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  • Cynthiana man charged in 8-year-old murder

    A Cynthiana man is behind bars, charged with the 8-year-old murder of his wife.
    Daniel T. Paynter, 56, was arrested in Lexington last Thursday where he worked. That arrest was followed by a Tuesday indictment in Cincinnati on multiple charges centered on Lori Ross Paynter’s disappearance and death in December 2002.
    On the day that her former son-in-law was indicted for the murder of her daughter, Bonnie Dickerson spent time visiting her daughter’s grave in Cincinnati.

  • Two of three cases dismissed

    A Cynthiana man was found not guilty of the misdemeanor charges filed against him last July.
    Gilbert Clark appeared before a Harrison County District Court jury on Friday to contest the five charges of alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, fourth degree assault, fourth degree attempted assault and resisting arrest.
    Cynthiana police arrested Clark on July 3 following an alleged fight at a family cook-out.
    The jury found Clark not guilty of all charges.

  • Hazardous duty retirement will be reinstated

    After reluctantly agreeing to table the issue of hazardous duty retirement for police and firefighters at the last meeting in January, safety commissioner Gary Brunker raised the issue again Tuesday.
    This time, with some degree of success.
    Two commissioners and the mayor agreed to reestablish hazardous duty retirement for all Cynthiana sworn police officers and firefighters effective July 1.

  • Former manager finds her home beneath Cynthiana’s ‘golden arches’

    After being gone for more than a year, Beverly Glover has said good-bye to Georgetown McDonalds and returned to a more familiar set of golden arches.
    “She received a standing ovation from everyone when she walked through the door,” said area supervisor Jim Bennett. “You get that feeling that everyone really respects and cares for Beverly.”
    Glover may not have the candy cane-colored socks that fit perfect with the bright yellow jumpsuit and shinny red hair, but she is just as big of a celebrity as Ronald McDonald.

  • News briefs

    Make a Blanket Day
    is Feb. 19
    Project Linus’ National Make a Blanket Day will be observed on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown beginning at 10 a.m.
    Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., blankets will be made across the nation to help the organization with its mission to provide a warm blanket to each child who goes through some form of trauma.

  • County has 150 tons of salt for balance of winter, says judge

    There is still 150 tons of salt to carry the Harrison County Road Department through the remainder of the year.
    A harsh winter has many counties looking everywhere for good prices on rock salt, according to Harrison County Judge Alex Barnett.
    “Our county has done a terrific job in managing our salt contract so far,” said Barnett. “We are still using salt that we contracted for, which is keeping us from having to buy it at a tremendously higher rate.”

  • Machine technology teaches importance of precision

    You may have heard the expression “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades,” but Machine Tool Technology could be added to the list.
    “Close” definitely counts in machining.
    Machinists regularly manufacture parts to specifications within one-ten-thousandths of an inch, or .0001 of an inch for those of you who prefer decimals.
    That’s about the size of a human hair that has been split 100 times.

  • 38th District pairings set

    The Harrison County Fillies and Thorobreds will open the 38th District Tournament facing Nicholas County on Monday, Feb. 21.  
    The girls’ game will start on Monday at 6:15 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow 25 minutes after the floor and bench area are cleared from the first game.  
    The game times will be the same on Tuesday night, Feb. 22, when the teams from Deming and Pendleton County square off. The winners will advance to the championship games; the girls on Thursday at 7:30 and the boys on Friday at 7:30.  

  • Jury finds Clark not guilty

    A Cynthiana man was found not guilty of the misdemeanor charges filed against him last July.
    Gilbert Clark appeared before a Harrison County District Court jury on Friday to contest the five charges of alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, fourth degree assault, fourth degree attempted assault and resisting arrest.
    Clark was arrested on July 3 following an alleged fight at a family cook-out.
    The jury found Clark not guilty of all charges.

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

  • Webb eligible for death penalty

    A judge’s ruling on Tuesday will make it possible for accused murderer Bass Webb to receive the death penalty if convicted of multiple felony charges.
    Circuit Judge Jay Delaney approved a Commonwealth’s motion to combine the murder charge with a more recent rape indictment for purposes of trial.
    Webb was indicted in 2009 for the July 31 murder of ex-girlfriend Bryia Runiewicz. In December 2010, first degree rape and first degree persistent felony offender (PFO) charges were added to the murder and  existing PFO charges.