Local News

  • Laytart Christmas concert is Friday, Dec. 17

    ‘An Evening of Christmas Music’ will be presented by pianist Beth Laytart on Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held in the upstairs sanctuary of Cynthiana Presbyterian Church, corner of Main and Pleasant Sts. The church is handicapped accessible and has an elevator. The program will be a mixture of both sacred and secular holiday music.
    The concert is a fund-raiser for the Harrison County Senior Citizens’ Center, 216 Old Lair Road. The Center provides many service and activities for the residents of Harrison County and is in need of support.

  • Alternate learning promotes reading and math skills

    Sitting in a class room with flash cards and Gary Paulsen books is one way of teaching a fifth grader math and reading, but a field trip to the Extension Office to learn how to cook from local Homemakers works too.
     For the fourth year in a row, the Harrison County Cooperative Extension has teamed up with elementary schools to give the children and teachers a break from the classroom and have made it possible to learn core content from the kitchen.

  • Christmas parade was Saturday

    It was certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Cynthiana on Saturday. Snowflakes were falling and children wrapped in ribbons and foil rolled through town on the backs on trucks, wagons and atop horses.
    It was the annual Christmas parade!
    A large crowd braved the wintry weather to watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting the season.
    Watch for the pictures in this week’s Cynthiana Democrat as well as future slide shows on the website.

  • Donations being taken for burial of four people who perish in Berry fire

    Four people were killed in a tragic fire in Berry over the weekend.
    While positive identifications have not been made, it is believed the four people who perished in the fire are Nikki Pike and two of her four children, Cameron and Nicholas, and Pike’s cousin, Charles Tucker.
    The two children were each one of a set of twins. The surviving children were spending the night with a relative.

  • Dancing with the star

    Lois Gross pulls Santa’s strings Monday as she decorates her Webster
    Avenue lawn with one of the many Christmas-themed inflatables. Wind proved to be an obstacle to keeping the jolly elf in place.

  • Beer, cigarettes taken in Thrift burglary

    Within minutes of a Wednesday morning burglary of Thrift Food Mart on Oddville Avenue police had two men in custody.
    At 3:25 a.m., two Cynthiana men allegedly tossed a cinder block through the front door of the store. Once inside, the suspects took beer and a couple of cartons of cigarettes from behind the front counter, said Chief Ray Johnson.
    “We had good video,” said Johnson of the surveillance at the store.

  • Nearly remodeled home destroyed by fire

    A Lafferty Pike home was completely destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.
    Anthony Wright, who lives alone, was sleeping when a loud crashing noise awakened him.
    “It was pitch black with smoke,” Wright said.
    Wright was able to get out of the home, however all of his, his children’s and grandchildren’s belongings were destroyed.
    Because the fire spread so rapidly, Chief Charles Carson of the Harrison County Volunteer department said the state fire marshal was called in to investigate.

  • Christmas HCL to premier Saturday on the Hilltop

    Don’t be the one who missed the first-ever Harrison County Live Christmas-style concert.
    “This was all the kids’ idea,” said Harrison County High School singers director Michelle Hassall. “After HCL back in March, they wanted to do another one with a Christmas twist.”
    Hassall brought forth Harrison County Live in the spring of 1999 for the first time.
    “This is our seventh or eighth time doing this... can’t keep up with all of them,” said Hassall.

  • Up in the air

    Many have heard the expression “out of this world,” but when you are talking about the work and lives of Joseph and Loni Zaragoza, it turns from figurative to literal.
    It is hard to pick a spot in the life line of the couple and not be in awe.
    From The Kennedy Space Center, located in Florida, to the Vandenburg Air Force Base in California and hundreds of stops in between, Joseph and Loni have carved their marks in history.
    Joseph started his very eventful career during the Korean war.

  • Domestic call ends with additional charges filed

    A call that started out as a possible domestic situation on Saturday ended in a drug-related case file.
    Cynthiana police officers were called to Hillside Drive where a woman had allegedly been struck with a telephone by her former boyfriend, whom she had an emergency protective order against.
    When police arrived, the suspect had left the scene, according to Sgt. Wilbur Gross.
    Police arrested Chris True, 43, at his Pleasant Street residence.
    He was initially charged with criminal trespass and fourth degree assault.