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  • Former Cynthiana man sentenced to life in prison

    Rocky Ashby, formerly of Cynthiana, was sentenced to life in prison following his conviction in Taylor  County for murdering his former girlfriend in July 2016.
    Tara Simpson Lamer of Campbellsvile was shot twice in the head by Ashby, against whom she had previously filed emergency protective orders. Lamer had also told officers that she had been held in Georgetown against her will and that Ashby had threatened to kill her.
    According to Channel 18 News, Ashby can seek parole after serving 20 years of his life sentence.
     

  • Sunday event to help Eden’s family

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    When Baby Eden Todd Carter was born on July 1, 2017, she was a little jaundiced, but nothing that caused concern for the doctors. However, in just a few short weeks, the concern became real.
    At just a little over a month old, Eden became very jaundiced.
    Her parents, Chris and Ashley Coppage Carter, who are from Harrison County and living in Lemoore, California, with Eden’s big sister, Ivy Blair, noticed one morning in mid-August that Eden’s eyes were yellow.

  • Police Recruits
  • Gracie Furnish: Her FFA journey began in middle school

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Gracie Furnish’s smile alone might have landed her a national office, but it was more than the infectious smile that appealed to the judges.

  • Three Cynthiana police officers promoted to sergeants

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Changes for the Cynthiana Police Department and 911 telecommunications topped business at the Cynthiana City Commission meeting on Tuesday.
    City Attorney John Lair presided over the swearing in of three new officer recruits, who will begin school at the EKU law enforcement academy on Sunday.
    The recruits are Kyle Boswell, Jordan Scott and J.W. Philpot.

  • Christmas parade coming Dec. 8, deadline to enter is Dec. 1

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The annual Cynthiana Christmas Parade will meander through the streets of the Maiden City, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.
    Sponsored by the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce and Cynthiana Main Street, this year’s parade will feature a variety of floats, classic cars, tractors, the award-winning HCHS marching band and, of course, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

  • ‘Before I die’ wall made available by Bluegrass Hospice

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Cynthiana’s Bluegrass Hospice Care, a division of Bluegrass Care Navigators, has created a new and unique way to celebrate National Hospice Month.
    Formerly known as Hospice of the Bluegrass, Bluegrass Care Navigators recently unveiled a “Before I Die” chalkboard where anyone walking by may share their thoughts. It is located on the west side of Main Street, almost directly across the street from Biancke’s Restaurant.

  • Licking Valley Singers to perform ‘Christmas Traditions’

    The Licking Valley Singers under the direction of Karen Bear, with accompanist Dr. Beth Laytart, will have two local performances, and another in Carlisle, during the first week of December.
    Christmas Traditions: Sacred Songs and Carols of the Season will be performed at the Cynthiana Baptist Church on Friday evening, Dec. 1 at 7:30 and on Sunday afternoon Dec. 3, at 2:30.

  • Santa letters requested; deadline is Dec. 8

    The  Cynthiana Democrat has agreed to help Santa Claus out with his mail again this year.
    Letters to Santa will be printed in the Dec. 14 issue so be sure to get them here early because there will be no second chance.
    Letters must be received in the office no later than Friday, Dec. 8. Don’t disappoint Santa, grandparents, aunts and uncles who look forward to seeing those letters published.
    Letters may be dropped off at the Cynthiana Democrat Office, 302 Webster Ave.; mailed to P.O. Box 160; or email to rsmiley@cynthianademocrat.com.

  • Make plans for annual Thanksgiving dinner at HCHS

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    Since 2006, a dedicated core group has orchestrated a massive undertaking. Their mission? To make sure every single resident of Harrison County has a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at no cost.
    According to Vicki Faulkner, the idea to do a Thanksgiving meal in the county was inspired by groups who fed Lexington’s homeless population on the holiday. She brought the idea before her circle group at Unity Christian Church, and they got the ball rolling.