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Today's News

  • Former lawmaker was friend to many

    Flags at all Kentucky office buildings will be at half-staff today, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of Sen. Ed Ford, who died at his home last week.

    The former state senator and governor’s advisor will be buried at Battle Grove Cemetery following his 1 p.m. funeral service at Cynthiana Christian Church.

    Ford, 80, began his political career as a member of the Harrison County Board of Education, which he served for seven years.

  • Castillo ends medical practice after 40 years

    After almost 40 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Julian Castillo Jr. is retiring.

    “I’m going to miss my patients,” Castillo said about the thousands of individuals he has served at his Harrison Memorial Hospital general practice office.

    Originally from the Philippines, Castillo attended medical school at the Manila Central University in Caloocan City, Philippines.

    Interested in science, Castillo said he believed becoming a doctor was one of the only ways he would be able to travel to the United States.

  • Local singer’s group auditions for Nashville television show

    Three years ago, Cynthiana’s Nathan Harrington, and seven other guys in the musical group, “Five By Tuesday,” recorded a demo CD for people interested in hiring the band for entertainment at weddings and birthday parties. Little did they know that same demo would one day land them an audition on a nationally televised singing competition.

    “Five By Tuesday” was created in 2003 by former members of the University of Kentucky’s acoUstiKats.

  • A story teller: Barnett uses canvas to bring memories to life

    Some artists use their imagination to create art, but others use their memories.

    Like Harold Barnett, who tries to tell a story through each one of his works. His stories.

    “It brings out the interest in the painting itself,” Barnett said. “Maybe you can visualize yourself in the scene.”

    For the last several years. Barnett has created a Christmas print that he has sent out to friends and family instead of a card.

  • Teen biker is critical following Monday accident

    A Mt. Olivet man is in critical condition following a Monday evening motorcycle wreck in Harrison County.

    Garrett S. Young, 19, was traveling westbound on US 62 East around 6 p.m., when he rear-ended a van driven by Amy Sidles, 37, Brooksville.

    According to the accident draft report from Deputy Nathan Olin, Young was thrown from his motorcycle.

    “The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet,” Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton said Tuesday afternoon.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Animal Awareness Day is Saturday at Ken’s NewMarket

    Two animal lovers are hoping to raise funds and awareness for the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter.

    On Saturday, Vickie Switzer, Alicia Paschall and a group of about 20 volunteers, will host an Animal Awareness Day at Ken’s NewMarket parking lot.

    “We’re just a group of people that decided to do something instead of thinking about it,” Switzer said.

    A foster parent for shelter animals, Switzer said she and Paschall started  organizing the event in November.

  • On display: SWAP skateboard showcased at Corvette Museum

    Tyler Hardin, 18, doesn’t skate.

    He draws.

    It’s Hardin’s drawing on a skateboard that has landed it  a spot in a display case at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

    “I’m still kind of shocked,” Hardin said.

    Hardin’s skateboard features several pencil drawings of different models, including the 2011 and 1965 Corvettes.

    “I’ve always been a Corvette fan,” Hardin said.

  • Bridging the gap

    It’s going to get worse before it gets better, but it will definitely be an improvement.

    Since last July, the U.S. 27 North viaduct over CSX has been closed to heavy trucks, which have been diverted onto Church Street.

    Beginning in mid October, weather permitting, the viaduct will be closed to all traffic, said Nathan Fields, the Transportation Cabinet’s chief project inspector, which will send all traffic passing through Cynthiana to Church Street.

  • US 27 N wreck claims one life

    A man is dead following a Wednesday morning car accident on US 27 North.

    As of press time Wednesday morning, the individual had not been identified by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

    Officers at the scene said they believed the individual was a Pendleton County resident.

     The vehicle was traveling northbound around 10 a.m. when the car left the roadway, striking two parked tractors and a utility pole.

    The vehicle flipped, landing in the parking lot of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall.

  • Lance’s recovery: Defying the odds

    Baby Lance Phillips is defying the odds.

    Diagnosed with Hurler’s Syndrome, Lance was looking at a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy and months of recovery.

    Four months to the date from entering Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Lance was released to come home. He had already been released ahead of schedule from the hospital into the Ronald McDonald House.

    “He’s done really well,” said Amanda Phillips, Lance’s mother, who added that once Lance was released to the McDonald House he never had to be readmitted to the hospital.