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  • Powers retiring as Cynthiana officer

    Cynthiana Police Officer David Powers will be wrapping up a 21-year career with his retirement from the City of Cynthiana on Thursday.

    Powers has been a police officer for 16 years. He also served five years with the city's fire department.

    A new chapter in Powers'  law enforcement career will be opening.

    For more on this story, see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.

  • Gross is state’s Top Cop for DUI arrests, again

    A Cynthiana police sergeant was recognized Wednesday morning in Lexington for efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

    Sgt. Wilbur Gross received the Governor’s Impaired Drivers’ Enforcement Award for the third year in a row and fifth time since 1998.

    Gross, who has been a police officer for 16 years, three months, made 23 arrests this year and 13 last year.

    “It’s great to be recognized for the job that we do, but I’m not out to get an award, just to get impaired drivers off the road,” Gross said.

  • It’s time again for Santa letters

    The Cynthiana Democrat has been asked by Santa to help with his naughty and nice list.

    The Cynthiana Democrat has agreed to  print Letters to Santa in the newspaper to help him out.

    All letters must arrive by Thursday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. Letters will be printed in the Dec. 17 issue of the Democrat.

    Letters can be mailed to Santa at P.O. Box 160, Cynthiana, KY 41031; dropped off at the office at 302 Webster Ave.; or email to rsmiley@cynthianademocrat.com.

    Please limit letters to 75 words or less so that everyone’s letter will get printed.

  • UPG opponents file suit in Harrison court

    Opponents of United Propane Gas, Inc. will take their concerns to court.

    Neighbors of the Connersville Pike/Sea Biscuit Way area filed a suit in Harrison County Circuit Court on Nov. 4, 2009, against the City of Cynthiana, Cynthiana City Commission, Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission, Cynthiana-Harrison County Economic Development Authority, Inc. and United Propane Gas, Inc. Also named are individual members of those boards and commissions.

    See more on this story in this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Crash puts end to high-speed police chase downtown

    For the second time in as many weeks, a police chase that originated in another county ended with a crash in Harrison County.

    Cynthiana Police Cpl. Walter Tapp said that April D.  Caskey, 29, faces a long list of charges in Harrison and Bourbon counties after a Saturday evening pursuit.

    According to Tapp, Cynthiana’s 911 dispatch involved local law enforcement at 5:02 p.m.

  • Turner eyes re-election bid for fifth term as Harrison TO

    Incumbent candidate for Harrison County Transportation Officer, Larry Turner, has announced that he will seek the office for a fifth term.

    Turner, 63, said he has maintained “an excellent working relationship with our fiscal court.” He said that in many counties that is not the case. He also said he has worked well with local law enforcement agencies and courthouse staff.

    Turner retired from LexMark in 1992 at which time he sought his first term.

  • Firefighters’ OT at center of Labor Cabinet suit

    The city of Cynthiana has joined other local governments in a petition against the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

    Filed in Franklin County Circuit Court on Nov. 16, the petition asks for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief on an issue affecting firefighters across the Commonwealth.

  • Commission eyes grants for skateboard park

    The city will explore grants for the funding of a possible skateboard park.

    At last Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting, Commissioner Mark Mattmiller said he believed the city can receive grants to purchase and build a skateboard area and equipment.

    Mattmiller said he and Commissioner Amanda Moore have been in contact with S.W.A.P. (Skaters with a Purpose) advisor Mark Sims.

    Mattmiller said he had been told that some of the grants could be $20,000.

    Mattmiller suggested the city ask Jesse Ammerman to help with the grants.

  • National pageant title goes to local teen

    Cynthiana is home to the new Miss Teen America.

    Katie Himes competed for the national title and was crowned Sunday, the first Kentucky resident to win the pageant in over 20 years.

    “I am very excited,” Himes said Monday afternoon on her way home from Windsor Locks, Conn., where the pageant was held last weekend. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

    Himes also received academic, talent, swimsuit and style awards.

    “The last thing I remember is them calling my name,” Himes said about the moment she was crowned.

  • Harrison's stimulus package nears $3 million

    The state of Kentucky is expected to receive $3 billion in stimulus funding and Harrison County will come close to receiving $3 million.

    Rep. Tom McKee said stimulus funding is determined by each community’s need.

    “A lot of it is specified by the federal government,” McKee said. “It comes with strings attached.”

    See more of this story is this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.