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  • UPDATE: Second child dies in Oddville Avenue fire

    A candlelight vigil is being planned for 6 p.m. Sunday night in front of the Harrison County Courthouse. In the event of inclement weather, the Cynthiana Fire Department at City Hall will open its bay doors for the ceremony. Lois Gross of the St. James AME Church is planning the event.

    According to Dale Kendrick, minister at Salem Church of Christ where the Chesnuts once attended, the family lost all tangible belongings in their home. He said Journey Church at Harrison Square is accepting donations of clothes and home furnishings.

  • Ammermans sentenced in federal court


    The father and son owners of Farmers Tobacco Co. in Cynthiana will serve their sentences at a federal prison.
    Robert Ammerman and Mike Ammerman received 18 months and 15 months respectively for knowingly and intentionally making or caused to be made false statements as to information required to be kept with regards to federal tobacco reports.
    The Ammermans entered guilty pleas to the charge in June 2010 to avoid a federal indictment.

  • Kay Brown attorneys respond to court trustee's challenge of fees

    After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. District Court, attorneys for Kay Brown have filed an amended fee schedule.
    As last reported, the U.S.  District Court trustee  Samuel Crocker, questioned Brown’s hiring of three law firms to oversee her bankruptcy proceedings.
    Crocker called the retainers Brown paid “substantial.”
    According to Crocker, Brown had already paid $199,789.44 to the firms of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and The Bolog Firm, both of Maryland, and Spurgeon and Tinker of Lexington.

  • Motorcycle accident on Grandview Drive kills one


    A 55-year-old Cynthiana man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
    Marty Garnett, a resident of Confederate Drive, died Monday at the University of Kentucky where he was airlifted Saturday morning.
    According to Sgt. Wilbur Gross of the Cynthiana Police Department, Garnett was headed south on Grandview Drive at Taylor Drive and failed to maneuver a curve. He struck a wall in the entrance median and went airborne. Gross said that Garnett’s 1958 Harley Davidson FL 1200 Hydra Glide traveled 32-feet before coming to a stop.

  • Cynthiana man dies in car-truck collision Friday


    Accident re-constructionist Deputy Dean Hutchison of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating a fatal wreck that occurred at 7:14 p.m., on Lafferty Pike Friday, Feb. 3.
    According to Deputy Hutchison, Curtis Becker, 49, of Cynthiana was traveling north on Lafferty Pike in a 1991 Toyota Camry, approximately one mile from KY 36.
    Deputy Hutchison said when Becker rounded a curve he began to lose control of his vehicle.

  • Judge puts redistricting on hold

    Harrison County is back in the 28th Senatorial District and the 78th House District continues into Campbell County and not Scott.
    On Tuesday, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd entered a temporary injunction that would keep the new redistricting borders set out in House Bill 1 from taking effect.
    Kentucky’s legislators voted in favor of the changes and Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill on Jan. 20.
    However, a lawsuit filed by House Republicans and joined by Senate Democrat Kathy Stein, effectively halted the process.

  • What is the worst Valentine's gift you ever bought your wife?

    Buying a Valentine's Day gift for a significant other in pinch seldom ends with warm fuzzy feelings of love and excitement.
    Some men, even after being married for several years, have yet to learn the difference between buying their true love flowers, their favorite candy or a cordless power tool.
    This year, The Cynthiana Democrat set out to find some of the best of the worst gifts that left a few men in hot water.

  • JJ brings Sweets to downtown


    Inside one of the old historical buildings located on East Pike Street comes the smells that every sweet tooth in Harrison County will eventually come to know.
    Josh Jenkins, 20, has ventured into the business world by opening a local “sweet” shop called JJ’s Sweets, located at 211 E. Pike St.
    Jenkins, a 2009 graduate from Harrison County High School, spent one and a half years at Bluegrass and Technical college studying business management before finding his niche in life.

  • Grand jury indicts former Brown employee for theft

    A former employee of Jim Brown was indicted by a Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday on allegations that he took property that belonged to his former employer.
    Allen Bryant, 32, who was an employee of Redd, Brown and Williams Construction Company, which is owned by Jim Brown, was named in a district court indictment for receiving stolen property (less than $500).
    Cpl. Walter Tapp of the Cynthiana Police Department investigated the alleged theft that was to have occurred at the LeBus Storage Units.

  • Meyer returns to Harrison County as new 4-H agent

    Harrison County Cooperative Extension Service has added a new and familiar face to the 4-H program.
    Mike Meyer, a 2008 graduate from the University of Kentucky and former Franklin County 4-H agent, has accepted a 4-H agent position for Harrison County that will eventually replace longtime 4-H advisor William “Bill” Roberts.
    “This is a dream come true for me,” said Meyer. “To work in the county that I live in and have grown up in is very special. The timing has to workout perfectly for situations like this to happen.”