Local News

  • Police investigate toddler death

    Kentucky State Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department continue to investigate the death of a Harrison County toddler.


    Deputies responded to 3263 Mudlick Road Wednesday evening at 5:48 p.m., where they found 20-month-old Jayden Hall dead.


    Family members told law enforcement officials that Jayden drowned in a backyard pool, where he was found.


    Jayden was the son of Lisa Hall and Eric Knipper.


    Information will be updated as it is obtained.


  • Cynthiana's top salaries reviewed

    As public works/utilities  director, Gary Royalty tops the City of Cynthiana’s salaries at $57,706.22.

    Royalty’s salary, along with the other top 10 city salaries, will be published in this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

    A complete list of city salaries will be posted online Thursday at www.cynthianademocrat.com.

  • Man with a gun arrested at MSP

    Cynthiana Police arrested Brandon Pennington, 23, at MSP Shell Mart on Monday evening around 5:45 p.m.

    According to police, Pennington was at the store when an attendant noticed the handgun tucked inside the waistband of Pennington’s pants. When police arrived, Pennington was in the parking lot and told police he was looking for the person who had “ripped him off.” He was trying to recover $120, but did not elaborate on who had taken the money.

    Pennington was charged with carrying a concealed, deadly weapon.


  • Playground structure to be built at FRVP

    Members of the Cynthiana Rotary Club wanted to help with a Haiti relief project after the devastating earthquake. However, they wanted something more lasting than sending water and food, Avi Bear told members of the Harrison County Fiscal Court Tuesday night.

    That’s when they turned to the University of Cincinnati and its engineering and architecture students.

    The plan is to build a prototype structure locally and then to take their plans to Haiti.

  • Nichols named assistant HCHS principal

    Harrison County High School has a new assistant principal and Jenny Nichols has her dream job.

    “It’s a dream come true,” Nichols said Friday afternoon.

    The former HCHS social studies teacher was hired at the beginning of September to fill the vacant position following Amy Casey’s hire as head principal.

    “I wanted to be in a position where I can have more of an impact on the kids,” Nichols said.

    For the complete story, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Local brewer hops into state competition

    Jeff Beagle loves beer. Craft beer that is.

    He started brewing his own beer about three years ago after he entered into the Second Annual Kentucky Ale Brew Off competition sponsored by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.

    This year, Beagle entered a beer he called Kentucky Coal Porter and won the competition.

    A single batch of his beer will be brewed by Alltech and commercially-sized for entry in the Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am Competition this September in Denver, Colo.

  • Mattmiller recovering from head surgery

    Cynthiana Commissioner Mark Mattmiller remains in the hospital following a weekend surgery.

    During a phone interview Monday morning, Mattmiller said he was admitted to Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington after suffering from a severe headache Sunday.

    Mattmiller said he had been taking blood thinner following a heart attack in July.

    Doctors told Mattmiller that the medication affected a previous unknown brain injury, causing a subdural hematoma or a collection of blood on the surface of the brain.

  • Songwriter is living his dream

    When Tim Jennens was eight years old, he would listen to his older sister play the piano.

    “I was just really intrigued by the whole thing and I eventually learned how to play it by ear,” Jennens said.

    When Jennens’ mother came home one day to sounds of the piano, she wasn’t surprised.

    But she was shocked to find out that the pianist was her son.

    “It just comes so natural, it’s hard for me to explain,” Jennens said.

  • Bye, Bye Burley Pumpkin Patch

    Bye bye burley. Hello pumpkins.

    For generations, Mike Stroub and Pat Hick’s 76-acre farm on Robinson Union Road has been filled with rows of tobacco.

    But this year, the fields of burley have been traded for a very large pumpkin patch.

    “It’s been an idea for 15 years,” Stroub said.

    The idea, he said, is to create a farm haven, complete with pumpkins, animals, hayrides, walking trails and fun.

    “We want them to just enjoy a day at the farm,” Hicks said.

  • Judy honored for Look Good, Feel Better program

    For five years, Judy Judy has been helping female cancer patients feel... and look a little better.

    “No matter what you’re going through, if you look good, you’re going to feel better,” Judy said.

    A licensed cosmetologist, Judy teaches patients about skin care and makeup during her Look Good... Feel Better sessions at Georgetown Community Hospital.

    “Your skin is your largest organ in the body,” Judy said, adding that often the skin is attacked first during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.