Local News

  • Burden takes on Main Street Program as permanent director

    Becky Barnes,

    Stephanie Burden, who has been the interim director of the Cynthiana Main Street Program, was hired as the permanent director Tuesday.
    Burden had been filling in for Karey Riddell, who had taken a medical leave last November.
    Riddell submitted her letter of resignation to the commission, which was accepted Tuesday.
    Burden, who is the owner of Flower Depot on Main Street, has been working in the position since Riddell’s leave.

  • Public comments are all favorable for splash pad at Flat Run

    Becky Barnes,

    Nearly a dozen citizens attended Tuesday’s public hearing concerning a grant application for a splash pad at Flat Run Veterans’ Park.
    Leigh Ann Lacey of Bluegrass Area Development District conducted the hearing on behalf of the City of Cynthiana.
    The splash pad is projected to be built in an area that was previously considered for a soccer field.

  • Proposed sidewalks could provide safer route on U.S. 27 South

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    It probably won’t happen this year, but a couple of new sidewalks on the outskirts of Cynthiana is a real possibility in the not-too-distant future, provided funding can be found.
    Kevin Florence, State Road Department Supervisor, informed the Harrison County Fiscal Court of possibly adding a sidewalk from the John Hunt Morgan Bridge to Rite Aid Pharmacy, at its regular meeting last Tuesday.

  • Chamber’s volunteer enjoys ‘calling’

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    Since his retirement in 2007, 72-year-old John Hodge has spent most of his time volunteering.
    It is his spirit of giving that earned him the 2015 Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year award.
    “I just think that anyone who has the time, should volunteer their services to some kind of worthwhile cause,” Hodge said on the night of the Chamber’s Awards banquet.


    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer

    There are a total of five Master Craftsmen Dry Stone Masons in the United States, and one of them lives in Harrison County.
    Cecil Aguilar, soon-to-be 40 years old, is an expert dry stone mason, one of a select few in the entire country.
    Dry stone masonry, very simply, is the craft of building structures with field stones, without the use of mortar to bind those structures together.

  • Broadway and Beyond tickets on sale

    Tickets are now on sale for the April 22 and April 24 spring performances of Broadway and Beyond, given by the Licking Valley Singers.
    Friday and Sunday performances will be held at the Cynthiana Baptist Church with the Friday night show beginning at  7:30 p.m. and the Sunday afternoon matinee at 2:30 p.m.
    The concerts will feature songs from a variety of Broadway plays, from the 54-member ensemble that is conducted by Karen Bear, accompanied by pianist, Dr. Beth Laytart. The Harrison County High School Singers will also perform.

  • Pierce withdraws as state rep candidate

    Sam Pierce, Harrison County candidate for the 78th District House of Representatives Republican bid, has withdrawn from the race.
    In a letter to the editor, which can be found on page 4, Pierce cited the recent death of his wife, as his reason for dropping from the race.
    Pierce, who serves as a Harrison County magistrate, officially withdrew on Wednesday, April 13.
    Republican candidate Mark Hart from Pendleton County will face Tom McKee, Democratic incumbent candidate from Harrison County on the November ballot.

  • Loaded car hauler slides off KY 36

    A car-carrier loaded with seven new Mercedes SUVs overturned on KY 36, 10 miles west of Cynthiana, on Tuesday morning, April 19. According to Deputy Sheriff Dean Hutchison, the driver, Jeffery Dell’aqua, of Harrison County, said that a deer crossing in front of his semi-rig startled him. His right front wheels left the roadway and he was unable to correct. He was heading to I-75 to deliver the automobiles to a dealer.

  • Kearns charged following Saturday shooting

    A Saturday altercation between two men led to a shooting that hospitalized one and sent the other to jail.
    According to a Kentucky State Police release, Gregory Kearns, 53, Cynthiana, was arrested following the 9:45 p.m. shooting.
    KSP received the call from Cynthiana E-911 that a shooting had occurred at 195 Windy Ridge Lane, which is near Connersville.
    When Tprs. Jack Gabriel and John Northern arrived, they found Kearns outside the residence with Thomas Canter inside. Canter had been shot in the left hip.

  • Home and Garden Show moves to Save-a-Lot building

    The Cynthiana Democrat’s 13th annual Home and Garden Show, which has been at the Burley Co-op building on U.S. 27 North in recent years, will be moving to the former Save-A-Lot building on U.S. 27 South.
    The dates will remain the same -- Saturday, April 23, and  Sunday, April 24. Saturday hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 4 p.m.
    This year’s show will feature more than 60 booths. Visitors will be able to register for numerous prizes.