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  • Going public

    It’s just a few days away from Valentine’s Day, but Avi Bear is already trying to sweeten up Cynthiana.

    “This is sort of our ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ present to the community,” Karen Bear said last Thursday.

    On Monday, the Bears opened a new addition to the business, allowing customers the opportunity to purchase their dessert products individually.

  • Brunker looks for return to city commission post

    Gary F. Brunker has announced his candidacy for Cynthiana City Commission

    Brunker began his state government career as a hearing officer for Kentucky’s Division of Driver Licensing in 1976. During that time, he served in various supervisory roles culminating in his being appointed director.

    His wife, Cathy, is a registered nurse at the WEDCO District Health Department.

     

    For his full announcement, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Chasteen enters race for county judge-executive

    Rick Chasteen has announced that he is the Republican candidate for Harrison County Judge-Executive.

    Chasteen and his wife, the former Mary Argo, live on Old Lair Road. He has a son, Christian, and a stepson, Ronnie Kenner. He is the son of Rose Chasteen and the late Earl Chasteen.

     

  • Perkins files as candidate for District 7 constable

    Kevin Ray Perkins has filed to run for constable in the seventh district.

    A registered Democrat, Perkins has lived in Berry for eight years.

    He is married to Amber Perkins and they have three children, Levi, 8, Addison, 5, and Brookelyn, 2.

     

  • Insurances gone, pension payments OK, says Grede

    Former Cynthiana Grede employees received a surprising piece of mail recently when they were told their benefits would soon be terminated.

    On Tuesday, there remained some confusion over what the local retirees and those who were left unemployed at Grede’s close in 2001 might face. Some are anticipating the loss of health insurance, life insurance and retirement.

    Although Grede chairman Richard Koenings was unavailable for comment as of press time, a human resources spokesperson said pension benefits would not be affected by the bankruptcy.

  • COMMITTEE: A. Keller Dam improvements long overdue

    As the owner of River Road Bait and Tackle, Bobby Perkins said he used to see three or four boats on the Licking River each day.

    “Now you don’t see nobody,” Perkins said Tuesday morning in his store lined with fishing lures, poles and buckets.

    After being in business 30 years, Perkins said the store has suffered a 40 percent revenue decrease in the last 15 years.

    Part of the loss, Perkins said, he blames on the river’s current water level.

  • Arrests made in animal thefts

    Three Lexington residents were arrested late last week following their alleged involvement in the January break-in at the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter.

    Monique Watts, 22, Timothy Watts, 24, and William K. Jackson, 29, were arrested on charges of third degree burglary, second degree criminal mischief and theft.

    “More charges may be filed against one for intimidating a witness,” Cpl. Walter Tapp of the Cynthiana Police Department said Friday.

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

  • Benefit will help family of transplant recipient

    A benefit is being held in Louisville for a Cynthiana teen who recently received a kidney transplant from his sister.

    Corey Campbell received a kidney transplant on Dec. 29 after suffering from Focal Segmental Glomeruloscierosis (FSGS), which was diagnosed in May 2007. Shortly after receiving a kidney from his sister, Amber, his new kidney became re-infected with the disease.

    According to Corey’s aunt, Donna Doyle, the Campbell’s have been financially, physically and emotionally stretched.

  • Kendall enters political arena as city candidate

    Retired teacher and current Harrison County District Athletic Director Lee Kendall has entered the realm of local politics and will be seeking election to the Cynthiana City Commission.

    Kendall, 50, was born in Cynthiana, lived for eight years in Carrollton before returning to Harrison County and graduated from Harrison County High School in 1977.

    Kendall has been married to the former Kelly Calvert for 25 years. Together, they have two college-aged daughters, Katie and Laura.

  • Working for an education

    As the demand for health care workers continues to increase across the nation, Harrison Memorial Hospital is hoping to attract more individuals into the classroom and later, the HMH workforce.

    “I always knew I wanted to be here locally,” Anastasia Rains said Thursday morning, in between patients at the HMH radiology department.

    A 2000 graduate of Harrison County High School, Rains graduated from Lexington Community College with an  arts and science degree and a radiology science degree.