Local News

  • Retirement benefits in question for city police, firefighters

    Cynthiana police and firefighters hired since 2008 may not have been covered by hazardous duty retirement as they believed.
    During a special meeting of the commission last week, Ptl. Jeff Thomas presented a handbook given to him during orientation that implied one of the city’s benefits was hazardous duty retirement.
    Commissioner Amanda Moore said six employees were under the impression they had the benefit.
    City clerk Charleen McIlvain said she never told the new hires they would have hazardous duty retirement benefits.

  • Church begins program to help improve young readers’ skills

    Attention reading enthusiasts, Journey Community Christian Church would like to introduce to you a way to give back to the community using your bookworm skills.
    It’s called Whiz Kids. A literacy-based, one on one program geared toward helping  second and third graders hone their reading skills.
    “Not only are we going to help them read better,” said Whiz Kids coordinator Mary Gim Norfleet. “We intend to provide encouragement and full support to the kids”

  • Cynthiana residents collect gifts for America’s largest Christmas project

    Christmas is arriving early in Cynthiana, as The Christian Bookstore prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.  Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.
    Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Cynthiana residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than eight million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  

  • Colemansville Store burglarized, one arrest

    Over the weekend the Colemansville store was victim to a burglary.
    The store was broken into between 3 and 5 a.m. Taken from the store were several thousands of dollars of merchandise, $1,000 in cash, a gun, beer and lottery tabs.
    Tony Markland was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. The investigation is on going.

  • Students show their support for breast cancer awareness

    Harrison County High School students raised over $1,300 for Hospice of the Bluegrass during October.
    The students celebrated their success with a Pink Rally Friday afternoon.
    Lisa Ramsey of Hospice accepted the donation and Mandie Graham, a breast cancer survivor, told her story.
    Students decked out in their pink to show their support. The junior class won the spirit award.

  • Kuster defeats Newberry, winning in two of four counties

    District judge appointee Bill Kuster held on to the 18th judicial seat by defeating challenger Peter Newberry in a closely watched race.
    Kuster won by 1,124 votes in the four counties that make up the 18th judicial district.
    The print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat incorrectly stated that Newberry carried three counties.

  • Moses, Barnett to lead local government

    Cynthiana and Harrison County governments will have some new blood to mingle with the old when the newly elected officials take over in January.
    Steve Moses, who currently serves as District 2 magistrate for Harrison County, will be taking over as mayor of Cynthiana.
    Moses defeated commissioner Mark Mattmiller 1,104 to 693 in the city’s 10 precincts.
    Moses will be taking the gavel from Jack Keith, who was appointed mayor when Jim Brown resigned.

  • McKee, Palmer retain state offices

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Democrats Tom McKee and R.J. Palmer were successful in their re-election bids to represent Harrison County in Frankfort.
    McKee was re-elected to the 78th District state representative seat by defeating Republican challenger Timothy Fairfield with 54 percent of the votes in the four counties. McKee captured 6,814 votes, which was 1,103 more than Fairfield’s district-wide tally of 5,711.
    In Harrison County, McKee garnered 3,638 votes to Fairfield’s 2,210.

  • Brunker claims school board seat

    The 2010 Board of Education battle for Division 2 was fought out by Mike Fisher and Mary June Brunker. Brunker claimed the title with 585 votes to Fisher’s 368 votes.
    “I love education and everyone should know that,” said Brunker in a phone interview. “This is not about me, this is about all our kids,” she said.
    “I want to say, ‘thank you voters for giving me the chance to walk the education journey with your children,” concluded Brunker.

  • Time change is Sunday

    It’s that time of the year again when we all get an extra hour of sleep.
    Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, as the majority of the United States will role its clocks back by one hour.
    Clocks should be changed at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
    Daylight Saving Time will resume in March of 2011 when clocks will spring forward by one hour.