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  • Forum opens discussion about teen suicide

     

    Attendance for the “Understanding Teenagers” forum at Harrison County High School exceeded the expectations of its organizers and seemed to launch a community dialogue about what steps the community can do to address, and reduce, the incidence of teen suicide.

  • City initiates 3% transient room tax for tourism commission

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Cynthiana City Commission took action Tuesday to establish a local tourism commission.
    Mayor James Smith introduced an ordinance to create a seven-member commission to oversee a 3 percent transient room tax.
    Anastasia Hicks, manager of the new Ashford Acres Inn, said she is completely in favor of adding the tax to her five rooms at the bed and breakfast to help finance tourism.

  • DARE to make come-back with keepin’ it REAL in 2017-18

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    It’s been years since Harrison County students have been exposed to a drug-free curriculum. However, with the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, fifth graders will be keepin’ it REAL with the latest DARE curriculum.
    Harrison County Sheriff Shain Stephens will be heading back to the classroom with the latest drug prevention program for school-age children.
    DARE is the acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

  • Whitaker to be honored with lifetime achievement plaque

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Any true baseball fan, inside or outside Harrison County, associates the name ‘Whitaker’ with legendary HCHS baseball coach Mac Whitaker.
    He is second all-time in total wins among high school baseball coaches in Kentucky and has led the Thorobreds to four state baseball titles.
    However, most people don’t know that another Whitaker preceded Mac with his baseball expertise, and probably taught him what he knows now.

  • Special Needs Support Group gets off to parade-worthy start

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    It all began with a simple float in the Christmas parade and is now a support group for families with special needs children.
    “We wanted to expand to include all disabilities,” said Ashley Peak, co-organizer of the Special Needs Support Group, along with Karey Riddell.

  • FFA Week is something to celebrate in Harrison County

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

     February 19-25 is National FFA week and 260 students in Harrison County will be celebrating with several activities planned.
    On Tuesday night bowling was offered to the local chapter’s members at Galactic Alley, Wednesday was set aside for a big pizza party and Thursday the officers and teacher-sponsors were guests at WCYN’s Coffee Break radio program in the morning, followed by visits to local businesses, thanking them for their support.

  • HCHS band students participate in KMEA assessment festival

    On Saturday, Feb, 18, 2017, members of the Harrison County High School Band travelled to Lexington Catholic High School to participate in the KMEA District 7 Solo and Ensemble Assessment Festival.  
    The band had 63 total events to perform throughout the day. Forty students performed solos, with 26 of them earning a Distinguished rating. Twenty-three different small ensembles performed, with 17 of them receiving a Distinguished rating.  
    A total of 65 students participated, representing 80 percent of the HCHS band program.  

  • Williams serves youth for 38 years; will receive lifetime achievement award

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Brian Williams has always had a big heart when it comes to serving the youth of Harrison County.
    But now, that big heart is causing him some major problems. He has been in and out of the hospital and rehab since May of 2016, and has recently found out he is in need of a heart transplant.
    He coached youth baseball teams for 38 years and was a basketball referee for over 20 years, at all levels of roundball play.

  • Tom McKee honor dinner set for March 2

    A special dinner to honor former state Rep. Tom McKee for his many years of service to Harrison County will be held Thursday, March 2.
    McKee served 19 years as a Harrison County magistrate before he made a successful bid for 78th House District representative, a position he held for 20 years.
    “He’s put a lot of time here in this community,” said Gary Carter, retired Extension agent.

  • Cynthiana athlete to compete at world event

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    To see her in her street or dress clothes, one would never suspect that she could dead-lift a 375-pound axle or yoke-carry 475 pounds for 60 feet.
    But that’s exactly what Emily Ware will be doing when she competes in the Strongman Corporation Amateur World Championship March 3-5 at the Arnold Sports Festival is the largest fitness expo in the world and will be held in Columbus, Ohio.