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  • A time to remember

    Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary since a Cynthiana guardsman was killed in action in Afghanistan.

    Sgt. Daniel W. Wallace, who was 27 at the time of his death, will be memorialized at Flat Run Veterans’ Park at 11 a.m. with a tree dedication.

    “This is a great way to honor someone who gave his life for his country,” said Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett, noting that the dedication will begin at the time Wallace was killed.

  • City hears zoning arguments, no action

    The Cynthiana City Commission heard both sides but delayed action on a proposed zone change at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    The zone change, requested by United Propane Gas for a retail propane facility, would change the Business Park lot, located at the corner of Connersville Pike and Sea Biscuit Way, from light industrial (I-1) to heavy industrial (I-2).

    “This was sent to the city commission with a recommendation of approval of the zone change request by United Propane,” City Attorney John Lair said.

  • Berry man dies from injuries received in an Oct. 27 wreck

    A Berry man died after he was involved in a head-on collision Oct. 27.

    Gary Wayne Skinner, 52, was a passenger in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt driven by his wife, Darlene.

    According to police, the Cobalt struck a 1997 Ford Escort driven by Troy Beckelhimer, 38, also of Berry. Police said Gary was wearing a seatbelt, but Darlene was not.

    Beckelhimer and his passengers were restrained.

    The accident occurred at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, on Ky. 36, about a mile east of U.S. 25.

    For more on this story, see this week's print edition of the Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Legacy gets county’s trash contract

    “Garbage in, garbage out,” took on a new meaning at Tuesday’s Harrison County Fiscal Court meeting. Longtime trash collection service provider, Rumpke, was voted out and Legacy Carting was voted in.

    Legacy underbid Rumpke by 74 cents per month on residential trash pick up and nearly $2.50 less than Rumpke’s current charge.

    While magistrates voted unanimously in favor of the change, Jerry Dawson noted that his “yes” vote was done so with reservations.

  • 411 program ‘isn’t sitting idle anymore’

    The 411 tip program is being used, Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson reported at Monday evening’s Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County meeting.

    “The program isn’t sitting idle anymore,” Johnson said.

    While the dispatch center is still receiving tips, the amount of 411 tips has decreased over the past few weeks, Johnson said.

    Johnson said any information can be sent, including foot traffic or vehicle traffic that may indicate drug activity.

  • DARE TO DREAM

    When she was 15 years old, Mary Todd Seaman began waitressing at Biancke’s restaurant.

    She fell in love.

    “I’m buying this place one day,” Mary Todd said she told everyone. “They just kind of laughed at me.”

    Today, five years later, Mary Todd is the new owner of the Main Street restaurant filled with old Cynthiana High School class composites, regular customers, dark green tablecloths and conversation.

  • Clothing Closet moving to Pike Street

    The Clothing Closet is coming out of the back room and into a store front.

    After seven years of operation in what used to be the storage room for C&W Key Market on Main Street, the Clothing Closet is moving to 209 E. Pike St.

    “We’ve just outgrown our facility,” said Linda McGowan, Closet director.

    Over the next two weeks, volunteers will be moving stock to the storefront of the former KJ’s Tanning Salon.

  • School is only taxing district to take 4% increase

    Harrison County residents should have received their 2009 property tax bills in the mail last week.

    Six of the seven county taxing districts opted for the compensating tax rate. Revenue from the compensating tax rate is expected to be about the same as it was the previous year. However, it does not mean that the tax rate is the same.

  • Team rallies around surviving sis for goal

    Just 18 months apart, Kayla and Brandi Poteet were close not only in age, but also in their interests.

    One difference though,  Brandi chose the band and Kayla was an athlete.

    Kayla and her friends encouraged Brandi to play soccer.

    Kayla would have been a senior this year, and she wanted her sister Brandi on that field with her.

    On Nov. 24, 2008, Kayla and Brandi were involved in a car accident on KY 36 West. Brandi survived. Kayla did not.

  • Justice Center to get new handicap-accessible ramp

    When the Harrison County Justice Center was built 10 years ago, it had a state of the art handicap-accessible chair lift.

    However, time and weather have taken their toll on the lift and make it, at times, not Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

    Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said that having someone from the staff come out to engage the lift will soon be a thing of the past. And, what will be taking its place is a ramp that will have three switchbacks.

    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more on this story.