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Today's News

  • Harrison County schools to close Aug. 21 for eclipse

    The Harrison County School district administration released the following information regarding to eclipse and school:
    After considering multiple options regarding the eclipse on Aug. 21, the decision was made to cancel Harrison County Schools for students and use the day as a staff work day.
    Student safety was the deciding factor in closing school for this event, since NASA and other scientific experts warn of possible eye damage if the sun is viewed improperly during the eclipse. All school-sponsored student activities will be postponed until after 5 p.m.

  • Cynthiana man stabbed to death in Lexington

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Two former Cynthiana residents were involved in an altercation that ended with one deceased and the other charged with the murder.
    According to Brenna Angel, public information officer with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department (LFUCGPD), officers were dispatched to Augusta Arms Apartments around 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.
    When they arrived, they found Theodore Custard, 55, already deceased in his apartment.

  • Multiple charges stem from high-speed chase

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    A four-agency, multi-county high speed chase began and ended in Harrison County in the early afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 2.
    After a 40-minute chase, Michael O’Connell, 25, from Teaberry, Ky., surrendered  and was arrested and charged with 3rd degree assault on a police officer, 1st degree wanton endangerment (involving a police officer), 1st degree fleeing or evading police with a motor vehicle, 1st degree wanton endangerment and identity theft.

  • Medlin killed in Bourbon County wreck

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A young man from Harrison County was tragically killed in a car accident in Bourbon County Sunday night.
    Jordon Medlin, 26, of Berry, was driving on North Middletown Road around 10 p.m. when he crashed into a tree.
    According the Tpr. Charles Loudermilk, public information officer with the Kentucky State Police at Post 6, Medlin was traveling alone and was deceased at the wheel.
    Loudermilk said the accident remains under investigation.

  • Construction begins on Mill Street homes for low-income families

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Three vacant lots on West Mill Street are looking a little dirty ... or, at the very least, the soil is showing.
    An official ground-breaking ceremony was held Tuesday for three homes that are being built in partnership with the Cynthiana Harrison County Housing Assistance Corporation.
    “This is an exciting day that has taken a long time to get here,” said Cynthiana Mayor James Smith.

  • Man faces 39-count indictment for possession, theft of mail

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A Harrison County grand jury issued a 39-count indictment against Andre Brown last week.
    According to the indictment, Brown, 29, was involved in the theft of mail of 17 individuals. He was also charged with the possession of the stolen mail.
    The grand jury alleges that on June 2, 2017, Brown took mail from mailboxes in Harrison County.

  • Sheriff’s Department recovers $40,000 in stolen property

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department recovered over $40,000 in stolen property last week in Harrison County.
    “We got a call from the Versailles Police Department about an anonymous tip they had received, concerning a stolen backhoe,” said deputy sheriff Dean Hutchison.
    Hutchison said that a contractor was doing some work on a farm in Woodford County when his backhoe came up missing.

  • Invitation to Rod Run entertainer rescinded

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Former Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat had his invitation to attend the 2017 Cynthiana Rod Run rescinded by the Rod Run Committee last week, following Wopat’s arrest in Boston.
    Wopat, 65, was scheduled to headline a concert at the Rohs Opera House During the Aug. 26, Cynthiana Rod Run.

  • Emerald Ash Borer still causing problems locally

    Taylor Cusick,
    Summer intern
    tcusick@cynthianademocrat.com

    Part of what makes the state of Kentucky so beautiful is its greenery. Trees, hills and flowers sprinkle the Bluegrass State like vibrant paint on a mountainous canvas, but some of that beauty is in danger.
    Kentucky is under threat by a foreign invader, the Emerald Ash Borer. The EAB feeds on Ash trees, which are very common in Kentucky. Many of these trees line Kentucky’s roadways and can cause hazardous driving situations.

  • Miss/Ms. Rod Run 2017

    Courtney Wagner was crowned 2017 Miss Rod Run on Saturday night by the 2016 Miss Rod Run Margaret McCauley.