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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    BERRY UNITED

    METHODIST

    A Soup Dinner and Basket Auction will be held Friday, Nov. 20 at the National Guard Armory located on New Lair Road, Cynthiana. Dinner will start at 5:45 p.m. and will be served through-out the evening. Dinner will consist of: various soups, sandwich, drink, and desert for a love donation. Basket Auction will start at 7 p.m., and consist of several theme baskets, three refinished trunks with some antique items in them, various Longaberger Baskets, several country hams, Kentucky, Louisville and Tennessee items, with several various other items.

  • Your election, your voice

    With an election for state, county and city positions less than a year away, The Cynthiana Democrat welcomes letters of endorsement for candidates of the 2010 election.

    The last date to publish a candidate endorsement is in the Oct. 21, 2010 issue. Those letters need to be received at the office no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. Letters should be no more than 300 words. All letters must be signed and include a daytime telephone number for verification purposes. Letters will not be published unless the author can be reached.

  • Test scores improve, still short of goals

    Test scores are in, and while the Harrison County school system exceeded many state goals, some Harrison County schools fell short of the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

    On the state level, each Harrison County school raised its Kentucky Core Content Test score, with Harrison County’s overall score increasing from 83 to 88, based on a 140 scale.

  • Seasonal flu vaccines in short supply

    As the flu season soon begins, seasonal flu vaccines are hard to find.

    “Suppliers are not guaranteeing a date on when they can get us more vaccines,” said Crystal Caudill, WEDCO Public Health Director.

    While flu clinics and appointments have been scheduled at the health department throughout the month of October, Caudill said there is a chance flu shots will run out before the appointments.

    “There is no guarantee,” Caudill said Tuesday afternoon.

  • Cruise control is ‘ill advised’ in some circumstances

    To the editor:

    You recently published a letter from me in regards to dangerous driving on US 62 (Cynthiana Road). Thank you. I wanted to inform your readers of a possible concern I became aware of afterwards - using cruise control on one’s vehicle on wet surfaces. Whenever cruise control is on, two other factors come into play.

    1.) In order to maintain a constant speed, sometimes the vehicle will accelerate on its own... which could cause you to hydroplane, and thus lose control.

  • Voices raise for community choir

    It’s Thursday evening and 50 pairs of tapping feet have gathered for choir practice.

    “Altos, where’s your pitch?” director Karen Bear asked the middle group of women - all part of the first-ever community choir.

    With hands in the air and glasses perched at the tip of her nose, Karen Bear motioned for the perfect pitch.

    Beth Laytart followed with an accompanying piano note.

    “Can we go on or do you need it one more time?” Bear asked.

    The altos, they responded, were good.

  • Court proceeds with Handy House agreement

    Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett asked for and received a vote of confidence from magistrates for an agreement with the Handy House Committee.

    Barnett said the county will not expect a complete restoration of the Handy House to be completed within five years. However, he said the house should be stabilized and the exterior appearance improved within that allotted time.

  • Trash collection bids come in less than current bill

    It appears that bidding a new contract for county residents’ trash service will save between $1 and $2.80 per month for each household.

    Of the four bids received, the apparent low bidder for residential trash service was Legacy Carting with a $12.95 monthly rate.

    County residents are currently paying Rumpke $15.75 per month for a once-a-week pick up.

    Each of the bids also includes a 10 percent discount for senior citizens.

  • The Sky-pe is the limit

    On Tuesday afternoon, the Westside Elementary Mystery Book Club got to ask author Eric Berlin questions about his book ‘The Puzzling World of Winston Breen.’

    The students and author sat face to face, yet miles apart.

    Berlin was in Connecticut. The students were in the library at Westside.

    “Writing has always been a part of my life,” Berlin told the 18 students over the computer program Skype.

    With Berlin’s face on the computer monitor, students took turns going up to the computer to ask the author questions.

  • Cross country season ends at regional

    Both of the Harrison County cross country squads saw the season come to an end Saturday as they competed in the regional at the Archives course in Frankfort.

    Although this course is considered to be one of the tougher ones in the state, nearly the entire team ran the best time on it Saturday, but still could not qualify for the state meet. 

    Harrison County competes in one of the most talented regions in the state in AA with many of the teams running outstanding times.