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  • WEDCO health department receives grant

    The WEDCO health department in Cynthiana has been named a recipient of a Healthy Community grant distributed by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH).

    Three local health departments will receive grants from the DPH to help make their communities more conducive to healthy lifestyles, DPH announced earlier this week.

  • Mutton Bustin' popular event at this year's fair

    The Harrison County 4-H Fair ended Saturday with one of the most talked about events having occurred on Friday night.

    For the first time, Mutton Bustin’ was offered for children in a rodeo-style event that put youngsters atop a sheep.

    “It was a good fair,” said Cheryl Case, Extension agent for family and consumer science. “Nothing got rained out.”

    For photographs from this year’s fair, see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • School district gets new calling system

    Harrison County parents can expect several calls from the school this year.

    For the first couple months of the school year, the Harrison County school district will try out a calling system that will allow the schools, teachers and coaches to contact parents through a phone call, text message and/or e-mail.

    Chief Information Officer Melissa Shepard presented school board members with the details of the system at Friday evening’s school board meeting.

  • Cynthiana Art Walk this weekend

    The downtown streets of Main, Pike and Walnut will play host to the first annual Cynthiana Art Walk this Friday and Saturday.

    “You don’t have to be an art expert to enjoy this,” said Art Walk coordinator Karey Smith. “With the festival occurring both Friday and Saturday, folks can enjoy a date night Friday and bring the kids back for the fun on Saturday.”

  • Art Walk is huge success for downtown Cynthiana

    Over 700 people enjoyed the Cynthiana Art Walk this past weekend in downtown Cynthiana.

    “It made me have so much hope for our little town,” said coordinator Kary Smith on Monday morning.

    The two-day event that highlighted local artistic talent was sponsored by the Cynthiana Arts Council, but Smith said the event was a success due to the support of local businesses, organizations and individuals.

    “I think we’ve tapped into something the town and residents love,” Smith said.

  • School board uses stimulus money to hire teachers

    During a special board meeting, the Harrison County Board of Education voted to use stimulus money to hire an additional middle school teacher and an additional high school teacher.

    According to assistant superintendent DeeGee Fischer on Tuesday afternoon, the teaching position at the middle school will be for an eighth grade social studies teacher. The position at the high school will be for a special education teacher.

    Board members also voted to fund elementary academic coaches and add parking spots across from the middle school for the new athletic facility.

  • Concrete canvas

    While some artists turn to canvases to display their art work, Renee Riddle takes to sidewalks.

    “It’s such a different textural medium to work on,” said Riddle about the concrete pavements.

    As part of the Cynthiana Art Walk, Riddle will transform a 4 foot by 8 foot section of the Main Street sidewalk into a piece of art.

    An art teacher at Ryle High School in Union, Ky., Riddle recently competed and placed at the first Sidewalk Chalk Festival in Burlington, Ky.

    “I felt like Michelangelo,” Riddle said about the experience.

  • Lincoln History Mobile at museum Saturday

    Cynthiana residents will have an opportunity to explore “Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln” when they visit the HistoryMobile at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum on Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An experience provided by the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), the HistoryMobile will be in Cynthiana as part of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration and first annual Community Art Walk.

  • Local songwriter showcases talent at Art Walk

    When he was 13 years old, Brad Burden wrote his first song.

    “It was the only thing I thought I was really good at,” he said, laughing.

    Fifteen years later, Brad’s written over 20 songs, some of which he will perform Friday night during the Cynthiana Art Walk’s Songwriters’ Event.

    “It takes it to a different realm when people are singing their own stuff,” said Nell Anne Gossett, a member of the Cynthiana Arts Council and coordinator of the event.

  • Kids’ Fest set for Aug. 1

    Wedco Health District has teamed with Calvary Church to help students and their families prepare for the upcoming school year with Kids’ Fest 2009. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Calvary Church, 325 Webster Ave.

    The day will include activities, nutritional snacks, safety information and the Amber Alert child identification kit.

    For more information, call 234-4646.