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  • Florida governor asked to reconsider “pill pipeline” monitoring

    Gov. Steve Beshear sent a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday asking him to reconsider his decision to not implement a state prescription drug monitoring system that could help end the illegal prescription drug pipeline between Kentucky and Florida.
    According to Harrison County arrest records, over the last two years 32 people have been convicted in drug-related cases, specific to the pill pipeline, where suspects allegedly travel from Harrison County to Florida in search of Oxycodone 30s and 15s.

  • Grandparents bilked in scheme

    When Grandma receives a distress call from a grandchild, instinctively she wants to help.
    Beware, cautions local law enforcement.
    One Cynthiana grandparent was bilked for “a significant amount” of cash last week when she believed she was helping a family member.
    These schemes, known as the Grandparent Scam, have been going on for years. The elderly are targeted with a phone conversation that may go something like this:
    “Hi Grandma.”
    “Hi.”
    “Do you know who this is?”

  • Reading a book goes hi-tech

    Even with the increasing number of eReaders being used by library patrons, the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library remains busy.
    Library director Pat Barnes, said the library has not lost business, but has actually gained from the eBooks.
    “eBooks are attracting a whole new group to the library now,” said Barnes. “We will always have those who just love to come to the library, but now we also have a new group that is interested in electronic books, and we provide that.”

  • www.cynthianademocrat.com to go subscription-based next Thursday

    Beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, The Cynthiana Democrat’s website, www.cynthianademocrat.com, will be a subscription-based site.
    Our faithful newspaper subscribers will have full access to all the news and information available online.
    Those who want to visit the site can sign up for a 30-day free trial. Then, we hope you’ll join the ranks of our regular readers.

  • Chamber banquet is Friday, Feb. 25

    The annual Cynthiana-Harrison County  Chamber awards banquet will be held Friday, Feb. 25, at the Cynthiana Country Club.
    Social hour begins at 6 p.m. following by dinner at 7.
    The Chamber will honor the Citizen of the Year, Farmer of the Year, Educator of the Year, Businessperson of the Year, and new for 2011, Health Professional of the Year.
    Reservations are needed. Tickets are $25 per person and should be purchased at the Chamber office, 201 S. Main St. Call Pat Grenier, Chamber director, at 234-5236, for more information or to make reservations.

  • Blue Grass Energy issues alert for energy-saving product claims

    Blue Grass Energy, a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative, today issued an alert for consumers to beware of companies selling products or services that promise huge energy savings, but fail to deliver anticipated results.
    “People need to be cautious because they are being sold devices that can raise their bills, that may not work or that could take decades to recoup their money,” said Cathryn W. Gibson, vice president of Member Services and Economic Development. “As the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

  • Magician uses talent to teach safety

    Freelance magician Scott Davis seems to have taken his passion in life and turned it into a service and entertainment that helps educate kids about electrical safety.
    Northside students were treated to one of Davis’ programs last week.
    “Scott goes to over 300 schools each year to help promote electricity safety awareness and practices,” said Cindy McFarland, member services coordinator for Blue Grass Energy, which sponsored the program. “His shows grab the student’s attention and he is really good at what he does.”

  • Scammers target Cynthiana residents

    Some Cynthiana families have been the victims of various scams that have netted the scammers “a significant amount” of cash.

  • Cynthiana man charged in 8-year-old murder

    A Cynthiana man is behind bars, charged with the 8-year-old murder of his wife.
    Daniel T. Paynter, 56, was arrested in Lexington last Thursday where he worked. That arrest was followed by a Tuesday indictment in Cincinnati on multiple charges centered on Lori Ross Paynter’s disappearance and death in December 2002.
    On the day that her former son-in-law was indicted for the murder of her daughter, Bonnie Dickerson spent time visiting her daughter’s grave in Cincinnati.

  • Two of three cases dismissed

    A Cynthiana man was found not guilty of the misdemeanor charges filed against him last July.
    Gilbert Clark appeared before a Harrison County District Court jury on Friday to contest the five charges of alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, fourth degree assault, fourth degree attempted assault and resisting arrest.
    Cynthiana police arrested Clark on July 3 following an alleged fight at a family cook-out.
    The jury found Clark not guilty of all charges.