Local News

  • Broadway on Pike is Saturday

    The harriCYN Community Theatre is hosting a night’s entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 27, in the memory of long-time music mentor Mary Ruth Hendricks, who died on Nov. 12, 2009.
    Broadway on Pike will bring some of Hendricks’ former students back to the stage as well as welcome some HCHS graduates who performed in more recent musical productions.
    The event is directed by Juanita Herrington and will be staged at Rohs Opera House.
    Tickets for the evening are $10 and are available at Biancke’s on Main Street. There is no reserved seating.

  • Court changes its mind: No tax increase for 2011

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court reversed its Aug. 9 decision to take the compensating rate for 2011 to maintain the same tax rate as last year.
    The fiscal court has been pressed for time to have the first and second reading of the proposed taxing rates for 2011 in an effort to allow property owners the ability for early payment in October.
    During the Aug. 9 meeting the court voted to take the compensating rate raising real property taxes from 9.9 percent to 10.1 percent on each $100 assessed property.

  • Nutritionist’s plan is for a healthier Harrison County student

    Harrison County Schools are moving toward improving students’ diets by hiring a nutrition coordinator.
    Austin Dacci, a 2004 Harrison County graduate, recently joined forces with Harrison County Food Service Director Tammy Klapheke to help improve students’ health in the cafeteria.
    “So far it has been the best money that the food department has spent,” said Klapheke. “He has the energy and the know-how to be very effective in his job.”

  • New campaign to curb DUIs launched

    The Kentucky Highway Safety Administration is launching its newest campaign to eliminate drunk driving.
    The Cynthiana Police Department is taking part in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which will continue through Labor Day.
    Sgt. Wilbur Gross serves as the local administrator for the department’s highway safety grant. At various times during the year the state will have a blitz targeted at such safety issues and seat belt and child restraint use, speeding and drunk driving.

  • Commission majority gives nod to City Hall plan

    The Cynthiana City Commission voted to proceed with plans to renovate City Hall restrooms despite opposition from one commissioner.
    “I don’t want people to think I’m against recreation,” said safety commissioner Gary Brunker at Tuesday’s meeting. “When we’re strapped for money, we need to fund essential services.”

  • He’s a horse, of course

    Even at 40 years old, a Harrison County horse is still known to run from time to time on the Rice Farm.
    His name is Pal and that’s what he has become to many Harrison County horse lovers over his 40-year and counting life.
    Pal, a palomino walker, spends his days taking it easy in the pastures of Dr. Jim and Dava Rice’s farm located on Ky 36 East.
    “Pal is a very special horse,” said Dava, with a huge smile on her face. “I can’t help but be happy when I think about him.”

  • Brown suit dismissed

    Kay Brown, wife of former Cynthiana mayor Jim Brown, has dismissed a civil suit filed against her husband's legal guardian, Edwin Culbertson, which she had filed in Johnson County Circuit Court.

    The suit alleged that Culbertson acted “wrongful and contemptible” in his capacity as temporary limited guardian to Mr. Brown.

    For the complete story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat, which will be on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.

  • Pit bull dog shot after attack in Antioch

    A pit bull dog was shot in Antioch Friday morning after it allegedly jumped on a child who was waiting for the school bus.
    Harrison County Animal Control officer Alan Fryman said the dog was a stray that the Snake Lick Road property owner said had been hanging around for a few days. It had never exhibited any aggressive tendencies until Friday morning.
    Fryman said the bus driver helped the children onto the bus and the property owner pulled the dog away.


    The very game that was his first love, was also his downfall.
    Blaine Henry was a Harrison County basketball star in the late 1960s. His prowess on the court landed him numerous honors, not the least of which was a starring role with the Milwaukee Bucks a few years after graduation.
    It was his love of the game that ultimately spelled his demise.
    “You celebrated every win with beer parties,” said a humbled Henry, now 62 and an avowed recovering alcoholic and drug addict.

  • Switzer Pike man killed in ATV accident Sunday

    A 4-wheeler accident is being blamed for the death of a Harrison County man on Switzer Pike.
    Deputy Robert Peak of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. received a call from dispatch on Sunday, Aug. 14, to investigate an injury wreck on Switzer Pike.
    “I was told that a person driving a 4-wheeler had wrecked and was injured,” said Peak. “I arrived on the scene and saw a person laying face down on the road and a 4-wheeler several feet from the body.”