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  • Hemp growers face restrictions, inspections

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Jason Marshall and his family are another family that has entered into the hemp growing world.
    Marshall, 39, is the owner and operator of Marshall Tractor Supply on KY 36, just outside of Cynthiana, but has been involved in growing hemp for about four years.
    He raises about 10 acres of hemp and has a contract with a couple of different hemp processors, one in Lexington and one in Louisville.

  • HEMP

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    A relatively new cash crop is being raised in Harrison County and a handful of farmers have gotten in on the ground floor.
    According to Brian Furnish, that ‘new’ cash crop, isn’t so new after all.
    “Hemp has been grown for 5,000 years,” he said. “I’m an eighth generation farmer and my ancestors raised hemp, way back when.”

  • Salary doubles to $30K for mayor’s position

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the mayor of Cynthiana be earning $30,000, which is double what the current mayor earns.
    The commission voted unanimously to support the pay increase with the first reading of an ordinance making the change. There will have to be a second reading with approval before it becomes reality.
    There remained some hesitation at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the commission concerning the hours worked by the mayor and compensation.

  • News Briefs

    Scare Away Hunger will be
    held Friday
    The Harrison County Girl Scouts will host a “Scare Away Hunger” on Friday, Oct. 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The scouts will be trick or treating around town for can goods to be donated to our local food pantry.

    Christmas Angel
    sign up to begin Oct. 17
    The Community Education Center Christmas Angel sign up will take place Oct. 17, 18 or 19.

  • Gillispie sentenced to five years in prison; four others hear verdicts

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Five individuals were sentenced in Harrison Circuit Court last week.
    Courtney Gillispie will have to serve at least 50 percent of the five-year sentence before being considered for probation, shock probation, conditional discharge or parole.
    Gillispie was convicted of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (two grams or more of heroin). Probation was denied.

  • Cemetery preservation volunteers needed to help with long-term project

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    It’s tucked into the trees along north Main Street and goes barely noticed in the day-to-day of most people coming to or through Cynthiana.
    The overgrown and obscure four-acre cemetery holds a wealth of Cynthiana history.
    That is what Karey Riddell and a troupe of other volunteers want to reveal.
    Riddell said she was looking for different walking routes over the summer and was asked by her husband Noel to join him on a walk through the Old Cemetery.

  • HCHS Marching Thorobreds claim grand champion title at Bellevue

    The Harrison County High School Marching Band performed at the Bellevue Band Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7.  
    The band performed extremely well, placing first in its class while also earning awards for Best Color Guard, Best Percussion, Best Music Performance, Best Visual Performance and Best Overall Effect.  
    The band was also awarded the Best Overall Color Guard, Best Overall Percussion, and Grand Champion for receiving the highest score of the day.  

  • Leaf and brush pick-up to begin Oct. 16

    Leaf and brush pick-up and chipper service for city of Cynthiana residents will take place from Oct. 16 thru Nov. 10.
    Cynthiana Commissioner of Public Works Jada Walker Griggs said that residents should rake or place those items close to the roadway.
    “We ask that residents not place those items on sidewalks or on the street,” she said. “Place them in your yard, close to the sidewalk or street. Our people will be able to handle it from there.”

  • Trick-or-Treat on Oct. 31

    City of Cynthiana officials have set the date and hours for trick-or-treaters, later this month.
    Costumed ghouls, goblins, ghosts, super heroes, and others will descend on Cynthiana from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
    City officials said that Halloween trick-or-treaters should be for those aged 12 and under.

  • Christmas Angel sign up begins Oct. 17

    The Community Education Center Christmas Angel sign up will take place Oct. 17, 18 or 19.
    Student must be enrolled in Harrison County Schools, Pre-K through 12th grade and meet the Free Lunch income guidelines. Student must meet other criteria to be assisted by the Christmas Angel Project.
    Come to the Community Education Center, 324 Webster Ave. on the dates above, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to complete a registration form. No applications over the phone, no applications will be accepted after Oct. 19, no exceptions.