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  • Academic Briefs


    Bradley Scott Muntz, son of Brad Muntz and Donna H. Muntz, graduated May 8 from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s degree in education. He will be teaching at Bourbon County Middle School this fall.

    Muntz was recently honored at a graduation celebration held at the home of his grandparents, Donald and Mary Russell Muntz.


    Eastern Kentucky University recognized 1,470 graduates at the conclusion of the Spring 2010 semester.

    The graduates were honored at commencement ceremonies May 8.

  • Recovery in the bag

    Corey Campbell woke up a little earlier than usual on Monday morning, but this time it wasn’t just to take his medicine on time. He reached for his navy blue Food Lion shirt that had been hanging in his closet for about six months. He pulled on some khaki pants, pinned on his name tag and grabbed his car keys.

    Campbell, 19, returned to work after taking medical leave in November.

  • Eastside Elementary Honor Roll

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    The Eastside Elementary Honor Roll for the fourth grading period includes:

    Fourth Grade

  • Relay event raises over $70,000

    Harrison County residents gathered at the Hilltop Friday for the 13th annual Relay for Life.

    According to Relay co-chair Stacy Ishmael, the event raised over $70,000 for the American Cancer Society.

    Ishmael said a final count of the money raised has yet to be confirmed.

    For pictures of Friday evening’s event, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Soggy weather could be blame for weekend wrecks

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to several injury wrecks over the weekend.

    “The roadways were wet... and that may have been a contributing factor,” Deputy Nathan Gasser said about the injury collision he worked Friday afternoon around 3:15 p.m. on Ky. Hwy. 36 West, approximately two miles west of Cynthiana.

    Five individuals were transported to Harrison Memorial Hospital after Emmalee N. Rosa, 18, driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, struck an oncoming vehicle, driven by Scott Beach, 39, of Williamstown.

  • Clean-up, recovery efforts underway

    With the flood waters having receded, what remains is drying out and damage recovery.

    “This one hurt because some of the crops were out,” said Harrison County farmer Chapie Mastin.

    Mastin estimates a $12,000 loss on the corn crops he planted only a few weeks before the South Fork Licking River rose to flood level on Sunday, May 2.

    “Natural disasters hurt everybody,” Mastin said, adding that even those crops not on river-bottom farms suffered damage.

  • Warehouse is temporary home for shelter animals

    The Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter became an island home to cats and dogs Monday evening.

    “The cats and dogs are dry,” Animal Control Officer Allen Fryman said Tuesday morning from the shelter on New Lair Road.

    The 20 cats and 40 dogs were transported to the Double M Dixie tobacco warehouse Sunday afternoon as a precautionary measure, Fryman said.

    Fryman said the transfer of animals was assisted by numerous volunteers and the Lexington Humane Society, who brought 40 cages to hold the animals at the warehouse.

  • Smith bows out of race for city commissioner

    With less than two months until the May 18 primary, one city commission candidate has called it quits.

    Scott Smith officially withdrew his name from the commission pool last Thursday, April 8.

    “I want to thank everyone for their support,” Smith said Friday afternoon.

    Smith said his decision to not run for the city position is due to personal reasons and the lack of time to campaign.

    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more of this story.

  • Kuster appointed as district judge

    Harrison County attorney Charles “Bill” Kuster Jr. has been appointed to fill the 18th Judicial District judge’s position.

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed the order Thursday, May 13, selecting Kuster from a list of three nominees.

    Kuster will fill the unexpired term of Judge Jay Delaney, who was appointed to the 18th Judicial Circuit position earlier this year.

    Kuster is one of three candidates seeking election to the office for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2011.

    For more on this story, see next week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Downtown eyesore to be demolished

    A downtown eyesore is coming down.

    At last Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting, city attorney John Lair said a judgment has been reached regarding the building at 213/215 S. Main St.

    Lair said the city can now begin the process of demolishing the building.

    The building, owned by William Ray Asbury, suffered fire damage after an Aug. 9, 2002, fire.

    “We’re on the trail, finally,” Mayor Jack Keith said.

    For the complete story, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.