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  • New band director coming from Mason Co.

    John Merz is ready to hit the ground running and, with marching season looming, the new Harrison County High School band director will have to do just that.

    Merz was hired this week to replace Chris Hedges, whose contract as HCHS band director was not renewed.

    Merz comes to the Marching Thorobred Band from Mason County High School, where he has been the director for the last six years.

  • Bart Lenox claims sixth title at Cynthiana Country Club

    Bart Lenox won his sixth career Joe Mooney Invitational Golf Tournament at the Cynthiana Country Club over the weekend. He shot a 69 on Sunday to overcome a one-shot deficit.

    Lenox last won in 2002. With his sixth win, Lenox is five wins behind his father, Mike, who has garnered 11 titles. The elder Lenox did not play this year.

    Maysville’s Bill O’Mara was the first round leader with a 67. O’Mara shot 71 on Sunday.

    Justin Jolley finished third having shot 70 both days.

  • Grand jury issues two indictments

    The Harrison County grand jury met Tuesday and issued two indictments.

    Matthew Baker was indicted on a charge of theft by unlawful taking ($300 or more).

    The second count charges Baker as being a persistent felony offender.

    Travis Chapman, 27, also faces a two-count indictment. He is charged with complicity to fraudulent use of a credit card and receiving stolen property less than $300.

    Arraignment in Harrison Circuit Court will be July 21, at which time Baker and Chapman will enter their pleas.

  • Family’s surprise pregnancy will be shared on television show

    While most mothers spend months preparing for the arrival of a baby, Angel Wagoner had only four weeks to gather the necessities for a baby girl.

    During a hysterectomy pre-op appointment, Angel found out she was pregnant - 36 weeks pregnant.

    “How in the world could I not know I was pregnant?” Angel said at her home Monday morning.

    In her arms, Angel held her seven-month-old daughter Hannah.

    In a purple outfit with a matching bow atop her head, Hannah mostly smiles.

  • City budget restraints to cause project delays

    After meeting last Thursday to work on the city’s budget as a commission, Commissioner of Finance and Public Property Mark Mattmiller said many of the city’s projects will have to be delayed.

    “Each department had to make a lot of cuts in what they had originally projected,”ee^Mattmiller said.

    With a list of each department’s expenses, commissioners worked Thursday to prioritize that list.

    Mattmiller said revenues for the year were down slightly.

  • Expect changes at this year’s 4-H Fair

    It may just be the beginning of July, but the Harrison County Fair isn’t far away.

    And while the fair has been rooted in Harrison County for years, additional new events will debut at this year’s fair.

    “We want to give the community something to go to,” said Fair Committee member Jo Banks.

    The fair will begin on July 9 with all the livestock shows occurring that weekend instead of during the week, as in past years.

  • Asian Garden Buffet to open Thursday

    The waiting is over.

    At 11 a.m. Thursday, Cynthiana will welcome its newest restaurant – The Asian Garden Buffet.

    Three brothers will open their third restaurant in as many towns.

    Eric Dong, who will manage the Harrison Square business, is joined by his brothers Denny and John in their latest restaurant venture. The other restaurants are in Mt. Sterling and Louisville.

    See the complete story in this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Fire damages business storage building Tuesday

    A Tuesday morning fire damaged the Isaac and Wachter Roofing storage building on Locust and Pike streets.

    According to Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders, a fire broke out between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in the building that contained roofing materials, including shingles, pitch and tar paper.  The business is owned by Al Isaac and Mike Wachter.

    “It was one big mess,” Sanders said of the sticky and smelly conditions.

    He said the contents of the building were a total loss and the building sustained substantial damage.

  • Graduation, Moonlight Ball photos available for pickup

    Photos from Harrison County High School’s graduation ceremony and Harrison County Middle School’s Moonlight Ball are available for pick up at Richie Photography, 129 E. Pike St., Cynthiana.

    The graduation photos include the complimentary photo of each graduate receiving a diploma and the full class photos which were ordered before June 12. Other class photos should be in by Friday.

    Studio hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Other hours are available by calling 588-4705.

  • The Vault will open in downtown Chamber building

    When The Vault opens next week, Michele Chambers will have accomplished one of her dreams.

    “I’ve wanted to open up an ice cream shop,” she said Tuesday afternoon, “...I’ve just been too scared to do it.”

    Located in the Chamber of Commerce building on the corner of Main and Pike streets, The Vault will have much more to offer besides chocolate, vanilla and twisted soft serve ice cream.

    “Hopefully with the menu I have, people will come,” Chambers said. “It’s such a variety to pick from.”