Local News

  • Ag in the middle...

    Farming isn’t new to Harrison County.

    But when school began in August last year, so did a brand new agriculture program at Harrison County Middle School.

    HCMS is now one of only a handful of middle schools in the state to have a Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter and agriculture classes.

    “It’s been very popular,” said HCMS principal Mike McIntire. “Students do better when they have some connection to the school beyond the regular school day... and this is just one activity that really wasn’t touched on before...”

  • Reaching out

    “The moment I heard ‘earthquake,’ I knew it was going to be bad,” Avi Bear said Tuesday afternoon at his bakery off Oddville Avenue.

    Having traveled to Haiti six years ago, for Avi, news of the Jan. 12 earthquake was personal.

    “When you go and work with the people, you become part of the family,” Avi said.

    Now, as Haiti works to recover, Avi is doing what he can in Cynthiana to help the hundreds of children at the Good Shepherd orphanage and schools in Carrefour, just six miles west of Port-au-Prince.

  • Getting recognition

    Ann Getting said she can think of many deserving people that should be named Citizen of the Year.

    But much to Getting’s surprise, last Friday evening at the annual Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce banquet, she was awarded the title.

    Also honored at Friday’s banquet were Sheila Currans as Businessperson of the Year, Ron Harris as Volunteer of the Year, David Furnish as Farmer of the Year and Rick Dycus as Educator of the Year.

    “I was quite stunned,” Getting said in her office Tuesday afternoon.

  • Commissioner Moore to run for state post

    Cynthiana City Commissioner Amanda Moore (R), has filed for the republican nomination to represent the citizens of southern Campbell, Pendleton, Robertson, and Harrison Counties in the state House of Representatives (HD 78). 

    Moore is a mother of two children, Whitney (10) and Carter (4). She is married to Shayne Moore, a Georgetown firefighter.


    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for her full announcement.

  • Palmer to run for city commission seat

    John Matthew Palmer has announced his candidacy for Cynthiana City Commissioner.

    Palmer is currently residing on Battle Grove Avenue. He has one daughter, Shelby. Palmer is the son of Debbie Lemons Palmer and Gary and Delores Palmer. He is the grandson of the late Stanley T. and Louise Lemons and the late Kathleen B. Palmer.

    Palmer was born and raised in Harrison County. He is a 1992 graduate of Harrison County High School. He has worked in industrial and logistics facilities for the last 17 years.


    One might think Harrison County is home to this year’s winter Olympics, with yet another winter storm dumping several more inches of snow early this week.

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said he estimated that northern parts of the county had received 10 inches of snow by Tuesday.

    While Barnett said on Tuesday that county roads are now “passable,” Monday morning’s road conditions prompted him to issue a state of emergency for the county.

    “The roads at that time were just in horrific shape,” Barnett said.

  • Incumbent Fritz seeks re-election as magistrat

    Incumbent candidate William Fritz has filed for re-election for Harrison County District 6 magistrate. This includes Westside and Connersville voting precincts. He will be seeking  his second term.

    He is married to the former Charlene Parsons and they have two daughters, Beth (Jimmy) Withers and Leslie (Nick) McCarty. They have four grandchildren, Daniel and Katie Withers, and Nicholas and Matthew McCarty.

    Fritz and his wife attend Unity Christian Church, where they have been members since childhood.

  • Keith enters race for seat on city commission

    Mayor Jack Keith has announced that he has submitted the appropriate paperwork to be a candidate for the Cynthiana City Commission. Keith was first elected to the city commission in 2005. He was reelected two years later. As a result of the resignation of Mayor James A. Brown, Keith was voted in as mayor in May 2009. He has served in that capacity since that time. While Keith states he does not wish to run again for mayor, he is still vitally interested in the welfare of Cynthiana.


    For his complete announcement, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Stephens enters race as sheriff candidate

    Shain Allen Stephens has announced his candidacy for Harrison County Sheriff.

    Stephens, 44, is a life-long resident of Harrison County and a Democrat.

    He and his wife, Rebecca, to whom he has been married for 21 years, have three children, Tiffani, Madison and Owen.


    See his announcement in this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Bathalter enters race for judge

    Robert E. “Bob” Bathalter has filed to run for District Judge for the 18th Judicial District, which includes Pendleton, Harrison, Nicholas, and Robertson counties.

    Bathalter was born and raised on a small farm in southern Campbell County, Ky. He moved to Pendleton County in 1970, where he and his wife, Donna, now live. He is the step-father of Jim Barnard of Hebron, Ky., and Jordan Pinkston of Charlotte, N.C.