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    Choir registration deadline is Friday
    The registration deadline for the Licking Valley Singers Fall Session is Friday, July 22. All are welcome and there are no auditions required. For information or registration, contact Karen Bear, 234-4393.

    An address was incorrectly listed in a recent Records report from the Cynthiana Police Department. Police received a report that a marijuana plant was in plain sight at 119 Second St., Apt. 2.
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  • Paynter guilty of wife’s murder

    It has been nearly nine years since Lori Ross Paynter went missing.
    Her killer has now admitted that he murdered his wife.
    Daniel T. Paynter, 57, originally from Cynthiana, entered a guilty plea in a Hamilton County, Ohio, court last Wednesday, July 6.
    “He apologized to his family and to her family,” said Megan Shananhan, assistant Hamilton County prosecutor. “He said he wanted to give everybody closure.”
    Shananhan described Paynter’s apology as “shallow” and not heart-felt.


     Skylar Mullins, left, plays it cool when asked what his favorite cartoon was by Don Wynn, HMH senior management, during Monday’s 2011 Children’s Expo. Mullins was chosen Most Photogenic in the Little Prince class at the Harrison County Fair.

  • Ponce returns to county, seven-year warrant served

    A seven year old warrant was served after a Hispanic man is taken into custody on Monday by a Harrison County Sheriff deputy.
    In March 2004, Harrison County Deputy Nathan Gasser and Detective Paul Olin responded to a call on Robinson Renaker Rd. in reference to a domestic dispute.

  • Two pit bulls taken at shelter break-in

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department has been called twice in the last 30 days to investigate stolen animals at Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter.
    On July 7, Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton was called by Assistant Animal Control Officer Paul Colson to come investigate a break-in and break-out of two pitbull terriers at the animal shelter.

  • Want to save big? SmartSource coupons coming back

    Few products offer individuals the opportunity to save more than they spend. Starting July 21, The Cynthiana Democrat will give readers this opportunity with the return of SmartSource coupons.
    Inside the newspaper each week, readers will find a coupon package regularly valued at more than $100 in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons. Subscribers will usually find they can recoup the cost of a Cynthiana Democrat subscription in just one week of coupon savings.

  • Ewalt keeps local business local

    After 64 years of selling, cleaning and repairing fine jewelry, Russell Whalen has decided to turn over his shop to new business owner Steve Ewalt.
    Whalen’s, as it will remain in name, was opened by Whalen in October 1947. The shop made its final home on Main Street where it has served the public since 1957.

  • New ambulances finally join fleet

    Two new ambulances join the fleet after the county votes to license the much needed replacements.
    The main topic addressed at the July 12 Harrison County Fiscal Court meeting was the plan of action for the two new, uninsured ambulances currently not in service.

  • Farmer recovering after being thrown from tractor

    A Harrison County man was rushed to UK Hospital after he was thrown from a tractor and cut by mowing equipment.
    A call rang into dispatch around 1 p.m., Thursday, July 7, concerning an injury accident that had taken place in a hay field on Mt. Vernon Pike.
    According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s report, William Jibb, 77, was mowing hay for property owner David Schwartz on Mt. Vernon Pike.


    Allie Barnett was selected as the 2011 Miss Harrison County Tuesday night. She was crowned by outgoing Miss Teen Erin Bradford, filling in for Katie Himes, 2010 Miss Harrison County, who was unable to attend. Barnett was one of nine contestants.

    Allie is the daughter of Alex and Michelle Barnett.