Local News

  • NAMI coordinator to speak at St. James A.M.E.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) outreach coordinator Yolonda Clay will speak Saturday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. at St. James A.M.E church on Pleasant Street.

    The workshop is entitled ‘Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health’ and focuses on treating depression.

    For more information or to contact Clay, visit namilex.org, e-mail namimac@namilex.org of call (859)272-7891.

  • Scott raid includes Harrison woman

    A Harrison County woman is behind bars following a drug raid in Scott County.

    Barbara Friend, 49, was arrested last Wednesday morning for first degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

    According to Scott County Deputy Buster Cannon, Friend was one of over 20 individuals arrested during the raid headed up by Kentucky State Police, with assistance from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.

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

  • Drowning victim out of sight only minutes

    A burial service was held Sunday for Jayden Hall, the 20-month-old toddler that drowned in a Harrison County swimming pool last Wednesday.

    According to Kentucky State Police Det. Nate Moore, an autopsy was performed on Jayden’s body last Thursday.

    “Preliminary results indicate the cause of the death as drowning,” Moore said Friday.

    Moore said the investigation continues.

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Mudlick Road residence after a family member called dispatch.

  • U.S. 27 viaduct to close Sept. 20

    The existing U.S. 27 bridge over CSX Railroad in Cynthiana will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, Sept. 20. All traffic will be 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.


  • HIS CASE: Foley takes collection hobby to new level

    Sixty-one years ago, a young man found his calling when he was just nine years old. It was in a plowed field across from the Pleasant Street Bridge.

    Philip Foley, 70, remembers reading a story in his third grade reader about two kids who decided to go looking for arrowheads while they were at their grandma’s house.

    “None of us knew what arrowheads were and the teacher had to explain it to us,” he said. “Three of us boys became intrigued at the thought of finding these and decided to go look for some after school.”

  • Pedestrian struck in front of Walmart

    A Cynthiana woman, Sylvia Fight, 74, has been airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

    According to Sgt. Wilbur Gross of the Cynthiana Police Department,  Fight was walking in the cross walk at Walmart shortly after 10 a.m. Friday when she was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Lauren Watts, 24.

    Gross said that Fight sustained severe head trauma and was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital then transferred to Lexington.

  • Oxy charges top grand jury session

    Thirteen individuals were named in 14 indictments Tuesday in Harrison Circuit Court.

    The grand jury issued the indictments during a lengthy session. Eight of the indictments were drug-related, five of which dealt with the possession or sale of Oxycodone.

    William Seivers, 36, faces a two-count indictment. He is charged with an incident that allegedly occurred on June 25 where he “knowingly or unlawfully either sold or transferred Oxycodone, a schedule II narcotic drug, to another person.”

  • 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.