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    Amateur winter photography contest for adults
    An Amateur winter photography contest for adults to be sponsored by the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library. Entries accepted Jan. 2-31. Grab the camera and get creative.
    Amateur photographers (ages 18 and up) may enter the contest for a chance to win a Walmart gift card.
    Participants can submit up to two winter-themed photographs. Photos can be 4x6, 5x7, or 8x10, with or without mats. Include name and phone number on the back of each entry.

  • Deputy Peak makes election bid for Harrison County Sheriff

    Deputy Sheriff Robert Peak has officially filed to run for Harrison County Sheriff.  Robert was born and raised in Harrison County and is the son of Andy and Betty Faye Estep Peak. He is the grandson of the late Roy Jr. and Ann Bowman Peak, and the late Bob and Patricia Hampton Estep.  
    Upon graduating Harrison County High School in 1997, he attended college where he  graduated with honors from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Administration.  

  • Smith seeks second term as mayor of Cynthiana

    James Smith has announced that he will seek a second term as mayor of Cynthiana.  He was elected on his first attempt at public office in 2014 and has recently completed his third year in office.  During that time, Cynthiana has experienced a revival in several areas.
    The downtown business district has grown in the number of new businesses locating there and the renovation of many of the historic buildings.
    Occupational job growth has grown 12% during those three years and is a reflection of more people working and higher wages.  

  • City will pursue purchase of Asbury building at auction

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    After years in limbo, Cynthiana’s City Commission voted Tuesday to make a bid on the Asbury property at 213/215 S. Main St.
    The property is owned by William Asbury. However, the city holds a lien for over $26,000 in taxes, fees and to have the burned-out building razed.
    The building burned on Aug. 9, 2002. It stood untouched for over seven years. After the city tore the building down, it pursued foreclosure proceedings in August 2017.

  • Candidate filings for 2018 elections continue through Jan. 30

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Less than two weeks remain for candidates to file the necessary paperwork to be on the May 22 primary ballot or the November general election ballot. The deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 30. All local and county offices are up for election in 2018.
    As of Tuesday, Jan. 16, the following had filed the required papers with Harrison County Clerk Linda Furnish.
    •Douglas Miller, Commonwealth Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit seeking re-election.

  • Harrison Family Court selected to open some proceedings

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    All four counties that are a part of Judge Heather Fryman’s Family Court jurisdiction have been chosen as one of three Family Courts from Kentucky to participate in a pilot program that will “open up” the previously “closed” portion of many juvenile cases that she hears.
    “As soon as the Kentucky Supreme Court announced this pilot program, I immediately applied to be one of those pilot programs,” Judge Fryman said in an interview last week.

  • Investigators continue search for fire’s origin

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Members of the Cynthiana Fire Department, along with Cause and Determination Teams from both the Kentucky State Police and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms have been sifting through the rubble of what used to be Paula’s Restaurant on Walnut Street.
    On Sunday afternoon, Jan. 7, the two-story building that was occupied only by Paula’s Restaurant on the bottom floor, was gutted by fire.

  • Candidate announcement deadline is Feb. 5

    The Cynthiana Democrat welcomes announcements for candidates in the 2018 elections.
    The announcement is a one-time no-charge story that will appear in the paper no later than Feb. 8.
    Information and a photograph must be at the newspaper office no later than Feb. 5 at 1 p.m.
    There is a 350-word limit to what should be a brief biography and include the candidate’s reason for seeking office.

  • Trindy’s hiring displaced staff from Paula’s Restaurant

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Mindy Tindle, owner and operator of Trindy’s Family Bistro on Walnut Street, has come to the rescue for the cook and wait staff who previously worked at Paula’s Family Restaurant.
    On Sunday afternoon, Paula’s Family Restaurant was destroyed as a fire gutted the entire two-story building owned by Hoss and Paula Wilson, where the restaurant was located.

  • More than 12,000 acres approved for hemp planting

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has approved 225 applications from growers to cultivate up to 12,018 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2018. More than 681,000 square feet of greenhouse space were approved for indoor growers in 2018.