Local News

  • Bluegrass PRIDE grant allows for native plants to welcome Cynthiana visitors

    Native Kentucky plants now welcome residents and visitors to downtown Cynthiana.

    Cynthiana and Harrison County were two of 10 cities/counties awarded the Celebrate Kentucky Plants grant, funded by Bluegrass PRIDE and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    The city’s $1,000 grant was used to install plantings in front of the Papa John’s parking lot and a garden along the opposite side of the street, near Curves.

    The plantings and garden were planted last weekend.

  • Judge passes Harney arraignment

    Arraignment proceedings for the Northside Elementary PTO officer accused of taking more than $10,000 from the organization’s coffers were passed on Tuesday.

    Stacy Harney, 41, was indicted by a Harrison County grand jury March 2 on theft and forgery charges following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

    The investigation began after Christmas break when school officials were notified of discrepancies in the booster fund.

  • Fillies basketball coach resigns

    After two years at the helm of the Harrison County Fillies basketball team, Coach Jason Crisp has resigned.

    Crisp, who resides in Lexington, cited the difficulty of the commute and being away from his family as his reason for resigning.

  • Volunteer of the Year: Ron Harris

    “Mr. Harris! Mr. Harris! I lost a tooth!” Southside Elementary student Kendra Fizette cried out as Ron Harris entered Leigh Ann Cockrell’s first grade classroom.

    It was a Friday morning and Harris had come to volunteer.

    “He helps us read,” another student Morgynne Lunsford said.

    “He’s nice,” Fizette said. “Mr. Harris is a great person.”

    After retiring from the Transportation Cabinet in Frankfort in 1998, Harris began a personal mission to stay busy, while serving the community.

  • Trading in the classroom chairs

    Things are bouncy in Jon Salyer’s fourth grade classroom at Eastside Elementary.

    Salyer has traded in his classroom chairs for large bouncy balls.

    “I was really excited,” fourth grader Braden Bryant said about the news of the ball chairs. “It makes sitting down at your desk fun and it helps you get in shape around your stomach.”

    Salyer said the balls have been a hit.

    “School can get boring,” Salyer said. “At least this way, they can get some energy out.”

  • Funeral will be Tuesday for HCHS senior killed in Friday wreck

    Harrison County High School students are grieving Monday morning, following the death of senior Brittany Cordray, 17.

    According to a press release issued by the Kentucky State Police, Cordray and three passengers were traveling from Bourbon County around 9:45 p.m. Friday, when the 2000 Ford Taurus Cordray was driving left the roadway and flipped, landing in a nearby pond.

    The three juvenile passengers were able to get out of the vehicle and pull Cordray from the partially submerged vehicle.

  • Union Baptist Church burglarized last week

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a break-in at Union Baptist Church.

    Deputy Nathan Olin responded to the church on Robinson Union Road Wednesday morning, after church member Michael K. Fisher reported a missing desktop computer and monitor, sound board and power amp.

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

  • Red Cross swim lessons begin June 21

    The American Red Cross will offer swim lessons once again this summer.

    Instructors screened swimmers on Wednesday, June 2 at the Cynthiana Country Club from 4 to 6 p.m. to help place participants in the right class level.

    They also had registration.

    Kellie Brunker, American Red Cross instructor and facilitator, said there are six different levels. The levels range from introduction to water skills to skill proficiency and personal water safety.

    There are not any lessons being offered for preschoolers.

  • Man robbed at gunpoint in church parking lot

    A Harrison County man is in jail after an early morning robbery last week.

    Joshua Miles, 18, was arrested by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department early Thursday morning for first degree robbery and fourth degree assault (minor injury).

    Det. Paul Olin said Miles robbed a male individual in the parking lot of the Salem Church of Christ.

    Olin said the victim, whose name has not yet been released, was riding in a vehicle with Miles and a juvenile female when Miles stopped the car in the church parking lot.

  • Artist will have showing at Derby gala

    While covering the news as a  former reporter for The Cynthiana Democrat, Lisa Hurst developed a love for photography.

    Hurst left the newspaper in 2000, but never stopped taking pictures.

    “I take pictures of lots of things,” she said Monday afternoon.

    One of her pictures will be among the art displayed at the Governor’s Derby Exhibition at the Capitol Rotunda.

    “I was pleased,” Hurst said about finding out that her work had been selected.

    Hurst’s art showcases a close photograph of a hibiscus plant.