Local News

  • Higdon will study in Japan this summer

    Madelyn Higdon of Cynthiana, a Harrison County High School student, has been accepted by Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) as an international high school exchange student. Higdon will travel abroad to live with a host family and participate in a cultural immersion experience on the 2008 YFU Short Term to Japan.

    Higdon is a recipient of the Japan-U.S. Senate Youth Exchange (JUSSE) program.YFU USA has the distinction of awarding over 300 scholarship recipients annually thanks to funding from numerous corporate, government and foundation programs.

  • Officials look at arson as cause of two fires

    The Cynthiana Police Department continues to investigate two fires which occurred over the weekend.

    Cpl. Walter Tapp said the fires at 110 and 112 N. Locust St. were intentionally set.

    Tapp said there is a person of interest in the two fires who is currently being sought.

    The first fire, at 110 Locust, was reported just prior to 9 p.m. Friday night and Cynthiana firefighters were on the scene until early Saturday morning. The next one, next door at 112, was Saturday afternoon.

    Tapp said the house at 110 was abandoned and the fire made it a total loss.

  • Police arrest more suspects in drug sweep

    Three more suspects have been charged in a drug enforcement sweep orchestrated by the Kentucky State Police and Harrison County Sheriff's Office.

    On Thursday, police picked up Misty Fryman, 28, West Pleasant Street, Cynthiana, and Kathy Callahan, 42, Fifth Street, charging both with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

  • School board posthumously honors England and White

    The Harrison County Board of Education paid tribute to two people the school system has lost recently.

    The meeting began with a moment of silence for Goebel White, who worked for the system for 51 years - 47 of those as a bus driver, and board member Joe England.

    White died last Friday and England died in February.

    Englands legacy was commemorated with a few other actions and presentations.

    Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) president Ed Massey, along with KSBA executive director Bill Scott, read a resolution honoring England's service to the community.

  • Magistrate proposes deeding Handy House to committee

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court held discussions on the proposed changes to the Oddville Avenue park plan Tuesday night.

    Bill Esray, of Wee Landscape Architecture, made a presentation detailing the redesign of the hilltop portion of the park commissioned by the Handy House Committee.

    Wee's design leaves all the master plan elements intact but spares the house and barns. This is achieved by slightly moving the pool, a playground and the recreation center.

    "We've got a solution tonight," Esray said. "I'm not here to shove that solution down your throats."

  • Two commissioners drop out

    Two incumbent candidates for Cynthiana City Commission have withdrawn from the race.

    James Martin and Bill Doan announced Tuesday that they would not be seeking re-election in May.

    In a telephone interview Wednesday morning, Martin said "I don't feel like we're getting anything accomplished."

    Martin said it was with personal thought and family considerations that he made the decision to withdraw.

  • New superintendent set to take over with Woodward retirement

    Harrison County's next school superintendent is Andy Dotson.

    The board made its decision Sunday following a two-month search for a replacement of retiring Dr. Roy Woodward.

    Dotson, 45, comes to Harrison County via the Kentucky Department of Education. He has served KDE for the last two years as its secondary programs consultant in the Office of Teaching and Learning.

    Prior to taking the KDE position, Dotson was principal at Phelps High School in Pike County.

    Phelps' 400-plus student body is made up of seventh through 12th grade students.

  • Home and Garden Show this weekend

    The fifth annual Home and Garden Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Cynthiana Tire Service grounds on New Lair Road.

    The show will feature over 50 booths offering specialty products and services for the spring planting and home improvement season.

    The gate will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, and close at 4 p.m. Sunday hours will be 1-4 p.m.

    The cost to get in is a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Harrison County Food Pantry.

  • Cynthiana men arrested in connection with Monday bank robbery

    Note: Information on this story was released after the print deadline for this week's edition of The Cynthiana Democrat. A complete story will be in the May 1 edition.

    Two Cynthiana men have been arrested in connection with a Monday morning bank robbery in Bourbon County.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, Steve Perry, 28, of Cynthiana, was arrested and charged with robbery first degree, and tampering with physical evidence.

  • New superintendent hired

    The Harrison County Board of Education hired a new superintendent on Sunday.

    Andy Dotson, a native of Pikeville, Ky., was chosen from the list of finalists. Dotson is currently an employee of the Kentucky Department of Education.

    More information will be released as it becomes available.