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  • Caywood will direct HarriCyn Community Theatre’s first presentation

    By Noel Christian Riddell,
    Cynthiana Arts Council
    The Cynthiana Arts Council is bringing community theatre to our town.  
    Thornton Wilder’s beloved ‘Our Town’ will be performed on stage at historic Rohs Opera House next April. The Pulitzer Prize winning play will be directed by tenured local educator, William Caywood, and staged by the HarriCyn Community Theatre.

  • Pooches deserve to get Christmas, too

    Santa has got the kids taken care of for Christmas, but who is taking care of the puppy dogs?
    Pound Puppy Pillow Project, was created by Vickie Switzer, in order to supply the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter with animal pillows to keep the little furry creatures a little warmer during the chilled months.
    “I wanted to do some kind of project that would able students to address a local need,” said Switzer, founder of Pennies for Pooches & Coins for Cats.
    This is where the high school FCCLA and middle school FFA clubs came into play.

  • 2010 proving to be bad year for tobacco farmers

    Farmers are battling not only a declining economic situation, but their friend and foe, Mother Nature, as well.
    The dry fall has proven to be the biggest thorn in the side of most Harrison County tobacco growers this 2010 growing season.
    “Curing conditions in the fall has made 2010 one of the worst tobacco crops in a while,” said Dale Duckworth, general manager of Cynthiana Southern States.
    Duckworth explained that there is an abundance of “yellow” tobacco this year.

  • Liquor-by-the-drink proposed

    The push is on to get liquor by the drink approved for Cynthiana by the exiting Cynthiana City Commission.
    City Attorney John Lair was directed to draft an ordinance citing economic hardship and the role that liquor-by-the-drink could play in improving that hardship for Cynthiana.
    “This is an economic issue,” said Mayor Jack Keith. “Our expenses are running more than our revenue.”

  • Officials search for answers in trailer heists

    Trailer owners beware. That’s what Harrison County Deputy Sheriff Tuan Kreer is advising.
    He said Monday morning that a rash of trailer heists has taken place in Harrison County over the last week. Five full-sized trailers have been reported missing.
    “Someone must be driving around looking for people not around,” Kreer said. “They’re having time to get loading ramps, too.”
    Kreer said the thefts have occurred all over the county and not in one specific area.

  • Workers brave elements to repair spewing waterline

    A drastic weather shift is said to be one of the major factors in a Webster Avenue waterline break last Thursday.
    At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, Cynthiana dispatch contacted Allen Swinford, supervisor of public works, to investigate a possible waterline problem on Webster Avenue between the Cynthiana Democrat office and the Harrison Administration building, the former CEC building.
    Upon arriving, it was assessed that there was a waterline problem which would require digging.
    At approximately 3 a.m. the city received the green light to begin digging.

  • Court reluctantly passes flood plain ordinance

    While the Harrison County Fiscal Court approved a proposed flood plain ordinance, it was visibly not what they wanted.
    “I feel that we are being blackmailed,” said Magistrate Bradley Copes. “What they are saying is ‘do this or we will do this to you’ and that’s not fair to anyone that this is affecting.”
    Nonetheless, it was brought up again by the other magistrates that if the ordinance was not passed, the consequences would be worse for property owners if their property were damaged by flood.

  • Center shares warmth with gifts of coats

      ’Tis the season of giving, and Christian Faith Center chose to give the gift of warmth to local children.
       “The church, during this season, originally went to Campton Ky., to distribute coats,” said church member Larra Dennie. “Last year we decided that we should give to some of the kids that we see every day.”
    Dennie said that the church was not able to give to the community the way that it wanted to without some help.

  • Scholarship to benefit from movie showing

    Rohs Opera House is calling all National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation lovers out for a night of fun and to remember Derek.
    The Derek Webber scholarship is still in need of help from the community and fellow Christmas Vacation lovers.
    Thursday at 7 p.m., Rohs Opera House will be playing Christmas Vacation.
    There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted to go toward funding the Derek Webber Scholarship that will be available for a student at the Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community College.

  • Crews have made travel 'passable'

    Harrison County’s roads are “passable,” said Deputy Steve McCauley about 10 a.m. Monday.
    “Almost all of the county roads are slick, especially where [the snow] has drifted,” McCauley said, adding that where salt has been put on the roads the sun is melting the snow fairly well.
    State and county road crews worked through the night pushing and treating the roads.