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  • School safety is priority, say officials

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Harrison County School District hosted a meeting of local law enforcement leaders, along with local government officials on Tuesday morning, March 6, concerning issues of school safety.
    In the wake of a series of school shootings, including one in western Kentucky and one in Florida, Harrison County Superintendent of Schools Andy Dotson felt it was necessary to share ideas on how best to avoid that kind of tragedy.

  • Wilson pens second memoir

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Local author Ricky Wilson has come out with his second book, both memoirs of his experiences growing up and coming of age.
    His first book, 17 in ‘71, The Dream, recounted his childhood from his formative years until he turned 19, in 1973.
    In that memoir, Wilson recalls his Appalachian roots, his first experiences with the counter-culture movement of the 1960s and his quest in “chasing the dream all over the country, wherever my thumb would take me.”

  • D.C. non-profit shares road and bridge findings with court

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Founded in 1971, TRIP of Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data on surface transportation issues nation-wide.
    It is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction, labor unions and organizations concerned with efficient and safe surface transportation.

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  • Harrison County receives statewide recognition for campaign for organ donation

    The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life is honoring 28 counties for exemplary achievements in educating communities about the lifesaving gift of organ donation. Harrison County is one of them.

  • Byron pens book on show horses in Central Kentucky

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Tom Byron will be 80-years-old in May. He has been inducted into the Kentucky Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame and still works for WMST, in Mt. Sterling.
    While Byron has loved his career in broadcasting, which began in 1956, his real passion has always been saddlebred horses.
    It took him 10 years, but he has finally completed a book devoted to the early years of horse shows in and around Central Kentucky.

  • Harrison County has deep history with Elks Hoop Shoot

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    In 1946, in Corvallis, Oregon, Frank Hise saw a group of children playing basketball and was struck with the idea that something needed to be done to allow less-talented players to compete on a more level playing court with those children who were bigger, faster and more talented.
    Hise, the late former National President of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, originated the idea of a free-throw-shooting contest, that has since evolved into the Elks Hoop Shoot Program.

  • Court gives nod to support for growing medical marijuana

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Local hemp farmer Jason Marshall addressed the Harrison County Fiscal Court, seeking its approval to endorse his plea to enact state-wide legislation that will legalize the production and sale of medical marijuana.
    “With the wide-spread addictions and over-prescribed use of opioids as painkillers, it is time to use the most natural form of pain relief that we have, cannabis,” Marshall said. “There has never been a recorded death due to an overdose of cannabis.”

  • Gospel sing to benefit cancer patient

    Central Christian Church at Second Street and Riggs Avenue will host a gospel sing/silent auction on Sunday, March 11, to benefit Kay Moss, who has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma. The kidney cancer has also spread to her liver and lungs.
    The benefit, which will include soup, sandwiches and drink, will begin at 1 p.m. with bidding for silent auction items. Singing will be held 2-4 p.m.; food will be served 4-5 p.m. At 5 p.m., all bidding ends and singing resumes. Silent auction winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

  • Cole sentenced to nine years in prison for drug trafficking conviction

    A Harrison County woman who was recently convicted on drug charges was sentenced last week to nine years in prison.
    Probation was denied for Jewel Cole, who appeared before Judge Jay Delaney on Tuesday, Feb. 20.