• A lot has changed in the last 40 years

    Saturday will mark my 40th year with The Cynthiana Democrat.
    I like to think I have learned a lot during those four decades -- some about myself, but mostly about my community.
    Everyone has a story to tell. They may not want to tell it, but it’s there nonetheless.
    One thing I’ve always wanted to do but never made it happen was to knock on a random door, introduce myself and let the story unfold.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    1. Bigwig in the Orient
    6. I in T.G.I.F.
    9. Brazilian indigenous people
    13. In the past
    14. Not bright
    15. Like a clichÈd remark
    16. Sandbar
    17. Oahu greeting gift
    18. Acoustic output
    19. *Christopher Robin’s father
    21. *Little Mermaid’s royal father
    23. Poor man’s caviar
    24. Bell sound
    25. Buffoon
    28. Miami Heat’s Dwyane
    30. *Prolific TLC father
    35. Radar flash
    37. Michelin product

  • Viewpoint

    Social media has been alive over the last several days with opinions as to where the blame should lie, concerning the incident over the weekend at the Cincinnati Zoo.
    A 4-year-old child slipped away from his parent(s) very briefly, crawled over fencing, scampered through some bushes and eventually fell 15 feet into a moat surrounding the habitat for a 600 pound  African Lowland Silverback gorilla.
    The gorilla, named Harambe, was caught on video, protecting the child, although it looked like anything but that in a couple of sequences.


    This weekend we honor the brave men and women who gave their lives for this great country. Originally referred to as “Decoration Day,” the holiday originated after the Civil War as Americans would decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers each year. Following WWI it took on new significance and all of America’s wars were from then on included and observed in the holiday we now know as “Memorial Day.”

  • And It All Started With You

    How strong is one idea? Can one idea or one person make a difference? The answer of course is yes, and here is one example. The Christmas Tree lighting at Battle Grove Cemetery came about because one person had the idea and suggested that an existing tree have lights. For several years now there is a tree light ceremony  near the entrance and with it folks take on a bit of Christmas spirit.

  • Viewpoint

    She was likely a grand ol’ dame in her prime.
    She stood on the hill overlooking the Maiden City. She was there when Cynthiana was under construction. She was there for the centennial celebration and there when water towers began dotting the outer reaches of Cynthiana. She was there when her town flooded.
    Unfortunately, she has withered with time and apathy; soon to be just dust in the wind.
    For years I have written about the Handy House.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    1. “Sisterhood of the Traveling ____”
    6. Pavlova’s step
    9. Southeast Asia food staple
    13. Fire starter
    14. “My ____ Private Idaho,” movie
    15. Red Cross supply
    16. Indian soldier in British Army, historical
    17. CSI evidence
    18. U in UV
    19. *Climber support
    21. *Light recommendation for some plants
    23. Computer network acronym
    24. Green stroke
    25. Olympic chant
    28. Cry like a baby
    30. Depletes
    35. X-ray units

  • Downtown Cynthiana sees an exciting growth

    In my books, Cynthiana is starting to boom again. Within the last year, we have had several new businesses locate downtown in our brick-and-mortar storefronts.
    This is very important to our community.  
    Mark Twain famously remarked, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated” after a newspaper erroneously reported his passing.
    Similarly, the reports of the death of brick-and-mortar stores have been greatly exaggerated.