Local News

  • Berry Fire Department to host Christmas event for the children of the community

    Robin Smiley,
    news writer

    The community of Berry, Ky. (Harrison County) may be small, but can always pull together in a big way to help those in need.
    The Berry Fire Department will be hosting a program on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. at the firehouse, at which time gifts will be passed out with Santa’s help, to the children of the community.

  • Commission defers action on paving Whitt Way/Riverside Drive

    Becky Barnes,

    Ways to proceed with plans to repave Whitt Way/Riverside Drive were proposed at Tuesday’s Cynthiana City Commission meeting.
    City attorney John Lair said all parties involved had signed documents to turn the road over to the city.
    Commissioner Mark Mattmiller reminded the commission that the city agreed that work would be done to bring the road up to the city’s standards before it would take it into the city road system.

  • Central Christian Church opens Lord’s Kitchen two Saturdays each month

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer

    As the cold weather sets in, a Cynthiana church is providing hot meals a couple days each month to those who need one.
    The Central Christian Church is opening its “Lord’s Kitchen” for the first time. The kitchen will be open two Saturdays each month, offering soup and sandwiches to those who stop by.
    Benny Northcutt, who initiated the project, said the church wants to help the community in any way it can.

  • Relay for Life to host quarter auction on Saturday

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer

    As the Harrison County Relay for Life committee has shown before, quarters can make a  change.
    The committee has held a quarter auction the past five years, bringing in money to help local cancer patients each year. It will do so again this Saturday, and fundraising co-chair Jeni Valentine said she expects the auction to be a lot of fun for those who attend.
    “Everybody looks forward to it,” she said.

  • Christmas angels available for ‘adoption’ through Dec. 1

    The Christmas Angels program is gearing up for the 2015 holiday season, seeking to help over 400 needy Harrison County children. The program has been a traditional part of the holiday season for over 25 years in Harrison County, regularly helping hundreds of local families.
    Christmas Angels acts as a supplement to a family’s Christmas budget, allowing needy children to experience a side of Christmas they might not otherwise see. The program is available to any Harrison County child from preschool age through 12th grade.

  • Carter retiring after 32 years as ag agent, Barnes to step in

    Becky Barnes,

    Long-time Harrison County Extension Agent Gary Carter is retiring after the first of the year. However, his successor is no stranger to Harrison County or Extension programs.
    Jessica Barnes, who is the Extension’s horticulture agent, will step into Carter’s shoes.
    Carter, 63, came to Harrison County as the “ag agent” on Dec. 13, 1983. He grew up in Bourbon County, but claims proudly he is now a Harrison Countian.

  • Licking Valley Singers will be Singing in the Season

    The Licking Valley Singers will be bringing its first Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. with two performances on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
    There will be no Sunday performance for this session.
    All presentations will be held at Cynthiana Baptist Church. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door. However, there are also advance ticket sales underway. They may be purchased at JJ’s Sweets, Biancke’s and Ewalt’s Jewelry.
    The program is being directed by Karen Bear with accompanist Dr. Beth Laytart.

  • Chamber to hold open house

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce will hold an open house Dec. 4, in sync with the Christmas tree lighting downtown.
    Coffee and treats will be available, director Tomi Jean Clifford said.
    Cynthiana-opoly boards also will be available for sale at $30 each, and Harrison County throws, $50, can be pre-ordered at the event.
    Attendees can also check out the chamber’s art wall featuring local artists’ work for sale.
    The open house will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chamber, located at the corner of Main and Pike streets.

  • Office closed for Thanksgiving

    The office of The Cynthiana Democrat and Harrison Shopper will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, so that our staff may spend time with their families for the Thanksgiving holiday.
    The office will resume regular business hours beginning Monday at 8:30 a.m.
    The deadline for news will be Monday at 10 a.m. for the Nov. 27 Cynthiana Democrat. Advertising should be scheduled by 10 a.m., earlier if the ads require a proof. The Shopper will also be printing early with proof deadline set for noon Tuesday, Nov. 24, and 10 a.m. Wednesday for no proof.

  • Cynthiana woman honored for her service to community

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer

    Jeannie Willis never learned to drive a car, but that didn’t stop her from getting around, and, according to many, making her way into the very heart of the Harrison County community.
    Willis, 86, was honored recently by the Democratic Women’s Club at its annual    Jefferson Jackson dinner for her work in the community, and her life spent volunteering, raising her family and caring for many in the area.