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  • Pay city tax bills by Nov. 30 to beat 20% penalty

    “The tax bills are due,” said Commissioner Mark Mattmiller at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    Mattmiller said the city has mailed the 2009 property tax bills and anyone not receiving a tax bill or receiving an incorrect tax bill should contact the city clerk’s office at 234-7150.

    Mattmiller said mortgage companies have honored those taxes being paid through escrow accounts and those residents will not receive a tax bill.

    Tax bills paid after Nov. 30 will face a 20 percent penalty, Mattmiller said.

  • Cooking school is Tuesday

    Don’t forget The Taste of Home Cooking School will be  held Tuesday at Harrison County High School auditorium. Doors will open at 5 p.m.  The show will begin at 7 p.m.

    The theme of this year’s event, which is a partnership venture with The Cynthiana Democrat, Cynthiana Lions Club and Ken’s NewMarket, is holiday cooking.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance for $9 at the Democrat office, Ken’s NewMarkets, the Harrison County Extension office or Granny’s Goodies.

  • Gabbard trial set for Jan. 12

    The man accused of killing Commonwealth Attorney Doug Wright in a June 8 car accident will stand trial Jan. 12.

    Daniel Gabbard faces charges of wanton murder, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol first offense and operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol first offense.

    According to a spokesperson with the Pendleton County Circuit Clerk’s office, Gabbard will appear for a pre-trial hearing on Dec. 18.

  • Winning her own battle with cancer, then the Race for the Cure 5K

    “I was never a runner,” Mandie Graham said.

    And so Mandie was a little surprised when she began running in May.

    “I just started running,” she said. “I built up my stamina.”

    While Mandie claims she never was a fast runner, she won first place Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Susan G. Koeman Race for the Cure 5K in Lexington.

    Mandie was the first cancer survivor to cross the finish line at 26 minutes and 25 seconds.

    “Are you kidding me?” Mandie asked when an official at the finish line told her the news.

  • City opts for 4 percent tax revenue increase

    City residents will soon receive their tax bills in the mail.

    According to city clerk Charleen McIlvain, tax bills will be sent to residents in a couple weeks.

    “You can compare the city to peoples’ households...” McIlvain said Tuesday morning. “The cost of service is rising a lot faster than revenues...”

    Last month, the Cynthiana City Commission approved and set the tax rates for this year.

  • Water rate hike on tap for city customers

    Water rates are on the rise.

    Cynthiana and Harrison County residents will see a spike in their water bills - possibly before the end of the year.

    At Tuesday’s city commission meeting, commissioners approved the first reading of an ordinance raising city water rates from $8.05 (minimum cost for the first 2,000 gallons) to $9.05.

    Commissioner Mark Mattmiller said the rate increase is necessary.

     

    For more on this story, see the print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Commission approves zone change for propane company

    Despite their objections, Connersville Pike neighbors will soon have United Propane Gas as a neighbor.

    During a special meeting Tuesday at noon, the Cynthiana City Commission voted 4-1 to accept the zone change recommendation and adopt the findings of the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission.

    Formerly zoned ‘light industrial,’ the Business Park corner lot between Sea Biscuit Way and Connersville Pike required a ‘heavy industrial’ zoning for United Propane Gas to locate there and store propane gas on the lot.

  • McIlvain returns to childhood dental practice in Cynthiana

    As a child, Jason McIlvain hated going to the dentist and used to pray that he wouldn’t have cavities.

    Jason can’t avoid the dentist’s office anymore.

    It’s where he works.

    “It just kind of blows your mind,” Jason said about working next to his childhood dentist, Dr. James Clyde.

    Today, in the Licking Valley Dental Associates office on Pike Street, Jason is one of the dentists searching for cavities.

  • Historical group will get Handy House

    At a special meeting Monday at noon, city attorney John Lair said commissioners can expect a prepared Handy House lease within 48 hours.

    “The Handy House lease is 99 percent ready,” said Lair, stating that county attorney Bill Kuster has been redrafting a proposed agreement that will lease the Handy House to the Harrison County Historical Society from the county and city.

    Lair said agreements were reached by representatives from the historical society, as well as the city and county during a meeting last week.

     

  • A time to remember

    Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary since a Cynthiana guardsman was killed in action in Afghanistan.

    Sgt. Daniel W. Wallace, who was 27 at the time of his death, will be memorialized at Flat Run Veterans’ Park at 11 a.m. with a tree dedication.

    “This is a great way to honor someone who gave his life for his country,” said Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett, noting that the dedication will begin at the time Wallace was killed.