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  • Singing for our unsung heroes

    Hello, everybody. How are you doing with the proposal that each of us do one thing, big or little, to make our community better?
    If you have taken up this cause, I would love to know about it so I could share it with others. Often when a few step forward, more will follow.
    Send me an email, Bruce.Florence@kctcs.edu, or drop a note to the Democrat, and tell me if you have decided on ‘your one thing,’ or have already done your ‘one’ thing to make your community stronger, prettier, or more inviting for all of us.

  • A parent’s nightmare, 10 years later

    It will be 10 years ago on Sunday that an early morning phone call shattered my world.
    My then-22-year-old daughter, Erin, was screaming into the phone that she was hurt. She needed me. She was crying. And, she was in pain.
    It may have been 10 years ago, but I remember it as if it happened yesterday.
    It was Feb. 14, 2006. I was taking Seth to school at HCHS where he was a sophomore. We were planning to stop at Ken’s for their fabulous donuts when the call came through.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Papal court
    6. Reggae precursor
    9. Eurasian duck
    13. Very small particles
    14. Politician
    15. Locker room infection?
    16. Actor ____ Fiennes
    17. Like King George, 1760-1820
    18. Salk’s conquest
    19. *Ed of “Thinking Out Loud” fame
    21. “Straight Outta Compton,” e.g.
    23. L.A. landing spot
    24. Under the weather
    25. Madonna’s iconic stagewear
    28. Catcher’s catcher
    30. Approvals
    35. Chaps

  • Black History Month Puzzle

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    6. 1,000 point club member at HCHS and Transylvania (LC teacher)
    7. African American woman helped to create Harrison County/Cynthiana Museum Teacher at HCHS
    8. Graduated last year were cheerleader twins for HCHS
    9. Name of Banneker High school Basketball team
    10. 1st African American woman night supervisor at HMH

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    1. African American Church located on North Locust Street
    2. Former graduate of HCHS in 1992 inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Puzzle Answers -Black History Month

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    6. 1,000 point club member at HCHS and Transylvania (LC teacher). Bill Custard
    7. African American woman helped to create Harrison County/Cynthiana Museum Teacher at HCHS. Alice Allen
    8. Graduated last year were cheerleader twins for HCHS. Kiah, Kimie
    9. Name of Banneker High school Basketball team. Coyotes
    10. 1st African American woman night supervisor at HMH. Marilyn Wash
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    1. African American Church located on North Locust Street. Ebenzer United Methodist

  • Chamber nominees sought

    It’s that time of year again! The Annual Chamber Awards Banquet is upon us. In fact, the deadline for nominations for the awards is this Friday, Feb. 5.
    Have you taken the time to fill one out and nominate an outstanding individual in our community? It only takes a few minutes and can make a lasting impact on your nominee.
    Looking back over the past year, I can’t help but be excited for Cynthiana’s future. So many individuals stand out in my mind that have committed to making an impact on community.

  • Is it time to refresh Black History Month?

    February is Black History Month, and as such, sparks some debate, from all races, about the continuing usefulness of designating one month for one race of people.
    Increasingly, it seems that Black History Month is simply relegated to a symbolic march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and very little else.
    Shouldn’t it be more than that?

  • Black History Month Puzzle

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    4. African American undertakers and owners of funeral home
    6. 1st African American Harrison County Track Coach
    7. Was the location of African American Legion Hall in Cynthiana
    10. Drafted by Cincinnati Reds right after graduating from HCHS
    12. African American woman to lobby in Washington D.C. for flood control and receive a BLANK check for project in 1998
    13. Only African American Baptist Church in Cynthiana

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  • Puzzle Answers -Black History Month

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    4. African American undertakers and owners of funeral home - Bradshaw
    6. 1st African American Harrison County Track Coach - Robert Walker
    7. Was the location of African American Legion Hall in Cynthiana - China House
    10. Drafted by Cincinnati Reds right after graduating from HCHS - Brian Williams
    12. African American woman to lobby in Washington D.C. for flood control and receive a BLANK check for project in 1998 - Alice Allen
    13. Only African American Baptist Church in Cynthiana - Macedonia Baptist

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