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  • HCHS teacher earns prestigious Air Force Distinguished Educator award

    Patriotism and allowing children to hear the call to the armed forces has landed a Harrison County High School teacher a national award.
    After returning from a week-long trip to San Antonio, Texas HCHS English teacher Michael Hughes shared just how he was able to achieve an award that is given to only 24 teachers in the nation each year.
    “It’s called the Air Force Distinguished Educator Award,” said Hughes. “Myself and 23 other teachers from across America were presented a special coin for our efforts to education.”

  • Strong wind, thunderstorms expected overnight

    The National Weather Service in Louisville has included Harrison County in a severe weather announcement.
    According to information from the NWS and Mike Palmer, Harrison County Emergency Management director, a widespread severe weather outbreak is very likely later tonight and during the early morning hours Wednesday morning.
    Palmer said the severe weather is expected to reach Harrison County around 2 a.m. and should be over by 4 a.m.

  • Deputies investigate Saturday night shooting


    A second shooting in less than two weeks happened Saturday night in Harrison County.
    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an incident that sent 33-year-old Greg Ritchie to the hospital.
    According to Deputy Dean Hutchison, who is leading the investigation, there were two separate gatherings on Prince Lane Saturday night where alcohol was available.
    Hutchison said an argument broke out between Ritchie and Jason Richardson and ended with Ritchie being shot in the leg.

  • Former mayor Melvin Hampton dies Thursday

    Former Cynthiana Mayor Melvin Hampton died Thursday night at his home.
    Funeral arrangments are pending at Ware Funeral Home.
    Hampton served as mayor for Cynthiana for 23 years from 1970 to 1993. The three years prior to his mayoral bid, he served as a city commissioner.
    Hampton was also a former vice president and loan officer at Harrison Deposit Bank as well as an active member at Cynthiana Christian Church.

    For more information, see Thursday’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Flood 2011

    After an uncertain night, Cynthiana and Harrison County residents who live along the South Fork of the Licking River are seeing the river level drop slightly.
    At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service was recording lower river levels for Cynthiana. However, by 7:30 a.m. it was back on the rise at 21.8.
    On May 4, 2010, it reached 21.92 feet.
    However, Grays Run Estates resident Becky Shepperd believes the river has encroached into her subdivision even more than last May’s flood.

  • Shooting victim released from hospital

    Brian Davis, who was shot last week, has been released from the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
    Davis was airlifted to UK last Tuesday night after sustaining a gunshot wound while on West Mill Street about 8 p.m. Davis was allegedly shot by Andrew Hill, who was picked up by his father and driven to the Cherokee Drive area. When police pulled over the Hills’ vehicle, Andrew allegedly pointed a handgun at Sgt. Wilbur Gross of the Cynthiana Police Department who then shot Andrew Hill. Hill was also airlifted to UK.

  • Raggedy Ann Festival is Saturday

    Break out the red yarn wig, the kitchen apron and the paint for making your nose look like a triangle; it’s time for the 9th annual Raggedy Ann Festival.
    With over 30 different vendors included in this year’s festival, anyone who claims to be a Raggedy Ann lover won’t be sitting at home from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., this Saturday.

  • A. Keller Dam restoration project gets Corps nod

    Dustin Rose admits he had an ulterior motive when he agreed to serve on a committee to improve the A. Keller Dam. Rose is an avid fisherman, and like many local anglers, he wants to see the South Fork of the Licking River between the Terry Dam and A. Keller Dam restored.
    The committee was recently notified that its permit from the Corps of Engineers was approved.
    And now, the wait is on for the river level to fall far enough below the dam so that repairs can begin.

  • Singers spring concert is Sunday

    The Licking Valley Singers look to cheer-up the Spring weather with their performance on Sunday, April 17.
    Since their debut in November 2009, the Licking Valley Singers have tried their best to bring a wellrounded and wide range of music to each performance.
    This spring’s program includes, Danny Boy, Route 66 and The Little Old Lady from Pasadena, in its repertoire.
    The 40-voice choir is under the direction of Karen Bear and accompanied by Dr. Beth Laytart.

  • New pharmacy to open on U.S. 27 South

    The Cynthiana-Berry-Harrison County Planning Commission has approved a consolidation of three lots on U.S. 27 South, owned by H.A. Jones Properties to accommodate a new business.
    According to Bonnie Skinner, P&Z director, the applicant was H.A. Jones, represented by Shawn Ritchey. Skinner said the commission also approved the development plan, which included the addition of Hometown Pharmacy.
    Michael Ingram, who owns Hometown Pharmacy in Georgetown, will be building a new structure on what was the used car lot at H.A. Jones.