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  • Earthquake hits Harrison County Tuesday morning

    According to local Emergency Management Agency director Mike Palmer, Harrison County was hit with an earthquake about 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
    Palmer said he received an email from the EMA in Frankfort on Tuesday morning when he got to work, telling him of the earthquake.
    “To be honest, I thought it was a joke,” Palmer said on Tuesday afternoon. “But it wasn’t. According to Frankfort, the epicenter was about six miles, north north-west of Cynthiana. It registered a 2.0 on the Richter Scale.”

  • Cynthiana considering trained K9 to join force

    Cynthiana Police Ptl. Eddie Quinn appeared before the Cynthiana City Commission Tuesday night with his K9 Hano. Quinn’s aggressively trained German Shepherd is capable of locating drugs as well as tracking. Quinn and Hano worked as partners before coming to  Cynthiana.

  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Alice Allen has followed in her grandmother’s footsteps. Her grandmother, born a slave, became a certified teacher in 1908. Allen is now in her 21st year as a teacher.
    She graduated from Harrison County High School in 1971 and lived through one of the most tumultuous times in American history, the 1960s.

  • Grand jury affirms eight indictments

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Seven individuals were named in eight indictments issued by a Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday.
    In addition, Henry Hogg, 46, bypassed the grand jury with a signed waiver of right to be tried by indictment.
    Hogg is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.
    According to court documents, on Feb. 3, 2015, Hogg “engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger or death or physical injury to [another individual].”

  • Commission ends Handy House era

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    After wrestling with the issue for years, a unanimous vote by the Cynthiana City Commission Tuesday gave consent for the demise of the Handy House.
    Commissioners were hopeful that the old home that looks over Flat Run Veterans’ Park could be used as housing quarters for firefighters and that bays would be added to both sides for trucks.
    However, Chief Jay Sanders and Commissioner Roger Slade explained that the house could not be used for a new fire house.

  • Man who conned elderly woman changes plea

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Raymond Wainscott, Cynthiana, changed his plea in Harrison Circuit Court last week on a theft by deception charge.
    Wainscott, 25, was indicted in June under allegations that he conned an elderly neighbor out of more than $21,000.
    According to a release from the Office of the Attorney General, which provided a special prosecutor in the case, Wainscott agreed to a five-year sentence and to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to his neighbor.

  • Slip sliding away

    A tractor-trailer bound for 3M on New Lair had a detour into the Old Cynthiana Graveyard about 3 a.m. on Saturday. The empty rig was headed south off of the Joe B. Hall bridge on North Main Street when the driver lost control on the snow-covered road and slid across the northbound lane at the old cemetery, according to Cynthiana Police Sgt. Jeff Thomas. No one was injured.

  • St. Edward to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Father Douglas Lauer, currently in his 11th year as priest at St. Edwards Catholic Church, is preparing for a week-long celebration.
    Catholic Schools Week will begin next week on Sunday, Jan. 31, and last until Sunday, Feb. 7.

  • Woman arrested on a warrant gets drug possession charges

    Ashley E. McDaniel was arrested around 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 302 N. Poplar St. on an outstanding warrant.
    According to the report filed by Cynthiana Ptl. Andrew Dutton, police were going on an anonymous tip that McDaniel was at the Poplar Street location.

  • School administration considers snow day clemency through education alternatives

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    As of Tuesday, students in Harrison County have missed five days of school.
    Robert Switzer, director of pupil personnel, told school board members at their regular meeting that he is looking into an opportunity for snow days to be counted as instructional days.
    He explained that the district would have to apply for and be approved by the Kentucky Department of Education.