Local News

  • Leesburg store plans center of community clash

    Ned Tawasha has a dream to own his own store.

    Seven years after purchasing the land to build that store, Tawasha’s lot remains empty.

    His plans remain on hold as he waits for two things - approval from the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission on his site development plan and a judgment in the suit filed against him and the Cynthiana-Harrison County Berry Board of Adjustments.

  • Sheriff's department recovers stolen ATM

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department recovered a stolen ATM, jukebox and a large change machine over the weekend.

    “They were pried open,” Deputy Tuan Kreer said Monday morning about the machines found on the side of Peak Lane. “All the money was gone.”

    Kreer said the stolen machines were taken from a restaurant in Cold Springs, Ky. between 4-6 a.m. Saturday.

    For the complete story, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Cougar on the prowl, say residents

    It was a scream that prompted Wayne Stafford to look outside Saturday morning.

    It was then, he said, that he spotted a cougar.

    In his shop off Dutch Chapel Road, Stafford yelled for his wife and grandson.

    “We watched it for 15 minutes or more,” he said. “At one point, he was looking almost directly at us...”

    The animal, Stafford said, stood only 300 feet from his shop.

    A yellowish brown color, Stafford said the animal was two feet tall and three feet long with a long tail.

  • Building a healthy community

    Harrison County elementary teachers are taking their lessons to the greenhouse.

    As part of a Healthy Communities Grant, Eastside, Northside and Southside elementary students are learning the ABCs of gardening, healthy living and butterflies.

    Fourth grade teacher Judy Clevinger began integrating greenhouse activity into her curriculum in April.

    “It is an authentic learning experience for our kids that hopefully will last them a lifetime,” Clevinger said.

    For the complete story, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Harrison not excluded from bed bug resurgence

    Most of us have heard it, some of us have said it; now, it seems we may be living it, too.

    “Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” formerly just a children’s rhyme based on early to mid-1900s when bed bugs were an issue, is once again coming to home to rest... err, nest.

    According to experts, Cynthiana and Harrison County are not exempt.

    “It’s a growing issue,” said Crystal Caudill, director of Wedco Health for Harrison County. “I don’t know that we know the depth of the problem.”

  • Born to Run is Saturday

    Runners and walkers will take over the Cynthiana streets this Saturday for the 13th annual Born To Run 5K.

    Chamber of Commerce director Pat Grenier said the race will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and packet pick-up beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the Chamber office at the corner of Pike and Main streets.

    For the complete story about this Saturday's events, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Heritage Council: Flat Run Veterans’ Park development can move forward

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court and Cynthiana City Commission are in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and can proceed with the development of the Flat Run Veterans’ Park.

    Judge Alex Barnett announced Tuesday that the state’s archaeological study has determined that the house and property where baseball fields were planned are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

  • An apple a day

    Gala. McIntosh. Jonathan. Honeycrisp. Mutsu. Fuji. Granny Smith. Golden Delicious.

    Name any type of apple and chances are, you’ll find it at Reed Valley Orchard.

    “He won’t tell me how many we’ve got,” Trudie Reed said about her husband’s acres of apple trees. “He just keeps planting more and more...”

    It’s Reed Valley Orchard, she said, that’s continued to grow over the years, with more than 4,000 trees, more than 50 varieties of apples and more than 117 acres.


  • Fixing A. Keller Dam: City approves preliminary funding

    The A. Keller Dam continues to worsen, Dustin Rose told the Cynthiana City Commission at its meeting Tuesday evening.

    Rose and a group of individuals, known as the A. Keller Dam Committee, have been meeting over the past several months to consider solutions to fix the dam.

    “The 1997 flood took the top off the dam,” Rose, who serves as the committee’s chairman, told the commission. “And more keeps coming off of it...”

    In addition, Rose said, there are several holes in the dam where water flows through.

  • Safe Routes to School sidewalk project won’t be ready for opening day

    Harrison County schools will start back to class before the city’s Safe Routes to School sidewalk project is complete.

    “We won’t be able to have it completed by the time school starts this year,” Dave Kennedy, the city’s administrative assistant, said last week.

    Kennedy said the sidewalk plans are currently being reviewed by an engineer with  the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

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