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  • Childhood sweethearts reunite after 30-plus-year separation

    Theirs is a storybook relationship that started as kindergarten sweethearts at Northside Elementary.
    Stacey Mann and Joe Mike Ashbrook maintained their kindred relationship through middle school. When they weren’t “a couple,” they were still best friends.
    “Our parents were always saying that wherever they were, they were together,” Stacey said.
    Everything changed when they reached high school.
    Joe Mike had his friends and Stacey had hers. The kindergarten sweethearts ran in different crowds.

  • Our Town production will be HarriCyn’s first

    Although it took several years to get it off the ground, a grant, offered by the Harrison County Fiscal Court and The City of Cynthiana, is reaping rewards.   
    Several years ago, the local Arts Council received $3,000 seed money to start a community theatre. Since that time, the HarriCYN Community Theatre has been planning and preparing.  
    Its April 29 production of Our Town, by Thornton Wilder opens that inaugural season.

  • Chamber recognizes Journey to a healthier community

    With the help of a hand-full of doctors and nurses, Journey Medical Mission has brought much-needed care to those with no insurance.
    It was no surprise to the attendants of the annual Chamber banquet when the winner of the 2011 Special Community Recognition was awarded to Journey Medical Mission.
    Journey Medical Mission began in concept January 2010 when Janie Whitehead attended a Harrison County Communities Partners Program with an idea to help bring wellness to the community.

  • Attorneys want cases tried at same time

    A motion has been filed in Harrison Circuit Court to join the two related cases against Sandra Southwood.
    She was charged after a shooting spree on Confederate Drive involving her ex-husband and his girlfriend.
    She faces five charges from the July 30 incident, including first degree wanton endangerment, first degree assault, first degree criminal mischief, first degree fleeing or evading police and third degree criminal mischief.
    She has since been indicted on charges of tampering with a witness.

  • Gregg plans retirement after 33 years at the head of the class

    Since she was six years old she has never missed the first day of school, however after 33 years of teaching, Harrison County Middle School Band Director Laura Gregg said it is time to move on.
    Growing up in Franklin County, Gregg said she always had an appreciation for the fine arts. By the time Gregg was 12 years old, she already had the ability and desire to teach music.
    “When I was 12, I was teaching adults how to play the clarinet and the piano,” said Gregg.

  • HCHS teacher earns prestigious Air Force Distinguished Educator award

    Patriotism and allowing children to hear the call to the armed forces has landed a Harrison County High School teacher a national award.
    After returning from a week-long trip to San Antonio, Texas HCHS English teacher Michael Hughes shared just how he was able to achieve an award that is given to only 24 teachers in the nation each year.
    “It’s called the Air Force Distinguished Educator Award,” said Hughes. “Myself and 23 other teachers from across America were presented a special coin for our efforts to education.”

  • Strong wind, thunderstorms expected overnight

    The National Weather Service in Louisville has included Harrison County in a severe weather announcement.
    According to information from the NWS and Mike Palmer, Harrison County Emergency Management director, a widespread severe weather outbreak is very likely later tonight and during the early morning hours Wednesday morning.
    Palmer said the severe weather is expected to reach Harrison County around 2 a.m. and should be over by 4 a.m.

  • Deputies investigate Saturday night shooting

    A second shooting in less than two weeks happened Saturday night in Harrison County.
    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an incident that sent 33-year-old Greg Ritchie to the hospital.
    According to Deputy Dean Hutchison, who is leading the investigation, there were two separate gatherings on Prince Lane Saturday night where alcohol was available.
    Hutchison said an argument broke out between Ritchie and Jason Richardson and ended with Ritchie being shot in the leg.

  • Former mayor Melvin Hampton dies Thursday

    Former Cynthiana Mayor Melvin Hampton died Thursday night at his home.
    Funeral arrangments are pending at Ware Funeral Home.
    Hampton served as mayor for Cynthiana for 23 years from 1970 to 1993. The three years prior to his mayoral bid, he served as a city commissioner.
    Hampton was also a former vice president and loan officer at Harrison Deposit Bank as well as an active member at Cynthiana Christian Church.

    For more information, see Thursday’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Flood 2011

    After an uncertain night, Cynthiana and Harrison County residents who live along the South Fork of the Licking River are seeing the river level drop slightly.
    At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service was recording lower river levels for Cynthiana. However, by 7:30 a.m. it was back on the rise at 21.8.
    On May 4, 2010, it reached 21.92 feet.
    However, Grays Run Estates resident Becky Shepperd believes the river has encroached into her subdivision even more than last May’s flood.