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  • Phone scam being reported

    Late Monday afternoon, The Cynthiana Democrat was made aware of an attempted phone scam targeting the newspaper’s classified advertising customers. As of noon Tuesday, two classified customers reported being contacted by telephone by individuals falsely identifying themselves as employees of the advertising department. Customers were informed by the callers that a payment problem had occurred with their advertisement appearing in the newspaper. The callers then asked for the customers’ credit card number or checking account transaction routing number.

  • Classes begin for students on Aug. 11

    School begins Tuesday, Aug. 11, for Harrison County students.

    This week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat will include a section detailing school bus routes as well as class assignments for each of the six public schools in Harrison County and St. Edward Catholic School.

    See this week’s Cynthiana Democrat, available at newsstands throughout Cynthiana on Wednesday evening.

  • Fryman takes over as animal control officer

    Sgt. Allen Fryman, who has been on active duty with the U.S. Army National Guard, has returned to county government.

    Fryman will assume the role of Harrison County’s Animal Control Officer.

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court made the announcement at its Tuesday meeting. Harold Poe, who has been the ACO, will be moved to the road department pending his retirement in September.

  • First-ever Cynthiana Art Walk will feature log cabin construction for children July 25

    With all the Cynthiana Art Walk events planned for the two-day festival, coordinator Karey Smith said the Cynthiana Arts Council hasn’t forgotten about its youngest citizens.

    “We have a ton of events for the kids,” said Smith.

    The second day of the Art Walk, Saturday, July 25, will offer several options for kids, said children’s’ activities co-chairman Karen Bear.

  • Thirteen candidates were vying for commission appointment

    The Cynthiana City Commission received 13 letters of intent from citizens interested in filling the recently vacant Commissioner of Public Utilities position.

    At its June 9 regular meeting, the commission appointed Billy Grayson to the vacant office.

    The commissioner position, formerly filled by Mayor Jack Keith, became vacant when Keith was appointed as mayor after Jim Brown’s resignation.

    Through an open records request, The Cynthiana Democrat has obtained the names and letters of intent from those individuals who applied for the position.

  • Soldier dies in Sunday morn crash

    The 201st Engineer Battalion is mourning the death of Daniel Westfall, 24, following an early Sunday morning car accident.

    “We lost a good one,” said Sgt. Allen Fryman (ret.) Tuesday morning.

    Westfall was traveling northbound on US 27 North when he lost control of the 2006 KIA Sportage he was driving, said Harrison County Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Specialist Dean Hutchison.

    “We don’t know what caused him to go off the road,” Hutchison said. “...We’re looking at possibly speed as a factor.”

  • St. Rep. McKee favored restricted gambling at race tracks

    State Rep. Tom McKee voted in favor of the now defeated expanded gambling at Kentucky’s race tracks.

    McKee, who represents the 78th District, which includes Harrison, Pendleton and part of Campbell counties, said Tuesday morning that he voted for the bill because of the benefits that could be reaped for the agriculture industry and more specifically the horse industry.

  • It’s her birthday and she’s going to dance, dance, dance

    When she was five years old, Grace Jones’ aunt taught her to dance.

    Ninety-one years later, on her 96th birthday last Friday, Grace danced the waltz with Hospice chaplain Ed Salerno.

    “We had many a good time dancing,” Grace told a room of family and friends gathered to celebrate.

    With the help of her granddaughter, Grace put on a pair of her old dancing shoes for her admirers.

    “They were $18.50 from Saks Fifth Avenue,” she said.

  • Court bails out jeopardized PZ budget

    The Harrison County Fiscal court came up with its own form of bailout at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

    “They can’t make their payroll,” Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Planning Commission. “They are down to $3,000 in their account.”

    P&Z Chairman Avi Bear told magistrates that the slumping construction of new homes has created a budget shortfall.

  • Allen is summer intern for Harrison County 4-H

    A familiar face will call the Harrison County Extension Office home this summer.

    Patrick Allen, 22, a 2006 graduate of Harrison County High School, is serving as the 4H Extension Agent Intern.

    “I love it,” Allen said Tuesday morning. “There’s no place like home.”

    A senior at Eastern Kentucky University, Allen said he will earn college credit for his summer learning experience with Extension Agent Bill Roberts.

    “This is a great learning experience to see if this is something I really want to do,” Allen said.