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Local News

  • School superintendent Andy Dotson weighs in on pension reform

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    Harrison County School Superintendent Andy Dotson had a great deal to say about the proposed changes to the Teachers’ Retirement System.  Though no bill has been released,  Dotson predicts that if the proposal outlined by Gov. Matt Bevin last Wednesday become law, Kentucky will see long lasting negative impacts on employees, children, and communities.

  • Three sentenced to prison last week

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Three individuals were given prison sentences in Harrison County Circuit Court last week.
    Michael Campbell was sentenced to six years in prison on multiple charges including five counts of theft of identity, two counts of theft by unlawful taking less than $10,000, 18 counts of theft by unlawful taking under $500, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Attorney finds Cynthiana welcoming for law practice

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    When Nolan Weddle finished law school at the University of Kentucky and then passed the Kentucky Bar Exam, he did not immediately send out stacks of resumes, hoping to land a job at a big law firm; he did not set his sights on huge financial success in one of the more lucrative law specialties often featured in John Grisham novels.  

  • Keep Trick-or-Treaters safe this Halloween

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    Trick-or-Treat Traffic Tangle
    Every Halloween Cynthiana’s Chief of Police, Ray Johnson, feels as if he makes the same plea, but nothing ever seems to change.  Every year the streets of many Cynthiana neighborhoods become so clogged with trick-or-treat traffic that they become all but impassable.   

  • Time of Harvest Outreach chili supper and service is Saturday

    The Time of Harvest Outreach Ministry will host a chili supper and service on Saturday, Oct. 28, beginning at 5 p.m. on the lawn at the Harrison County courthouse.
    Gerald Perkins will be speaking. Special music will be provided by Justin Browning, John Rich and Chris Clem.
    Supper will include chili, peanut butter and pimento cheese sandwiches, vegetable tray, cookies and drinks.
    Free gloves and hats will be given away. Rain or shine. Everyone welcome.

  • Merry Market is Saturday

    The Cynthiana Democrat and Ashford Acres will present the first Merry Market shopping experience Saturday, Oct. 28, from noon till 7 p.m. at Ashford Acres.
    Sponsoring vendors are Plexus, ThriveLife, Oasis and BMA (Bluegrass Medical Aesthetics).
    Admission will be a donation of pet care items that will go to Helping Hounds Find Homes and the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter. Some items for consideration would be pet foods, blankets, treats and cleaning supplies.

  • Teachers, state employees hold pension rally

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    When people greet one another, they commonly ask, “How are you doing?”  On Wednesday afternoon, those gathered in front of the old courthouse had a different question in greeting.
    “How many years do you have in?”  
    The question referred to the number of years a person had worked under Kentucky’s troubled retirement system.

  • Local man arrested for seeking sex with minor

    A Cynthiana man is being held in the Franklin County Regional Jail following his arrest for allegedly seeking sex with a minor, possessing child porn and drugs.
    According to a release from the state Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office, his Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Cyber Crimes Unit made the arrest on Friday, Oct. 20.

  • Pensions concerns voiced at rally
  • Fiscal court goes on the road

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    Once a year the Harrison County Fiscal Court meets in Berry.  Tuesday night Berry residents were offered the opportunity to share concerns, and their local issues dominated the night’s business.
    Christine Philpot, Berry’s city clerk, voiced appreciation for the road improvements around the community.