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Way Back When

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By Robin Smiley

10 years ago . . .
Births announced this week are: Kayla Rose Faith Culton, Sept. 1, daughter of Jamie and Ricky Dale Culton; Allison Marie Nevaeh Mitchell, Sept. 15, daughter of Kristina Mitchell and Chris Harrod; Molly Paige Perkins, Sept. 10, daughter of Allen and Michelle Perkins.
The famous Monticello mansion was destroyed by fire 18 years ago. It stood on the Hilltop (now Calvary Assembly of God-Christian Life Center), overlooking Cynthiana for over a century. Monticello was built in 1883 by Thomas Jefferson Megibben, a local distiller, and destroyed by fire on July 8, 1985. Cause of the fire is determined arson. The Rev. Dr. Henry Bromley owned the house in its heyday, and Dr. Richard and Carol Arnold were the last owners.
The Harrison County Volunteer Fire Department has received a $62,505 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to upgrade safety equipment for firefighters. A FEMA grant will also allow the department to purchase new turnout gear. They are now using gear that is 15 years old.

25 years ago . . .
Births announced this week are: Katelyn Ellen Gray, Sept. 24, daughter of Robin and Russell Gray; Laura Beth Martin, Sept. 27, daughter of James and Belinda Martin.
Cynthiana Fire Department celebrates 100th anniversary.
Harrison County High School Marching Band brings home eight trophies after a Saturday competition at Madison Central. Eight tropies is ust unheard of says Bob Gregg, HCHS band director.
Tpr. David Mann will retire from the Kentucky State Police at the end of the month. He served with the KSP 18 years out of the Dry Ridge Post.

50 years ago . . .
Births announced this week are: Roy Lee Switzer, Sept. 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Karrol Lee Switzer; Charles Allen Catron, Sept. 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Catron; Harvey Garnett Hamm, Sept. 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hamm; Debra Kay Cole, Sept. 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alson Cole; Debra Sue French, Sept. 26, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wayne French; Amanda Marie Kiskaden, Sept. 28, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kiskaden.
Members of the Retail Division of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce plan to ask the City Commission for support in getting additional public parking for the downtown area.
The City of Berry will sell its veteran 1937 model fire truck at action on Oct. 5. Berry Co-Fire Chief Felix Hill said the auction will take place at the new fire station in Berry.
The new flood control project on Snake Lick Creek near Kelat is almost finished. Workmen hurried to complete the biggest structure of its type to be built under the ACP program in the state.
Steel work for the roof of the new Lebus Tobacco Company warehouse on US 27 just north of Cynthiana is nearly complete and brick work on what will be one of the largest warehouses in the area is nearing completion.
One of Cynthiana’s major clothing stores, Gordon’s Store, will soon add an additional 50 percent to its present floor space. The addition is located in the building at the northeast corner of Main and Pike Streets in space formerly used by the Cut-Rate Corner drug store. Gordon’s offers a complete line of clothing for men and boys.
Construction has started for the new Junior High School.
The wreckage of the missing plane lost 53 days ago was found in a wooded area about nine miles from West Union, Ohio. A search for the aircraft took place in Harrison County for about a week. There were five occupants in the craft.
The main electric lines serving city hall on Pleasant Street have been revamped at a cost of $822.47. The city has also leased a lot across the alley from the city hall for use as a public parking lot. Plans for a new radio center to be placed in the fire department area to handle the needs of that department and those of the Department of Public Works.