Today's News

  • Legislature moving numerous bills through shortened General Assembly

    As the General Assembly prepares for the final third of the 2011 Regular Session, it’s a good time to step back and see what has taken place.
    The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved what I think are some sensible moves forward for the Commonwealth. In some of the higher profile bills, we have worked to increase the high school dropout age from 16 to 18; we are trying to crack down on convicted drunk drivers to keep them from drinking and driving again; and we have attempted to close what would be a very sizeable gap in Medicaid if nothing is done.

  • Take a deep breath, but don’t choke on the smoke

    I am blessed.
    I’ve never had a near death experience... no heart attacks like Angie Walker suffered at 44 years old; no car wrecks with life-lasting injuries; no cancer or major surgeries.
    (Walker’s story of survival is on the front page.)
    Still, I know what it’s like to hold my breath so long that when I realize I’m getting light-headed, I have to remind myself to take a deep breath.
    Five years ago on Valentine’s Day, my daughter Erin had a horrific car accident. I was the first person to arrive at the scene.

  • A warm welcome

    I meant what I said in the very first article that I ever wrote as a news writer for the Cynthiana Democrat.
    I like real heart-filled stories. Now don’t get me wrong, if I have the opportunity to write an article that stirs up a little dust and gets citizens thinking about local government or if they are in tune with what is going on around them, then I will write those too.
    This week’s Democrat is special to me though. Special in the way that I have the distinct honor of introducing four new faces to the community.

  • Fillies, Thorobreds advance in district play Monday

    The Harrison County Fillies and Thorobreds advanced to the championship games of the 38th District Monday night as they each won easily over Nicholas County.  
    The Fillies jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were never threatened as the Ladyjackets were ice cold from the field and could not prevent the Fillies from scoring.
    Nicholas County managed only 10 points for the half as they made only three of 17 attempts from the field.  

  • Florida governor asked to reconsider “pill pipeline” monitoring

    Gov. Steve Beshear sent a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday asking him to reconsider his decision to not implement a state prescription drug monitoring system that could help end the illegal prescription drug pipeline between Kentucky and Florida.
    According to Harrison County arrest records, over the last two years 32 people have been convicted in drug-related cases, specific to the pill pipeline, where suspects allegedly travel from Harrison County to Florida in search of Oxycodone 30s and 15s.

  • Harrison County Sheriff's Department

    Traffic Cases
    The following information from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office indicates drivers and/or owners whose vehicles were involved in accidents.
    Feb. 4 – At 2:45 p.m., a non-injury accident was reported when Jeremy Malone lost control of his vehicle on KY 1940 and struck a fence.
    Feb. 10 – At 8:40 a.m., a non-injury accident occurred on Mouth of Cedar Rd. when a vehicle driven by Joyce Wilson skidded off the road and struck a tree.

  • Cynthiana Police Department

    Case reports
    Feb. 1 – At 1:39 p.m., Josh Rueger, an employee of Papa John’s, reported having received a forged check.
    Feb. 2 – At 3:52 p.m., police were called to the courthouse where a woman was falling off the bench and appeared to be under the influence. Police arrested Tonya Applegate, charging her with public intoxication and prescription controlled substance no in proper container.

  • Harrison Circuit Court

    Judge Jay Delaney
    presiding Feb. 15, 2011
    Harrison County, Ky. vs. Robert Shirley, status hearing; status hearing held, case remanded.
    GE Money Bank vs. Charlotte Childers, motion hour; (motion to transfer), motion granted, order entered.
    Wells Fargo Bank, NA vs. Elizabeth Northcutt, motion hour; (motion to confirm report), report of withdrawn sale approved.
    Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance vs. Steven Roach, motion hour; motion passed.

  • Harrison District Court

    Judge Charles W. Kuster Jr.
    presiding Feb. 14, 2011
    Estate of Bobby Clay Stephens, probate hearing; order entered appointing administratrix.
    Estate of June Carolyn Fryman, motion hour; order entered.
    Estate of Mary Ruth Hendricks, probate hearing; order entered.
    Estate of Julius Joseph Schwanke, probate hearing; order entered.
    Estate of Estel R. Simpson, probate hearing; will admitted and order entered.
    In re: Jamie Lynn McKinley, court trial; order entered.

  • Barnett second, Shirley loses close matches in state finals

    Defending State Champion Brandon Barnett fell one match short of repeating as Thomas Buckman of Union County won an 8-4 decision in the championship match late Saturday night.  
    Barnett had been the Brandon Harrison County was used to up to this match as he worked his way into the finals.  
    He opened in the preliminaries by pinning Richie of Louisville Doss in 1:43 and followed with a 2:59 pin of Lynch of Newport.