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  • Body recovered along river bank Tuesday night

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The body of a Cynthiana man was recovered just before 8 p.m. Tuesday night.
    Re’Jeanna Craft, chief of Harrison County Search and Rescue, said her team was called out about 7 p.m. after police received a missing persons report.
    Billy Combs, 33, Cynthiana, was last seen about 5 p.m. Monday on River Road, his sister told police.
    Craft said police began an immediate search of the area and then called out Search and Rescue.

  • $1.7 million bridge project underway on KY 36

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that construction of the bridge replacement over Mill Creek and its approaches on Williamstown Road (KY 36 West) has begun.
    Rob Hans, chief district engineer for District 6 said, “The new bridge and approaches will be constructed to current standards which will provide better mobility for the motorists in Harrison County and all those who travel this roadway.”
    Frederick & May Construction Co. of West Liberty  was awarded the low bid contract for $1.7 million.

  • School board approves gym work, 2016 calendar

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    At its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night, the Harrison County Board of Education approved plans for a much-needed renovation of the high school gymnasium.
    Director of Facilities Robert Switzer and architect Ehmet Hayes of Ehmet Hayes Architect Company, presented plans to the board to complete multiple tasks, at a cost of about $781,000.
    The primary purpose of the renovation is to upgrade the HVAC system in the gym.

  • State retirees concerned about crisis in retirement systems

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Kentucky Retirement System and the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System are in dire straits, according to Harrison County resident and former state employee Doug Price.
    Price, 67, has been retired for nearly 10 years, but has just recently become aware of the status of the pension plan that serves him, the KRS.

  • Mother, son charged with trafficking

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Michelle Slade, 47, of Cynthiana, and her son, David Slade, 24, also of Cynthiana, were arrested last Thursday outside their home on Haviland Lane.
    Both were charged with multiple offenses, including receiving stolen property (under $10,000), first-degree degree trafficking of heroin over two grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and prescription of a controlled substance not in a proper container.

  • Federal Drive to become one-way

    Federal Drive in Cynthiana will soon become a one-way street.
    The Cynthiana City Commission took action to change, what has been a two-way street at its recent meetings.
    Mike Buis, director of the Cynthiana Housing Authority, said the action was the result of parking on both sides of Federal Drive, which made it difficult for traffic, especially school buses, to get through.
    He said he was immediately receptive when approached by Cynthiana Mayor James Smith.

  • Berry citizens start Neighborhood Watch

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

      There’s not a lot of crime in the little community of Berry, but the second largest town in Harrison County is taking a big step in making its streets even safer.
    Berry city officials are very close to having their town officially become a Neighborhood Watch community.
    Essentially, Neighborhood Watch is a program where citizens are on the alert for suspicious or criminal activity...neighbors helping neighbors.

  • Home for Christmas?

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com
    At 5:36 p.m. Sunday, a 9-1-1 call came into Cynthiana dispatch of an injured dog that was on the porch of a U.S. 62 East home.
    Deputy animal control officer, Erin Gaunce, found the dog in a bloody heap. The dog had been shot in the hip and its tail had been torn away from the rump.

  • Janurary target for Ruler Grocery opening

    JayC Food Stores, a division of the Kroger company, is opening its 41st grocery store under the banner of Ruler Foods.  
    The store will open early in January, at 111 Riverside Drive in Cynthiana.  According to Paul Bowen, president of JayC, the new Ruler food store will provide another grocery shopping alternative for Cynthiana and the surrounding area.

  • School calendar for 2016-17 to be decided Tuesday

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Next Tuesday night, the Harrison County Board of Education will meet in its regular monthly session, one week early, and will make a decision on the calendar for the 2016-17 school year.
    According to Superintendent Andy Dotson, the District Leadership Team has recommended two calendars for the board’s consideration.