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  • Cancer survivors will be honored nationally June 3

    On Sunday, June 3, the American Cancer Society will join millions of Americans in honoring cancer survivors as part of the 25th annual National Cancer Survivors Day, organized by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.
    There are more than 11 million cancer survivors living in the United States, and it is estimated that by 2020 there will be some 20 million people living with a history of cancer.

  • Commissioners want more cuts in budget

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    Various ideas about how to cut the budget were discussed at the Cynthiana commissioners’ budget workshop on Wednesday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 29. However, no clear plans were made about anything on Wednesday and only a few things were tentatively decided Tuesday.
    On Wednesday, Charleen McIlvain, city clerk, said she had gone back to the department heads and asked them to take another look at their budgets to see what everyday expenses could be cut rather than big things.

  • Expect 10-cent increase in Harrison County school lunch prices

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    School lunch prices are going up 10 cents in the fall for the 2012-2013 school year because of a federally mandated law.
    The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to raise lunch prices each year until the price of lunch is equal to the amount of money the school receives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each free lunch.

  • Police nab robbery suspect

    A Cynthiana man was taken into custody Monday just four minutes after he allegedly took a pistol from the Cynthiana Jewelry and Pawn Shop on Church Street.
    Cpl. Walter Tapp said Jonathan Wayne Moore, 37, walked into the business and was looking around. He was witnessed taking a .38 pistol and when confronted, he tossed the gun, Tapp said.
    The gun was recovered on Donald Northcutt’s property, also on Church Street.
    Sgts. Eric Kendall and Wilbur Gross spotted the suspect on Bridge Street at Walnut, near the BP station.

  • A stranger’s gift

    He had never met her before and yet, she was willing to give so he could live a normal life.
    There have been hundreds of tear-jerking stories of how someone donated a part of them so another life might be a little easier lived.
    Yet, how many of those stories start out with two total strangers and end with the making of life-long friends?
    Jeremy Whitson’s kidney began to fail him almost six years ago.

  • Sanders to compete in national speech tournament

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    A Harrison County High School junior will be competing at two national speech competitions this summer.
    Jackson Sanders, 17, will be competing an original oratory speech. His topic is about confusing confidence with appearance.
    He will be competing in the National Forensics League (NFL) in Ind., Inidiana June 10-16 and Catholic Forensics League (CFL) in Baltimore, Md. May 25-27.
    Sanders said he became interested in doing speeches through the theater and various plays he has been in.

  • Intern joins Democrat staff

    A summer intern has joined the staff of The Cynthiana Democrat.
    Kristie Hamon, 21, of Frankfort will be working with the news department for the next 10 weeks.
    Hamon is a senior at Eastern Kentucky University where she is a journalism major with a psychology minor.
    She is residing in Frankfort with her family and will be commuting to Cynthiana for the summer.

  • Judge breaks tie vote on construction bid issue

    The Harrison County Judge-Executive was called upon to vote due to a split between the magistrates for allowing an outside business to reconstruct a county road.
    Bids for the reconstruction of Nebo Road, which will be done using state funding, were heard Tuesday night during the second May fiscal court meeting.

  • Business owners respond to smoking ban proposal

    By Kristie Hamon, Summer intern
    A proposed smoking ban brought two Cynthiana business owners to the podium during Tuesday’s Cynthiana City Commission meeting.
    Avi Bear, the head of planning and zoning and owner of Avi’s Oven Art, said he is all for banning smoking in public but said it was important to define what ‘public’ includes.

  • Missing man found in Ohio

    A Harrison County man has been located in another state after his family reported him missing on Thursday, May 17.
    According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s report, Richard Eugene Cain, 64, was reported missing last Thursday after he failed to return home.
    “A missing person report was filed by Cain’s wife, Peggy, on Thursday,” said Harrison County Deputy Robert Peak. “Deputy Kreer took the report around 9 p.m. that night when Cain failed to return home from his daughter’s house in Florence.”