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  • DARE TO DREAM

    When she was 15 years old, Mary Todd Seaman began waitressing at Biancke’s restaurant.

    She fell in love.

    “I’m buying this place one day,” Mary Todd said she told everyone. “They just kind of laughed at me.”

    Today, five years later, Mary Todd is the new owner of the Main Street restaurant filled with old Cynthiana High School class composites, regular customers, dark green tablecloths and conversation.

  • Clothing Closet moving to Pike Street

    The Clothing Closet is coming out of the back room and into a store front.

    After seven years of operation in what used to be the storage room for C&W Key Market on Main Street, the Clothing Closet is moving to 209 E. Pike St.

    “We’ve just outgrown our facility,” said Linda McGowan, Closet director.

    Over the next two weeks, volunteers will be moving stock to the storefront of the former KJ’s Tanning Salon.

  • School is only taxing district to take 4% increase

    Harrison County residents should have received their 2009 property tax bills in the mail last week.

    Six of the seven county taxing districts opted for the compensating tax rate. Revenue from the compensating tax rate is expected to be about the same as it was the previous year. However, it does not mean that the tax rate is the same.

  • Team rallies around surviving sis for goal

    Just 18 months apart, Kayla and Brandi Poteet were close not only in age, but also in their interests.

    One difference though,  Brandi chose the band and Kayla was an athlete.

    Kayla and her friends encouraged Brandi to play soccer.

    Kayla would have been a senior this year, and she wanted her sister Brandi on that field with her.

    On Nov. 24, 2008, Kayla and Brandi were involved in a car accident on KY 36 West. Brandi survived. Kayla did not.

  • Justice Center to get new handicap-accessible ramp

    When the Harrison County Justice Center was built 10 years ago, it had a state of the art handicap-accessible chair lift.

    However, time and weather have taken their toll on the lift and make it, at times, not Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

    Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said that having someone from the staff come out to engage the lift will soon be a thing of the past. And, what will be taking its place is a ramp that will have three switchbacks.

    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more on this story.

  • Drug-related charges top grand jury indictments

    Three of six criminal indictments handed down by the Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday were for drug-related offenses.

    Steeve Alexis, 27, faces a seven-count indictment for incidents that allegedly occurred in July. He is charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone), fleeing or evading police, wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

    Alexis is alleged to have attempted to run from police on July 17. He is charged with damaging property belonging to Steve Craycraft.

  • Young man killed in Wednesday car wreck

    One man is dead after a Wednesday afternoon car accident last week.

    Sergio Ortega Talavera, 22, was traveling westbound on Ky. 36 (approaching Lafferty Pike) around 3:30 p.m. when the 1996 GMC pickup he was driving left the right side of the road and struck a telephone pole.

    Kentucky State Police, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison County Fire Department responded to the scene.

  • Cynthiana woman is first female to receive C-pulse

    A C-pulse device is giving one Cynthiana woman a new chance at life.

    “This means I’m going to have longer to live,” Faye Prather said last Thursday afternoon at her home.

    A bracelet around her wrist shows she suffers from heart disease, a necklace around her neck tells paramedics what to do in case of an emergency and a tube in her abdomen leads to the driver that pushes blood out of her heart.

    “The doctors are hoping this will help my heart,” Faye said.

  • No school Thursday, Friday

    There will be no school and no school activities for the rest of the week.

    School officials met Wednesday afternoon after an additional 36 students went home from the already high 414 absences at the start of the day.

    “It’s our hope that closing Thursday and Friday will help to contain the further spread of illness,” said DeeGee Fischer, assistant superintendent.

    She added that school activities will be cancelled Thursday through Sunday.

  • Drug bust

    Eighteen Harrison County individuals were arrested after a statewide drug roundup last Thursday.

    “The operation went well,” said Sheriff Bruce Hampton. “There will be more to come... if you’re dealing illegal substances, then we want you.”

    The Sheriff’s office joined forces with Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for what KSP is calling the largest drug roundup in state history.