Local News

  • Teen biker is critical following Monday accident

    A Mt. Olivet man is in critical condition following a Monday evening motorcycle wreck in Harrison County.

    Garrett S. Young, 19, was traveling westbound on US 62 East around 6 p.m., when he rear-ended a van driven by Amy Sidles, 37, Brooksville.

    According to the accident draft report from Deputy Nathan Olin, Young was thrown from his motorcycle.

    “The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet,” Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton said Tuesday afternoon.

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

  • Animal Awareness Day is Saturday at Ken’s NewMarket

    Two animal lovers are hoping to raise funds and awareness for the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter.

    On Saturday, Vickie Switzer, Alicia Paschall and a group of about 20 volunteers, will host an Animal Awareness Day at Ken’s NewMarket parking lot.

    “We’re just a group of people that decided to do something instead of thinking about it,” Switzer said.

    A foster parent for shelter animals, Switzer said she and Paschall started  organizing the event in November.

  • On display: SWAP skateboard showcased at Corvette Museum

    Tyler Hardin, 18, doesn’t skate.

    He draws.

    It’s Hardin’s drawing on a skateboard that has landed it  a spot in a display case at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

    “I’m still kind of shocked,” Hardin said.

    Hardin’s skateboard features several pencil drawings of different models, including the 2011 and 1965 Corvettes.

    “I’ve always been a Corvette fan,” Hardin said.

  • Bridging the gap

    It’s going to get worse before it gets better, but it will definitely be an improvement.

    Since last July, the U.S. 27 North viaduct over CSX has been closed to heavy trucks, which have been diverted onto Church Street.

    Beginning in mid October, weather permitting, the viaduct will be closed to all traffic, said Nathan Fields, the Transportation Cabinet’s chief project inspector, which will send all traffic passing through Cynthiana to Church Street.

  • US 27 N wreck claims one life

    A man is dead following a Wednesday morning car accident on US 27 North.

    As of press time Wednesday morning, the individual had not been identified by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

    Officers at the scene said they believed the individual was a Pendleton County resident.

     The vehicle was traveling northbound around 10 a.m. when the car left the roadway, striking two parked tractors and a utility pole.

    The vehicle flipped, landing in the parking lot of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall.

  • Lance’s recovery: Defying the odds

    Baby Lance Phillips is defying the odds.

    Diagnosed with Hurler’s Syndrome, Lance was looking at a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy and months of recovery.

    Four months to the date from entering Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Lance was released to come home. He had already been released ahead of schedule from the hospital into the Ronald McDonald House.

    “He’s done really well,” said Amanda Phillips, Lance’s mother, who added that once Lance was released to the McDonald House he never had to be readmitted to the hospital.

  • Armed robbery under investigation

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate an armed robbery that occurred over the weekend.

    According to Deputy Nathan Gasser, an armed male entered a residence Sunday morning on Ky Hwy 392, demanding medication.

    As of Monday morning, no arrests in the case have been made.

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

  • ‘Here’s your sign’: Keep them off of poles

    The Cynthiana City Commission passed a new ordinance Tuesday night that instructs all city employees to remove signs from utility poles.

    The ordinance was effective yesterday.

    Billy Grayson, commissioner of public utilities, made a special motion because, he said, the ordinance will greatly improve the appearance of the city.

    The hanging of signs on utility poles is illegal, but some people seem to do it regardless, he said.

  • Former ER doctor in fair condition

    A former Harrison Memorial Hospital emergency room doctor is listed in fair condition at a Lexington hospital after a Saturday wreck in Scott County.

    At about 4:30 p.m., Dr. Michael Chestnut was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue near his residence on Thistle Way when he ran off the road, struck a utility pole and went into a creek.

    Chestnut was traveling alone in his vehicle and no other vehicles were involved, according to the report filed by Scott County Deputy Jeremy Johnson.

    Chestnut was transported to UK Medical Center by Georgetown-Scott County EMS.

  • County changes dead animal removal contract

    Effective immediately, Countryside Industries, Inc., of Lexington, Ky., will be handling Harrison County’s dead livestock removal.

    Griffin Industries, the former service provider, is no longer doing livestock removal.

    The service is free to any Harrison County resident and will be paid for by grants and  Harrison County Fiscal Court.

    If you have dead livestock that you need removed, please call 859-234-0004.

    For any questions about this change contact Alex Barnett at 859-234-7136 or the Harrison County Extension Office at 859-234-5510.