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Today's News

  • Clear the air: Reveal retirees’ benefits

    By Jim Waters
    When addressing generous benefits received by Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) retirees in this column, a voluminous email response – mostly critical – is the norm.
    “I seriously have issues with using the word ‘lavish’ for teachers’ pensions,” a science teacher in Jefferson County wrote. “The word produces images of wealthy retirees sitting out on their yachts or on a sunny beach somewhere enjoying their retirement.”

  • Shoppers encouraged to check out local businesses this holiday season

    By Stephanie Burden
    Main Street
    Program Director
    Can you believe it’s already November??? You know what that means, Christmas is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to get downtown and see what our stores have to offer and start making your holiday wish lists.
    This weekend several of Cynthiana’s downtown merchants will be enticing shoppers with their holiday open houses. Merchants will be staying open late on Friday night and have extended hours on Saturday.

  • Commitment

    Sometime in early summer,
    Listen for sticks on drumheads
    Stretched and waiting for cadences
    Spread to young ears, echoed in feet
    On soft asphalted stickiness.
     
    Promises of glory born from sweat,
    Falls, drops, constant beat and heat
    That tans, burns to thin the corps
    Into sameness of note, eye and foot.
    Only a mother can detect her own.
     
    Summer melts away as dreams of
    Dates, swims, movies and time off is
    Shelved for the greater cause of glory

  • Photos needed for historical calendar

    Every year I make a plea for historic photographs for the annual calendar. Every year at the final hour I am at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum or the Publice Library borrowing from their vast collections.
    It’s that time of year again. Please, please, please send me your photographs.
    I have seen some gorgeous old pictures on Facebook in recent months. Our readers would love to see those as well.

  • Walnut Street mural celebration

    A completion celebration was held Tuesday at the Walnut Street location of Cynthiana’s latest Arts Council-sponsored mural. Jerielle Hanlon, muralist from Lexington, brush painted the three whiskey bottles from some historic Cynthiana distilleries. Hanlon completed her project in two weeks.

  • FFA students highlight agriculture programs at HCHS

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    A contingent of Harrison County High School’s FFA students appeared before the board of education Tuesday to highlight some of the things taking place in their program.
    Annie Furnish, president of the Harrison County Chapter of FFA, invited six of her classmates to present an overview of the classes offered and how those will help them advance in agriculture at the next level.

  • HCHS Marching Thorobreds advance to state’s semi-finals

    On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Harrison County High School Marching Thorobreds travelled to Bourbon County High School to compete in the first round of the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championship.  
    The band, after another strong performance, placed second overall, just behind Bourbon County.  

  • School superintendent Andy Dotson weighs in on pension reform

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    Harrison County School Superintendent Andy Dotson had a great deal to say about the proposed changes to the Teachers’ Retirement System.  Though no bill has been released,  Dotson predicts that if the proposal outlined by Gov. Matt Bevin last Wednesday become law, Kentucky will see long lasting negative impacts on employees, children, and communities.

  • Three sentenced to prison last week

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Three individuals were given prison sentences in Harrison County Circuit Court last week.
    Michael Campbell was sentenced to six years in prison on multiple charges including five counts of theft of identity, two counts of theft by unlawful taking less than $10,000, 18 counts of theft by unlawful taking under $500, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Attorney finds Cynthiana welcoming for law practice

    Betsy Smith,
    News Writer
    bsmith@cynthianademocrat.com

    When Nolan Weddle finished law school at the University of Kentucky and then passed the Kentucky Bar Exam, he did not immediately send out stacks of resumes, hoping to land a job at a big law firm; he did not set his sights on huge financial success in one of the more lucrative law specialties often featured in John Grisham novels.