Local News

  • Family/Youth Service Centers are go-to ally for students and parents

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    As their children progress through school, most Harrison County parents will meet their kids’ teachers, the schools’ principals, and maybe the superintendent at some point. But what some parents might not realize is that there is another team of individuals whose goal is to help children succeed.

  • 80 new jobs, $2 million plan

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Eighty new jobs and a new partnership were announced last week when Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen and local dignitaries welcomed Continental Mixers to Cynthiana from Texas.
    Frank Busicchia, president and partner with Commercial Specialty Truck Holdings LLC, said the company bought Continental Mixer Solutions and E-Z Pack Refuse Hauling Solutions within four months of each other in 2014.
    He noted that the idea was to bring the two together in Cynthiana.

  • Family embraces daughter’s needs after accident

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    For Cynthiana mom Carman Thornton Ratliff, life as she knew it stopped on March 5. And it has yet to resume.
    March 5 was the day a sledding trip, which should have been a happy outing for her outgoing, athletic teen daughter, turned into a tragedy.
    That day, then-15-year-old Abby Ratliff’s sled careened out of control and slammed into a mailbox. Abby’s head smashed into the mailbox.
    The impact of the collision caused Abby to suffer severe head trauma.

  • First United Methodist Church will meet at HCHS during roof repairs

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    For the next few months, joining together for worship will mean heading to the high school for members of one local church.
    The First United Methodist Church is having work done to its sanctuary to repair damage from storms in December. While the work is completed, church services will be held in the auditorium of Harrison County High School, Pastor Mike Coppersmith said.
    Storms blew the roof off the church in December, and water leaked in causing extensive damage, Coppersmith said.

  • New law restricts publishing classroom assignments

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    When The Cynthiana Democrat’s annual Back-to-School edition comes out July 30, there will be an obvious missing element.
    Classroom assignments will not be included due to the recent passing of House Bill 5.
    “They mandate it and we have to abide,” said Harrison County Superintendent Andy Dotson, noting that HB5/Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is at the crux of the recommendations.

  • Bella needs service dog, fundraiser is Saturday

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Isabella Menard is a little girl facing a mountain of disabilities.
    However, some of those disorders might be lessened if she can get the love and companionship of a service dog.
    “Bella,” as she is called by her friends and classmates at Eastside Elementary, suffers from epilepsy, juvenile dementia, seizures, autism and heart disease.
    “I have been approved to receive a service dog through 4 Paws for Ability and I am so excited,” Bella said in a statement released by her mother, Tanya Menard.

  • Bubbling crud causes sewer project redirect

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    What came bubbling up in the yards of some Cynthiana residents last week wasn’t black gold.
    In the midst of the City of Cynthiana’s $5 million sewer line improvement project, an area of town not slated for renewal found yards and a creek steeping in raw sewage.
    Cynthiana Mayor James Smith said Tuesday that the crews working on the upgrades switched locations to make immediate repairs.
    The trouble area is in the back yards of homes located between Pike and Bridge streets, he said.

  • Harrison Countians respond to needs in Johnson

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    Harrison Countians have joined together to help victims of devastating flooding in Johnson County.
    Last week, Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett organized an effort to collect donations by setting up a trailer in front of Wal-mart.
    “I talked to the judge executive down there in Johnson County, and asked him what he needed,” Barnett said. “So he told me what he could really use help with.”

  • Judge issues sentences in three cases

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Formal sentencing was held Tuesday for three individuals who had earlier changed their pleas to guilty for their crimes.
    Tonya Applegate, 33, was ordered to serve 15 years on two counts of second-degree assault and intimidating a witness in a legal process. Consecutive to the 15-year sentence, Applegate was also remanded to 10 years in  jail on a first-degree assault charge.
    Probation was denied by Harrison County Circuit Judge Jay Delaney due to the seriousness of the crime, according to court documents.

  • Man robbed at gunpoint by police impostor

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    A man traveling through Harrison County on Sunday thought he was being pulled over, but sheriff’s deputies say he ended up being robbed with a gun pointed at his head.
    Josh Roseberry was traveling east on 62 toward Cynthiana between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. About a mile past the Russell Cave Road intersection between Leesburg and Cynthiana, he saw a black car that looked like a Dodge Charger behind him with blue and red lights flashing, according to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Hutchison.