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  • Academic Briefs

    PROWS

    Ethan W. Prows, son of Jerry and Debbie Prows of Cynthiana, was recently named to the University of Northwestern Ohio’s October 2009 dean’s list in the College of Technologies.

    Full-time students must receive a grade point average of 3.5 or better to earn the designation.

    Prows is a 2009 graduate of Harrison County High School.

    SHIRLEY

    Samantha Shirley was recently named a national semifinalist for the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

  • Christmas parade is Saturday

    Santa Claus will be coming to town this Saturday.

    The annual Christmas parade will make its way through downtown Cynthiana beginning at 4 p.m.

    Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson said River Road will be closed from 2:30 p.m. until the end of the parade.

    Johnson said streets will be blocked once the parade begins.

    “As the parade get off each street, then we’ll open it up,” he said.

    For more details about Saturday’s Christmas parade, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Handy House lease to be drafted for city, historical society approval

    A draft lease of the Handy House continues to be considered by the Cynthiana City Commission.

    Commissioners met during a workshop meeting Monday morning to discuss and review a draft lease which will allow the Harrison County Historical Society to lease the building at Flat Run Veterans’ Park from the county and city at the rate of $1 per year.

    At Monday’s workshop meeting, Commissioner Billy Grayson questioned the future use of the house.

    “What is it going to be used for?” Grayson asked the commission.

  • 18 arrested in early morning drug raid

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Kentucky State Police and Drug Enforcement Agency have arrested 18 individuals following an early Thursday morning drug raid.

    According to a press release from the Sheriff’s department, the arrests were the conclusion of a five-month long investigation jointly conducted by the Sheriff’s department and KSP’s Drug Enforcement Special Investigation (East Branch).

    “There will be more to come,” said Sheriff Bruce Hampton. “If you’re dealing, we’re looking.”

  • Giving the gift of hope

    To a child who has nothing, a shoe box containing peppermints, flip flops and a painted wooden school bus, means they have something to smile about.

    Last year, 7.9 million shoeboxes were sent to children in 130 countries. Since Operation Christmas Child began in 1993, 69 million shoeboxes have been sent from the United States.

    For many of these children, who live in poverty, it’s the only gift they have ever received, said Dawn Arnold, who along with Nicky Power, head up the local effort to get each church and civic group in Harrison County involved.

  • Some Browns’ businesses are changing

    Two buildings owned by former mayor Jim Brown will soon be closing.

    The Oddville branch of Farmer’s National Bank will close Nov. 1, Brown’s wife Kay said.

    Kay Brown said the building is deteriorating and would cost more to repair than to build a new building in its place.

    “We’re going to tear the building down,” Brown said, adding that future plans include building a new Oddville branch in the same location.

  • HMH adds restrictions to visitors

    Harrison Memorial Hospital administration has posted signs restricting visitors to the obstetrics area to those over 18 years old.

    “Those babies don’t have any immunities yet,” said Sheila Currans, HMH administrator, adding that they are also asking anyone who has a suspicion of flu symptoms to refrain from visiting the hospital’s patients.

    “We hope people understand our need to do that,” Currans said.

  • Pay city tax bills by Nov. 30 to beat 20% penalty

    “The tax bills are due,” said Commissioner Mark Mattmiller at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    Mattmiller said the city has mailed the 2009 property tax bills and anyone not receiving a tax bill or receiving an incorrect tax bill should contact the city clerk’s office at 234-7150.

    Mattmiller said mortgage companies have honored those taxes being paid through escrow accounts and those residents will not receive a tax bill.

    Tax bills paid after Nov. 30 will face a 20 percent penalty, Mattmiller said.

  • Cooking school is Tuesday

    Don’t forget The Taste of Home Cooking School will be  held Tuesday at Harrison County High School auditorium. Doors will open at 5 p.m.  The show will begin at 7 p.m.

    The theme of this year’s event, which is a partnership venture with The Cynthiana Democrat, Cynthiana Lions Club and Ken’s NewMarket, is holiday cooking.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance for $9 at the Democrat office, Ken’s NewMarkets, the Harrison County Extension office or Granny’s Goodies.

  • Gabbard trial set for Jan. 12

    The man accused of killing Commonwealth Attorney Doug Wright in a June 8 car accident will stand trial Jan. 12.

    Daniel Gabbard faces charges of wanton murder, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol first offense and operating a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol first offense.

    According to a spokesperson with the Pendleton County Circuit Clerk’s office, Gabbard will appear for a pre-trial hearing on Dec. 18.