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  • Commission majority gives nod to City Hall plan

    The Cynthiana City Commission voted to proceed with plans to renovate City Hall restrooms despite opposition from one commissioner.
    “I don’t want people to think I’m against recreation,” said safety commissioner Gary Brunker at Tuesday’s meeting. “When we’re strapped for money, we need to fund essential services.”

  • He’s a horse, of course

    Even at 40 years old, a Harrison County horse is still known to run from time to time on the Rice Farm.
    His name is Pal and that’s what he has become to many Harrison County horse lovers over his 40-year and counting life.
    Pal, a palomino walker, spends his days taking it easy in the pastures of Dr. Jim and Dava Rice’s farm located on Ky 36 East.
    “Pal is a very special horse,” said Dava, with a huge smile on her face. “I can’t help but be happy when I think about him.”

  • Brown suit dismissed

    Kay Brown, wife of former Cynthiana mayor Jim Brown, has dismissed a civil suit filed against her husband's legal guardian, Edwin Culbertson, which she had filed in Johnson County Circuit Court.

    The suit alleged that Culbertson acted “wrongful and contemptible” in his capacity as temporary limited guardian to Mr. Brown.

    For the complete story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat, which will be on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.

  • Pit bull dog shot after attack in Antioch

    A pit bull dog was shot in Antioch Friday morning after it allegedly jumped on a child who was waiting for the school bus.
    Harrison County Animal Control officer Alan Fryman said the dog was a stray that the Snake Lick Road property owner said had been hanging around for a few days. It had never exhibited any aggressive tendencies until Friday morning.
    Fryman said the bus driver helped the children onto the bus and the property owner pulled the dog away.

  • BACK IN HIS COURT

    The very game that was his first love, was also his downfall.
    Blaine Henry was a Harrison County basketball star in the late 1960s. His prowess on the court landed him numerous honors, not the least of which was a starring role with the Milwaukee Bucks a few years after graduation.
    It was his love of the game that ultimately spelled his demise.
    “You celebrated every win with beer parties,” said a humbled Henry, now 62 and an avowed recovering alcoholic and drug addict.

  • Switzer Pike man killed in ATV accident Sunday

    A 4-wheeler accident is being blamed for the death of a Harrison County man on Switzer Pike.
    Deputy Robert Peak of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. received a call from dispatch on Sunday, Aug. 14, to investigate an injury wreck on Switzer Pike.
    “I was told that a person driving a 4-wheeler had wrecked and was injured,” said Peak. “I arrived on the scene and saw a person laying face down on the road and a 4-wheeler several feet from the body.”

  • Broadway on Pike to return local talent to stage

    Welcome to Broadway... on Pike, that is.
    Some of the favorites to grace the stages of Harrison County High School over the years will be returning to Cynthiana for a one-night revue.
    The harriCYN Community Theatre is hosting a night’s entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 27, in the memory of long-time music mentor Mary Ruth Hendricks, who died on Nov. 12, 2009.

  • Farmer found dead after not returning home at dark

    A Harrison County man was found dead in his hay field following an apparent heart attack.
    A 911 call was made to dispatch around 9:53 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, by Alice Baxter, for a missing person.
    According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s report, Baxter made the 911 call after her husband, Benny Baxter, 67, did not return from the hay field soon after dark.
    “I knew something was wrong around eight when he hadn’t come back home,” said Baxter. “He didn’t have lights on his tractor so he always quit before dark.”

  • 3rd Blaine Henry Basketball Tourney is Labor Day weekend

    Former Harrison County High School basketball star will be hosting his third annual Blaine Henry Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4.
    Henry said he is still looking for players, volunteers, sponsors, vendors and donations.
    All proceeds from the tournament will be given to Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County, which has partnered with Henry this year to help organize the event.
    The tournament will feature five-on-five games to be played in two brackets. It is for youths ages 13 to 15 and 16 to 18.

  • Cynthiana Water Plant manager is Kentucky’s Operator of the Year

    City of Cynthiana water treatment plant manager Todd Blanton is the recipient for the Kentucky/Tennessee Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2011 Operator of the Year Award, which was awarded on July 26 at the annual Water Professionals Conference in Covington.
    The Operator of the Year Award is given each year to the top operators in Kentucky and Tennessee.
    Blanton was selected as the best operator in Kentucky out of the 498 registered water systems and 2,105 licensed water operators in Kentucky.