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Today's News

  • School board opts for tax increase to generate 4% over last year’s revenue

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Harrison County Board of Education voted unanimously to enact a 4 percent increase in property taxes for the 2017-18 school year at a special meeting on Friday afternoon, Sept. 1.
    The tax increase is expected to put an additional $300,000 in the district’s coffers.
    District financial officer Julie Asher clarified that this is not a flat 4 percent increase in taxes.

  • Four sentenced, other cases continued in Harrison court

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Formal sentencing was held Tuesday in Harrison Circuit Court for individuals who had previously been found guilty or entered guilty pleas to their charges.
    Jackie Caskey was sentenced to two years in prison and probation was denied.
    Caskey was convicted on his fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs. His license was suspended for five years.

  • Cemetery Preservation planning meeting is Tuesday

    A planning meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Biancke’s Restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m. to discuss preservation of the Old Cynthiana Graveyard.
    The cemetery is located on North Main Street. Karey Riddell and Rick Mattox are heading up a group to help restore and promote the cemetery’s beauty.
    Anyone interested in helping is urged to attend the meeting.

  • Harrison County School salaries released this week

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    The Harrison County School District has released its salaries for all school staff, as required by law.
    For the 2016-17 fiscal year, total salaries amounted to $16,357,729. Harrison County salaries make up nearly 70 percent of the $26,421.040 total budget.
    An increase of $334,975 is budgeted for this year’s salaries.
    The top 18 salaries are paid to administrators and principals, which are 12-month positions.
    Superintendent Andy Dotson earned $134,508 in 2016-17.

  • It’s time for a Taste of Harrison County

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A Taste of Harrison County will get underway around 9 a.m. Saturday morning on the heels of the Born to Run 5K and just prior to the Little Feet, Big Feet fun walk/run.
    The Born to Run 5K, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, and the final leg of the Chamber’s Triple Crown, will begin at 8 a.m.
    The Little Feet, Big Feet will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is sponsored by CHP Wellness.

  • Grace Notes

    The other day I found an old, yellowed and brittle newspaper cartoon that I had cut out and saved.
    Dated from 1987, it’s a drawing of a woman sitting in a wing-back chair holding her knees with her feet tucked underneath her.
    The caption reads: “This year’s Irrational Fears Grand Champion worries, from her home in Madison, Wisconsin, about being caught up in a deadly lava flow.”

  • Cynthiana son leaves Houston home

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    It’s often been said that if you don’t like the current weather in Kentucky, just wait a day or two and it’ll change.
    We can have hot and oppressively humid summers and snowy, bone-chillingly cold winters.
    If we’re lucky, we can have several weeks of moderate weather in the spring and fall where, like the Three Little Bears, everything is “just right.”

  • Church News

    GRIEFSHARE SESSIONS
    A 13-week GriefShare session will be offered for grieving/hurting people who have lost loved ones, on Sundays from 5-7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 302 E. Pike St.
    The sessions will begin Aug. 28 and the public is urged to attend and can join at any time.
    For more information contact Leona Bell at 859-954-5070. You may also find information on the facebook page at Leona Bell GriefShare group, or www.GriefShare.org.

    ST. EDWARD CHURCH

  • That’s What You Do?

    Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a concert with my wife at Riverbend. These were tickets she purchased in February but the concert, featuring one of my favorite artists, Rod Stewart, did not take place until August.
    What a way-above-average gift Anna shared with me. As we were parking prior to the concert, I noticed a couple walking in front of our car. I then did something I should not have done.

  • Help for Harvey victims

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Pastor Benny Northcutt and four members of his Central Christian Church congregation left on Tuesday afternoon to deliver two trailers of supplies to a Houston church that was ravaged by last week’s Hurricane Harvey.
    Northcutt, Robin Kern, Brian Northcutt, Randy Stumbo and Eric Moore will take turns driving the two trailers during the 18-hour trip to Houston.
    “We intend to drive non-stop and should arrive about 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon,” Northcutt said.