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Today's News

  • Low turnout for Tuesday’s primary

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Bad weather, a short ballot and several races that lacked any sort of political drama led to extremely light voting locally in Tuesday’s primary election.
    Secretary Hillary Clinton won a narrow victory over Bernie Sanders, state-wide, in Kentucky’s Democratic primary on Tuesday.
    Clinton overwhelmed Sanders in Jefferson County, winning by over 19,000 votes and won in Fayette County by nearly 3,000 votes.

  • Harrison to reap $13 mil in road projects

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Over the next two years, nearly $13 million is expected to be spent on Harrison County road projects.
    The recently released 2016-2018 Biennial Highway Construction Plan identifies five projects that should get underway in the next 24 months.
    Kentucky House Rep. Tom McKee said he is extremely pleased with plans for Harrison County that survived cuts.

  • Lair Vault in need of repair, funds

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The historically significant Lair Vault, located along the Licking River, on the farm of Dunny and B.T. Darnell, is perilously close to falling into the river.
    According to B.T. Darnell, it will cost approximately $4,600 to have renowned stone-mason Cecil Aguilar make repairs and shore up the vault.
    She said that $2,000 has been donated by the Harrison County Historical Society and that work would begin immediately, with or without the additional funding that is needed.

  • The Great Museum Treasure Hunt returns for summer

    “There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.”
    •Mark Twain, The Adventures
    of Tom Sawyer

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    As Kentucky actor Johnny Depp, aka Cap’n Jack Sparrow, eloquently said in Pirates of the Caribbean, “Not all treasure is silver and gold mate.”

  • First Summer Concert

    Jayceon Hill, son of Megan Garrison and Keiron Hill, found the best place to do chalk art during the Summer Concert Series on Friday night. Different bands will perform on the second Friday of each month through September. The series, which is organized by the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by Field & Main Bank, The Cynthiana Arts Council and Farmers Deposit Bank.

  • Extension service brings on summer interns

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Harrison County Extension Service is welcoming two hometown summer interns for 12 weeks.
    Margaret McCauley and Tommy Vallandingham will be saddling up with Jessica Barnes, ag agent, and Mike Meyer, 4-H agent, to learn more about the Extension Service, which is a branch of the University of Kentucky.
    McCauley, 22, graduated from Harrison County High School in 2011 and the University of Kentucky this month.

  • Sayre joins Extension as horticulture agent

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    After teaching agriculture in Bourbon County for the last nine years, Jessica Sayre decided she wanted to pursue a different way of educating people.
    Sayre said teaching was something that she always wanted to do.
    Now she is using her education as the new horticulture agent for the Harrison County Extension Service.

  • Federal grand jury indicts four on bank fraud charges

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    A federal grand jury in Lexington has indicted four persons for defrauding a series of banks of more than $40 million from May, 2006 to September, 2010.
    Daniel Sexton, Jonathan Williams, Joseph Tobin and Sheila Flynn were indicted on one charge of conspiracy and 23 counts each of carrying out the scheme, or attempting to do so.
    The banks listed in the indictment as being defrauded, include Cynthiana’s Farmer’s Deposit Bank.

  • Downtown Cynthiana sees an exciting growth

    In my books, Cynthiana is starting to boom again. Within the last year, we have had several new businesses locate downtown in our brick-and-mortar storefronts.
    This is very important to our community.  
    Mark Twain famously remarked, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated” after a newspaper erroneously reported his passing.
    Similarly, the reports of the death of brick-and-mortar stores have been greatly exaggerated.

  • Viewpoint

    Shortly after the Constitutional Convention of 1787 completed its work, a woman named Mrs. Powell approached one of the key figures of the convention, Benjamin Franklin, and asked, “Mr. Franklin, what do we have, a republic or a monarchy?”
    Franklin didn’t hesitate, “a republic, if we can keep it.”
    Simply put, a republic is a form of government where the citizens have the opportunity to elect the officials that will run their government.