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  • Christmas parade is Saturday

    Snowflakes shimmering along the downtown streets can mean only one thing -- it’s Christmas time, and Christmas time brings the annual holiday parade.

    It’s tradition.

    Anxious children and adults will line the streets of the parade’s path. There will be horses and carriages, floats and Scouts, antique cars and the marching band.

    It’s tradition.

    Watch for the tractors and the miniature horses. Surely there will be elves and one will certainly be the most jolliest of all -- Santa.

  • Court balks at recommended name for recreation park

    Calling it “a good faith effort,” Harrison County magistrates voted to give $500 to the Harrison County Tomorrow recreation development committee to be used toward a sign at the new park.

    Donna Williams, representing the committee, presented a proposal that was the result of a survey to name the park.

    She told members of the fiscal court that 10 names appeared on the survey and that those who responded to the survey chose “Veterans’ Park.”

    Magistrate Steve Moses said he was not in favor of the name.

  • Fab 4 to invade Rohs Opera House

    The Fab Four are back.  Yes, Eight Days a Week, a Beatles Tribute Band from Cincinnati returns to Cynthiana this Saturday, Dec 6, at 7 p.m., with their fabulous reenactment of Beatles music.

    Eight Days played the Rohs Opera House last December to over 200 attendees. This year looks to be even bigger with ticket sales beginning over a month ago.

    “They’re incredible,” Roger Slade of Rohs Opera House said. “They look like the Beatles, play like the Beatles, sound like the Beatles…”

  • Christmas angels

    Santa’s black patent leather belt is tightening around the globe and Harrison County’s  Christmas Angel project is also feeling the squeeze.

    Harrison County has over 1,400 students on free lunches and that’s just one of the criteria to be included in the project that provides gifts at Christmas time.

    According to Judy Feeback, Angel committee member, 425 students have been signed up for Angel gifts. However, she said the committee is considering additional applications in emergency situations.

  • U.S. 27 North bridge project delayed

    It appears the Main Street viaduct project has been pushed back.

    Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown announced at Tuesday’s commission meeting that the state planned October bid letting has been delayed and will be February or March.

    “More likely March,” Brown told commissioners. “This is out of our hands.

    Brown said the bridge over the CSX railroad on the north side of Cynthiana is “very unsafe.” He said truck traffic has been detoured around Church Street to eliminate some of the stresses on the reduced weight limit bridge.

  • Thankful for answered prayers

    When the McKinley and Sidles families sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, they’ll have no problem thinking of what they’re thankful for - a little boy named John Mikel.

    At home, Mindy and John Sidles took turns holding their 8-month-old son John Mikel while Disney’s “Robin Hood” played on the television in the living room.

    “It’s definitely going to be a big celebration of life,” said Mindy about their Thanksgiving day plans.

    John Mikel laughs, grunts, and appears to think about crying. But mostly, he smiles.

  • Thanksgiving Day feast will fill the need for food and fellowship

    Nearly every year on Thanksgiving night, the evening news does a segment on feeding the homeless from shelters or soup kitchens.

    In Harrison County, there is no homeless shelter, but there are people who are homeless or who live in sub-standard housing. They are hungry. Their children are hungry. There are also those residents who may not be homeless, but they have no one with whom to share the holiday. There are also the many individuals who will be working on Thanksgiving with no opportunity for a traditional harvest meal.

  • More room needed

    The success and enrollment growth of the nursing programs at Maysville Community and Technical College-Licking Valley Campus have left administrators looking for more space.

    LVC Director Bruce Florence said the nursing programs offered at the college required a generous amount of space that LVC could not accommodate.

    “We’re trying to find off-campus locations,” said Florence. “We’re hoping to stay within a two-mile perimeter of campus. We’d like for it to be somewhere here in town.”

  • New police chief named

    Having served for three months as acting Chief of Police, Ray Johnson officially stepped into the role on Wednesday morning.

    Johnson has been with the Cynthiana Police Department since 1991; first as an auxiliary officer then in 1993 as a patrolman. Five years later, he was promoted to sergeant and in 2004 to assistant chief.

    Johnson was one of several applicants for the position.

    “We got a good man,” said James Martin, safety commissioner.

  • Political sign clean-up project underway at LVC/MCTC

    The Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community and Technical College and the Cynthiana Recycling Center are partnering for a post-election campaign.

    The goal is to encourage the residents of Harrison County to take down election signs and recycle them for a better use.

    “One of the common concerns in this year’s commissioners race was the physical conditions of the city and its lack of eye appeal,” said LVC’s Karey Smith. “This is something that citizens can directly contribute to in an environmentally conscious approach.”