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  • Richmond woman named new principal of Harrison County ATC

    When doors closed and classes began on the first day of school at the Harrison County Area Technology Center, Diana Gordon had to remember she was the new principal.

    “When everyone went in and closed their doors, it was like, what do I do?” Gordon said, laughing.

    An office technology teacher at Madison County Area Technology Center for 22 years, Gordon began the role as the Harrison County vocational school principal in July.

    And while she said leaving the classroom for the principal’s office is an adjustment, she is enjoying the new job.

  • School Salaries

    Dotson, Andy     111,269.04

    Fischer, Debra     109,083.50

    Schmidt, James     96,554.64

    Shepard, Melissa     92,025.84

    Case, David     91,499.04

    Hill, Cynthia     87,847.20

    Varner Hatter, Jenny Lynn     86,004.72

    Dycus, Richard     85,073.28

    Asher, Julie     84,429.36

    Yearsley, Brad     82,138.46

  • Ex-wife charged in shooting rampage

    The general quietness of the neighborhood around Confederate Drive was shattered by the sound of gunfire Friday afternoon.

    When the calm returned, one woman was being airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and another woman was in police custody.

    Shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, Charles Arnold and his fiance Amber Florence were in their front yard at 105 Confederate Drive when Arnold’s ex-wife Sandy Southwood arrived with gun in hand.

  • Get Taste of Harrison County downtown this weekend

    This weekend will serve up Cynthiana’s annual Taste of Harrison County.

     “This is just another way to celebrate life in Harrison County,” said coordinator Karen Adams.

    Hosted by the Cynthiana Lions Club, Saturday’s festival will include over 50 arts and crafts booths located downtown around the courthouse lawn.

    Crafts for sale will include jewelry, fall home decor, flowers, homemade sauces and baked goods.

    “We’ve got a variety of items...” Adams said. “There will be good food, too...”

  • Ballot finalized for November general election

    As fall draws near, so does the general election.

    Two school board positions will be on November’s ballot.

    Mary June Brunker, who was appointed to fill Lucy Vanhook’s remaining term, will run against Mike Fisher for the second division seat.

    For the first division school board seat, Dr. Don Stephens will run unopposed.


    For the complete list of those candidates running in November's general election, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • First furlough day is Friday

    State agencies and offices will observe the first of six mandated furlough days this Friday.

    Due to the furlough day, the Harrison County PVA office will be closed Friday.

    PVA administrator Carla Harney said the office will also be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

    Some state offices and services will remain open Friday, including state parks, Kentucky State Police and several Transportation Cabinet services.

  • Academic Briefs


    Five students at Harrison County High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.

  • Sheely’s tale comes to life at dinner offering

    “There’s nobody here but you and me tonight...”

    The words of David Sheely’s ghost have become a Harrison County legend.

    And Rohs Opera House co-owners are making sure it’s a story no one will forget anytime soon.

    Set in the courtyard of the old jail, Rohs is bringing Sheely’s story to life at ‘Dinner with David Sheely’ on Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2.

    For more on this story, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Graham races and raises for a cure

    Mandie Graham is running again and racing for a cure.

    A breast cancer survivor, Graham will run Oct. 16 in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Lexington.

    “It really means something to me,” Graham said Monday morning.

    At last year’s race, Graham was the first cancer survivor to cross the 5K finish line in 26 minutes and 25 seconds.

    This year, Graham has new goals.

  • Attempted murder case goes to grand jury

    Sandy Southwood, who was charged last week with attempted murder, appeared in Harrison District Court Monday to hear that her case was being bound over to the grand jury for indictment consideration. Her $500,000 bond was unchanged.

    Southwood, 41, was arrested after she allegedly shot her ex-husband’s fiance on July 31.

    For more on this story, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.