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Former Harrison County officer pleads guilty to child exploitation, voyeurism

NEW ALBANY — A former Harrison County police officer pleaded guilty to 11 felonies for child exploitation and voyeurism in Floyd County Thursday. Kerry Freeberg was 56 at the time of his arrest in April 2019, which involved the SWAT team. The arrest followed investigation that year into allegations that Freeberg had been secretly filming videos of children under 14 years old in various states of undress.
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Fair off to an ‘amazing start’

The 162nd consecutive annual Harrison County Fair got off to an “amazing start” Monday, according to John Kost, president of the Harrison County Agricultural Society, which puts on the fair. “A lot of our community came out for the first night of the fair,” Kost said. “We were even close...
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RSD: Sewer treatment pipes irreparable

Returning with a more recent update on the Berkshire wastewater treatment plant project, Bob Woosley, of Heritage Engineering, and Tom Tucker, the Harrison County regional sewer district board president, addressed the Harrison County Board of Commissioners with their concerns at Monday morning’s meeting. They had initially thought in their proposal...
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Fire departments see record Crusade dollars

Several of Harrison County’s nine fire departments reported record numbers for their collection efforts of the 68th annual WHAS Crusade for Children telethon that concluded Sunday. Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Dept. turned in $33,254.46 at the Old Capitol Centre in Corydon. J.R. Heinz said that was an “all time record” for...
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Conrad Stable collects wins at fairs

Horses from the Conrad Stable raced at the county fairgrounds in Converse and in Kentucky at Mayfield, cashing first-place paychecks at both places. The county fair racing season in both states is going full on now, and Indiana Sired Fair Circuit racing is slated to come to Corydon tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday at the Harrison County Fair.
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Fair site of mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic

The Indiana Dept. of Health will host a free mobile vaccination clinic at the Harrison County Fair as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The clinic will be set up Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted while vaccine supplies last.
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ESSER funds to help close learning-loss gap

In a special session of the South Harrison Community School Corp. on May 25, Diane Owen, the newly-appointed director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for secondary schooling, presented the corporation’s plan for allocating the second round of emergency relief funds given from the state. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency...
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Salem Man arrested after short Pursuit

A 30-year-old Salem man was arrested on multiple charges after a brief pursuit early Thursday morning. Levi Neil Smith, of Salem, Indiana, led police on a short chase in Harrison County this morning before being arrested. Indiana State Trooper Trooper Clay Boley learned Smith was wanted on a warrant out...
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Cougars win county golf title

North Harrison golfers captured the Harrison County golf tournament on May 25 at Chariot Run Club besting runner-up Corydon Central by 26 strokes. Medalist was Tanner Fravel of North Harrison. He carded a round of 26. North Harrison 162, Corydon Central 188, Lanesville 218, South Central Incomplete Team Score. North...
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Guilty verdict returned in murder trial

After deliberating about an hour, a jury returned a verdict of guilty in the murder trial of Christian Pittman. Pittman was found guilty of robbery, felony murder and fleeing the scene of an accident in regard to the night of Feb. 10, 2020, when Pittman, Dalton Madley and Sam Smith went to purchase marijuana from Christina Grimsley, who died after being dragged by a pick-up truck driven by Pittman.
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Selfless service

Col. Eric Crispino, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, speaks at Saturday morning’s service at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon hosted by Old Capitol VFW Post 2950 and Veterans of Harrison County Inc. Behind him is Christina Bolen, Bob Raisor and, partially hidden, Wayne Wilkinson. Crispino, who graduated from West Point on May 30, 1998, talked about one of the Army’s seven values, “selfless service … a powerful concept” that is not just “a set of words but a way of life.” He said the commitment to serve each other and to the notion of “nation over self is what makes me most proud to wear this uniform and to be a soldier in our Army.” The service also included the reading of the names of those from Harrison County who died in wars. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor.
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Fair to feature ‘community’

The 162nd consecutive annual Harrison County Agricultural Fair will begin Sunday and continue through Saturday, June 12, at the fairgrounds in Corydon. The main attractions will include demolition derbies on Monday and Friday nights, a karaoke contest and dance party on Wednesday and a local school bands music showcase on Thursday.
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Final salute

A group of motorcyclists are among the parade entries in Elizabeth on Memorial Day that preceded a service at Rose Hill Cemetery. Both events were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rev. Dick Goodwin, left, on behalf of American Legion Hornickel Post 379, led the service that honored the 109 Harrison County veterans who died in the past year and could not have a military service. “Our military final salute will be for them,” said Goodwin, adding that “we lost an average of one veteran in Harrison County every 3.6 days.” Goodwin reminded those in attendance to acknowledge the suffering the nation’s soldiers endured. “Many of our past military personnel, though heroes in their own right, still carry physical or emotional scars, and they will for the rest of their lives,” he said. “And as a result of military experiences, we lose an average of 22 veterans to suicide every day.” Goodwin said the qualities of heroism are self-sacrifice, courage, honor and duty above that of self well-being. Besides recognizing past and current military personnel, the program also recognized teachers, educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS and dispatchers. “Let’s never forget that our tomorrows were bought with a price,” Goodwin said. “Someone had to pay a tremendous price, with body, mind, emotions or even life itself. So, all that are free today, let us remember them; let us honor them; and let us show respect for each of them.”
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100+ mph chase through Orange Co ends in Harrison Co

According to the Paoli Police Department, officer Chris Cook attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on State Road 37 North near the Orange County Animal Clinic. The police report that the vehicle then fled from officers and reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. The vehicle involved was reported to be stolen out of Cincinnati, OH.
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Trial underway for murder case

The night of Feb. 10, 2020, may not be a significant memory to most Harrison County residents. But for a select few, it’s a night that will forever be etched in their mind. It’s a night the few involved seem to all remember a little bit differently, too. However, something they can all agree on is activities that occurred that night on South Martin-Mathis Road just outside of Palmyra caused the death of Christina Grimsley.
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3 injured in crash

A patient is taken to an air ambulance last Wednesday afternoon after two vehicles collided at about 4:45 on S.R. 135 at the intersection with Harrison-Heth Road south of Corydon. According to a report by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., David King, 51, of Depauw was traveling north on S.R. 135 in his blue 2018 Ford F-150 and struck a silver 2004 Acura driven by Frederick Dangler, 19, of Greenville, who was traveling west on Harrison-Heth Road and ran the stop sign. Witnesses told police they saw the Acura run the stop sign. Dangler and an unidentified female passenger were taken by medical helicopter to University Hospital in Louisville for treatment, and King was transported by ambulance to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon for medical treatment. Photo by Kaitlyn Clay.
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Funding full request for courthouse project rejected

The Harrison County Court House is finally set to receive a makeover as the county council approved funds for the renovation project at its meeting Monday night. However, the amount approved was not the original price asked for by the Harrison County Board of Commissioners of about $2.3 million. Instead, the seven-member council approved $2.1 million in a motion by councilman Kyle Nix, after one was not made for the $2.3 million.
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Schools use federal funds to minimize ‘learning loss’

The term “learning loss” is something nearly everyone involved in Harrison County’s three school corporations is concerned about. Learning loss is a term that refers to a general loss of knowledge and skills, or a reversal in academic progress, due to extended gaps in a student’s education. And having gone...