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  • Landlords seek reimbursement of tenant losses from sewer back up

    By Becky Barnes, Editor

    Landlords Willie Smith and Jeff Hopkins would like to recoup their losses and those of their tenants from the city.

    Smith told commissioners Tuesday night that he and Hopkins recovered $11,094 from their insurance company after a sewer back-up into their Second Street property on Jan. 10.

    Tenants, who lost much of their belongings when the sewer backed up several inches into their apartments, said their renters insurance did not cover their losses stating that the tenant should not be responsible for sewer back-up.

  • Local guardsmen prepare for combat deployment

    Soldiers from Cynthiana's National Guard Unit are now in western Kentucky going through specialized training for their upcoming deployment.

    The 201st Engineer Battalion of the Kentucky Army National Guard, which is made up of units from Ashland, Olive Hill, Cynthiana and Prestonsburg and is commanded by Lt. Col. Michael Ferguson, arrived at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Muhlenberg County on Saturday Feb. 9.

  • First major winter storm hits Harrison County

    Cynthiana's first major winter storm of the year occurred Monday night and dumped four inches of snow and about one-quarter of an inch of ice, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville. School maintenance technician Doug McCarty cleared snow and ice from Harrison County High School's parking lot Tuesday morning for classes to resume on Wednesday. However, another burst of snow and ice kept students home another day. Students had one day of classes since cancelling last Wednesday due to an outbreak of flu.

  • First major winter storm hits Harrison County

    Cynthiana's first major winter storm of the year occurred Monday night and dumped four inches of snow and about one-quarter of an inch of ice, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville. School maintenance technician Doug McCarty cleared snow and ice from Harrison County High School's parking lot Tuesday morning for classes to resume on Wednesday. However, another burst of snow and ice kept students home another day. Students had one day of classes since cancelling last Wednesday due to an outbreak of flu.

  • Grand jury releases three indictments

    A Harrison County grand jury met last week returning three indictments.

    A five-count indictment was issued against Matthew S. Taylor, 22, on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    In counts 1-4, the grand jury alleges that Taylor passed checks on Gary Adamson's Fifth-Third Bank account totaling $898.50 from Nov. 13 to Nov. 26. The grand jury also alleges that Taylor knew the checks were forged and that he was attempting to defraud or deceive someone else.

  • Cynthiana man pleads guilty to sexual abuse charges

    The Cynthiana man who was arrested in a Pennsylvania child predator sting, has entered guilty pleas to numerous charges.

    Thomas Vascotto changed his plea on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Butler County (Penn.) Court of Common Pleas.

    Vascotto was accused of driving to Pennsylvania to have sex with what he believed was a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 4.

  • TORNADO CONFIRMED: Volunteers step in for massive cleanup

    As the clean up begins from last Wednesdays now-confirmed EF-2 tornado, residents from all across the county are coming together to offer aid.

    Shaw Lane farmer Paul Colson said he felt like he had lost everything. After a few days, however, his perspective changed.

    When I arrived at my farm at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, I thought I had lost everything in the world, Colson said in a letter to The Cynthiana Democrat. It took me a couple of days to realize that I had actually lost very little and gained so much more.

  • No school Friday, sickness still a factor

    No classes in Harrison County on Friday. School officials announced the closure Thursday morning to follow up the two days classes were already dismissed for the flu on Wednesday and Thursday.

    School officials announced the dismissal of classes Tuesday afternoon after doctors confirmed that flu was behind the 326 absences for that day.

    According to DeeGee Fischer, assistant superintendent of Harrison County Schools, there were 258 absences on Monday, which was an increase over Friday's 188. Tuesday's beginning number of 326 absences grew as the day progressed.

  • Revitalization project will bring $1.7 million for new homes in west side development

    While third time may be a charm, city leaders are hoping four is their lucky number.

    For the fourth time since the 1997 flood ravaged the west side of Cynthiana and the adoption of a 2000 redevelopment plan, a grant has been sought to rebuild the area. The city is required to submit a pre-application outlining its plans for the funding. Then, at the mercy of the state, the city may be invited to submit an actual application.

    That is the stage at which the west side Community Development Plan is now.

  • Reds Caravan comes to town

    The Cincinnati Reds Caravan stopped in Cynthiana at Angilo's Restaurant Saturday afternoon. At the event, sponsored by WCYN-AM Radio and Angilo's, were Reds GM Dusty Baker, COO Phil Castalini, announcer Thom Brennaman, analyst Jeff Brantley and of course, players Ryan Freel and Jay Bruce. Pictured, Freel talks to WCYN radio personality Jim Tirey during the station's remote broadcast.