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  • Ecklar indicted on manslaughter charge

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    A Harrison County man was indicted by a Hamilton County (Ohio) grand jury on Friday, Dec. 23, for corrupting another person with drugs, leading to serious bodily harm and was also charged with involuntary manslaughter.
    Chad Allen Ecklar, 30, whose address is listed on Cincinnati Police records as 119 Northside Drive, Cynthiana, was arrested on Dec. 14, in a Columbia Parkway parking lot, in Cincinnati.

  • Maiden City Brewery has grand opening
  • Community Christmas Project
  • 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.

  • Kiwanis tree lighting
  • 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
    incident

  • New commission prepared to step into new year

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    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
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    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
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    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.