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  • BBQ cook-off winner will be announced

    A barbecue aroma filled Cynthiana downtown streets Saturday.

    Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County hosted its second annual Barbecue Cookoff at the courthouse lawn this past weekend.

    Four local cookers donated the food, with proceeds from the $8 all-you-can-eat plate going to Champions.

    For pictures from Saturday and to find out who won the competition, see this week’s edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Champions’ BBQ Cookoff is Saturday

    Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County will host its second annual Barbecue Cookoff this Saturday at the courthouse lawn.

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said at least six local cookers will be donating and preparing chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork.

    For $8 a person, Barnett said, you can taste everything and eat all you can.

    The proceeds of the event benefit Champions.

  • Waitress realizes her 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.

  • County's test scores are up

    Test scores are in and the Harrison County school system is patting itself on the back.

    “It’s going to be a time of celebration for us,” said superintendent Andy Dotson Friday afternoon. “All of our schools are showing improvement.”

    As a district, Harrison County schools jumped five points to an overall score of 88, based on a 140 scale.

    Previously ranked 107th out of 175 school districts in the state, the jump now ranks Harrison County as 67.

  • Thorobred Marching Band Classic is this weekend

    The new Harrison County High School athletic complex will be the scene for the 2009 Thorobred Marching Band Classic this weekend.

    Eight bands will be competing for the hardware as well as judges’ rankings.

    Scheduled to compete are Ludlow, Nicholas County, Lexington Christian Academy, Williamstown, Henry County, Powell County, South Western High School and Dixie Heights.

    The competition begins at 2:30 p.m.

    Admission is $6 for adults, $4 students or $8 for premium chair-back seating.

  • Academic Briefs

    STRAWZELL

    Kelsi Strawzell, a 2009 graduate of Harrison County High School, has been named a Sen. Jeff Green Scholar. Students earn this designation by achieving a 4.0 grade point average all four years of high school and scoring at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    The title honors the late state Sen. Jeff Green of Mayfield, who served in the Kentucky General Assembly from 1992 to 1997.

    As Sen. Jeff Green Scholars, these students are eligible for at least $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards.

  • HCHS Alumni Homecoming planned for Oct. 10

    Harrison County High School Alumni Association president Ben Clifford is hoping every HCHS grad will mark their calendars for the alumni events on Saturday, Oct. 10.

    The HCHS alumni banquet will begin at 5 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

    Tickets are $12.50 per person and are available at the town plaza branch Farmer’s National bank, the Christian Bookstore and the Harrison County Water Association office.

    Tickets may also be purchased at the door that night, when a heavy appetizer buffet will be provided.

  • 411 emergency service will “tip” police

    Concerned citizens now have a way to pass on anonymous tips to the Cynthiana Police Department.

    “Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to the police department by texting the word ‘859CPD’ and the tip information to ‘847411’ or ‘TIP411,’” Commissioner Amanda Moore said at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    Moore said the service, provided by Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County and E911, will also include the internet.

  • Body found at home on New Lair Road

    Law enforcement officials continue to investigate a death at a home at 1023 New Lair Road across from the former Blue Grass Energy grounds, which occurred Friday morning.

    “We do have a body up there,” said Kentucky State Police Det. Sgt. Jeremy Murrelll. “It is complicated.”

    A car fire on U.S. 27 in Bourbon County as well as an incident at the Bourbon County Jail are believed to be related to the investigation.

  • Cancer care close by

    It’s before 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning and George Boulden, 77, sits in a reclining chair at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

    He began his fourth chemotherapy treatment just hours ago.

    “When you hear the big words ‘cancer,’ know that you can do it and God will take care of you,” Boulden said.

    Boulden was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma earlier this year.

    “One Saturday night I found this big lump,” he said. “Monday morning, I went to my doctor and it went from there.”