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  • Police arrest more suspects in drug sweep

    Three more suspects have been charged in a drug enforcement sweep orchestrated by the Kentucky State Police and Harrison County Sheriff's Office.

    On Thursday, police picked up Misty Fryman, 28, West Pleasant Street, Cynthiana, and Kathy Callahan, 42, Fifth Street, charging both with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

  • School board posthumously honors England and White

    The Harrison County Board of Education paid tribute to two people the school system has lost recently.

    The meeting began with a moment of silence for Goebel White, who worked for the system for 51 years - 47 of those as a bus driver, and board member Joe England.

    White died last Friday and England died in February.

    Englands legacy was commemorated with a few other actions and presentations.

    Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) president Ed Massey, along with KSBA executive director Bill Scott, read a resolution honoring England's service to the community.

  • Magistrate proposes deeding Handy House to committee

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court held discussions on the proposed changes to the Oddville Avenue park plan Tuesday night.

    Bill Esray, of Wee Landscape Architecture, made a presentation detailing the redesign of the hilltop portion of the park commissioned by the Handy House Committee.

    Wee's design leaves all the master plan elements intact but spares the house and barns. This is achieved by slightly moving the pool, a playground and the recreation center.

    "We've got a solution tonight," Esray said. "I'm not here to shove that solution down your throats."

  • Two commissioners drop out

    Two incumbent candidates for Cynthiana City Commission have withdrawn from the race.

    James Martin and Bill Doan announced Tuesday that they would not be seeking re-election in May.

    In a telephone interview Wednesday morning, Martin said "I don't feel like we're getting anything accomplished."

    Martin said it was with personal thought and family considerations that he made the decision to withdraw.

  • New superintendent set to take over with Woodward retirement

    Harrison County's next school superintendent is Andy Dotson.

    The board made its decision Sunday following a two-month search for a replacement of retiring Dr. Roy Woodward.

    Dotson, 45, comes to Harrison County via the Kentucky Department of Education. He has served KDE for the last two years as its secondary programs consultant in the Office of Teaching and Learning.

    Prior to taking the KDE position, Dotson was principal at Phelps High School in Pike County.

    Phelps' 400-plus student body is made up of seventh through 12th grade students.

  • Home and Garden Show this weekend

    The fifth annual Home and Garden Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Cynthiana Tire Service grounds on New Lair Road.

    The show will feature over 50 booths offering specialty products and services for the spring planting and home improvement season.

    The gate will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, and close at 4 p.m. Sunday hours will be 1-4 p.m.

    The cost to get in is a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Harrison County Food Pantry.

  • Cynthiana men arrested in connection with Monday bank robbery

    Note: Information on this story was released after the print deadline for this week's edition of The Cynthiana Democrat. A complete story will be in the May 1 edition.

    Two Cynthiana men have been arrested in connection with a Monday morning bank robbery in Bourbon County.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, Steve Perry, 28, of Cynthiana, was arrested and charged with robbery first degree, and tampering with physical evidence.

  • New superintendent hired

    The Harrison County Board of Education hired a new superintendent on Sunday.

    Andy Dotson, a native of Pikeville, Ky., was chosen from the list of finalists. Dotson is currently an employee of the Kentucky Department of Education.

    More information will be released as it becomes available.

  • Police arrest suspect in ATV heist

    A Cynthiana man was arrested Monday morning after having eluded police on a 4-wheeler Saturday night.

    Deputy Paul Olin of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department said Jeffrey Pratt allegedly took a 2007 Honda ATV from a garage on Walnut Street.

    Sonya Kiskaden reported the 4-wheeler stolen on Wednesday, April 9. She told police that Pratt asked her earlier to sell the ATV, but she declined.

  • EDA calls for state assessment of Harrison County

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Economic Development Authority (EDA) voted last Thursday to put Harrison County on a list of counties to be assessed by the state.

    Darlene Bussell, development specialist for the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, came to the meeting at the request of Dr. Ed Ford to present information about the cabinets community assessment program.

    Bussell said the assessment is designed to help communities be more attractive to industries.

    "It is to create jobs and help the local economy," she said.