Local News

  • U.S. 27 viaduct to close Sept. 20

    The existing U.S. 27 bridge over CSX Railroad in Cynthiana will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, Sept. 20. All traffic will be detoured to Church Street. 

    There is a sign directing the detour. Main Street Connector construction is completed and open to all traffic.

    According to a press release from the state’s Transportation Cabinet, total closure is needed to continue new bridge construction. All traffic is expected to be on the new bridge by Christmas 2010. Overall completion of project is slated for summer 2011.


  • HIS CASE: Foley takes collection hobby to new level

    Sixty-one years ago, a young man found his calling when he was just nine years old. It was in a plowed field across from the Pleasant Street Bridge.

    Philip Foley, 70, remembers reading a story in his third grade reader about two kids who decided to go looking for arrowheads while they were at their grandma’s house.

    “None of us knew what arrowheads were and the teacher had to explain it to us,” he said. “Three of us boys became intrigued at the thought of finding these and decided to go look for some after school.”

  • Pedestrian struck in front of Walmart

    A Cynthiana woman, Sylvia Fight, 74, has been airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with life threatening injuries.

    According to Sgt. Wilbur Gross of the Cynthiana Police Department,  Fight was walking in the cross walk at Walmart shortly after 10 a.m. Friday when she was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Lauren Watts, 24.

    Gross said that Fight sustained severe head trauma and was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital then transferred to Lexington.

  • Oxy charges top grand jury session

    Thirteen individuals were named in 14 indictments Tuesday in Harrison Circuit Court.

    The grand jury issued the indictments during a lengthy session. Eight of the indictments were drug-related, five of which dealt with the possession or sale of Oxycodone.

    William Seivers, 36, faces a two-count indictment. He is charged with an incident that allegedly occurred on June 25 where he “knowingly or unlawfully either sold or transferred Oxycodone, a schedule II narcotic drug, to another person.”

  • New principal named for area tech center

    The Harrison County Area Technology Center began the school year with a new principal.

    After 22 years as an office technology teacher at Madison County Area Technology Center, Diana Gordon took on the new role as principal in July.

    “Everyone here has been wonderful,” Gordon said Friday.

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

  • City takes tax rate to generate same revenue as last year

    The Cynthiana City Commission isn’t asking for a tax hike.

    At Tuesday evening’s meeting, the commission voted to set the compensating tax rate for real, personal and mixed property.

    Mayor Jack Keith said residents continue to face hard, economic times.

    “They don’t need a tax increase at this time,” he said.

    The new rates for 2010 will be 16.7 cents on each and every $100 of taxable real property and 23.28 cents on each and every $100 worth of taxable personal and mixed property.

  • Harrison County’s flood plain boundaries increasing in 2011

    Harrison County is no stranger to flooding.

    Beginning in January 2011, Harrison County’s flood plain boundaries will increase.

    According to information supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 264 miles of land has been added to the county’s 100-year floodplain.

    Harrison County’s Emergency Management Director Mike Palmer said 152 landowners received letters about the floodplain increase.

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

  • Election write-in candidates

    Following last week’s article about the upcoming general election, there will be two write-in candidates for constable positions.

    For District 3 constable, Jerry T. Wright will be a write-in candidate, along with Nathan Linville for the District 5 constable seat.

    “Write-in candidates never appear on the ballot,” county clerk Linda Furnish said. “It is up to the candidate to let people know that they are a write-in.”


  • Taste of Harrison County is Saturday

    This weekend will serve up Cynthiana’s annual Taste of Harrison County.

    The event will feature over 50 arts and crafts booths and 11 food booths, all positioned around the courthouse lawn downtown.

    The festival will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

    Taste of Harrison County is sponsored by the Cynthiana Lions Club.

    For additional details about the event, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • CHICAGO HOPE: Rescue groups take shelter animals

    There are 22 dog pens at Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter.

    When those pens are full and the maximum 50 dogs are being housed, decisions have to be made.

    And dogs have to be euthanized.

    But one group of volunteers is working to give stray dogs another chance... in Chicago.

    For over a year, Humane Society volunteers have been transporting shelter dogs from Harrison County to rescue and adoption agencies in Chicago.

    “It’s just been wonderful,” volunteer Jenny McKemie said about the operation called Chicago Rescue.