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  • Reception to be held for Bruce Florence retirement

    After 48 years in education, K. Bruce Florence plans to retire. A celebration in her honor will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MCTC/Licking Valley Campus. Community members are welcome and invited to attend.  

  • Himes to be featured in new TLC program

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Cynthiana’s Katie Himes, Miss Kentucky USA and Miss USA contender, is headed back to the spotlight.
    A new TLC program, Coach Charming, which airs on Wednesday nights in 30-minute segments, will feature Himes in one of its episodes.
    Himes said she and Coach Bill Alverson, who is the focus of the show, were followed at his Alabama location as he steered the Miss USA contestant in her bid for the crown.

  • Police nab sex offender at Fall Festival

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A registered sex offender was apprehended at Westside Elementary Saturday night during the school’s Fall Festival.
    Cynthiana Police Ptl. Lewis Crump III said he was dispatched to the school around 6 p.m. after receiving an anonymous tip that William Jones, 54, was on school property.
    Jones allegedly left the school but came back. When police arrived, Jones had been moved outside by principal Jon Hoskins.

  • Did You Know

    Reception
     to be held
    for Bruce Florence
    retirement

    After 48 years in education, K. Bruce Florence plans to retire. A celebration in her honor will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MCTC/Licking Valley Campus. Community members are welcome and invited to attend.  

  • Cooking School is tonight

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Calling all cooks!
    A Taste of Home Cooking School will be held tonight on the Hilltop.
    Cynthiana Democrat ad manager Trish Jenkins said this year’s show will again be a treat for all who attend.
    Doors will open at the Harrison County High School auditorium beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • Court considers adding 911 fee to tax bills

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer
    kmckinney@cynthianademocrat.com

    A recent ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court might be the key to Harrison County being able to collect more fees to fund the county’s E-911 services.
    Collected fees, which are currently charged only to those with landline phones, dropped about $200,000 in the last five years alone, and had already dropped significantly before that, E-911 services coordinator Robert Laytart told the county fiscal court on Tuesday.

  • Northcutt takes over as Clothing Closet director

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer
    kmckinney@cynthianademocrat.com

    A Cynthiana teacher’s aide, photographer and mom is donning yet another hat, that being handed down by long-time Clothing Closet director Linda McGowan.
    Donna Gayle Northcutt was named new director of the Clothing Closet on Nov. 2.
    McGowan stepped down in late October after she and her husband sold their farm and moved to Florida.
    Northcutt said she is eager to tackle the challenge, but the role comes with a lot to take in.

  • Harrison EDA approves $25k grant for career pathways program

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer
    kmckinney@cynthianademocrat.com

    New career pathways for Harrison County students are one step closer after the Harrison County Economic Development Authority voted last Thursday to provide a $25,000 grant for needed equipment.
    The equipment will allow the Harrison County Area Technology Center (ATC) to offer classes on PLCs (programmable logic controllers).

  • Two recreation grants in limbo for park development

    Kelly McKinney,
    News Writer
    kmckinney@cynthianademocrat.com

    More than $100,000 in grants for improvements at the Flat Run Veterans’ Park that Harrison County was approved for two years ago has yet to be utilized, and Cynthiana mayor James Smith is worried the funds might be lost.
    “There’s been no movement since 2013,” Smith said.
    Two grants were approved.
    One, a $42,500 Recreational Trails Program grant, was awarded to help create a 700-foot trail and two walking bridges at the park.

  • HCHS band wraps up season with bronze medal finish

    The Harrison County Marching Thorobreds traveled to Kings High School on Saturday for the Class AAA  Championships of the Mid-States Band Association.  
    This marching band circuit features marching bands from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  
    After a strong preliminary performance, the band was sitting in third place and was a mere one point from winning best overall music.  
    The band finished strong, and maintained its third place overall finish, improving its placements in visual and in color guard in finals.