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Building stands as reminder of 7-year-old fire

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By Kate Darnell

Seven years after fire destroyed one Main Street building, the structure at 213/215 S. Main St. remains standing.

“It’s an eyesore,” Charlie Nigg said he frequently hears from customers. “They say it should have been taken care of a long time ago.”

Nigg owns Chase Jewelers, located across the street from the burned building.

“What I hear is that it needs to be torn down...” Nigg said. “They (people) are shocked to hear it’s been there seven years...”

Nigg said he knows he isn’t the only one who believes the structure is a discouragement to the improving downtown atmosphere.

“I think we’re headed in the right direction,” he said. “There are a lot of people that are doing an excellent job at fixing up their buildings... We just need to continue and people should be held accountable for their buildings... I think a lot of people feel the same way.”

According to property records, the property was bought by William Ray Asbury and Dollie L. Asbury from Kenneth and Joan Hobday on Feb. 26, 1988, for $60,000.

The property was then deeded solely to William Ray Asbury on Oct. 17, 1997, after the couple divorced.

At press time, Asbury had  not returned phone calls from The Cynthiana Democrat.

The structure adjoins the building that currently houses the Administrative Offices of the Court.

See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more on this story.