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Today's News

  • Commission ends Handy House era

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    After wrestling with the issue for years, a unanimous vote by the Cynthiana City Commission Tuesday gave consent for the demise of the Handy House.
    Commissioners were hopeful that the old home that looks over Flat Run Veterans’ Park could be used as housing quarters for firefighters and that bays would be added to both sides for trucks.
    However, Chief Jay Sanders and Commissioner Roger Slade explained that the house could not be used for a new fire house.

  • Grand jury affirms eight indictments

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Seven individuals were named in eight indictments issued by a Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday.
    In addition, Henry Hogg, 46, bypassed the grand jury with a signed waiver of right to be tried by indictment.
    Hogg is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.
    According to court documents, on Feb. 3, 2015, Hogg “engaged in conduct which created a substantial danger or death or physical injury to [another individual].”

  • BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Alice Allen has followed in her grandmother’s footsteps. Her grandmother, born a slave, became a certified teacher in 1908. Allen is now in her 21st year as a teacher.
    She graduated from Harrison County High School in 1971 and lived through one of the most tumultuous times in American history, the 1960s.

  • Cynthiana considering trained K9 to join force

    Cynthiana Police Ptl. Eddie Quinn appeared before the Cynthiana City Commission Tuesday night with his K9 Hano. Quinn’s aggressively trained German Shepherd is capable of locating drugs as well as tracking. Quinn and Hano worked as partners before coming to  Cynthiana.

  • Houston volunteers to make a difference

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Maybe it’s the neon green jacket that draws attention to the man who spends countless hour sweeping the curbs and gutters around Cynthiana. Or, perhaps it’s just the fact that it’s so out of character to see someone picking up trash instead of throwing it out.
    Whatever draws attention to Kenneth Houston, it is all warranted.
    Houston, 44, is a graduate of Harrison County High School.

  • No Flint-like problems with Cynthiana’s water

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    According to Todd Blanton of the Cynthiana Water Treatment Plant, Cynthiana residents shouldn’t be concerned that a debacle like the one that has plagued Flint, Michigan, will strike here.
    The Flint water crisis began in April of 2014 when that city’s leaders opted to begin producing their own water out of the local Flint River.
    Previously, Flint had purchased its drinking water from Detroit, which gets its water from Lake Huron.

  • Biancke’s sustains water damage

    Biancke’s Restaurant, in downtown Cynthiana, suffered some water damage on Monday after a pipe leading from the hot-water heater burst.
    Owner, Mary Todd Seaman initially thought she was seeing smoke coming from the basement.
    “I was using my cell phone’s flash light app, as I was going downstairs and I saw what I thought was smoke,” she said on Tuesday. “Thankfully it wasn’t a fire and just a burst pipe.”
    She mistook the steam from the burst pipe for smoke and called the Cynthiana Fire Department.

  • Earthquake hits Harrison County Tuesday morning

    According to local Emergency Management Agency director Mike Palmer, Harrison County was hit with an earthquake about 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
    Palmer said he received an email from the EMA in Frankfort on Tuesday morning when he got to work, telling him of the earthquake.
    “To be honest, I thought it was a joke,” Palmer said on Tuesday afternoon. “But it wasn’t. According to Frankfort, the epicenter was about six miles, north north-west of Cynthiana. It registered a 2.0 on the Richter Scale.”

  • Chamber nominees sought

    It’s that time of year again! The Annual Chamber Awards Banquet is upon us. In fact, the deadline for nominations for the awards is this Friday, Feb. 5.
    Have you taken the time to fill one out and nominate an outstanding individual in our community? It only takes a few minutes and can make a lasting impact on your nominee.
    Looking back over the past year, I can’t help but be excited for Cynthiana’s future. So many individuals stand out in my mind that have committed to making an impact on community.

  • Is it time to refresh Black History Month?

    February is Black History Month, and as such, sparks some debate, from all races, about the continuing usefulness of designating one month for one race of people.
    Increasingly, it seems that Black History Month is simply relegated to a symbolic march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and very little else.
    Shouldn’t it be more than that?