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Local News

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Spring wild turkey season preview

    Kevin Kelly,
    Staff writer Kentucky Afield

    Spring turkey hunting is slipping into position before daybreak and sitting still as the sun eases over the hills.
    It is breaking the silence with a call and getting a response that sends a shock of excitement down your spine. It is coaxing a love-struck gobbler closer and keeping your wits as it struts into range.

  • Wild to mild: Teen has 100 days to train mustang

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Most people inside and outside of Kentucky probably have perceptions of the Bluegrass State that include bourbon, basketball and horses.
    For 15-year-old Madeline Sparks, it’s all about those horses.
    The sophomore at Harrison County High School is a straight-A student who just happens to have a love of horses, just not particularly the thoroughbreds that Kentucky is most well know for.

  • Local YFA members receive state awards

    Harrison County’s Young Farmers Association members were given state honors for 2017.
    Awards were presented on Tuesday, March 21, at the area YFA meeting in Cynthiana.
    The following state awards were presented:
    •Burley tobacco -- Randy Wade, second place;
    •Diversified farming -- Mike Meyer, first place;
    •Diversified animal production -- Shelley Meyer, first place;
    •Rural leadership -- Mike Meyer, first;
    •Agricultural mechanics -- Mike Meyer, first;

  • Zumwalt is new Parks & Rec director

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Barry Zumwalt was hired as the new Cynthiana-Harrison County Recreation Department director on Thursday night, March 23.
    The five-member recreation board interviewed three candidates during the execution session portion of Thursday night’s meeting, then announced Zumwalt’s hiring.

  • Grayson named Citizen of the Year

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Billy Grayson was both surprised and reflective when he was announced as the Citizen of the Year at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet in February.

  • Light it up Blue ceremony is Sunday

    Sunday, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day. A Harrison County ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. at the Harrison County courthouse to help shine the light on autism.
    Organizers are reminding Harrison Countians to light it up at home by replacing porch lights with a blue bulb, which are available at Vanhook Hardware.
    In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside to the second floor (handicap accessible).

  • No probation, says judge at sentencing

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Three Harrison Countians face years in prison after Judge Jay Delaney ruled in Harrison Circuit Court last week on drug and other charges.
    Frazier Clark was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison on charges for which he was indicted on Oct. 4, 2016.

  • Search and Rescue purchases new boat

    The Harrison County Search Team was able to purchase a 19’ Tracker Boat with a 60 hp Mercury motor and trailer Through a KYEM grant. The grant was 100 percent funded by a Kentucky Emergency Management grant and will be used by the Search and Rescue Team for water rescue and recoveries. The boat was purchased from Stokley’s Marine at a cost of $18,342.

  • Tuesday wreck on New Lair Road

    Excessive speed is alleged to be the primary factor in a one-vehicle accident on New Lair Road, early Tuesday afternoon. Travis Rhoads, 31, of Cynthiana, was traveling southbound when he lost control of his vehicle in a curve, on a hillcrest. His vehicle went airborne, sheared off an electrical pole and then impacted a tree. Rhoades suffered minor facial injuries and refused transport by ambulance to Harrison Memorial Hospital. Deputy Sheriff Nathan Gasser said traffic charges against Rhoades are pending.

  • Parks and Rec board conducting interviews for new recreation director

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Parks and Rec board has narrowed its field of director candidates to just three, Commissioner Mark Mattmiller told members of the Cynthiana City Commission Tuesday.
    Mattmiller said interviews for the three are tentatively set for Thursday.
    “The three are all very good candidates,” Mattmiller said, adding that several applications were received for the position.