Today's News

  • Patience appreciated at recent city commission meeting

    To the editor:

    Recently I went to a city council meeting. It was attended by a number of folks. Some of those in attendance were there to present an issue of importance to them. They all shared their thoughts in turn and were heard and dealt with respectfully. As I sat and watched the proceedings, which also dealt with other local issues, I was aware of how the members of the council dealt with each other and the topics - very patiently. It seems to me I was sensing the presence of God in this meeting.

  • Burley Belles next week at Cynthiana Country Club

    Many of the best golfers in central Kentucky will be in Cynthiana next week as the 42nd Annual Burley Belles Tournament takes place at the Cynthiana Country Club beginning Wednesday, June 30, and wrapping up on Thursday, July 1. 


    I know that I have mentioned in a previous article about the affect that parents and coaches have on youth while playing sports. 

    This affect can be both positive and, unfortunately, negative on the young players.  This came to light for me again this weekend when I traveled out of Cynthiana to umpire some girls’ softball. 

    I will tell you that now, perhaps more than ever, when people find out you are from Cynthiana they act like they think you may know more than you do about baseball and softball. 


    There’s several occupations I know I should never try.

    I could never be a farmer... although I was recently successful in my attempt to herd a calf into its field after it strayed into the Darnell backyard last week.

    I could never be a teacher. I wasn’t granted the gift of patience.

    I could never be a semi-truck driver. My mom’s van is the largest thing I should be allowed to drive.

    And I could never be an emergency medical service worker.

  • Combs claims 14th Burley Belles title

    Ann Combs held off a second-day charge by Bourbon County golf coach Sami Montgomery to win her 14th Burley Belle championship by two strokes on Thursday.

    Combs took a two-stroke lead over defending champion Cynthia Powell into the last day, but Montgomery, who trailed by four Wednesday, was the big challenger on Thursday. 

    Combs followed her 70 on Wednesday with a 72 on Thursday and while Montgomery’s 70 on Thursday made it interesting, she couldn’t come back from the four-stroke deficit. 

  • Ross wins Joe Mooney Invitational with seven under total

    Georgetown College golfer and Harrison County grandson J.T. Ross won his first Joe Mooney Invitational Sunday with a seven-under score of 137.

    Ross took the championship flight by three strokes over Clay Ballard of Winchester and by four over former UK golfer Derrick Oldham. 

    Ross, the grandson of Dr. Roy and Phyllos Ross and James T. and Ann Swinford, shot a six under 66 on Saturday then withstood a charge from Oldham, who had a 68 on Sunday.

  • Harrison Circuit Court


    Judge Jay Delaney

    presiding June 1, 2010


    Commonwealth vs. Joseph Palmer, 1983, trafficking controlled substance-first degree, first offense; drug unspecified, probation granted, five years sentence probation for five years on conditions set; plus restitution.

  • Summer insects suck and chew

    The insect world has countless sucking and chewing pests. One of the most difficult questions to answer, and I get asked it often, is “what’s eating my plant?”

    It could be a chewing beetle, or caterpillar; or it could be a sucking spider mite, bug or aphid, among many, many others. 

    Our early heat wave this summer added an additional component to the problem…many insects love this sort of disagreeable weather and can multiply more rapidly as a result.

  • Realizing sin and embracing the joy of being forgiven

    When I was a kid, every Saturday morning I attended catechism classes at our local church.

    Catechism is a summary of principles of doctrine or fundamentals of a faith, often in question and answer form.

    Every Saturday morning I sat in a classroom and the teacher quizzed us on what we needed to know about our beliefs: Who is God? God is the Creator of heaven and earth.

    Who is Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is the Son of God made man.

    I can still recite some of my catechism lessons from 40-plus years ago.

  • Dryden Road man airlifted after tractor accident

    A Harrison County man is in stable condition at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center following a Sunday morning tractor accident off Dryden Road.

    According to Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Gasser, Leonard Hatch, 48, was driving a Kubota tractor up a hill, when the tractor flipped backwards.

    Hatch was airlifted to the Lexington hospital.

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