Local News

  • Couple faces 44 trafficking charges

    By Becky Barnes, Editor

    Tuesday’s Harrison County grand jury session turned into a marathon as 17 indictments were handed down on nearly 90 charges.

    A $150,000 bond was issued for David Sexton, who has been charged with 29 counts of drug-related offenses.

  • Donating her birthday

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    When Lauren McNees hit the big double digit birthday on Jan. 9, her birthday wish was real simple and real unusual.
    “No presents.”

  • Emergency operations center to open at former county clerk’s building

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    The former offices of the Harrison County Clerk and PVA on Oddville Avenue are being converted into an emergency operations center and headquarters for the jailer, emergency management team and search and rescue squad, Judge-Executive Alex Barnett announced at the regular meeting of the fiscal court Tuesday night.
    The building space on Oddville Avenue became available for other uses when the county clerk and the PVA offices were re-located into the renovated Harrison County Courthouse.

  • Fairness Alliance makes plans to help addiction treatment

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    Members of the Cynthiana Fairness Alliance are taking a proactive stance in the community effort to ebb the rising tide of heroin abuse in Harrison County.
    Following on the heels of the community meeting on heroin abuse sponsored last November by Champions for a Drug Free Harrison County,  Kellin Shepperd, a Berry resident and a Fairness Alliance member, took it upon herself to contact local and regional health care organizations about establishing a local drug treatment clinic.

  • School suffers mid-year reduction in SEEK funding

    Harrison County Schools were informed by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) in a January “Fast Five” memo that there would be a mid-year reduction in anticipated SEEK funding, resulting in an estimated loss of over $100,000 in this year’s budget.
    The loss is roughly equivalent to the revenues that the school hoped to gain from the four percent tax increase the school board approved last August, reported Julie Asher, Harrison County School finance director, at the regular January meeting of the Harrison County School Board.

  • Commission approves increase for building inspector salary

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
     The Cynthiana City Commission voted 4-1 in favor of increasing the city’s contribution for a code enforcement officer’s salary.
    “We had someone perfect,” said Bonnie Skinner, director of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Planning Commission, adding that the prospect withdrew his application due to the salary being offered.
    The previous commission approved a proposal for the planning commission to be responsible for a code enforcement officer/building inspector.

  • Kiwanis celebrates 100 years of service

    By Josh Shepherd, News writer
    The Kiwanis Club of Cynthiana is celebrating 100 years of the international organization with a bean soup luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 7, at First United Methodist Church (FUMC).
    Robbie Morris, president of the local Kiwanis, commented that he has been proud to be part of an organization whose primary mission is community service.
    “I am proud of our outreach programs to local kids,” Morris said.
    The club is excited to announce the start of a Key Club chapter for students at Harrison County High School.

  • Cynthiana youth makes gift bags for Children’s Hospital cancer patients with her birthday money

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    When Lauren McNees hit the big double digit birthday on Jan. 9, her birthday wish was real simple and real unusual.
    “No presents.”
    That’s what Lauren told her friends and family.
    “I didn’t want any presents this year,” Lauren confirmed at her home on Monday evening. “I saw a patient on TV and I thought she needed stuff.”

  • Democrat staff earns multiple state awards

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    The Cynthiana Democrat earned a first place general excellence in advertising at the 2014 Kentucky Press Awards last week.
    The newspaper’s advertising sales team and graphics designers teamed up for seven first place awards, seven second place awards, two thirds and two honorable mentions.
    The news team also earned a first place finish, a second place, four thirds and an honorable mention.
    The news contest was judged by members of the MDDC Press Association and the Florida Society of News Editors.

  • Harrison teen killed in Monday wreck in Pendleton County

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    A Harrison County High School senior died of injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash in Pendleton County Monday. A second senior remains hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati.
    According to Pendleton County Sheriff Craig Peoples, Bradlee Beagle, 18, Cynthiana, was heading northbound on U.S. 27 about four miles south of Falmouth when the driver in front of him slammed on their brakes to avoid an animal.