Local News

  • New principal named for area tech center

    The Harrison County Area Technology Center began the school year with a new principal.

    After 22 years as an office technology teacher at Madison County Area Technology Center, Diana Gordon took on the new role as principal in July.

    “Everyone here has been wonderful,” Gordon said Friday.

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

  • City takes tax rate to generate same revenue as last year

    The Cynthiana City Commission isn’t asking for a tax hike.

    At Tuesday evening’s meeting, the commission voted to set the compensating tax rate for real, personal and mixed property.

    Mayor Jack Keith said residents continue to face hard, economic times.

    “They don’t need a tax increase at this time,” he said.

    The new rates for 2010 will be 16.7 cents on each and every $100 of taxable real property and 23.28 cents on each and every $100 worth of taxable personal and mixed property.

  • Harrison County’s flood plain boundaries increasing in 2011

    Harrison County is no stranger to flooding.

    Beginning in January 2011, Harrison County’s flood plain boundaries will increase.

    According to information supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 264 miles of land has been added to the county’s 100-year floodplain.

    Harrison County’s Emergency Management Director Mike Palmer said 152 landowners received letters about the floodplain increase.

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

  • Election write-in candidates

    Following last week’s article about the upcoming general election, there will be two write-in candidates for constable positions.

    For District 3 constable, Jerry T. Wright will be a write-in candidate, along with Nathan Linville for the District 5 constable seat.

    “Write-in candidates never appear on the ballot,” county clerk Linda Furnish said. “It is up to the candidate to let people know that they are a write-in.”


  • Taste of Harrison County is Saturday

    This weekend will serve up Cynthiana’s annual Taste of Harrison County.

    The event will feature over 50 arts and crafts booths and 11 food booths, all positioned around the courthouse lawn downtown.

    The festival will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

    Taste of Harrison County is sponsored by the Cynthiana Lions Club.

    For additional details about the event, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • CHICAGO HOPE: Rescue groups take shelter animals

    There are 22 dog pens at Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter.

    When those pens are full and the maximum 50 dogs are being housed, decisions have to be made.

    And dogs have to be euthanized.

    But one group of volunteers is working to give stray dogs another chance... in Chicago.

    For over a year, Humane Society volunteers have been transporting shelter dogs from Harrison County to rescue and adoption agencies in Chicago.

    “It’s just been wonderful,” volunteer Jenny McKemie said about the operation called Chicago Rescue.

  • Ambulance wrecks Wednesday afternoon

    A Brown’s ambulance found itself at the scene of an accident Wednesday afternoon, when the vehicle’s brakes failed.

    According to Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders, the ambulance driver Phil Wagoner and passenger EMT Alitia Hill were traveling on Oddville Avenue when they realized the vehicle’s brakes were not working.

    Sanders said the vehicle was unable to stop at the intersection of Oddville and Church Streets and continued through a road block, set up to close a portion of Oddville Avenue for utility work.

  • Band finishes second in first marching contest of the year

    In breaking from the norm, the Marching Thorobreds began their competitive season in Ohio, not in Kentucky. 

    The band attended the Kings High School Invitational, located just north of Cincinnati near Kings Island.

    The band finished second in its class, but took awards for best color guard and best general effect in its class.

    This competition was part of the Mid-States Band Association (MSBA) marching band circuit.

    For more about the band, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Commissioner recovering from heart attack

    Commissioner Mark Mattmiller continues to recover following a heart attack Sunday evening.

    “I’m feeling really good now,” Mattmiller said during a phone interview Tuesday morning from the Norton Hospital in Louisville.

    Mattmiller was in Indiana at the time of the heart attack and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

    He was later airlifted to Norton Hospital.

    Mattmiller said one of his arteries was completely blocked and doctors inserted a stint.

  • U.S. 27 North viaduct closed

    The existing U.S. 27 bridge over CSX Railroad in Cynthiana closed to all traffic beginning today, Sept. 20. All traffic is being detoured to Church Street. 

    There is a sign directing the detour. Main Street Connector construction is completed and open to all traffic.

    According to a press release from the state’s Transportation Cabinet, total closure is needed to continue new bridge construction. All traffic is expected to be on the new bridge by Christmas 2010. Overall completion of project is slated for summer 2011.