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  • Celebration of survival

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    His giggles are contagious. He laughs and pauses briefly to look around. He wants to make sure that all eyes are on him.
    To Warren Keith’s mother and grandmother, those are the sweetest sounds. Sounds that a year ago they weren’t certain they would ever hear.
    Warren’s mother, Ashley O’Brien, was at work in Georgetown when she got a call from her now-ex-fiancee. Her 7-month-old baby wasn’t breathing and had not been for 45 minutes.

  • Coach Nichols returned home to make a difference

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Former Harrison County educator and  coach Bill Nichols has enjoyed a wide range of experiences in his life.

  • Grand jury issues charges against seven

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A Harrison County man accused of putting his family in harm’s way was named in two separate indictments during  the Harrison County grand jury’s February session.
    In all, Johnathan Halen, 26, faces nine charges, including first-degree stalking, first-degree wanton endangerment (four counts), first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespass.

  • Harrison ATC celebrates FBLA Week

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The local FBLA club is busy preparing for the upcoming regional competition on March 8 at Northern Kentucky University.
    Future Business Leaders of America has been in existence, nationally, since 1940 with the local chapter active since 1968, when the Area Technology Center was first constructed.
    All chapters in the United States are celebrating National FBLA Week, this week.

  • Man charged with giving date-rape drug to juveniles

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Troy B. Prather, 44, was arrested on Friday, Feb. 3 on a warrant out of Harrison County District Court for a charge of unlawful transaction with a minor, first degree.
    According to the investigating officer, Harrison County deputy sheriff Tuan Kreer, Prather is suspected of providing cell phones, marijuana and the date-rape drug, ecstasy, to several juveniles that he allegedly lured to his Northside Trailer Park residence.

  • Commission opts for budget sharing for parks’ developments

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    After some confusion, the Cynthiana City Commission voted to use some of the $25,000 budgeted for Flat Run Veterans Park development at other city parks if needed.
    Commissioner Mark Mattmiller, who was mayor pro-tem Tuesday in the absence of Mayor James Smith, made the motion to allow the use if necessary, but only if approved by the recreation board and the finance commissioner.

  • Traffic diverted Monday due to gas leak

    Around 4:30 a.m. Monday, the Cynthiana Fire Department was called to a gas leak on Oddville Avenue at the Harrison County Fire District building.
    Lt. Bob Chaffee said a parked car had been pushed into the gas meter by another vehicle causing the meter to break off.
    County firefighter Bryon Perrin Jr. was responding to a vehicle accident in Berry when he crashed into the rear of a vehicle owned by John Carter. Carter’s car was pushed over the natural gas meter.

  • Commodore sentenced on rape charges

    A 20-year-old Cynthiana man was sentenced to six years in prison during Harrison Circuit Court proceedings on Tuesday.
    Leon Commodore, who was indicted last May on three counts of second-degree rape (no force), entered guilty pleas admitting to the charges. Commodore was accused of having sex on three occasions with a 12-year-old girl.

  • Wear Red to Church is this Sunday

    Sunday, Feb. 12 is Wear Red to Church Day.
    Churches in Harrison and surrounding counties are encouraged to take group pictures of members wearing red to promote heart disease awareness. Pictures may be delivered to the Harrison Memorial Hospital administration department or emailed to lroark@hmhosp.org. They will be displayed at the Go Red Celebration at 5 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Harrison County Extension Office, which is open to the public.

  • Tenant who abandoned old electronics receives federal indictment

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    A local man is saddled with 150,000 square feet of old electronic equipment in his warehouse and can’t seem to find a way to get rid of it.
    Merrill Northcutt bought the old Kawneer building about 20 years ago and entered into a contract with Kenneth Gravitt of Global Environmental Services in 2014.