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Today's News

  • Clean-up, recovery efforts underway

    With the flood waters having receded, what remains is drying out and damage recovery.

    “This one hurt because some of the crops were out,” said Harrison County farmer Chapie Mastin.

    Mastin estimates a $12,000 loss on the corn crops he planted only a few weeks before the South Fork Licking River rose to flood level on Sunday, May 2.

    “Natural disasters hurt everybody,” Mastin said, adding that even those crops not on river-bottom farms suffered damage.

  • Warehouse is temporary home for shelter animals

    The Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter became an island home to cats and dogs Monday evening.

    “The cats and dogs are dry,” Animal Control Officer Allen Fryman said Tuesday morning from the shelter on New Lair Road.

    The 20 cats and 40 dogs were transported to the Double M Dixie tobacco warehouse Sunday afternoon as a precautionary measure, Fryman said.

    Fryman said the transfer of animals was assisted by numerous volunteers and the Lexington Humane Society, who brought 40 cages to hold the animals at the warehouse.

  • Smith bows out of race for city commissioner

    With less than two months until the May 18 primary, one city commission candidate has called it quits.

    Scott Smith officially withdrew his name from the commission pool last Thursday, April 8.

    “I want to thank everyone for their support,” Smith said Friday afternoon.

    Smith said his decision to not run for the city position is due to personal reasons and the lack of time to campaign.

    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for more of this story.

  • Kuster appointed as district judge

    Harrison County attorney Charles “Bill” Kuster Jr. has been appointed to fill the 18th Judicial District judge’s position.

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed the order Thursday, May 13, selecting Kuster from a list of three nominees.

    Kuster will fill the unexpired term of Judge Jay Delaney, who was appointed to the 18th Judicial Circuit position earlier this year.

    Kuster is one of three candidates seeking election to the office for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2011.

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

  • Downtown eyesore to be demolished

    A downtown eyesore is coming down.

    At last Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting, city attorney John Lair said a judgment has been reached regarding the building at 213/215 S. Main St.

    Lair said the city can now begin the process of demolishing the building.

    The building, owned by William Ray Asbury, suffered fire damage after an Aug. 9, 2002, fire.

    “We’re on the trail, finally,” Mayor Jack Keith said.

    For the complete story, see this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Library’s summer program invites patrons to ‘Dive into Reading’

    Local librarians are encouraging children to take a “Dive into Reading” this summer.

    The children’s summer reading program will start on June 12 and end on July 24. There will be games and prizes at the kick-off.

    Kinzie Gaunce, youth services librarian for the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library, said the theme for this year’s program is water related.

    She said participation in the summer reading program has seen some good turnout in past years.

  • Accused killer linked to Sunday jail disturbance

    Accused murderer Bass Webb was allegedly involved in a disturbance at the Lexington-Fayette County Detention Center over the weekend.

    According to Sgt. Jennifer Taylor, public information officer for the Detention Center, Webb and four others, three of whom are also facing murder charges, the dispute started when the five men were told to put on regular shoes after playing basketball in shower shoes Sunday evening.

    Once the incident began, the men then allegedly refused to return to their cells.

  • Carter joins patrol of Cynthiana Police

    Cynthiana has a new police officer in 25-year-old Joshua Carter.

    Carter graduated April 2 from the police academy at Eastern Kentucky University. He’s now on the road with training officer Sgt. Eric Kendall working the third shift for the  Cynthiana Police Department.

    Carter received the physical fitness excellence award at the academy and was ranked among the top 20 percent of all police officers in the United States in physical fitness. The standing was based on his completion of a 300-meter run, mile and one half run, push ups, set ups and bench presses.

  • Sign disputes left in hands of P&Z for resolution

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court decided to let  political sign complaints proceed through planning and zoning channels without intervening.

    Linden Platt, interim administrator for the zoning commission, said it is unlikely that the sign issue will be resolved before the primary and possibly not before the general election.

    Platt said there are three areas of violation that have come up with the 2010 election. The first was the early placement of signs.

  • Flood threat doesn’t stop city’s water treatment plant

    With the threat of rising waters comes the concern about the city’s clean water and the water treatment plant off Ladish Road.

    “Everything is fine here,” said supervisor Harry Johnson. “There’s no problem...”

    While Johnson said the river level had reached the flood stage of 20 feet on Monday, it is still too low to disturb the water treatment plant and its operations.

    “If the river gets to 23 feet, that’s where there will be a problem,” Johnson said.