Today's News

  • Nichols named assistant HCHS principal

    Harrison County High School has a new assistant principal and Jenny Nichols has her dream job.

    “It’s a dream come true,” Nichols said Friday afternoon.

    The former HCHS social studies teacher was hired at the beginning of September to fill the vacant position following Amy Casey’s hire as head principal.

    “I wanted to be in a position where I can have more of an impact on the kids,” Nichols said.

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

  • Local brewer hops into state competition

    Jeff Beagle loves beer. Craft beer that is.

    He started brewing his own beer about three years ago after he entered into the Second Annual Kentucky Ale Brew Off competition sponsored by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company.

    This year, Beagle entered a beer he called Kentucky Coal Porter and won the competition.

    A single batch of his beer will be brewed by Alltech and commercially-sized for entry in the Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am Competition this September in Denver, Colo.

  • Mattmiller recovering from head surgery

    Cynthiana Commissioner Mark Mattmiller remains in the hospital following a weekend surgery.

    During a phone interview Monday morning, Mattmiller said he was admitted to Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington after suffering from a severe headache Sunday.

    Mattmiller said he had been taking blood thinner following a heart attack in July.

    Doctors told Mattmiller that the medication affected a previous unknown brain injury, causing a subdural hematoma or a collection of blood on the surface of the brain.

  • Songwriter is living his dream

    When Tim Jennens was eight years old, he would listen to his older sister play the piano.

    “I was just really intrigued by the whole thing and I eventually learned how to play it by ear,” Jennens said.

    When Jennens’ mother came home one day to sounds of the piano, she wasn’t surprised.

    But she was shocked to find out that the pianist was her son.

    “It just comes so natural, it’s hard for me to explain,” Jennens said.

  • Bye, Bye Burley Pumpkin Patch

    Bye bye burley. Hello pumpkins.

    For generations, Mike Stroub and Pat Hick’s 76-acre farm on Robinson Union Road has been filled with rows of tobacco.

    But this year, the fields of burley have been traded for a very large pumpkin patch.

    “It’s been an idea for 15 years,” Stroub said.

    The idea, he said, is to create a farm haven, complete with pumpkins, animals, hayrides, walking trails and fun.

    “We want them to just enjoy a day at the farm,” Hicks said.

  • Judy honored for Look Good, Feel Better program

    For five years, Judy Judy has been helping female cancer patients feel... and look a little better.

    “No matter what you’re going through, if you look good, you’re going to feel better,” Judy said.

    A licensed cosmetologist, Judy teaches patients about skin care and makeup during her Look Good... Feel Better sessions at Georgetown Community Hospital.

    “Your skin is your largest organ in the body,” Judy said, adding that often the skin is attacked first during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

  • $1 mil pot plants go up in smoke

    Kentucky State Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department seized and burned over 680 marijuana plants Tuesday evening following a helicopter search earlier in the day.

    “Our helicopter had been out spotting this week,” KSP Sgt. Cindy Langer said.

    Langer said the plots of plants were located in the eastern part of Harrison County near the Licking River.

    “This was a really big patch,” she said.

    Worth over one million dollars in street value, Sheriff Bruce Hampton said the raid was their largest in four years.

  • From science fair to Google: Tussey finds niche

    Forty-six years ago, a young man foresaw the future of technology. Cynthiana native David Tussey entered into the eighth grade Science Fair at Harrison County Junior High School. His project—computers.

    He designed a simplistic computer game that was a rudimentary version of the peg games at Cracker Barrel.

    “It had some logic in it based upon how the other player behaved,” he said.

    Tussey said he got the idea for the project after reading an article in Popular Science Magazine.

  • P&Z gives nod to Leesburg store plan

    Despite concerns from Leesburg residents, Ned Tawasha walked out of Monday evening’s Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission meeting with an approved site development plan.

    The owner of the land at one corner of the US 62 West/Newtown-Leesburg Pike intersection, Tawasha said he is relieved.

    “I think it was wonderful,” he said the following morning.

    But Tawasha’s victory wasn’t celebrated by all.

  • Safety Day, chili cook off to top Fire Prevention Week activities

    The Cynthiana Fire Department is gearing up. Firefighters aren’t donning their fire helmets and turn-out gear or their fire-proof boots and oxygen masks to do battle against an out of control blaze. What they are doing is getting ready for their annual Safety Day and Fire Prevention Week activities.