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Today's News

  • These empty nests are for the birds

    I've been kidding myself and anyone else who has asked me in the last month about my son going off to school.

    "Ah, it'll be party time at the Barnes's," I feigned. "He's ready. This is what I've raised him for over the last 18 years. He'll be fine. I'll be fine."

    Moms, have you made similar statements of denial?

    I know there have been many mothers who have forged this trail long before me, and there'll be many more after me. However, this is it for me. My last.

    My husband and I are officially "empty nesters."

  • 37-year grocery manager will retire Friday

    John Faulconer bagged his first groceries when he was 15 years old. He worked for Lee Sparks in his Kentucky Food Market at the corner of Main and Pike streets where the new Chamber office is today.

    Now, thousands of bags of groceries later, Faulconer is retiring.

    All totaled, Faulconer spent 37 years in the grocery business, with a few hitches in between.

    Faulconer graduated from Harrison County High School in 1965 and went to Eastern Kentucky University for about a year and half before being drafted into the Army.

  • Sports Beat

    Youth football signups now being taken

    The Harrison County youth football signups have been extended to Sept. 5. Anyone interested in playing should meet at the Harrison County football field by the concession stand nearest the Hilltop Restaurant to sign up from 5-7 p.m.

    Leagues include: Flag (first and second graders); Lower Youth League (third and fourth graders); and Upper Youth League (fifth and sixth graders).

    For more information contact David Conner at 859-298-2060, 588-4471, or 588-2341.

    HCHS Bowling Golf Scramble Sept. 13-14

  • Marriage Licenses

    MARRIAGE LICENSES

    Robin Michelle Jett, 40, and William Joseph Ernst, 49, married Aug. 11, 2008.

    Kayla Caroline Litteral, 19, and Kristopher Alex Griffith, 20, married Aug. 12, 2008.

    Karyjujuanna Veatrice Garlick, 39, and Joseph Lee Sams, 40, married June 28, 2008,

    Nell Elizabeth Withers, 43, and Timothy Alan McCauley, 44, married July 26, 2008.

    Cherish Heather Long, 30, and James Lee Nelson, 31, married Aug. 13, 2008.

    Michelle Denise Harper, 46, and Mark Ward, 41, married Aug. 15, 2008.

  • Making the grade: District meets 12 of 13 NCLB goals

    Better than two-thirds of Harrison County's students are proficient readers.

    According to the recently released No Child Left Behind scores, the local school district's reading goal was 53.04 percent. However, students exceeded that goal with a 64.4 percent proficiency level based on CATS results.

    David Case, Harrison County district assessment coordinator, said students also exceeded the math goal. As a district, Harrison County needed 39.68 percent. There were 58.09 percent of its students scoring at the proficient.

  • Brandon Tyler Neal - Birth

    Brandon Tyler Neal was born to Kara Kearns and Darrell Neal on July 4, 2008 at Central Baptist Hospital. He weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz.

    Maternal grandparents are Debbie Kearns and Billy Kearns of Cynthiana; maternal great-grandparents are Ruth Ann Perraut and Joe Kearns of Cynthiana; maternal great-great-grandmother is Ruby Fryman of Cynthiana.

    Paternal grandparents are William and Dorothy Tipton of Lexington.

  • Public Record

    NEW DRIVERS

    Andrew Eversole, Carissa J. Andrews, Jared Martin, Cody Lindsey, Lindsay Carole Tolle, Tasha Lane, Spenser Whalen, Stephanie Fryman, and Bailey Brown.

  • Fill the pantry with garden bounty

    During the summer my grocery bills are pretty modest. My vegetable garden keeps us well-supplied in fruits and vegetables. The goal now is to turn the summer bounty into something we can use in the winter, too. I am getting much better at putting up my homegrown produce.

  • Museum Musings

    *Cynthiana Democrat, Nov. 19, 1953 -- The first traffic since Sept. 29 started moving Monday night over the newly erected steel span across Main Licking River at Claysville after the maintenance crew of the State Department of Highways completed laying the flooring of the new span. The new bridge replaces the old covered structure destroyed by fire. Only 45 days were required to erect the new Bailey bridge sections (army surplus material), thus topping the previous bridge building record claimed by the State Highway Department of Georgia which erected a similar span in 70 work days.

  • Farmers National robbed again; escapee caught, charged

    An ever-growing plethora of charges are coming down the line for accused bank robber Jeffrey Pratt.

    Pratt, 30, was caught Monday afternoon at Everybody's Auto Sales on New Circle Road in Lexington, after being on the run for nearly a month.

    He escaped from custody in Robertson County on July 21 while being taken to court. He was there to be arraigned for theft by unlawful taking in connection to the robbery of the Integra Bank in Mt. Olivet.