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Today's News

  • Resist temptation to continue bad habits

    We all have bad habits.  Some people chew their fingernails; others mow their grass too short in the summer. You can guess which one bugs me the most.
    The odd thing about many of the worst bad habits in the garden is that they have become so commonplace. The worst offenses are repeated everywhere to the extent that gardeners think they are the rule.
    Over-mulching, for example, has been an epidemic problem for many years despite the fact that research spells out trouble for our plants when we bury their roots under a foot of hardwood mulch.

  • Community Calendar

    FRIDAY, Jan. 7
    Blood Drive. Friday, Jan. 7 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the Harrison County Extension Office. Sponsored by the Harrison County Homemakers.
    Bookmobile. The Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library Bookmobile will be available Friday, Jan. 7 at Cynthiana Baptist Daycare at 10:30 a.m.; Eastside Laundry, 3 p.m.; Grand Haven, 3:15 p.m.
    SATURDAY, Jan. 8
    Benefit Dance. A benefit dance for the Pike family will be held at the Elk's Lodge on Jan. 8, 7-midnight. For more information contact Brittany at (859) 298-9553

  • Webb claims innocence in court

    Faced with two murder charges, two attempted murder charges and now rape, Bass Webb has entered another in a long line of not guilty pleas.
    Webb appeared in Harrison Circuit Court last week for an arraignment on a first degree rape and persistent felony offender indictments that were handed down Dec. 7.

  • City gives nod to mixed drink sales

    Apparently uninhibited by a standing room only audience, the Cynthiana City Commission unanimously voted to approve liquor by the drink.
    After hearing public comment, Commissioner Mark Mattmiller made a motion to approve the second and final reading of an ordinance allowing certain restaurants to sell mixed alcoholic beverages.
    The motion was seconded by Amanda Moore.
    Many of the observers, but not all, were opponents of the issue.

  • A soldier’s welcome

    United States Marines Capt. Timmy Linville says bye to Afghanistan and Merry Christmas to friends and family.
    A surprise party was given for the returning Linville at Central Christian Church on Dec. 23.
    A 1997 Harrison County graduate, Timmy, 32, was recently deployed to Afghanistan, where he spent seven months helping piece together the troubled country.
    “This is home for me,” said Timmy during a phone interview. “It’s nice to see snow for a change instead of sand.”

  • News briefs

    Newspaper office closed Monday
    The offices of The Cynthiana Democrat and Harrison Shopper will be closed Monday, Jan. 3, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.
    The office will re-open at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Derek Webber movie night rescheduled
    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has been rescheduled from Dec. 16 to Dec. 30. Free admission. All donations are being put toward the Derek Webber Scholarship at Licking Valley Campus. Movie starts at 7 p.m. at Rohs Opera House.

  • Marine to Marine

    Author Ron Elliott takes notice of a Marine remembering a Marine.
    Franklin Runyon Sousley was born in Elizaville, Ky., in Fleming County in 1925.
    During World War II, Sousley was one of six men responsible for raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
    The book “From Hilltop to Mountaintop” depicts the life of Sousley, who was made famous by the unforgettable photo by Joe Rosenthal.
    Chapter 20 of the book tells the story of a fellow Marine, Tommy White, who took it upon himself to see that Sousley got the memorial he deserved.

  • Road crews plowing ahead to ensure safety of others

    December is certainly one for the record books. Snowfall totals for the month have equaled the average yearly totals for most of the state.
    Despite snowfall after snowfall, Harrison County’s major roads have been cleared for travel.
    Trucks with scrapers and salt spreaders could be heard late at night and early in the  morning breaking paths on snow-covered roads.
    State, county and city crews worked diligently to make sure that motorists could get to work and even that holiday travelers could safely reach their destinations.

  • Coming to terms

    This week marks the end of the terms for several city and county officials.
    These men and women have served our community to the best of their abilities. In many cases, they had but one vote, but they cast their votes where they felt they were needed, and not always the popular one.
    For the city, Amanda Moore, Mark Mattmiller and Jimmy New will be stepping down.
    One commissioner said that just as he was getting the hang of the job, the term ended.

  • Thorobred wrestlers wrap up Region 7 Super Duals

    The Region 7 super duals were held last week at Henry Clay High School on Wednesday and Thursday.  
    The Harrison County Thorobreds wrestled five matches on each day, a grueling schedule.  
    Lafayette was the surprise winner of the meet defeating perennial power Woodford County with the host Blue Devils finishing third.  
    Harrison County was in the middle of the pack winning five matches and losing six.