Local News

  • Commission approves zone change for propane company

    Despite their objections, Connersville Pike neighbors will soon have United Propane Gas as a neighbor.

    During a special meeting Tuesday at noon, the Cynthiana City Commission voted 4-1 to accept the zone change recommendation and adopt the findings of the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission.

    Formerly zoned ‘light industrial,’ the Business Park corner lot between Sea Biscuit Way and Connersville Pike required a ‘heavy industrial’ zoning for United Propane Gas to locate there and store propane gas on the lot.

  • McIlvain returns to childhood dental practice in Cynthiana

    As a child, Jason McIlvain hated going to the dentist and used to pray that he wouldn’t have cavities.

    Jason can’t avoid the dentist’s office anymore.

    It’s where he works.

    “It just kind of blows your mind,” Jason said about working next to his childhood dentist, Dr. James Clyde.

    Today, in the Licking Valley Dental Associates office on Pike Street, Jason is one of the dentists searching for cavities.

  • Historical group will get Handy House

    At a special meeting Monday at noon, city attorney John Lair said commissioners can expect a prepared Handy House lease within 48 hours.

    “The Handy House lease is 99 percent ready,” said Lair, stating that county attorney Bill Kuster has been redrafting a proposed agreement that will lease the Handy House to the Harrison County Historical Society from the county and city.

    Lair said agreements were reached by representatives from the historical society, as well as the city and county during a meeting last week.


  • A time to remember

    Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary since a Cynthiana guardsman was killed in action in Afghanistan.

    Sgt. Daniel W. Wallace, who was 27 at the time of his death, will be memorialized at Flat Run Veterans’ Park at 11 a.m. with a tree dedication.

    “This is a great way to honor someone who gave his life for his country,” said Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett, noting that the dedication will begin at the time Wallace was killed.

  • City hears zoning arguments, no action

    The Cynthiana City Commission heard both sides but delayed action on a proposed zone change at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    The zone change, requested by United Propane Gas for a retail propane facility, would change the Business Park lot, located at the corner of Connersville Pike and Sea Biscuit Way, from light industrial (I-1) to heavy industrial (I-2).

    “This was sent to the city commission with a recommendation of approval of the zone change request by United Propane,” City Attorney John Lair said.

  • Berry man dies from injuries received in an Oct. 27 wreck

    A Berry man died after he was involved in a head-on collision Oct. 27.

    Gary Wayne Skinner, 52, was a passenger in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt driven by his wife, Darlene.

    According to police, the Cobalt struck a 1997 Ford Escort driven by Troy Beckelhimer, 38, also of Berry. Police said Gary was wearing a seatbelt, but Darlene was not.

    Beckelhimer and his passengers were restrained.

    The accident occurred at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, on Ky. 36, about a mile east of U.S. 25.

    For more on this story, see this week's print edition of the Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Legacy gets county’s trash contract

    “Garbage in, garbage out,” took on a new meaning at Tuesday’s Harrison County Fiscal Court meeting. Longtime trash collection service provider, Rumpke, was voted out and Legacy Carting was voted in.

    Legacy underbid Rumpke by 74 cents per month on residential trash pick up and nearly $2.50 less than Rumpke’s current charge.

    While magistrates voted unanimously in favor of the change, Jerry Dawson noted that his “yes” vote was done so with reservations.

  • 411 program ‘isn’t sitting idle anymore’

    The 411 tip program is being used, Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson reported at Monday evening’s Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County meeting.

    “The program isn’t sitting idle anymore,” Johnson said.

    While the dispatch center is still receiving tips, the amount of 411 tips has decreased over the past few weeks, Johnson said.

    Johnson said any information can be sent, including foot traffic or vehicle traffic that may indicate drug activity.


    When she was 15 years old, Mary Todd Seaman began waitressing at Biancke’s restaurant.

    She fell in love.

    “I’m buying this place one day,” Mary Todd said she told everyone. “They just kind of laughed at me.”

    Today, five years later, Mary Todd is the new owner of the Main Street restaurant filled with old Cynthiana High School class composites, regular customers, dark green tablecloths and conversation.

  • Clothing Closet moving to Pike Street

    The Clothing Closet is coming out of the back room and into a store front.

    After seven years of operation in what used to be the storage room for C&W Key Market on Main Street, the Clothing Closet is moving to 209 E. Pike St.

    “We’ve just outgrown our facility,” said Linda McGowan, Closet director.

    Over the next two weeks, volunteers will be moving stock to the storefront of the former KJ’s Tanning Salon.