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Today's News

  • Sports Beat

    Hatfield helps East seniors win over West seniors 12-3 Sunday

    Harrison County’s Rachel Hatfield had a triple and a RBI to help the East squad defeat the West, 12-3, Sunday at the University of Kentucky Softball Complex. 

    Hatfield played third base for seven innings in the extreme heat Sunday turning in a solid performance in the field to go along with her hitting. The East team was also coached by Harrison County head coach Christine Garnett along with Larry Slone of Rowan County, Geoff Stewart of Boyd County and Shane Weaver of North Laurel. 

  • Spiders and snakes, two most common fears people experience

    “I don’t like spiders and snakes…” are the lyrics to the catchy 1970s tune by singer Jim Stafford. Although the song has little to do with wildlife, the sentiment holds true for many whose fear, when they cross paths with a common snake or spider, is real even when the perceived danger isn’t.  

  • Joe Mooney Men’s Invitational at country club this weekend

    Defending champion Bart Lenox will be on hand Saturday and Sunday during the 46th annual Joe Mooney Men’s Invitational to try to ward off a talented field to successfully defend the title.

    In the championship field with the six-time winner will be 11-time winner Mike Lenox and other former champions such as Kevin Letcher, Joe Henson and Steve Houchen. 

    The six flights will tee off early both Saturday and Sunday with the Championship flight coming in last on Sunday afternoon.  

  • Soggy weather could be blame for weekend wrecks

    The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to several injury wrecks over the weekend.

    “The roadways were wet... and that may have been a contributing factor,” Deputy Nathan Gasser said about the injury collision he worked Friday afternoon around 3:15 p.m. on Ky. Hwy. 36 West, approximately two miles west of Cynthiana.

    Five individuals were transported to Harrison Memorial Hospital after Emmalee N. Rosa, 18, driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, struck an oncoming vehicle, driven by Scott Beach, 39, of Williamstown.

  • Clean-up, recovery efforts underway

    With the flood waters having receded, what remains is drying out and damage recovery.

    “This one hurt because some of the crops were out,” said Harrison County farmer Chapie Mastin.

    Mastin estimates a $12,000 loss on the corn crops he planted only a few weeks before the South Fork Licking River rose to flood level on Sunday, May 2.

    “Natural disasters hurt everybody,” Mastin said, adding that even those crops not on river-bottom farms suffered damage.

  • Warehouse is temporary home for shelter animals

    The Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter became an island home to cats and dogs Monday evening.

    “The cats and dogs are dry,” Animal Control Officer Allen Fryman said Tuesday morning from the shelter on New Lair Road.

    The 20 cats and 40 dogs were transported to the Double M Dixie tobacco warehouse Sunday afternoon as a precautionary measure, Fryman said.

    Fryman said the transfer of animals was assisted by numerous volunteers and the Lexington Humane Society, who brought 40 cages to hold the animals at the warehouse.

  • Smith bows out of race for city commissioner

    With less than two months until the May 18 primary, one city commission candidate has called it quits.

    Scott Smith officially withdrew his name from the commission pool last Thursday, April 8.

    “I want to thank everyone for their support,” Smith said Friday afternoon.

    Smith said his decision to not run for the city position is due to personal reasons and the lack of time to campaign.

    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more of this story.

  • Kuster appointed as district judge

    Harrison County attorney Charles “Bill” Kuster Jr. has been appointed to fill the 18th Judicial District judge’s position.

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed the order Thursday, May 13, selecting Kuster from a list of three nominees.

    Kuster will fill the unexpired term of Judge Jay Delaney, who was appointed to the 18th Judicial Circuit position earlier this year.

    Kuster is one of three candidates seeking election to the office for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2011.

    For more on this story, see next week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Downtown eyesore to be demolished

    A downtown eyesore is coming down.

    At last Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting, city attorney John Lair said a judgment has been reached regarding the building at 213/215 S. Main St.

    Lair said the city can now begin the process of demolishing the building.

    The building, owned by William Ray Asbury, suffered fire damage after an Aug. 9, 2002, fire.

    “We’re on the trail, finally,” Mayor Jack Keith said.

    For the complete story, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Library’s summer program invites patrons to ‘Dive into Reading’

    Local librarians are encouraging children to take a “Dive into Reading” this summer.

    The children’s summer reading program will start on June 12 and end on July 24. There will be games and prizes at the kick-off.

    Kinzie Gaunce, youth services librarian for the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library, said the theme for this year’s program is water related.

    She said participation in the summer reading program has seen some good turnout in past years.