Today's News

  • Poplar Street home damaged Tuesday

    A 50-year-old family home was damaged in a Tuesday night fire.

    Cynthiana firefighters were called to 205 N. Poplar St. around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after a fire started on the second floor of Naomi Smith’s residence.

    No one was injured and Cynthiana firefighter David Bell was able to rescue the resident’s cat Smokey.

    Cynthiana Fire Chief Jay Sanders said firefighters were contained the fire to the attic and an upstairs room, eliminating further fire and smoke damage to the rest of the house.

  • Sports Shorts

    With the recent round of pleasant weather, the Hilltop is hopping with sporting activity as several teams are getting ready for their respective spring seasons to commence.

    Yesterday afternoon, both the Filliies softball team and the Thorobreds baseball team played host to their first pre-season scrimmages against outside opponents.

    The Fillies hosted the George Rogers Clark Cardinals at Shirley Field on the Hilltop at 5 p.m. and the Thorobreds hosted Anderson County, also at 5 p.m.

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  • School board considers calendar changes

    An amended school calendar was tabled at the Harrison County School Board’s meeting Tuesday evening.

    Director of Pupil Personnel Lloyd Ogden presented board members with a school calendar that projected Friday, June 5 as the last day of school for students.

    Harrison County Superintendent Andy Dotson suggested that board members wait to approve the calendar, in hopes that a requested calamity day will be approved by the state.

    State legislators voted to approve up to 10 calamity days to school districts that had missed days due to the ice storm.

  • Museum Musings

    * Cynthiana Democrat, Nov. 9, 1939 - “’Peg’ Thomas, one-legged man was still on the loose late yesterday afternoon, a fugitive from the Harrison County jail from which he escaped Monday night by removing a stone two-feet square and nine inches thick and lowering himself to the ground with blankets and then, with the aid of a pole, climbed to the top of the jail wall and down a tree to his freedom. Three other inmates were in the jail, including Charles Allen (convicted of killing Police Chief George Dickey).

  • CATS gets clawed on Frankfort floor

    After a decade of CATS testing, state legislators threw Kentucky’s standardized assessment to the curb last week.

    Passed by the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives during their recent session, the legislation, named Senate Bill 1 plans for revamping of the tests known as CATS - named for the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System.

    The legislation was signed into effect by Gov. Steve Beshear on Monday.

    “The changes will be phased in,” said Rep. Tom McKee Monday morning, adding that a new test will be in place by 2011.

  • Now accepting applications for WHIP

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) signup.  Landowners may apply for WHIP at any time however; applications received by April 15 will be evaluated and considered for the 2009 program year. Applications received after that date will be held until the next evaluation period.

    WHIP provides land users an opportunity to improve wildlife habitat.  The land user must devote at least 10 acres to eligible wildlife practices.

  • Southern States Co-ops recognize farmers during National Agriculture Week

    “It is a celebration that has been 30 plus years in the making and one that all Americans can justly take pride in knowing that farmers are feeding and clothing people across the globe,” Tom Scribner said. “The men and women who make up American farm families are genuine heroes in my book.”

    As the world population soars, there is even more demand for the food and fiber that U.S. agriculture produces.

  • Meteorologist visits Northside classroom

    WLEX-TV 18’s Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck visits with the 4th grade students at Northside Elementary on Monday, Feb. 23. Meck presents a fun and informative program on weather.

  • Blueberry planting and maintenance

    No other berry crop has gained the popularity of the blueberry. I am glad it has earned this distinction because blueberries are actually pretty easy to grow if you provide them with some timely attention. 

    Once they are established some late winter pruning and fertilization is all you need to do to keep them in production.

    Sure, you need to start out right if you want to have productive bushes for the next 20 years, but once established, all the chores are straight forward. 

  • Community Calendar

    THURSDAY, March 19

    Harrison County Historical Society will meet Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Feix Community Room at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library. The speaker will be Donna Elkins who will present a program about lady spies in the Civil War. Everyone is welcome to attend.