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Today's News

  • Salary doubles to $30K for mayor’s position

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the mayor of Cynthiana be earning $30,000, which is double what the current mayor earns.
    The commission voted unanimously to support the pay increase with the first reading of an ordinance making the change. There will have to be a second reading with approval before it becomes reality.
    There remained some hesitation at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the commission concerning the hours worked by the mayor and compensation.

  • HEMP

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    A relatively new cash crop is being raised in Harrison County and a handful of farmers have gotten in on the ground floor.
    According to Brian Furnish, that ‘new’ cash crop, isn’t so new after all.
    “Hemp has been grown for 5,000 years,” he said. “I’m an eighth generation farmer and my ancestors raised hemp, way back when.”

  • Hemp growers face restrictions, inspections

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Jason Marshall and his family are another family that has entered into the hemp growing world.
    Marshall, 39, is the owner and operator of Marshall Tractor Supply on KY 36, just outside of Cynthiana, but has been involved in growing hemp for about four years.
    He raises about 10 acres of hemp and has a contract with a couple of different hemp processors, one in Lexington and one in Louisville.

  • Thriller is Saturday downtown

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    It’s close to midnight
    Something evil’s lurkin’in the dark
    Under the moonlight
    You see a sight that almost stops your heart
    You try to scream
    But terror takes the sound before you make it
    You start to freeze
    As horror looks you right between the eyes
    You’re paralyzed

  • Merry Market event is Oct. 28

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Merry Market is coming Saturday, Oct. 28, to Ashford Acres Inn to kick off the holiday shopping season.
    The Cynthiana Democrat, in conjunction with Ashford Acres, will have its first Merry Market event beginning at noon and continuing to 7 p.m.
    The event will feature pop-up clothing boutiques, jewelry, skin care, children’s clothing, jellies and jams, metal art and laser art, holiday  decor.

  • Something to bark about

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    If your dog could describe his ideal day, digging up turf, sniffing leaf piles at will, and running free with the wind in his fur -- all would rate high on the list of canine thrills. From the looks of things, local dogs may finally be getting their day.
    With the Cynthiana City Commission and the Harrison County Fiscal Court prepared to split the cost, a three-acre dog park appears to be in the future for Flat Run Veterans Park.

  • Get packin’

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    It’s Time to Start Packing!
    Shoeboxes, that is.  In less than a month, collection week will take place for Operation Christmas Child.  For those unfamiliar with this popular charitable endeavor, it is an easy and fun opportunity for individuals, families, or groups to do something hands-on for a child in a third-world country.  

  • Betsy Smith joins Cynthiana Democrat news staff

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Cynthiana Democrat is welcoming its second temporary writer in less than six weeks.
    Betsy Brannock Smith will be filling in for Democrat news writer Lee Kendall, who is out for a few weeks recovering from back surgery.
    Many may recognize Smith as one of the areas popular chautauqua speakers who performs as Jemima Boone.
    She and her husband Edward, and their three sons, Ethan, Harry and Ross, moved back to Cynthiana about 15 years ago.

  • Reporting for ABC 36 News, this is Lauren Shepard

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    While the majority of her fellow classmates who entered college in the fall of 2014 are still trudging to class, cramming for tests, and wondering how long they can go without doing their laundry, Lauren Shepard has graduated from Asbury University (with a double major) and is exactly where she has wanted to be since she was in elementary school: working as a television news reporter.

  • The Pin-up Queen: In 1941, McEwan did her part to boost sailors’ morale

    Jimmy Tomlin,
    High Point Enterprise staff writer

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Officially, Alice Chandler McEwan didn’t contribute anything to the war effort during World War II.
    She didn’t join the military or serve as a nurse. She didn’t repair airplanes, nor was she one of those “Rosie the Riveter” women who helped build ships and produce war supplies. She was just a comely coed who graduated from High Point College and became a third-grade schoolteacher.