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  • Six HCHS seniors deemed ‘Work Ready’

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Harrison County High School seniors Joshua Graves, Shelby May, Carrie McDonald, Zachary Northcutt, Casey Wallace and Tori Watkins were honored Wednesday morning, April 27, for their involvement in the inaugural Work Ready program, at the school.

  • Court gives first nod to $9.5 million budget for 2016-17

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court unveiled its annual budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 at its regular meeting on Tuesday night. The proposed budget shows total appropriations and revenues at $9,508,721.

  • Farm laborer killed in fall from tree

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    A Hispanic farm laborer was killed as a result of a fall from a tree on Saturday, April 23.
    According to a Kentucky State Police report, Isizro Castrillo had been climbing a tree, lost his balance and fell between two tree branches, ultimately causing him to break his neck.
    Trooper Troy Brooks was dispatched to Ruddles Fort Road in Bourbon County, in reference to the fatal fall. The accident happened on a farm owned by Lewis Furnish on the Harrison County/Bourbon County line.

  • Kentucky residents have chance to win iPad in KHEAA drawing

    Kentucky residents have another chance to win a new iPad from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) in a sweepstakes being held through Facebook in May. The contest runs from 12 a.m. on May 1 through 12 a.m. on June 1.
    To enter, a Kentuckian must visit the KHEAA Facebook page, click on the orange graduate icon on the KHEAA Facebook page and answer one question about college. KHEAA will not share or sell any personal information to a third party.

  • Volunteers needed to review foster care cases

    Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 67 Kentucky counties, including Harrison, are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

  • Burden takes on Main Street Program as permanent director

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Stephanie Burden, who has been the interim director of the Cynthiana Main Street Program, was hired as the permanent director Tuesday.
    Burden had been filling in for Karey Riddell, who had taken a medical leave last November.
    Riddell submitted her letter of resignation to the commission, which was accepted Tuesday.
    Burden, who is the owner of Flower Depot on Main Street, has been working in the position since Riddell’s leave.

  • Public comments are all favorable for splash pad at Flat Run

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Nearly a dozen citizens attended Tuesday’s public hearing concerning a grant application for a splash pad at Flat Run Veterans’ Park.
    Leigh Ann Lacey of Bluegrass Area Development District conducted the hearing on behalf of the City of Cynthiana.
    The splash pad is projected to be built in an area that was previously considered for a soccer field.

  • Proposed sidewalks could provide safer route on U.S. 27 South

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    It probably won’t happen this year, but a couple of new sidewalks on the outskirts of Cynthiana is a real possibility in the not-too-distant future, provided funding can be found.
    Kevin Florence, State Road Department Supervisor, informed the Harrison County Fiscal Court of possibly adding a sidewalk from the John Hunt Morgan Bridge to Rite Aid Pharmacy, at its regular meeting last Tuesday.

  • Chamber’s volunteer enjoys ‘calling’

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Since his retirement in 2007, 72-year-old John Hodge has spent most of his time volunteering.
    It is his spirit of giving that earned him the 2015 Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year award.
    “I just think that anyone who has the time, should volunteer their services to some kind of worthwhile cause,” Hodge said on the night of the Chamber’s Awards banquet.

  • ONE OF A KIND, ALMOST

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    There are a total of five Master Craftsmen Dry Stone Masons in the United States, and one of them lives in Harrison County.
    Cecil Aguilar, soon-to-be 40 years old, is an expert dry stone mason, one of a select few in the entire country.
    Dry stone masonry, very simply, is the craft of building structures with field stones, without the use of mortar to bind those structures together.