Local News

  • HCHS principal leaving the Hilltop

    With the school year beginning next month, Harrison County High School will be looking for a new principal.

    HCHS principal Jim Schmidt resigned from his position last Thursday, July 1.

    According to his letter of resignation, obtained by The Cynthiana Democrat in an open records request, Schmidt’s resignation became effective June 30, the day before the letter was submitted to Assistant Superintendent DeeGee Fischer.

    “At this time, I find it prudent to submit my resignation,” Schmidt’s letter to Superintendent Andy Dotson reads.

  • Strength in numbers

    There was a time in Cathy McCord’s life, 12 years ago, when she was sick. So sick, in fact, that she couldn’t bring herself to look at her reflection in the mirror.

    “We were traveling and we had to hurry …” she said. “I told my son, ‘I need to change my shirt, I need for you to turn around because I need to take off my wig to do it.’”

    Her son, who was in grade school at the time, said he wouldn’t look because he was afraid it would make him sick.

  • Kentucky’s Best owners plead guilty

    Just over a year since federal investigators raided a Cynthiana factory, its owners have pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges and have agreed to repay the millions of dollars owed to the government.

    The father and son owners of Farmers’ Tobacco Co., Robert and Mike Ammerman, appeared in U.S. District Court in Mississippi on Tuesday to make their pleas and avoid federal indictments.

  • New deputy joins sheriff’s department

    Deputy Sheriff Tuan Kreer has been a policeman for eight years.

    He said he became interested in this profession because he wanted children to have a safe environment in which to grow up.

    “I want to make sure that they are able to prosper in that environment,” Kreer said.

    Kreer, 40, has two children of his own--Hadley, who is nine, and Ethan, who is four.

    The rest of his time, aside from work, is spent entertaining those two.

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

  • Back-to-school section coming this week

    The first day of school is right around the corner!

    This week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat will feature its annual back-to-school section, complete with class lists, bus routes, supply lists and letters from Superintendent Andy Dotson and each school principal.

    It’s all the info every Harrison County student needs for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year!


  • Celebrating the Fourth

    The Cynthiana Rotary Club hosted a Fabulous Fourth event on the Hilltop Saturday evening.

    Hundreds of people arrived at dusk to watch fireworks. However, earlier in the evening, families turned out for the refreshments and children's activities, which included inflatable houses, corn hole and snow cones.

    The fireworks display was made possible through donations from the Harrison County Fiscal Court and the Cynthiana City Commission.

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

  • Cable company considers pulling local service number

    Time Warner Cable is considering getting rid of its local number for Cynthiana.

    This local number, that is maintained during normal business hours, was implemented as part of a cable television franchise agreement, according to an e-mail between Linda Ain, the attorney for the Kentucky Regional Cable Commission, and City Clerk Charleen McIlvain on June 8.

    The franchise requirements went into effect July 2005.

    Robert Trott, general manager of Time Warner Cable for Central Kentucky, said the decision is a favorable business move.

  • HCHS principal resigns

    Harrison County High School principal James Schmidt has resigned.

    According to Assistant Superintendent DeeGee Fischer,  Schmidt’s resignation became effective June 30.

    In Schmidt’s resignation letter, obtained by The Cynthiana Democrat in an open records request, Schmidt does not mention a reason for leaving the position.

    “At this time, I find it prudent to submit my resignation,” the letter reads.

    Fischer said assistant principal Amy Casey has been appointed by Superintendent Andy Dotson to serve as interim principal.

  • Former lawmaker was friend to many

    Flags at all Kentucky office buildings will be at half-staff today, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of Sen. Ed Ford, who died at his home last week.

    The former state senator and governor’s advisor will be buried at Battle Grove Cemetery following his 1 p.m. funeral service at Cynthiana Christian Church.

    Ford, 80, began his political career as a member of the Harrison County Board of Education, which he served for seven years.

  • Castillo ends medical practice after 40 years

    After almost 40 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Julian Castillo Jr. is retiring.

    “I’m going to miss my patients,” Castillo said about the thousands of individuals he has served at his Harrison Memorial Hospital general practice office.

    Originally from the Philippines, Castillo attended medical school at the Manila Central University in Caloocan City, Philippines.

    Interested in science, Castillo said he believed becoming a doctor was one of the only ways he would be able to travel to the United States.