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  • 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.

  • Arnold honored posthumously for his many volunteer services

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    According to long-time friend Ralph Dietemeyer, the late Dr. Rick Arnold would have been an excellent choice for either the Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Professional of the Year or the chamber’s Volunteer of the Year.
    “He was nominated for both of those and was equally deserving of either award,” Dietemeyer said. “It’s just a shame that he wasn’t honored when he was still alive.”

  • School officials talk safety with board members

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    School shootings are not far from the minds of school officials and local law enforcement. The two groups addressed school safety at the Harrison County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night.
    Assistant Superintendent David Case described some of the ways Harrison County is preparing for any crisis situation.

  • Dog park is open at Flat Run

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The much-anticipated dog park is here. It’s open and dogs of all sizes are basking in the play yard.
    It’s been about six months in the making, but Anastasia Hicks, who spearheaded the project, is thrilled that it has been so overwhelmingly supported.

  • Too close for comfort

    The South Fork of the Licking River crested on Thursday at 18.88 feet at 4:15 p.m., which is about 10 feet less than the March 3, 1997, crest of 28.53 feet, according to Mike Palmer, EMA director for Harrison County. River Road was closed Thursday due to floodwaters.

  • Cynthiana Lions Club