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  • Home safety tips: generator safety

    Many households run generators during a power outage and homeowners should take extra precautions to avoid injury. Gasoline or diesel fuel powered generators can produce potentially deadly levels of carbon monoxide and should be operated only in well-ventilated, covered, unheated areas – never inside. You should always practice extreme caution when using a generator to power your home:

    •Make sure the generator is listed by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL).    

  • CPD officer headed to emergency has wreck

    A Cynthiana police cruiser is totaled and a police officer is recovering after a Saturday evening wreck.

    Police officer Joe F. Warden, 34, was responding to an emergency call Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and was traveling westbound on Pleasant Street, when Warden traveled through an intersection, hitting a 2008 KIA Rondo driven by Cynthia W. Vickers, 43.

    Proceeding with the green light at the intersection, Vickers was crossing the intersection toward Ky Hwy 36 West when she was struck on the right side of her vehicle by the police cruiser.

  • Firefighters battle temperatures to fight two fires

    Cynthiana firefighters braved frigid temperatures Thursday night and Friday morning to battle two blazes.

    The department was dispatched to a 10:15 p.m. house fire last Thursday at 229 Riggs Ave.

    According to Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders, no one was living in the home. However, it was being remodeled by owner Richard Hutchinson.

    Sanders said it appears there was a furnace malfunction that started the fire.

    A new shower and tub, several gallons of paint and several carpentry tools were inside the home.

  • Gabbard trial to begin Jan. 12

    Four days in January have been set aside for the Daniel Gabbard murder trial in Pendleton County.

    Gabbard was allegedly driving the semi truck that struck a vehicle driven by Commonwealth Attorney Doug Wright on June 8.

    His trial is set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 12, and continue through Jan. 15, if necessary. The trial will begin at 9 a.m. each day in Pendleton Circuit Court.

  • Smith files for Cynthiana commission

    Scott Smith has formally announced his candidacy for the 2010 Cynthiana City Commissioners’ race.

    Smith is a 1991 high school graduate from Bowling Green, Ky. He moved to Cynthiana in 2005 with his wife, Karey Mattox-Smith, a Cynthiana native. Smith has three children: Cynthia, 15, Camryn, 9, and Wesley Graham, 5.

    Smith is employed at the 3M Cynthiana plant, where he has worked as an IT application analyst for four years. Smith is also a former business owner of Smith Web Design Services, LLC, which was sold in the fourth quarter of 2009. 

  • Catching up with Flat Stanley’s travels

    When Harrison County Middle School sixth grader Jami Davis sent her Flat Stanley to President Barack Obama, she didn’t think she would hear anything back.

    And when sixth grader Cory Moore sent his Flat Stanley to Michael Jordan, former NBA player, he wasn’t expecting anything in return.

    They both were pleasantly surprised.

    “She didn’t even know what to say,” HCMS teacher Resa Hersel said about Jami’s response after the middle school recently received a package from the White House.

  • Building stands as reminder of 7-year-old fire

    Seven years after fire destroyed one Main Street building, the structure at 213/215 S. Main St. remains standing.

    “It’s an eyesore,” Charlie Nigg said he frequently hears from customers. “They say it should have been taken care of a long time ago.”

    Nigg owns Chase Jewelers, located across the street from the burned building.

    “What I hear is that it needs to be torn down...” Nigg said. “They (people) are shocked to hear it’s been there seven years...”

  • Christmas Day fire may have been arson

    Police and fire officials are investigating two fires at the same residence on two nights... the first on Christmas night.

    “Very suspicious in nature,” is what Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders is calling the blazes that left a White Oak Subdivision woman, her granddaughter and great-grandchildren, looking for a new residence.

    Mary Epperson’s home at 50 Spruce Drive was gutted by fire that started around 7 p.m. Christmas night. She was in Georgetown at the time. The second fire was about the same time the very next night.

  • First day for students will be Aug. 10, 2010

    As the school system gears up for Christmas break, dates for next school year are now official.

    At Tuesday evening’s school board meeting, the Harrison County Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2010-2011 school year.

    “The first day for teachers will be Aug. 9,” Lloyd Ogden, director of pupil personnel, told board members.

    The first day for students will be the following day on Aug. 10.

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

     

  • H1N1 still a worry for health officials

    Months after an outbreak of the H1N1 virus, health officials say they are ready for another possible wave of the virus in the spring.

    “All the factors are there to potentially cause another outbreak,” said Spencer Cathy, WEDCO director of administrative services and the acting public health director.

    WEDCO clinic nurse administrator Deena Moreland said the district has been told to expect an increase in H1N1 cases toward the end of February and the beginning of March.

    Cathy said

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