Local News

  • Black ice creates commuter nightmare; 11 wrecks in four hours

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    The Harrison County Sheriff’s office had its hands full early Tuesday morning when black ice caused 11 car wrecks, four of them injury accidents,  within a four-hour time span. One is likely to involve charges, according to Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton.
    On a day in which snow and ice were expected to melt, black ice patches caught many morning commuters by surprise, according to Hampton and deputy sheriff Robert Peak.

  • Grievance hearing ends with recommendations

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Months after nine Cynthiana police officers filed grievances with the Cynthiana City Commission against Chief Ray Johnson, the issue is settled.
    The commission voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to merge a sexual harassment complaint made by the city’s only female officer, Dottie Batte, with the other grievance.
    There were nine active officers with the department who signed the complaint as well as one former officer. Each of the officers testified during the hearing, which began on Jan. 27 and continued over two days.

  • Fayette robbery suspect nabbed in Walnut Street home

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    Harrison County and Cynthiana law enforcement arrested a man Friday morning at a Walnut Street apartment who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Lexington on Jan. 31.
    Eric Paul Nelson, 35, listed as living in Boyle County, was in custody hours after arriving in Cynthiana. A warrant had been issued for Nelson’s arrest for his role in the armed robbery of a Speedway gas station at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway in Lexington.

  • Did you know?

    Rotary beans and cornbread lunch Feb. 21
    The annual Cynthiana Rotary Club bean soup and  cornbread luncheon will be held at the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church on Friday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  
    All you can eat dine in and to go orders are available. Cost is $7 per person. Tickets can be bought from any Cynthiana Rotarian.

    Go Red reception is Monday

  • Biancke's has second fire

    The Sunday morning fire that closed Biancke’s for the second time in less than nine months could have been a lot worse, according to the 25-year-old owner Mary Todd Ashbrook.
    About 10:30 a.m., while the Sunday morning crowd was having coffee and breakfast, smoke began seeping through the cracks in the floor.
    Ashbrook said she was in her apartment above the restaurant when Jan Taylor Wilson called to tell her that something was wrong. The floor was shaking and smoke was filling up the dining room.

  • Sunday fire closes Biancke's

    A Sunday morning fire caused the historic Biancke's to close its doors to the Sunday crowd. 

    This is the second fire in recent months in the Main Street restaurant. 

    Mary Todd Ashbrook, owner, said she suspects old wiring is to blame for this fire.  It was also the source of a fire last June. 

    The fire was noticed about 10:30 am when smoke started coming through the floor, Ashbrook said. Most of the damage was contained to the basement. however there was some smoke damage to the upstairs meeting room. 

  • Fugitive armed robber and sex offender arrested in Cynthiana Friday

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer


  • Harrison County schools dismissing early Friday

    Harrison County schools will be dismissing at 2:05 pm today.

    Assistant superintendent David Case made the announcement at 10:15 am Friday, Feb. 14.

  • Building a snow fort

    Fun in the Snow. From left, Sydney Furnish, daughter of Dan and Lori Furnish, and Karley and John Michael Furnish, daughter and son of Amy and Michael Furnish, enjoyed their days off from school building two ice forts on Smith-Martin Road. Clay Furnish, not pictured, also helped build the forts. He is the son of Dan and Lori Furnish.

  • Robinson fire is arson

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer

    Arson is suspected in a hoop barn fire that destroyed tens of thousands of dollars in hay bales and farm equipment Tuesday afternoon in Robinson.