Local News

  • Renovation underway at Cynthiana Presbyterian

    The  Cynthiana Presbyterian Church has started work on its historical restoration/renovation project.

    The project will take about six months to complete.

    Arthur DeYoung, interim pastor of the church, said the congregation voted on June 12 to do the restoration.

    He said the construction is necessary to maintain the building and keep it in repair for many years of use. 

    The entire roof will be replaced, a wall on the Pleasant Street side is being reconsructed and the mortar between the bricks will be replaced.

  • Police have woman in custody following Friday shooting

    Police have one woman in custody and a second woman has been taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

    About 4 p.m. Friday, neighbors on Confederate Drive said a woman drove onto their street, jumped from the passenger side of her car and headed to the home of her ex-husband with a gun in hand.

    Once at the home, she fired shots at the ex-husband’s girlfriend as well as a neighbor who was outside.

    Names of those involved in the shooting have not been released.

  • School administration offices relocate to CEC building

    Harrison County school system administrators are in a new office.

    “It’s a lot easier to streamline information here,” Superintendent Andy Dotson said Tuesday morning from his new office at the former Community Education Center.

    Dotson said the new central office now houses all the academic, financial and human resource offices.


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

  • Positive identification made of missing Montgomery County woman

    A positive identification has been made of the body recovered in January in Powell County.

    It is the remains of Sabrina Vaughn, who had been missing from Montgomery County since December 2003.

    Vaughn was an ex-girlfriend of Bass Webb, who has been charged with the murder of Bryia Runiewicz in Harrison County as well as Vaughn’s murder.

    Webb is scheduled for trial in Vaughn’s murder in February in  Montgomery County. He will also be tried for Runiewicz’s murder in March in Harrison County.

  • Police can start issuing warnings next week to texting drivers

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    Starting on July 13, Kentucky residents can start being pulled over for texting while driving.

    The bill, House Bill 415, was signed and made into law on April 15, 2010, by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    The law is part of Beshear’s nationwide effort to reduce distracted driving crashes, according to a state press release.

    He said he hopes that the ban will “increase awareness and encourage drivers to stay focused” while driving.

  • Former State Senator Dr. Ed Ford dies

    Former Kentucky Senator Dr. Ed Ford has passed away at his US 27 North residence.

    Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.

    Ware Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Information will be updated online at www.cynthianademocrat.com as it becomes available.

  • 86-year-old beekeeper ‘charms’ hives

    On summer nights, you can find Stella Martin and her bees, each on their own front porch trying to cool off.

    Martin said she likes to sit and watch the bees with her neighbor, Sara Dunham.

    “I like to know they’re alright before I go to bed,” she said.

    Martin, 86, said she used to go to Dunham’s house to  watch her neighbor’s bees and help her with them.

    She now has three hives of her own.

  • Budget shortfall expected for city

    The Cynthiana City Commission has passed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, but the commission admits it’s not exactly ideal.

    “Our revenues are down and because of unusual one-time expenses we anticipate, we are budgeting to spend more money than we are expecting our revenues to be...” Commissioner Mark Mattmiller said shortly before Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting.

    The budget projects the city to spend $5,610,460 in the upcoming fiscal year, with generated revenues of only $5,337,289.

  • Faces of the Fair

    The Harrison County Fair was from July 8th to the 17th this year. It drew large crowds to its festivities such as the Poultry Show, the Tractor Pull, the Baby Show and Family Fun Night. There was also good food availble to be enjoyed such as fried pickles, funnel cake and snow cones. For more from the fair check out this week's Democrat.

  • Artist drawing on talent for struggling orchestras

    Joan Herndon tries to spend at least an hour each day practicing what she calls “dying arts.”

    She is a piccolo player for the Springfield Symphony and is also the creator of Sym-Funnies, which is a novelty cartoon business.

    Herndon began drawing when she was about 3 years old.

    She said doodling was “pretty much how [she] went through school.”