Local News

  • New commercial 911 charge on prepaid cell phones benefits all Kentuckians

    Customers who purchase prepaid cell phones or calling cards in 2017 will see a new, small service charge on their receipt, but it is a tax that helps save lives. The charge is comparable to fees that currently appear on customer billings for communications services from traditional wireless providers.
    The new Kentucky law passed during the 2016 legislative session requires retailers that sell cellular phones or calling cards with preloaded minutes to charge an additional flat rate of $0.93 per purchase. The fee is effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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  • Did You Know

    Office closed
    for Christmas

    The offices of The Cynthiana Democrat and Harrison Shopper will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, so that our staff may spend time with family during Christmas.
    Regular hours will resume Tuesday morning with a 10 a.m. deadline for news copy to be submitted.
    The same hours will apply for the following week of the New Year’s holiday.

    Harrison man charged in Cincinnati

  • New commission prepared to step into new year

    Becky Barnes,

    The new Cynthiana City Commission is ready to take charge with the coming new year.
    At Tuesday’s meeting, the recently elected Lourena Judy took the oath of office with her term to officially begin at midnight Jan. 1.
    Incumbent commissioners -- Mark Mattmiller, Roger Slade and Jada Griggs -- re-affirmed their oath to the commission.
    Mayor James Smith noted that the first meeting of January (Jan. 3), the commissioners will decide department assignments.

  • NTI will allow at-home work during some snow days

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    Every Harrison County School District student was given a packet of information to take home for instructional at-home use, last week.
    The district has enacted a new policy that will allow students to complete school work, for up to 10 days, when school has been called off due to inclement weather or any of a variety of different reasons.

  • County water manager retiring

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    After 38 years working at the Harrison County Water Association, Danny Northcutt is set to retire at the end of December.
    Northcutt began working for the HCWA, 11 years after graduating from Harrison County High School in 1967.
    “Right after high school, I began working at Bundy Tubing and stayed there for 11 years,” he said.

  • Drug trafficking target of round-up

    Local law enforcement joined with state and Bourbon County to serve 29 arrest warrants on alleged drug traffickers.
    According to Harrison County Sheriff Shain Stephens, the multi-agency round up resulted in numerous arrests in Harrison and Bourbon counties.
    Many of those arrested last week are alleged to have made drug sales in Cynthiana.
    The extensive undercover investigation concentrated primarily on drug traffickers bringing crack cocaine and other illegal rugs from other counties into Harrison County.

  • Retired teachers donate to Family Resource

    The Harrison County Retired Teacher Association recently donated $275 to the local Family Resource Youth Service Center (FRYSC) shoe fund. HCRTA members know first hand how important a good pair of shoes is to a student who is in need. The members were very pleased to have the opportunity to support their community in this manner. HCRTA member, Jennifer Muntz presents FRYSC Directors, Kim Brooks and Shelia Price with a donation for the Resource Center shoe fund.

  • Harrison County retired teachers support food pantry

    Working together to fight hunger in Harrison County is one way the Harrison County Retired Teachers Association is making a difference in its hometown.
    Taking advantage of a match grant funded by AARP-KY and KRTA, HCRTA members are contributing to help alleviate hunger locally by donating $513 and 42 food items to the Harrison County Food Pantry.
    In Kentucky, hunger threatens 13.4 percent of its citizens and of those, 5.40 percent are seniors at risk. Overall, the state ranks 20th nationally for at-risk seniors.

  • Harrison teen charged in Pendleton following chase

    Becky Barnes,

    A Harrison County teen who is accused of leading a high-speed chase through two counties, now faces charges in Pendleton County.
    Harrison Schweitzer, 18, was charged on Saturday, Dec. 3, on Harrison County charges that stemmed from an incident that allegedly originated in the Walmart parking lot in Cynthiana.
    Cynthiana Police Ptl. Barry Sparks got behind Schweitzer near Walmart and made attempts to stop Schweitzer numerous times.