Local News

  • Residents begin evacuating west end of Cynthiana

    Cynthiana’s west side residents are under a non-madatory evacuation Sunday evening after the Licking River continues to rise due to this weekend’s heavy rains.

    County officials estimate that the non-mandatory evacuation could be upgraded to a mandatory evacuation later Sunday night or Monday morning.

    “This is the biggest threat since the ‘97 flood,” County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said Sunday evening at the Cynthiana Christian Church, where a shelter has already been set up for those escaping rising water levels.

  • Police search for leads after weekend tire fires

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information relating to early morning tire fires on Saturday, March 20.

    According to Harrison County Deputy Sheriff Dean Hutchison, tires were intentionally set on fire on Pike Street, Junction Pike, U.S. 27 North at the Two Lick bridge, two on KY 1032  and one on Dutch Chapel. All occurred between 3 and 5:30 a.m.

    It is also believed that the culprits attempted to set a barn on fire on KY 1054.

  • Chamber honoree, principal plans to retire

    After 29 years as an educator, Eastside Elementary principal Rick Dycus is retiring.

    “I’ve been so incredibly fortunate to have the chances to do what I’ve done,” Dycus said Tuesday morning.

    Dycus will finish out this school year, with his last day being June 30.

    “It will be like any other day,” Dycus said about that day. “The only difference will be that I just won’t be coming back the next day.”

    Dycus said his decision to retire has been one he has contemplated for several months.

  • Grand jury issues eight indictments at special session

    Drug and theft charges were addressed in eight indictments handed down by a Harrison County grand jury during a special session on Tuesday.

    Edward Durbin Jr., 52, was named in a three count indictment for trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone) first degree, first offense.

    The grand jury alleges that about a year ago, on April 17, April 21 and May 1, Durbin sold or transferred to another person the Schedule II narcotic known as Oxycodone.

    Durbin will be held on a $20,000 bond.

  • Oxycodone sales target of grand jury indictments

    Fourteen drug-related indictments and one forgery indictment were issued by the Harrison County grand jury Tuesday.

    Included in the indictments were:

    James Wesley Soard, 39, faces a two-count indictment. He is charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (Oxycodone)  and persistent felony offender. Soard’s offense occurred on Dec. 15, 2009, when he allegedly sold the Schedule II narcotic to another person.

    For more of the indictments, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Bluegrass PRIDE grant allows for native plants to welcome Cynthiana visitors

    Native Kentucky plants now welcome residents and visitors to downtown Cynthiana.

    Cynthiana and Harrison County were two of 10 cities/counties awarded the Celebrate Kentucky Plants grant, funded by Bluegrass PRIDE and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    The city’s $1,000 grant was used to install plantings in front of the Papa John’s parking lot and a garden along the opposite side of the street, near Curves.

    The plantings and garden were planted last weekend.

  • Judge passes Harney arraignment

    Arraignment proceedings for the Northside Elementary PTO officer accused of taking more than $10,000 from the organization’s coffers were passed on Tuesday.

    Stacy Harney, 41, was indicted by a Harrison County grand jury March 2 on theft and forgery charges following an investigation by the Kentucky State Police.

    The investigation began after Christmas break when school officials were notified of discrepancies in the booster fund.

  • Fillies basketball coach resigns

    After two years at the helm of the Harrison County Fillies basketball team, Coach Jason Crisp has resigned.

    Crisp, who resides in Lexington, cited the difficulty of the commute and being away from his family as his reason for resigning.

  • Volunteer of the Year: Ron Harris

    “Mr. Harris! Mr. Harris! I lost a tooth!” Southside Elementary student Kendra Fizette cried out as Ron Harris entered Leigh Ann Cockrell’s first grade classroom.

    It was a Friday morning and Harris had come to volunteer.

    “He helps us read,” another student Morgynne Lunsford said.

    “He’s nice,” Fizette said. “Mr. Harris is a great person.”

    After retiring from the Transportation Cabinet in Frankfort in 1998, Harris began a personal mission to stay busy, while serving the community.

  • Trading in the classroom chairs

    Things are bouncy in Jon Salyer’s fourth grade classroom at Eastside Elementary.

    Salyer has traded in his classroom chairs for large bouncy balls.

    “I was really excited,” fourth grader Braden Bryant said about the news of the ball chairs. “It makes sitting down at your desk fun and it helps you get in shape around your stomach.”

    Salyer said the balls have been a hit.

    “School can get boring,” Salyer said. “At least this way, they can get some energy out.”