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  • Wednesday routine detoured by weather

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com
    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A day shy of the 20th anniversary of the devastating 1997 flood, Harrison County gets hammered by wind and rain.
    Wednesday morning daylight revealed the intensity of the early morning storm that blew through.
    Trees were reported down from the northern tip of the county at Antioch and east to Salem and west to Tricum-White Oak.

  • KSP to conduct traffic safety checkpoints

    The Kentucky State Police at Dry Ridge will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints throughout the Post 6 district. These checkpoints will be set up at designated areas on highways where statistics have shown an elevated number of vehicle crashes.  
    During the checkpoints officers will be enforcing laws related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, licensing of motor vehicles and operators, registration and insurance violations, seat belt and child restraint violations along with motor vehicle equipment violations.

  • Harrison County Schools closed Wednesday, March 1, due to high water

    Classes will be cancelled in Harrison County today, March 1, due to high water along some of the bus routes.

    Assistant Superintendent David Case said in a text message this morning "We had multiple drivers who could not get their buses on the routes due to flooding."

    He said that the flooding mixed with predicted severe weather were considered in making the decision to cancel school today.

  • City initiates 3% transient room tax for tourism commission

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Cynthiana City Commission took action Tuesday to establish a local tourism commission.
    Mayor James Smith introduced an ordinance to create a seven-member commission to oversee a 3 percent transient room tax.
    Anastasia Hicks, manager of the new Ashford Acres Inn, said she is completely in favor of adding the tax to her five rooms at the bed and breakfast to help finance tourism.

  • DARE to make come-back with keepin’ it REAL in 2017-18

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    It’s been years since Harrison County students have been exposed to a drug-free curriculum. However, with the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, fifth graders will be keepin’ it REAL with the latest DARE curriculum.
    Harrison County Sheriff Shain Stephens will be heading back to the classroom with the latest drug prevention program for school-age children.
    DARE is the acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

  • Whitaker to be honored with lifetime achievement plaque

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Any true baseball fan, inside or outside Harrison County, associates the name ‘Whitaker’ with legendary HCHS baseball coach Mac Whitaker.
    He is second all-time in total wins among high school baseball coaches in Kentucky and has led the Thorobreds to four state baseball titles.
    However, most people don’t know that another Whitaker preceded Mac with his baseball expertise, and probably taught him what he knows now.

  • Special Needs Support Group gets off to parade-worthy start

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    It all began with a simple float in the Christmas parade and is now a support group for families with special needs children.
    “We wanted to expand to include all disabilities,” said Ashley Peak, co-organizer of the Special Needs Support Group, along with Karey Riddell.

  • FFA Week is something to celebrate in Harrison County

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

     February 19-25 is National FFA week and 260 students in Harrison County will be celebrating with several activities planned.
    On Tuesday night bowling was offered to the local chapter’s members at Galactic Alley, Wednesday was set aside for a big pizza party and Thursday the officers and teacher-sponsors were guests at WCYN’s Coffee Break radio program in the morning, followed by visits to local businesses, thanking them for their support.

  • HCHS band students participate in KMEA assessment festival

    On Saturday, Feb, 18, 2017, members of the Harrison County High School Band travelled to Lexington Catholic High School to participate in the KMEA District 7 Solo and Ensemble Assessment Festival.  
    The band had 63 total events to perform throughout the day. Forty students performed solos, with 26 of them earning a Distinguished rating. Twenty-three different small ensembles performed, with 17 of them receiving a Distinguished rating.  
    A total of 65 students participated, representing 80 percent of the HCHS band program.  

  • Williams serves youth for 38 years; will receive lifetime achievement award

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Brian Williams has always had a big heart when it comes to serving the youth of Harrison County.
    But now, that big heart is causing him some major problems. He has been in and out of the hospital and rehab since May of 2016, and has recently found out he is in need of a heart transplant.
    He coached youth baseball teams for 38 years and was a basketball referee for over 20 years, at all levels of roundball play.