Local News

  • 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.

  • Democrat staff earns state press awards

    Staff members of the Cynthiana Democrat were recently honored during the Kentucky Press Associations Winter Convention with two first place awards, two second place awards and one third. The newspaper competes in the largest weekly division in the state.

    The news staff received a first place award for its section commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the 1997 flood. File photos by Becky Barnes and Robin Smiley were mixed with stories written by Kate Darnell. Donald Richie was in charge of layout and design.

  • Charges pending from Saturday wreck

    The investigation into an early Saturday morning accident that had one man airlifted is still underway.

    Jose Hernandez Manzanilla, 21, of Falmouth, was traveling south on U.S. 27 North at the Harrison/Pendleton County line shortly after 1 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle.

    According to Harrison County Sheriffs Deputy Dean Hutchison, Manzanillas 1999 Ford Ranger dropped off the right shoulder of the highway. He apparently over-corrected causing the vehicle to spin sideways and go over an embankment into a field.

  • Shields joins sheriffs department

    Theres a new face - though maybe not an unfamiliar one - patrolling the Harrison County roads.

    Chris Shields, 26, started duties with the Harrison County Sheriffs Department last Thursday after a five-year run in Scott County.

    Shields, a lifelong Harrison County resident, started his career in law enforcement five years ago at the Scott County Detention Center.

    After a year, he became an officer with the Georgetown Police Department, where he spent the next four years.

  • Mentoring may boost enthusiasm for learning

    A new program has been established to help kids remain interested in learning through the crucial shift from elementary to middle school.

    The Harrison County school system has teamed up with the Harrison County Community Foundation to form a mentoring program for children in fourth and fifth grades.

    After foundation member Doreen Wisener went to superintendent Dr. Roy Woodward with the idea for the program, Woodward tapped the skills of elementary supervisor of instruction Cindy Hill and secondary supervisor of instruction Jenny Lynn Hatter.

  • College expansion back in budget

    Despite speculation of massive budget cuts across state government, it appears at least one local project is slated to move forward - after being delayed several times already.

    When Gov. Steve Beshear unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday, included in it was reinstatement of a $1 million general fund appropriation vetoed by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher two years ago. That money was to help build an expansion to Maysville Community and Technical Colleges Licking Valley Center, here in Cynthiana.

  • Nine file for city race

    Just one year into a two-year term, candidates for Cynthiana City Commission are filing for the next election.

    Nine candidates met the Tuesday deadline. Incumbents Bill Doan, Jack Keith, James Martin and Jimmy New filed for re-election.

    The five additional candidates are Cherity Christopher, Mark Mattmiller, Amanda Moore, Price Mitchell and Elizabeth Jones.

    County Clerk Linda Furnish said a primary election for Cynthiana City Commission will be held May 20 because there were at least nine candidates who filed.

  • Cynthiana woman faces cancer for fourth time

    Tracy Milner has not had an easy four years. Four times shes faced a doctor who delivered grave news.


    Three of those times, she has gone through treatments and/or surgeries. Now, shes facing what some may call Goliath again.

    Milner has a rare, soft-tissue cancer known as synovial sarcoma.

  • Administrators brace for school funding cuts

    Officials and personnel in public schools statewide are waiting with bated breath for the release of Gov. Steve Beshears budget proposal next Tuesday.

    Already, a $46 million cut has been requested by Beshear in the states education budget for fiscal year 2008-2009.

    Julie Asher, Harrison County Schools director of finance, said most of the systems budget goes toward personnel salaries and benefits.

    She is hoping the system is not going to get a cut for the current school year.

    Its happened several times [before], she said.

  • City sirens to go weekly

    Be prepared for the loud wail of sirens to blast through the city on a weekly basis.

    Safety commissioner James Martin told fellow commissioners Tuesday that test sirens will begin Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon.

    Sirens are currently tested monthly on the first Tuesday at 7 p.m. That will change to the weekly noon testing next month.

    Mayor Jim Brown asked if the cycle could be shortened.

    Nursing home patients get upset if it goes the full three minutes, Brown said.