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  • 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.  

  • Chlorine leak shuts down water plant last Thursday

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A spec of dirt in a chlorine tank regulator caused a leak at the water treatment plant last Thursday night.
    Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders said the first call came about 7:30 p.m. after water plant employee Greg Herrington was mopping and noticed a strong chlorine odor.
    According to Gary Royalty, city public utilities director, Herrington followed protocol by making a 9-1-1 call immediately.

  • Misbranding of foods leads to recall of 168 pounds of beef, say health officials

    Athens Foods, Inc., a Cleveland, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 168 pounds of beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains soy, known allergens which are not declared on the finished product label.
    The steak fiesta, beef filled dough, items were produced on Sept. 23, 2015 and have a best by code of Nov. 23, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • News briefs

    Hospice recognized
    for commitment to veterans
    Hospice of the Bluegrass was recently recognized for extraordinary investment, commitment and achievement in providing quality end-of-life care to veterans and their families. The award was presented during the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s annual conference in Dallas. Hospice of the Bluegrass is a We Honor Veterans Level 4 partner, which is the highest distinction a hospice provider can receive.

  • Band has strong showing at state

    The Harrison County Marching Thorobreds presented its 2015 field show, “Rise,” at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 31.  
    After giving a strong performance, the band finished seventh in the state with a distinguished rating, its highest finish since 2009.