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  • Book fair returns to HCHS library

    The new librarian at Harrison County High School is bringing back something which has been gone for some time - a book fair.

    From Oct. 27 through 31, the library will be host to a Scholastic book fair and will have special events and expanded hours to go along.

    On Monday, HCHS is having parent-teacher conferences. Librarian Stacy Cawley used that opportunity to expand library hours from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

    That way, she said, “Parents have a chance to get in.”

  • City considers hiring more officers

    The Cynthiana Police Department may soon be four men stronger in its 16-member force.

    At a special meeting on Tuesday, commissioners voted to hire two police officer recruits after a lengthy discussion.

    Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown wanted to hold off hiring the recruits citing the city would be better served if it could get two certified officers.

    The recruits must complete a 16-week academy in Richmond before being road-ready.

    Brown indicated that there may be certified officers interested in the positions from a neighboring department.

  • Morgan’s Raid subject of library special

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library and the Harrison County Historical Society have a special treat for the community.

    Next Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., Civil War author Lester Horowitz will be a guest speaker at the library. The event will also serve as the society’s monthly meeting.

    Horowitz will speak on Morgan’s Raid, which he detailed in his book, The Longest Raid of The Civil War: The Raid of General John Hunt Morgan, which was nominated for the Pulitzer in History.

  • Magistrate Stanley Lemons dies at age 87

    Stanley Taylor Lemons, the county magistrate for District 1, died at his home Sunday evening.

    He was 87.

    “He was a real stand-up leader for the county,” Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said Monday afternoon. “He was kind of quiet, but firm - he knew what he wanted.”

    While it’s hard to determine whether Lemons was the longest serving magistrate ever in the county, at just under 24 years of service, he was certainly the longest in recent history.

    He was elected to his post in 1984.

  • Trial set for pair accused of robbing Berry bank

    Trial dates have been set for two Harrison Countians charged in connection with robbing the Berry Branch of Farmers National Bank four years ago.

    James Brandenburg, 39, was indicted last month on a charge of first degree robbery, and Roxanna Crump was indicted for first degree complicity to commit robbery.

    The bank was robbed at gunpoint on July 15, 2004.

    They will go to trial in Harrison Circuit Court on Nov. 20 and 21. Pretrial conferences are set for Nov. 4.

  • Baptist church burglary suspect indicted

    Nearly four months after Cynthiana Baptist Church was burglarized, a suspect stands accused and indicted by a Harrison County grand jury.

    Shannon Bills, 25, was one of 20 individuals indicted by the grand jury on Tuesday.

    Bills faces a nine-count indictment for his alleged role in the June 28 burglary of the church and subsequent activity.

  • Special wheelchair needed for 7-foot tall man

    “Everybody knows me,” George says with a smile that makes the blue of his eyes sparkle.

    At 7-feet tall, George Willen barely fits into the wheelchair he depends on for his mobility. He suffers from cellulitis but is more restricted by complications that have resulted from his unusual height.

    He is a resident of Parkside Manor where he can most always be found sitting in his wheelchair in the parking lot waving at passersby on Oddville Avenue or on the facility’s expansive porch.

  • WWII veterans honored by free trip to memorial in Washington, D.C.

    Are you a World War II veteran? Have you seen the memorial to you in Washington D.C.?

    Are you familiar with the organization Honor Flight?

    If you are a WWII veteran, you’re eligible for a free, one-day trip to Washington D.C. to visit your memorial.

    It is the mission of Honor Flight to honor as many of these ‘ordinary people who saved the world’ by providing  them with an organized and expense-paid trip to visit their memorial.

  • Candidate forum for city commissioners is Monday, Oct. 20

    Four seats are up for grabs on the Cynthiana City Commission. Eight candidates are each looking to fill those positions.

    To assist voters in the Nov. 4 election, The Cynthiana Democrat is hosting a candidate forum on Monday, Oct. 20, with the commission candidates.

    Seven of the eight candidates have committed to participate in the 7 p.m. event, which will be held at the County Extension Office on New Lair Road.

    Incumbent candidate Jimmy New will be unable to attend due to a family obligation.

  • Trick or Treat may be moved back to Oct. 31

    The Cynthiana City Commission will have a special meeting Monday morning to consider a proposal to move Trick or Treat back to Oct. 31.

    Commissioners voted Tuesday to move the children's night out to Saturday, Nov. 1, because of a possible conflict with high school football. However, the Thorobreds are playing out of town on Friday. There are more conflicts on Saturday night with Northside Elementary School's annual Fall Festival and Pee Wee football championship play-offs on the Hilltop.