Local News

  • First major winter storm hits Harrison County

    Cynthiana's first major winter storm of the year occurred Monday night and dumped four inches of snow and about one-quarter of an inch of ice, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville. School maintenance technician Doug McCarty cleared snow and ice from Harrison County High School's parking lot Tuesday morning for classes to resume on Wednesday. However, another burst of snow and ice kept students home another day. Students had one day of classes since cancelling last Wednesday due to an outbreak of flu.

  • Grand jury releases three indictments

    A Harrison County grand jury met last week returning three indictments.

    A five-count indictment was issued against Matthew S. Taylor, 22, on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    In counts 1-4, the grand jury alleges that Taylor passed checks on Gary Adamson's Fifth-Third Bank account totaling $898.50 from Nov. 13 to Nov. 26. The grand jury also alleges that Taylor knew the checks were forged and that he was attempting to defraud or deceive someone else.

  • Cynthiana man pleads guilty to sexual abuse charges

    The Cynthiana man who was arrested in a Pennsylvania child predator sting, has entered guilty pleas to numerous charges.

    Thomas Vascotto changed his plea on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Butler County (Penn.) Court of Common Pleas.

    Vascotto was accused of driving to Pennsylvania to have sex with what he believed was a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 4.

  • TORNADO CONFIRMED: Volunteers step in for massive cleanup

    As the clean up begins from last Wednesdays now-confirmed EF-2 tornado, residents from all across the county are coming together to offer aid.

    Shaw Lane farmer Paul Colson said he felt like he had lost everything. After a few days, however, his perspective changed.

    When I arrived at my farm at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, I thought I had lost everything in the world, Colson said in a letter to The Cynthiana Democrat. It took me a couple of days to realize that I had actually lost very little and gained so much more.

  • No school Friday, sickness still a factor

    No classes in Harrison County on Friday. School officials announced the closure Thursday morning to follow up the two days classes were already dismissed for the flu on Wednesday and Thursday.

    School officials announced the dismissal of classes Tuesday afternoon after doctors confirmed that flu was behind the 326 absences for that day.

    According to DeeGee Fischer, assistant superintendent of Harrison County Schools, there were 258 absences on Monday, which was an increase over Friday's 188. Tuesday's beginning number of 326 absences grew as the day progressed.

  • Revitalization project will bring $1.7 million for new homes in west side development

    While third time may be a charm, city leaders are hoping four is their lucky number.

    For the fourth time since the 1997 flood ravaged the west side of Cynthiana and the adoption of a 2000 redevelopment plan, a grant has been sought to rebuild the area. The city is required to submit a pre-application outlining its plans for the funding. Then, at the mercy of the state, the city may be invited to submit an actual application.

    That is the stage at which the west side Community Development Plan is now.

  • 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.