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Today's News

  • Charges dismissed against Winchester couple

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    All charges have been dismissed against a Winchester couple arrested July 12 and charged with burglary.
    Charges against Ricky Johnson, 27, and Ericka Churchwell, 28, were dropped at a July 20 hearing. Both had been charged with second-degree burglary, and Johnson had also been charged with third-degree criminal mischief.

  • Music Fest designed to add to Parks and Rec coffers

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    This Friday, Cynthiana residents will have the chance to help add to a local park while at the same time enjoying live music­—lots of live music.
    Six music acts are set to perform Friday night as part of Music Fest, an event being put on by Harrison County Parks and Recreation to raise funds to held continue to build and add amenities to Flat Run Veterans’ Park.
    Music acts set to perform are Jesse Keith Whitley, John  Daniel Herrington, 90 Proof Twang, Chris Caskey, Travis Cook and Noel Howard.

  • Hadley-Nesta to wed Aug. 28

    Eric and Lisa Hadley of Cynthiana announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Brittany Hadley, to Jonathan Francis Nesta, son of Francis and Sharon Nesta of Knox, Pennsylvania.
    The bride-to-be, a 2003 graduate of Harrison County High School, attended University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where she received a degree in communications. She is employed at Ramsey Solutions in Brentwood, Tennesse, as live event producer.

  • Reunions

    ANDERSON-CUMMINS
    The Anderson-Cummins reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 2 at Antioch Mills Christian Church, 12785 US Hwy. 27 N.
    A potluck meal will be served at 12:30 p.m., tableware provided.

    EARLYWINE
    The annual Earlywine reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 2 at Blue Licks State Park, at the small shelter by the mini golf course and playground.
    A potluck lunch will be served at noon.
    All paper products will be provided. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

  • Mayor deserves kudos for work bettering city

    So often this space is used to slap the hands of public officials who have pulled the shades on a transparent government.
    Generally, it’s in the form of an editorial and historically is has been for some perceived open meetings infraction.
    I don’t want to do any hand-slapping today. I would rather raise my hands to offer praise this time.
    When Cynthiana Mayor James Smith took office he created a 100-day plan. He ranked 14 goals that he hoped to have achieved at the end of those days or at the very least to see movement there.

  • Personal privacy among issues in bills passed by U.S. House

    Washington, DC has the bad news blues.  Whether it’s Congress passing bills that spend billions of dollars we don’t have, rogue Supreme Court justices ignoring the clear text of the Constitution, or yet another unelected executive branch agency bureaucrat issuing a “regulation” that punishes free enterprise, it often seems that victories for freedom and liberty are rare.

  • Family embraces daughter’s needs after accident

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    For Cynthiana mom Carman Thornton Ratliff, life as she knew it stopped on March 5. And it has yet to resume.
    March 5 was the day a sledding trip, which should have been a happy outing for her outgoing, athletic teen daughter, turned into a tragedy.
    That day, then-15-year-old Abby Ratliff’s sled careened out of control and slammed into a mailbox. Abby’s head smashed into the mailbox.
    The impact of the collision caused Abby to suffer severe head trauma.

  • First United Methodist Church will meet at HCHS during roof repairs

    By Kelly McKinney, News writer
    For the next few months, joining together for worship will mean heading to the high school for members of one local church.
    The First United Methodist Church is having work done to its sanctuary to repair damage from storms in December. While the work is completed, church services will be held in the auditorium of Harrison County High School, Pastor Mike Coppersmith said.
    Storms blew the roof off the church in December, and water leaked in causing extensive damage, Coppersmith said.

  • New law restricts publishing classroom assignments

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    When The Cynthiana Democrat’s annual Back-to-School edition comes out July 30, there will be an obvious missing element.
    Classroom assignments will not be included due to the recent passing of House Bill 5.
    “They mandate it and we have to abide,” said Harrison County Superintendent Andy Dotson, noting that HB5/Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is at the crux of the recommendations.

  • Bella needs service dog, fundraiser is Saturday

    By Becky Barnes, Editor
    Isabella Menard is a little girl facing a mountain of disabilities.
    However, some of those disorders might be lessened if she can get the love and companionship of a service dog.
    “Bella,” as she is called by her friends and classmates at Eastside Elementary, suffers from epilepsy, juvenile dementia, seizures, autism and heart disease.
    “I have been approved to receive a service dog through 4 Paws for Ability and I am so excited,” Bella said in a statement released by her mother, Tanya Menard.