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  • Circus train makes final pass through Cynthiana

    Kailan and Kysen Harris-Combs watched as the many train cars emblazened with the Ringling Bros. and Barnun and Bailey Circus passed through Cynthiana Tuesday afternoon. The circus will be at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati March 10 -19. People stood at CSX crossings to watch at the train made its last trek through Harrison County. The RBBC will be retiring later this year.

  • Passenger from Sunday crash remains critical

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    A single-vehicle accident on US 62 about 10 miles east of Cynthiana, resulted in both occupants of a 2006 Dodge pick-up truck being air-lifted to UK, early Sunday afternoon, March 5.
    According to Dep. Lance Hutchison, Larry Gaunce was driving the pick-up truck and may have encountered some kind of mechanical failure, which led to the accident.
    “The wreck is still under investigation, but we are thinking that a tire may have blown,” Hutchison said.

  • Martin welcomes new machinery to Hilen Hills

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Raymond Hilen Martin II, better known as R.H., has owned Hilen Hills Welding and Fabrication since its opening in 1991. He incorporated his company in 1993.
    Martin took to Facebook about three weeks ago with some clues, concerning a new piece of machinery he had purchased in November of 2016.

  • New artifacts at the museum

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum has some new artifacts.
    The late Clay Stith, who worked for Cynthiana Publishing before opening his own print shop in the mid-70s, purchased a wire stitcher from the publishing company before he left.
    His family recently donated the wire stitcher to the museum, according to Karen Bear, volunteer museum curator.
    It was patented in Rhode Island in 1900 with second and third patents in 1910 by the  Boston Wire Stitcher Co.

  • Chamber winners announced

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Thursday night, Feb. 23 at the Extension Office, honoring six different individuals and two groups of people.
    Receiving special recognition were several members of The Walking Dead Day committee.

  • Charges result from 4-car crash Monday

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    A 31 year-old Frenchburg man was arrested on Monday morning following a four-car wreck at the intersection of Pike and Church streets near downtown Cynthiana.
    Michael Sparks, a US military veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq, was charged with five counts of wanton endangerment, DUI and  driving on a suspended license, after he was medically cleared at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

  • Wednesday routine detoured by weather

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com
    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A day shy of the 20th anniversary of the devastating 1997 flood, Harrison County gets hammered by wind and rain.
    Wednesday morning daylight revealed the intensity of the early morning storm that blew through.
    Trees were reported down from the northern tip of the county at Antioch and east to Salem and west to Tricum-White Oak.

  • KSP to conduct traffic safety checkpoints

    The Kentucky State Police at Dry Ridge will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints throughout the Post 6 district. These checkpoints will be set up at designated areas on highways where statistics have shown an elevated number of vehicle crashes.  
    During the checkpoints officers will be enforcing laws related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, licensing of motor vehicles and operators, registration and insurance violations, seat belt and child restraint violations along with motor vehicle equipment violations.

  • Harrison County Schools closed Wednesday, March 1, due to high water

    Classes will be cancelled in Harrison County today, March 1, due to high water along some of the bus routes.

    Assistant Superintendent David Case said in a text message this morning "We had multiple drivers who could not get their buses on the routes due to flooding."

    He said that the flooding mixed with predicted severe weather were considered in making the decision to cancel school today.

  • City initiates 3% transient room tax for tourism commission

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Cynthiana City Commission took action Tuesday to establish a local tourism commission.
    Mayor James Smith introduced an ordinance to create a seven-member commission to oversee a 3 percent transient room tax.
    Anastasia Hicks, manager of the new Ashford Acres Inn, said she is completely in favor of adding the tax to her five rooms at the bed and breakfast to help finance tourism.