Local News

  • Academic Briefs


    A pre-AP and AP (Advanced Placement) student/parent night will be held Monday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Harrison County High School auditorium.

    Information about the program, policies and the AdvanceKY grant program will be shared.

    Food and prizes will also be provided.


    Sarina Gasser of Cynthiana was named to the 2010 spring semester Dean’s List at Midway College with a 4.0 grade point average.


  • Two killed in Thursday morning wreck

    A Harrison County man and woman are dead following an early morning car accident Thursday.

    Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton has released the name of the female  driver involved in the two-car collision on US 62 West near Switzer Pike.

    Miranda Walters, 30, was killed when her red Toyota sedan struck an oncoming gold Toyota sedan.

    Law enforcement officials have yet to release the name of the male driver.

    Hampton said his department continues to work with Georgetown police to identify the body.

  • P&Z decision for Leesburg store expected at Monday's meeting

    Ned Tawasha’s proposed Leesburg store could be one step closer to construction if a site development plan is approved by the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission at tonight’s meeting.

    Previously on July’s agenda, the issue was tabled upon a request from Leesburg residents and their lawyer, Hank Graddy.

    The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Department on Pike Street.

    For the meeting results, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Coach proposes Football Bowl

    Harrison County High School is considering hosting a Football Bowl during the 2011-2012 school year. Head Coach of the football  team, Mark Carroll presented the proposal to the Harrison County Board of Education at its meeting last week. He said the Bowl would give Harrison County a chance to get its name out and earn some extra money. The board was receptive to the idea, but urged Carroll to start preparations and planning now if he wants to see it happen.

    Other actions taken by the board at the meeting included:

  • More money, says P&Z chairman

    More money, that’s what Planning and Zoning chairman Avi Bear requested at Tuesday’s Harrison County fiscal court meeting.

    Bear explained that two major issues face the commission with some immediacy needed.

    The commission has been without an enforcement officer since Linden Smith left the position in February. Former board member Lynden Platt stepped in as administrator, but said he would not have the time for enforcement.

    Bear said it has since become obvious that there is a need for someone to enforce ordinances.

  • HCHS principal leaving the Hilltop

    With the school year beginning next month, Harrison County High School will be looking for a new principal.

    HCHS principal Jim Schmidt resigned from his position last Thursday, July 1.

    According to his letter of resignation, obtained by The Cynthiana Democrat in an open records request, Schmidt’s resignation became effective June 30, the day before the letter was submitted to Assistant Superintendent DeeGee Fischer.

    “At this time, I find it prudent to submit my resignation,” Schmidt’s letter to Superintendent Andy Dotson reads.

  • Strength in numbers

    There was a time in Cathy McCord’s life, 12 years ago, when she was sick. So sick, in fact, that she couldn’t bring herself to look at her reflection in the mirror.

    “We were traveling and we had to hurry …” she said. “I told my son, ‘I need to change my shirt, I need for you to turn around because I need to take off my wig to do it.’”

    Her son, who was in grade school at the time, said he wouldn’t look because he was afraid it would make him sick.

  • Kentucky’s Best owners plead guilty

    Just over a year since federal investigators raided a Cynthiana factory, its owners have pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges and have agreed to repay the millions of dollars owed to the government.

    The father and son owners of Farmers’ Tobacco Co., Robert and Mike Ammerman, appeared in U.S. District Court in Mississippi on Tuesday to make their pleas and avoid federal indictments.

  • New deputy joins sheriff’s department

    Deputy Sheriff Tuan Kreer has been a policeman for eight years.

    He said he became interested in this profession because he wanted children to have a safe environment in which to grow up.

    “I want to make sure that they are able to prosper in that environment,” Kreer said.

    Kreer, 40, has two children of his own--Hadley, who is nine, and Ethan, who is four.

    The rest of his time, aside from work, is spent entertaining those two.

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

  • Back-to-school section coming this week

    The first day of school is right around the corner!

    This week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat will feature its annual back-to-school section, complete with class lists, bus routes, supply lists and letters from Superintendent Andy Dotson and each school principal.

    It’s all the info every Harrison County student needs for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year!