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  • City gives nod to mixed drink sales

    Apparently uninhibited by a standing room only audience, the Cynthiana City Commission unanimously voted to approve liquor by the drink.
    After hearing public comment, Commissioner Mark Mattmiller made a motion to approve the second and final reading of an ordinance allowing certain restaurants to sell mixed alcoholic beverages.
    The motion was seconded by Amanda Moore.
    Many of the observers, but not all, were opponents of the issue.

  • A soldier’s welcome

    United States Marines Capt. Timmy Linville says bye to Afghanistan and Merry Christmas to friends and family.
    A surprise party was given for the returning Linville at Central Christian Church on Dec. 23.
    A 1997 Harrison County graduate, Timmy, 32, was recently deployed to Afghanistan, where he spent seven months helping piece together the troubled country.
    “This is home for me,” said Timmy during a phone interview. “It’s nice to see snow for a change instead of sand.”

  • News briefs

    Newspaper office closed Monday
    The offices of The Cynthiana Democrat and Harrison Shopper will be closed Monday, Jan. 3, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.
    The office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Derek Webber movie night rescheduled
    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has been rescheduled from Dec. 16 to Dec. 30. Free admission. All donations are being put toward the Derek Webber Scholarship at Licking Valley Campus. Movie starts at 7 p.m. at Rohs Opera House.

  • Marine to Marine

    Author Ron Elliott takes notice of a Marine remembering a Marine.
    Franklin Runyon Sousley was born in Elizaville, Ky., in Fleming County in 1925.
    During World War II, Sousley was one of six men responsible for raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
    The book “From Hilltop to Mountaintop” depicts the life of Sousley, who was made famous by the unforgettable photo by Joe Rosenthal.
    Chapter 20 of the book tells the story of a fellow Marine, Tommy White, who took it upon himself to see that Sousley got the memorial he deserved.

  • Christmas wishes really do come true

    David Levi may never see the inside of Rupp Arena, but thanks to the Never Too Late Foundation, he got the next best thing for Christmas.
    “David it’s so nice to meet you and thanks for having us here to celebrate your day.”
    These were the words of former University of Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall.
    David, 52, was born and raised with his nine other brothers and sisters in Harrison County.

  • Shoveling slow

    The US 27 North bridge over the CSX Railroad is open. The bridge was expected to be open to traffic before Christmas with a Dec. 17 projection. However, last week’s snow hampered the finishing touches and delayed the opening until Sunday morning. Crews worked Saturday setting guard rails for the approaches and the stripes were painted Sunday morning. Above, a Walker Construction worker pushed some snow from the roadway just before the first car crossed the new bridge.

  • Mixed drink proposal gets nod on first reading

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    The Cynthiana Commission moved one step closer to allowing mixed drinks to be served in the city.
    During a special meeting Monday morning, the mayor and three of the commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance.
    A second reading is required for final approval. However, if approved at the second reading, the ordinance stipulates that it would not become effective until March 1, 2011.

  • Caywood will direct HarriCyn Community Theatre’s first presentation

    By Noel Christian Riddell,
    Cynthiana Arts Council
    The Cynthiana Arts Council is bringing community theatre to our town.  
    Thornton Wilder’s beloved ‘Our Town’ will be performed on stage at historic Rohs Opera House next April. The Pulitzer Prize winning play will be directed by tenured local educator, William Caywood, and staged by the HarriCyn Community Theatre.

  • Pooches deserve to get Christmas, too

    Santa has got the kids taken care of for Christmas, but who is taking care of the puppy dogs?
    Pound Puppy Pillow Project, was created by Vickie Switzer, in order to supply the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter with animal pillows to keep the little furry creatures a little warmer during the chilled months.
    “I wanted to do some kind of project that would able students to address a local need,” said Switzer, founder of Pennies for Pooches & Coins for Cats.
    This is where the high school FCCLA and middle school FFA clubs came into play.

  • 2010 proving to be bad year for tobacco farmers

    Farmers are battling not only a declining economic situation, but their friend and foe, Mother Nature, as well.
    The dry fall has proven to be the biggest thorn in the side of most Harrison County tobacco growers this 2010 growing season.
    “Curing conditions in the fall has made 2010 one of the worst tobacco crops in a while,” said Dale Duckworth, general manager of Cynthiana Southern States.
    Duckworth explained that there is an abundance of “yellow” tobacco this year.