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Today's News

  • England, champion for students, dies Thursday

    Harrison County lost one of its public servants last week with the death of Joe England. Public service was both his profession and passion.

    England, 52, began his nearly 30-year career in law enforcement as a dispatcher for the Cynthiana Police Department and he kept moving up the ladder into state government. His passion was as an advocate for children and their education. He pioneered Southside Elementarys site-based council in the infancy of such boards in Kentucky.

  • Breds shown early exit from district tournament

    The Harrison County Thorobreds (9-15) came into the game a 14-point favorite but squandered an early 16-point lead Monday night on the Hilltop as they fell to the underdog Pendleton County Wildcats (6-20) in the first round of the 38th District Boys Basketball Tournament. The Wildcats came from behind to beat the Breds 70-68.

    On Feb. 2 the Breds hosted Pendleton County and took the win in a lopsided 61-39 contest.

  • Esteemed citizens honored at banquet

    While he didnt have much to say after accepting his award for Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, you could read the surprise all over Bill Kelly Sr.s face.

    Kelly thought he was at the Cynthiana Country Club last Friday in honor of food pantry volunteers Margaret Watson and Marilyn Wash.

    Instead, when presenter Charlie Tribble mentioned the words grist mill, Kelly turned to wife Sue with a they-got-me expression on his face.

  • Changing site now has space for your input

    Late in November The Cynthiana Democrat website made a dramatic change. In fact, it's still changing.

    The change I've heard most about was the message board. It's gone. Hallelujah it's gone.

    Actually, I thought the concept was good. It was a place for our community to speak out. However, it soon turned nasty. There was name calling, back biting and hateful attacks. All of this was done under anonymity.

    I take my job at the newspaper seriously and am very proud of the product that I and my colleagues put out each week.

  • Museum Musings

    * Cynthiana News, March 4, 1869 - Mr. Brannock of Missouri passed up the road with about 30 hogs, which weighed about 115 pounds each.

    * City Ordinance, Year 1871, Section 15 - The city marshall shall seize all hogs and goats running at large in the streets, of which he may be unable to ascertain the owner and after three days notice of the time and place of sale, sell the same to the highest bidder, for the benefit of the city.

    * Benjamin Franklin - Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

  • Sports Beat

    Indoor track season continues at UK

    On Saturday, Feb. 23, Coach Danny Simpson and a couple of Harrison County hurdlers traveled to the Nutter Center on the Lexington campus for the University of Kentucky High School Invitational Indoor Track Meet. This is an elite meet with only the best athletes accepted.

    We were fortunate to have two athletes accepted, said Simpson.

    Adam Fisher ran his best race of the season placing 20th with a personal record time of :09.50.

  • New superintendent reviews begin Feb. 28

    The Harrison County Board of Education and the superintendent search committee will have their first joint meeting on Thursday.

    At 6 p.m., the two committees will be advised of their roles in the search and hiring of superintendent to replace the retiring Dr. Roy Woodward. Mike Oder of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) will present members with packets and explain members roles in the hiring process.

    Oder will also go over the screening process with the two entities.

  • Way Back When

    50 years ago . . .

  • Royalty takes his race to Hickory Speedway

    Brian Royalty, a Cynthiana resident who has seen some success in stock car racing around Kentucky and in West Virginia, decided to branch out a bit last fall.

    He and his father/car owner/crew chief, Keith Royalty, headed for Hickory Speedway in Hickory, N.C., a track which bills itself as The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. Thats not an idle boast. A lot of the southern good ol boys have started or nurtured their careers at Hickory.

  • Have homes inspected now, says tornado victim

    Connersville Road resident Andy Gray lost his house on Feb. 6.

    Looking back, he realizes that hes fortunate he didnt lose his life.

    Grays house was right in the path of the tornado which hit that morning. It ripped the roof right off the split-level home.

    I just put plywood around [the houses exterior] this summer, he said. Thats why were still alive today.

    Subsequent water damage has left the structure uninhabitable.