Local News

  • Shoveling slow

    The US 27 North bridge over the CSX Railroad is open. The bridge was expected to be open to traffic before Christmas with a Dec. 17 projection. However, last week’s snow hampered the finishing touches and delayed the opening until Sunday morning. Crews worked Saturday setting guard rails for the approaches and the stripes were painted Sunday morning. Above, a Walker Construction worker pushed some snow from the roadway just before the first car crossed the new bridge.

  • Mixed drink proposal gets nod on first reading

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    The Cynthiana Commission moved one step closer to allowing mixed drinks to be served in the city.
    During a special meeting Monday morning, the mayor and three of the commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance.
    A second reading is required for final approval. However, if approved at the second reading, the ordinance stipulates that it would not become effective until March 1, 2011.

  • Caywood will direct HarriCyn Community Theatre’s first presentation

    By Noel Christian Riddell,
    Cynthiana Arts Council
    The Cynthiana Arts Council is bringing community theatre to our town.  
    Thornton Wilder’s beloved ‘Our Town’ will be performed on stage at historic Rohs Opera House next April. The Pulitzer Prize winning play will be directed by tenured local educator, William Caywood, and staged by the HarriCyn Community Theatre.

  • Pooches deserve to get Christmas, too

    Santa has got the kids taken care of for Christmas, but who is taking care of the puppy dogs?
    Pound Puppy Pillow Project, was created by Vickie Switzer, in order to supply the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter with animal pillows to keep the little furry creatures a little warmer during the chilled months.
    “I wanted to do some kind of project that would able students to address a local need,” said Switzer, founder of Pennies for Pooches & Coins for Cats.
    This is where the high school FCCLA and middle school FFA clubs came into play.

  • 2010 proving to be bad year for tobacco farmers

    Farmers are battling not only a declining economic situation, but their friend and foe, Mother Nature, as well.
    The dry fall has proven to be the biggest thorn in the side of most Harrison County tobacco growers this 2010 growing season.
    “Curing conditions in the fall has made 2010 one of the worst tobacco crops in a while,” said Dale Duckworth, general manager of Cynthiana Southern States.
    Duckworth explained that there is an abundance of “yellow” tobacco this year.

  • Liquor-by-the-drink proposed

    The push is on to get liquor by the drink approved for Cynthiana by the exiting Cynthiana City Commission.
    City Attorney John Lair was directed to draft an ordinance citing economic hardship and the role that liquor-by-the-drink could play in improving that hardship for Cynthiana.
    “This is an economic issue,” said Mayor Jack Keith. “Our expenses are running more than our revenue.”

  • Officials search for answers in trailer heists

    Trailer owners beware. That’s what Harrison County Deputy Sheriff Tuan Kreer is advising.
    He said Monday morning that a rash of trailer heists has taken place in Harrison County over the last week. Five full-sized trailers have been reported missing.
    “Someone must be driving around looking for people not around,” Kreer said. “They’re having time to get loading ramps, too.”
    Kreer said the thefts have occurred all over the county and not in one specific area.

  • Workers brave elements to repair spewing waterline

    A drastic weather shift is said to be one of the major factors in a Webster Avenue waterline break last Thursday.
    At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 9, Cynthiana dispatch contacted Allen Swinford, supervisor of public works, to investigate a possible waterline problem on Webster Avenue between the Cynthiana Democrat office and the Harrison Administration building, the former CEC building.
    Upon arriving, it was assessed that there was a waterline problem which would require digging.
    At approximately 3 a.m. the city received the green light to begin digging.

  • Court reluctantly passes flood plain ordinance

    While the Harrison County Fiscal Court approved a proposed flood plain ordinance, it was visibly not what they wanted.
    “I feel that we are being blackmailed,” said Magistrate Bradley Copes. “What they are saying is ‘do this or we will do this to you’ and that’s not fair to anyone that this is affecting.”
    Nonetheless, it was brought up again by the other magistrates that if the ordinance was not passed, the consequences would be worse for property owners if their property were damaged by flood.

  • Center shares warmth with gifts of coats

      ’Tis the season of giving, and Christian Faith Center chose to give the gift of warmth to local children.
       “The church, during this season, originally went to Campton Ky., to distribute coats,” said church member Larra Dennie. “Last year we decided that we should give to some of the kids that we see every day.”
    Dennie said that the church was not able to give to the community the way that it wanted to without some help.