Local News

  • Stephens enters race as sheriff candidate

    Shain Allen Stephens has announced his candidacy for Harrison County Sheriff.

    Stephens, 44, is a life-long resident of Harrison County and a Democrat.

    He and his wife, Rebecca, to whom he has been married for 21 years, have three children, Tiffani, Madison and Owen.


    See his announcement in this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Bathalter enters race for judge

    Robert E. “Bob” Bathalter has filed to run for District Judge for the 18th Judicial District, which includes Pendleton, Harrison, Nicholas, and Robertson counties.

    Bathalter was born and raised on a small farm in southern Campbell County, Ky. He moved to Pendleton County in 1970, where he and his wife, Donna, now live. He is the step-father of Jim Barnard of Hebron, Ky., and Jordan Pinkston of Charlotte, N.C.

  • Change to guilty plea precedes Monday jury trial

    A 34-year-old Cynthiana woman changed her plea just days before a jury trial was to be held in Harrison Circuit Court.

    Carrie Sievers entered a guilty plea to eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument on Feb. 4.

  • Palmer seeks re-election to Senate

    State Sen. R.J. Palmer II, D-Winchester, citing a strong record that includes education reform, economic development and expanding highway infrastructure filed for re-election today.

    Palmer, who represents the 28th Senatorial District that includes Bath, Bourbon, Clark, Harrison, Montgomery and Nicholas counties, is beginning his ninth year of service in the Kentucky State Senate. He has served in the senate since 2001.


    See his full announcement in this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Tapp on ballot for transportation officer

    Walter Tapp has filed as a candidate for Harrison County Jailer/Transportation Officer.

    Tapp was born and raised in Harrison County. He graduated from Harrison County High School in 1982. He then went on to graduate from Eastern Kentucky University Police Academy with 400 hours of training. Tapp is Police Officer Professional Standards (POPS) certified. He continues to update his training every year.

    Tapp is a corporal for the Cynthiana Police Department, where he has been employed for the last 21 years.


  • Taylor seeks return to magisterial position

    Paula McNabb Taylor has filed as a candidate for magistrate of District 2, which includes precincts 3 and 4.

    Taylor is a life long resident of Harrison County. Taylor was married to the former magistrate Frankie C. Taylor (deceased). 

    She is the daughter of Ruth Jenkins McNabb and the late Donnie McNabb, both of whom formerly served as magistrates. 

    Taylor has two children and four granddaughters. Her daughter, Lourena, is married to Alan Judy and they have three daughters, Hannah, Katherine and Meredith. Her son, Jonathan, has one daughter, Marissa.

  • Sparks vies for court

    Ray Sparks has announced his candidacy for District 4 magistrate to serve on the Harrison County Fiscal Court.

    Sparks is a 1978 graduate of Harrison County High School. He is the son of Lee and Nona Sparks, both of Harrison County.

    He and his wife, Jennie McKee Sparks, have one son, Austin, who lives in Lexington

    See his announcement is this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Palmer sets sights on District 6 constable

    Joseph “Joey” Palmer has announced his candidacy for sixth district constable.

    Palmer was born and raised in Harrison County and is a 1995 graduate of Harrison County High School. He is married to Lori Reed Palmer and has two children, Kyle, 12, and Reece, 2.

    Palmer is the son of Gary Palmer and Debbie Lemons Palmer. He is the grandson of the late Stanley T. Lemons who served as the first district magistrate for 24 years.

  • Animals, food taken from shelter over weekend

    The Cynthiana Police Department is looking for leads after a break-in at the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter last weekend.

    “It’s kind of like a slap in the face,” said Animal Control Officer Allen Fryman.

    Police officers responded to the animal shelter shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

    Police Chief Ray Johnson said two animal shelter employees came to the shelter to clean at that time, finding several animals and supplies missing.

  • Here we snow again

    Tuesday’s weather was a mixed bag of tricks and apparently kept many people at home.

    Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson said everything was pretty quiet for the overnight  shift and even the Tuesday day shift was quiet.

    There was one accident on Tuesday morning in Cynthiana when a motorist slid into a utility pole on Pleasant Street.

    Johnson said when the weather is bad, officers do not run a regular patrol. He said they locate somewhere close to Main Street and respond to calls.