Local News

  • Weekend was busy for Harrison County

    The weekend was a busy one for Cynthiana and Harrison County, starting with Friday’s Thorobred football game in Pendleton County.

    On Saturday, downtown was hopping with the 3rd annual BBQ Cook-off.

    Saturday night featured Farm Fest at the fairgrounds.

    See this week’s Cynthiana Democrat for photos and stories about the many events.

  • Candidates respond to local issues

    Meet the local candidates on the pages of The Cynthiana Democrat.

    This week’s print edition of the newspaper will feature responses from candidates for city commission and fiscal court, as well as the mayor and county judge-executive positions.

    Each candidate was given the opportunity to answer a few questions generated by the news staff.

    See all their answers and reactions to specific community concerns in this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.


  • Stolen ATM recovered on Peak Lane

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department recovered a stolen ATM, coin machine and juke box over the weekend, leading to two arrests in northern Kentucky.

    Deputy Tuan Kreer said he was called to Peak Lane around 10 a.m. Saturday after someone discovered the machines along the side of the road.

    “They were pried open,” Kreer said Monday morning. “All the money was gone.”

  • Former employer remembers accident victim

    Results of a Cynthiana Police Department investigation into the tragic death of 74-year-old Sylvia Fight, who was killed as she walked through the cross walk at Walmart, have been turned over to the Commonwealth Attorney to determine if charges should be filed.

    Fight was leaving Walmart last Friday when she was struck by an SUV, driven by Lauren Watts, 24, who police said was in the process of moving to Cynthiana.

    Sgt. Wilbur Gross said Watts told police she did not see Fight as she drove through the cross walk just after 10 a.m. on Friday.

  • Store manager robbed Saturday

    An assistant manager at First Stop was allegedly robbed Saturday morning as she was taking a deposit to the bank.

    Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson said the woman, whose name is not being released by police, left the store at Locust and Pleasant streets about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. She had the cash deposit in the passenger’s seat of her vehicle and the windows down.

    Two men stopped her as she passed Elm Street, reached in and took the money bag.

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

  • Nationally recognized taxidermist brings talent to new home

    “It’s like paradise,” Joe Millham said from his new home, situated on top of a hill where Harrison, Bracken and Robertson counties meet. His home also serves as his taxidermy shop -- Mountain Rest Taxidermy.

    Joe and Carol Millham purchased their 138 acres on Moore Road three years ago. Carol saw the falling down building then, but not again until she moved here from Upstate New York a month ago.

  • STAYING SAFE ONLINE: Students learn tips for the virtual world

    October is Digital Citizenship/Internet Safety Month and Harrison County schools are hoping to teach students and parents how to be good citizens in the virtual world.

    “It is important for both students and adults to realize that being a good digital citizen is vital in today’s society,” said Chief Information Officer Melissa Shepard. “Not only are we citizens of the physical location in which we live, but because much of our communication now happens via the computer, we are also citizens of the world through virtual means.”

  • KSP, ATF, deputies find fugitive in Cynthiana

    Law enforcement agencies located and arrested a Bourbon County fugitive at a Harrison County residence last Wednesday.

    Jashuan M. Thomas, 29, was arrested at 205 Fifth St. at 2 p.m. on a federal warrant for drug charges.

    “He was wanted by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives),” Sheriff’s Det. Paul Olin said Monday morning.

    Olin said federal and state law enforcement officials had been searching for Thomas following the June 18 drug bust in Bourbon County.

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

  • Alleged shooter indicted

    Just over two months after a domestic disturbance left a Cynthiana woman recovering from a gunshot wound, her alleged attacker has been indicted.

    Sandra Southwood, 42, allegedly went to her ex-husband’s home on Confederate Drive on Friday, July 30, and began firing shots at the ex-husband, Charles Southwood, and his girlfriend, Amber Florence, as well as firing at the neighbor.

    Southwood, who has been in jail at the Grant County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond since the incident, now faces a nine-count indictment.

  • The French, German word

    It’s already been an exciting semester for Harrison County High School foreign language teacher Tonya Wagoner.

    Several of Wagoner’s students will be honored for their performance at the State Language Festival in May.

    Four HCHS students, Tori McLaren, Daniel Klapheke, David Roberts and BethAnn McKinney will receive a Kendall Star award at the awards ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Lexington.

    “The Kendall Star rewards them and kind of encourages them to continue,” Wagoner said.