009 for 2015-16, according to school documents. This includes .1 cent for exonerations, which allows the school district to recoup revenue that was lost last year, said Assistant Superintendent David Case.<br /> Magistrates say no to tax increase <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> Kelly McKinney,<br /> News Writer<br /><br /> <br /> A proposed slight increase in the real property tax rate failed to be passed by the Harrison County Fiscal Court.<br /> Magistrates voted Tuesday on the second reading of the ordinance, which would have raised the tax rate on real estate from 10.2 to the compensating rate of 10.4.<br /> The motion to approve failed after magistrates Brad Marshall, Scott Herrington, Sam Pierce and Bradley Copes voted against it.<br /> Cedarbrook resident drops billing complaint <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> Kelly McKinney,<br /> News Writer<br /><br /> <br /> A Cedarbrook resident who filed a complaint against the Harrison County Sanitation District has asked to withdraw the complaint.<br /> Donald R. Fuller sent a letter dated Aug. 19 to the PSC to request the withdrawal. The letter was stamped received by the PSC on Aug. 24, according to PSC records. The HCSD had until Aug. 20 to file an answer to or to satisfy the complaint.<br /> Extension class designed to help stretch food dollars <img src="" alt="Program assistant Crystal Beitler demonstrated how to slice bananas last Thursday." title="Program assistant Crystal Beitler demonstrated how to slice bananas last Thursday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Kelly McKinney,<br /> News Writer<br /><br /> <br /> Last Thursday, it was all about cooking basics: How to properly measure dry ingredients, how to chop and mince and how to convert ounces into tablespoons.<br /> These were some of the topics learned by a group of women at the Harrison County Extension Office, during a class that was held as part of a new nutrition education program offered by the office.<br /> Doctor duo joins Bluegrass Medical Clinic in Paris <p> Bourbon Community Hospital recently announced that Erin Cooper, MD, and Geoffrey Cooper, MD, have joined its medical staff and will be offering family medicine services to patients in Bourbon and surrounding counties.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> The Coopers came to Paris from Fremont, Nebraska and have joined Dr. Nathan Moore, Dr. Ray Young and Kristi Wheeler, PA, at the Bluegrass Medical Clinic. &nbsp;<br /> Salato Center adds new bobcat, kitten, young bald eagle for visitors <p> The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort invites visitors to come and see the two most recent additions to its collection of&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; exhibit animals. The center recently acquired a 4-month-old bobcat kitten from a wildlife rehabilitation facility that will ultimately be kept on permanent exhibit.<br /> The only way off the crazy train is to not jump on <p> Just this morning my friend Tara and I were wondering if it&rsquo;s possible to be addicted to drama.<br /> She calls it being on the crazy train. She said when the crazy train comes around and she hitches a ride on it she&rsquo;s firing on all cylinders, she&rsquo;s in high gear and overdrive, not to mention mixing metaphors.<br /> She feels alive, she says, yet at the same time she hates it with all her might.<br /> Be thankful for education <p> Back in the day, &ldquo;Back to School&rdquo; came after Labor Day week-end. Summer went on and on. Of course, since our school year started so late, we had neither fall nor spring breaks at our school. Rest from classroom activities came with Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays; teachers&rsquo; in-service days; and, the occasional snow day.<br /> The first weeks of school held a certain excitement. Everything seemed new &ndash; new classes, new challenges, new teachers and friends. Some classes held our interest ... others, not so much. That&rsquo;s how life works.<br />