Local News

  • Click it, or they’ll ticket

    Cynthiana Police Sgt. Nathan Linville and Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Peak were awarded by the Governor’s Occupant Protection Enforcement Awards on Tuesday. They received the awards for being the officers with their agencies who issued the most citations for safety belt, child restraint and booster saeat violations from June 11, 2014, to June 11, 2015. Peak issued 122 and Linville issued 60 citations during that time frame.

  • Chamber director resigns

    Pat Grenier, who has served as the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce executive director for the last eight years, has announced her plans to step down.
    Grenier recently opened a retail shop in downtown Cynthiana, Heartfelt Fiber and Fleece, which is also a mill for processing raw wool.

  • Judge says side-street repairs coming, annexation next step

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    Streets in the area of businesses off U.S. 27 South are one step closer to being annexed into the city after the Harrison County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to seek bids for necessary repairs and repaving.
    Judge-Executive Alex Barnett told the court that the money for the work would come from the governor’s office. The work is estimated to cost about $65,000, he said.  
    Barnett said that once the work is done, the city has agreed to take over the roads and be responsible for their upkeep.

  • Charges dismissed against Winchester couple

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    All charges have been dismissed against a Winchester couple arrested July 12 and charged with burglary.
    Charges against Ricky Johnson, 27, and Ericka Churchwell, 28, were dropped at a July 20 hearing. Both had been charged with second-degree burglary, and Johnson had also been charged with third-degree criminal mischief.

  • Music Fest designed to add to Parks and Rec coffers

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    This Friday, Cynthiana residents will have the chance to help add to a local park while at the same time enjoying live music­—lots of live music.
    Six music acts are set to perform Friday night as part of Music Fest, an event being put on by Harrison County Parks and Recreation to raise funds to held continue to build and add amenities to Flat Run Veterans’ Park.
    Music acts set to perform are Jesse Keith Whitley, John  Daniel Herrington, 90 Proof Twang, Chris Caskey, Travis Cook and Noel Howard.

  • Family/Youth Service Centers are go-to ally for students and parents

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    As their children progress through school, most Harrison County parents will meet their kids’ teachers, the schools’ principals, and maybe the superintendent at some point. But what some parents might not realize is that there is another team of individuals whose goal is to help children succeed.

  • 80 new jobs, $2 million plan

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Eighty new jobs and a new partnership were announced last week when Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen and local dignitaries welcomed Continental Mixers to Cynthiana from Texas.
    Frank Busicchia, president and partner with Commercial Specialty Truck Holdings LLC, said the company bought Continental Mixer Solutions and E-Z Pack Refuse Hauling Solutions within four months of each other in 2014.
    He noted that the idea was to bring the two together in Cynthiana.

  • Family embraces daughter’s needs after accident

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    For Cynthiana mom Carman Thornton Ratliff, life as she knew it stopped on March 5. And it has yet to resume.
    March 5 was the day a sledding trip, which should have been a happy outing for her outgoing, athletic teen daughter, turned into a tragedy.
    That day, then-15-year-old Abby Ratliff’s sled careened out of control and slammed into a mailbox. Abby’s head smashed into the mailbox.
    The impact of the collision caused Abby to suffer severe head trauma.

  • First United Methodist Church will meet at HCHS during roof repairs

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    For the next few months, joining together for worship will mean heading to the high school for members of one local church.
    The First United Methodist Church is having work done to its sanctuary to repair damage from storms in December. While the work is completed, church services will be held in the auditorium of Harrison County High School, Pastor Mike Coppersmith said.
    Storms blew the roof off the church in December, and water leaked in causing extensive damage, Coppersmith said.

  • New law restricts publishing classroom assignments

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    When The Cynthiana Democrat’s annual Back-to-School edition comes out July 30, there will be an obvious missing element.
    Classroom assignments will not be included due to the recent passing of House Bill 5.
    “They mandate it and we have to abide,” said Harrison County Superintendent Andy Dotson, noting that HB5/Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is at the crux of the recommendations.