Local News

  • Family embraces daughter’s needs after accident

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    For Cynthiana mom Carman Thornton Ratliff, life as she knew it stopped on March 5. And it has yet to resume.
    March 5 was the day a sledding trip, which should have been a happy outing for her outgoing, athletic teen daughter, turned into a tragedy.
    That day, then-15-year-old Abby Ratliff’s sled careened out of control and slammed into a mailbox. Abby’s head smashed into the mailbox.
    The impact of the collision caused Abby to suffer severe head trauma.

  • First United Methodist Church will meet at HCHS during roof repairs

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    For the next few months, joining together for worship will mean heading to the high school for members of one local church.
    The First United Methodist Church is having work done to its sanctuary to repair damage from storms in December. While the work is completed, church services will be held in the auditorium of Harrison County High School, Pastor Mike Coppersmith said.
    Storms blew the roof off the church in December, and water leaked in causing extensive damage, Coppersmith said.

  • New law restricts publishing classroom assignments

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    When The Cynthiana Democrat’s annual Back-to-School edition comes out July 30, there will be an obvious missing element.
    Classroom assignments will not be included due to the recent passing of House Bill 5.
    “They mandate it and we have to abide,” said Harrison County Superintendent Andy Dotson, noting that HB5/Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is at the crux of the recommendations.

  • Bella needs service dog, fundraiser is Saturday

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Isabella Menard is a little girl facing a mountain of disabilities.
    However, some of those disorders might be lessened if she can get the love and companionship of a service dog.
    “Bella,” as she is called by her friends and classmates at Eastside Elementary, suffers from epilepsy, juvenile dementia, seizures, autism and heart disease.
    “I have been approved to receive a service dog through 4 Paws for Ability and I am so excited,” Bella said in a statement released by her mother, Tanya Menard.

  • Bubbling crud causes sewer project redirect

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    What came bubbling up in the yards of some Cynthiana residents last week wasn’t black gold.
    In the midst of the City of Cynthiana’s $5 million sewer line improvement project, an area of town not slated for renewal found yards and a creek steeping in raw sewage.
    Cynthiana Mayor James Smith said Tuesday that the crews working on the upgrades switched locations to make immediate repairs.
    The trouble area is in the back yards of homes located between Pike and Bridge streets, he said.

  • Harrison Countians respond to needs in Johnson

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    Harrison Countians have joined together to help victims of devastating flooding in Johnson County.
    Last week, Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett organized an effort to collect donations by setting up a trailer in front of Wal-mart.
    “I talked to the judge executive down there in Johnson County, and asked him what he needed,” Barnett said. “So he told me what he could really use help with.”

  • Judge issues sentences in three cases

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Formal sentencing was held Tuesday for three individuals who had earlier changed their pleas to guilty for their crimes.
    Tonya Applegate, 33, was ordered to serve 15 years on two counts of second-degree assault and intimidating a witness in a legal process. Consecutive to the 15-year sentence, Applegate was also remanded to 10 years in  jail on a first-degree assault charge.
    Probation was denied by Harrison County Circuit Judge Jay Delaney due to the seriousness of the crime, according to court documents.

  • Man robbed at gunpoint by police impostor

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    A man traveling through Harrison County on Sunday thought he was being pulled over, but sheriff’s deputies say he ended up being robbed with a gun pointed at his head.
    Josh Roseberry was traveling east on 62 toward Cynthiana between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. About a mile past the Russell Cave Road intersection between Leesburg and Cynthiana, he saw a black car that looked like a Dodge Charger behind him with blue and red lights flashing, according to Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Hutchison.

  • Company makes more than $2 million investment in Cynthiana

    Kentucky’s Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen was in Cynthiana Wednesday afternoon to help announce the relocation of Continental Mixer Solutions, which is a subsidiary of Commercial Specialty Truck Holdings (CSTH).
    The company, which produces Ready-Mix truck bodies, will create 80 jobs and invest $2,125,738 into the Cynthiana project. Continental Mixers has moved to the facility shared by another CSTH subsidiary, E-Z Pack Refuse Hauling Solutions, which employs 100 people in Cynthiana.

  • County escapes damages from Friday night's storms

    Despite numerous reports on social media, Harrison Countians dodged major storm damage.

    Initial reports were that Northside Elementary had taken a hard hit. However, Assistant Superintendent David Case said he checked after the storm Friday and again on Saturday morning and found no damages.

    Harrison County Sheriff Shain Stephens said deputies were out checking the county last night and saw nothing other than a few trees.

    County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett also confirmed that no damages were reported in Harrison County.