Local News

  • Animal cruelty charge sought in dog shooting

    Animal cruelty charges are being filed against a Harrison County man following a domestic dispute that ended with a dog being shot to death.
    Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Gasser said he was called to Robinson Road Friday night on a welfare check phoned in by a third party. Once at the house, Gasser determined that Randy Jo Hopkins, 44, who had left the residence before Gasser arrived, had been in an argument with his girlfriend.

  • Arrest in cold case murder rewarding for police

    By Jeff D’Alessio,
    Landmark News Service
    ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Eleven binders in the Elizabethtown Police Department have been a constant reminder for Detective Pete Chytla.
    They hold hundreds and hundreds of pieces of information from potential leads in a case, including notes from interviews and names and dates related to the death of 35-year-old Lori Paynter. For years, Chytla has scoured over them, looking for a sliver of hope in a murder investigation that seemed to have no end.

  • Massages are not just for pampering, they promote good health, too

    Viewed by many as a form of being pampered, experts say that massages are more than a present from a significant other; they actually promote good health.
    “Massages are often seen as being a treat,” said Harrison Memorial Massage therapist Shae Bishop. “As people have started to realize how beneficial they are, we have had more and more come in for chronic pains, to people who just want to relieve stress.”

  • Park development plans taking shape

    Grants. Grants. Grants. Location. Location. Location.
    Those elements are combining for thousands of dollars worth of developments at Flat Run Veterans’ Park.
    At Tuesday’s Cynthiana City Commission several agenda items centered on park development.
    Commissioners approved a resolution that authorized Mayor Steve Moses to sign the necessary documents for a $32,750 Department of Local Government grant to construct more recreational trails at the park.
    Moses said the interior trails will form a quarter circle along the bottom half of the park.

  • Florida governor asked to reconsider “pill pipeline” monitoring

    Gov. Steve Beshear sent a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday asking him to reconsider his decision to not implement a state prescription drug monitoring system that could help end the illegal prescription drug pipeline between Kentucky and Florida.
    According to Harrison County arrest records, over the last two years 32 people have been convicted in drug-related cases, specific to the pill pipeline, where suspects allegedly travel from Harrison County to Florida in search of Oxycodone 30s and 15s.

  • Grandparents bilked in scheme

    When Grandma receives a distress call from a grandchild, instinctively she wants to help.
    Beware, cautions local law enforcement.
    One Cynthiana grandparent was bilked for “a significant amount” of cash last week when she believed she was helping a family member.
    These schemes, known as the Grandparent Scam, have been going on for years. The elderly are targeted with a phone conversation that may go something like this:
    “Hi Grandma.”
    “Do you know who this is?”

  • Reading a book goes hi-tech

    Even with the increasing number of eReaders being used by library patrons, the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library remains busy.
    Library director Pat Barnes, said the library has not lost business, but has actually gained from the eBooks.
    “eBooks are attracting a whole new group to the library now,” said Barnes. “We will always have those who just love to come to the library, but now we also have a new group that is interested in electronic books, and we provide that.”

  • www.cynthianademocrat.com to go subscription-based next Thursday

    Beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, The Cynthiana Democrat’s website, www.cynthianademocrat.com, will be a subscription-based site.
    Our faithful newspaper subscribers will have full access to all the news and information available online.
    Those who want to visit the site can sign up for a 30-day free trial. Then, we hope you’ll join the ranks of our regular readers.

  • Chamber banquet is Friday, Feb. 25

    The annual Cynthiana-Harrison County  Chamber awards banquet will be held Friday, Feb. 25, at the Cynthiana Country Club.
    Social hour begins at 6 p.m. following by dinner at 7.
    The Chamber will honor the Citizen of the Year, Farmer of the Year, Educator of the Year, Businessperson of the Year, and new for 2011, Health Professional of the Year.
    Reservations are needed. Tickets are $25 per person and should be purchased at the Chamber office, 201 S. Main St. Call Pat Grenier, Chamber director, at 234-5236, for more information or to make reservations.

  • Blue Grass Energy issues alert for energy-saving product claims

    Blue Grass Energy, a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative, today issued an alert for consumers to beware of companies selling products or services that promise huge energy savings, but fail to deliver anticipated results.
    “People need to be cautious because they are being sold devices that can raise their bills, that may not work or that could take decades to recoup their money,” said Cathryn W. Gibson, vice president of Member Services and Economic Development. “As the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”