Local News

  • Back-to-school section coming this week

    The first day of school is right around the corner!

    This week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat will feature its annual back-to-school section, complete with class lists, bus routes, supply lists and letters from Superintendent Andy Dotson and each school principal.

    It’s all the info every Harrison County student needs for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year!


  • Celebrating the Fourth

    The Cynthiana Rotary Club hosted a Fabulous Fourth event on the Hilltop Saturday evening.

    Hundreds of people arrived at dusk to watch fireworks. However, earlier in the evening, families turned out for the refreshments and children's activities, which included inflatable houses, corn hole and snow cones.

    The fireworks display was made possible through donations from the Harrison County Fiscal Court and the Cynthiana City Commission.

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

  • Cable company considers pulling local service number

    Time Warner Cable is considering getting rid of its local number for Cynthiana.

    This local number, that is maintained during normal business hours, was implemented as part of a cable television franchise agreement, according to an e-mail between Linda Ain, the attorney for the Kentucky Regional Cable Commission, and City Clerk Charleen McIlvain on June 8.

    The franchise requirements went into effect July 2005.

    Robert Trott, general manager of Time Warner Cable for Central Kentucky, said the decision is a favorable business move.

  • HCHS principal resigns

    Harrison County High School principal James Schmidt has resigned.

    According to Assistant Superintendent DeeGee Fischer,  Schmidt’s resignation became effective June 30.

    In Schmidt’s resignation letter, obtained by The Cynthiana Democrat in an open records request, Schmidt does not mention a reason for leaving the position.

    “At this time, I find it prudent to submit my resignation,” the letter reads.

    Fischer said assistant principal Amy Casey has been appointed by Superintendent Andy Dotson to serve as interim principal.

  • Former lawmaker was friend to many

    Flags at all Kentucky office buildings will be at half-staff today, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of Sen. Ed Ford, who died at his home last week.

    The former state senator and governor’s advisor will be buried at Battle Grove Cemetery following his 1 p.m. funeral service at Cynthiana Christian Church.

    Ford, 80, began his political career as a member of the Harrison County Board of Education, which he served for seven years.

  • Castillo ends medical practice after 40 years

    After almost 40 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Julian Castillo Jr. is retiring.

    “I’m going to miss my patients,” Castillo said about the thousands of individuals he has served at his Harrison Memorial Hospital general practice office.

    Originally from the Philippines, Castillo attended medical school at the Manila Central University in Caloocan City, Philippines.

    Interested in science, Castillo said he believed becoming a doctor was one of the only ways he would be able to travel to the United States.

  • Local singer’s group auditions for Nashville television show

    Three years ago, Cynthiana’s Nathan Harrington, and seven other guys in the musical group, “Five By Tuesday,” recorded a demo CD for people interested in hiring the band for entertainment at weddings and birthday parties. Little did they know that same demo would one day land them an audition on a nationally televised singing competition.

    “Five By Tuesday” was created in 2003 by former members of the University of Kentucky’s acoUstiKats.

  • A story teller: Barnett uses canvas to bring memories to life

    Some artists use their imagination to create art, but others use their memories.

    Like Harold Barnett, who tries to tell a story through each one of his works. His stories.

    “It brings out the interest in the painting itself,” Barnett said. “Maybe you can visualize yourself in the scene.”

    For the last several years. Barnett has created a Christmas print that he has sent out to friends and family instead of a card.

  • Teen biker is critical following Monday accident

    A Mt. Olivet man is in critical condition following a Monday evening motorcycle wreck in Harrison County.

    Garrett S. Young, 19, was traveling westbound on US 62 East around 6 p.m., when he rear-ended a van driven by Amy Sidles, 37, Brooksville.

    According to the accident draft report from Deputy Nathan Olin, Young was thrown from his motorcycle.

    “The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet,” Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton said Tuesday afternoon.

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

  • Animal Awareness Day is Saturday at Ken’s NewMarket

    Two animal lovers are hoping to raise funds and awareness for the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter.

    On Saturday, Vickie Switzer, Alicia Paschall and a group of about 20 volunteers, will host an Animal Awareness Day at Ken’s NewMarket parking lot.

    “We’re just a group of people that decided to do something instead of thinking about it,” Switzer said.

    A foster parent for shelter animals, Switzer said she and Paschall started  organizing the event in November.