• * Cynthiana Democrat, June 1896 - “The Bridge, Pleasant Street - Ali! What a place to dream. He who has never seen the sunlight shimmer upon the wimpling wave or the long shadows of evening stretching themselves from bank to bank, or the soft shimmering stars come out and mirror themselves in the depths below has never been touched by nature’s great heart throbs. From the heat and turmoil of the day we seek this spot.


    Joseph and Lydia Fleming Cummins were married in Bourbon County, Ky. in 1793 and lived at Antioch Mills in what is now Harrison County, Ky.  They had 13 children and 140 grandchildren. The family has grown to include many families and all are invited to attend. Call if you have questions.

    The reunion will be held June 19-21 in Effingham, Ill. Housing will be at the Comfort Suites Inn, 1310 W.  Fayette Dr., in Effingham, Call 217-342-3151 for reservations. Indicate that you are with the Cummins reunion when you call. 

  • If you have a garden, chances are you appreciate nature in all its glory. But, sometimes nature gets in the way of our desires to cultivate. Deer browsing, rabbit munching, squirrel digging, mole trenching and resident vole feasting have all come up in the last two weeks. While I have no silver bullet for any of these problems I do have some practical approaches to offset the shared feasting on our gardens. 

  • •Derrick Hall and Jamie Ayler, Aug. 15, 2009 at Carrollton Christian Church in Carrollton.

  • * Log Cabin, April 21, 1950 - “Excerpt from a history of the Court House as written by Mrs. Marshall McDowell- ‘There is a tradition that the trial of Adam and Andrew House for murder was held in the log house back of the public square. Circuit court records state that the first Circuit Court for Harrison County was established Feb. 7, 1803 at the courthouse. The records state that it continued to meet there. In June 1806 Circuit Court met at the courthouse and the House brothers were tried at that session.

  • 10 years ago . . .


    The 1959 graduating class of Harrison County High School will be having their 50th reunion on June 13, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the Cynthiana Country Club.

    All classmates and friends who attended school with these members from 1947-1959 are welcome to attend.

    Call Charlene Dawson at 234-5316, or Brenda Anderson at 484-2392 to reserve a space.


    The D.E. McCauley family reunion will take place at noon on June 19 in the Floral Hall of the Harrison County Fairgrounds. Bring food, an appetite and lots of pictures.

  • For over a decade entomologists to the north have been monitoring a pest that has devastated ash tree populations. Michigan was the first see the drama unfold, and all told since active monitoring of the emerald ash borer, an estimated 40 million trees have been killed. 

    It was inevitable that the pest would move south despite active efforts to contain the pest through quarantines, voluntary and mandatory felling of ash trees and a campaign to prevent the movement of firewood out of infected areas.

  • The adult leafhopper is winged, pale green, wedge-shaped insect about 1/8 inch long. The pale green to yellow nymphs, are wingless, smaller than the adults, and very quick. Consequently they can remain unnoticed until the plants show “hopperburn.” Both stages feed on the undersides of leaves. They run when disturbed, moving quickly to the opposite side of the leaf or steam like a squirrel running around a tree trunk.

  • Evan Braxton Gann

    Evan Braxton Gann was born to Benjamin and Angel Gann of Cynthiana on April 17, 2009 at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

    He weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz., and is welcomed by his brother Dustin Ford Gann, and sister Chelsey Maria Gann.

    Maternal grandmother is Doris Adams of Cynthiana.

    Paternal grandparents are Sammy and Sherry Gann of Cynthiana, and Lou Etta Wiglesworth of Sadieville, Ky.; paternal grandparent is Cleada Neal of Cynthiana.

  • •Sara Owen and Elia Pecorari, will wed in Lucca, Italy this summer.

    •Julie Hall Wiley and Justin Adam Rayborn will marry at Cynthiana Christian Church on July 25.

  • Sutton Ann Koch


    Sutton Ann Koch was born to Charles and Katie Koch on April 27, 2009 at St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington, Ky.


    She weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz.


    Maternal grandparents are Stephen and Ann (Gorey) Northam  of Jeffersonville, Ind.


    Paternal grandparents are Gus and Theresa Koch of Paris, Ky.; paternal great-grandmother is Amelia Koch of Cincinnati, Ohio.


    The 1959 graduating class of Harrison County High School will be having their 50th reunion on June 13, 2009 at 6 p.m. at the Cynthiana Country Club.

    All classmates and friends who attended school with these members from 1947-1959 are welcome to attend.

    Call Charlene Dawson at 234-5316, or Brenda Anderson at 484-2392 to reserve a space.



    The Cynthiana High School Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, June 27, at the Elks Lodge. Classes honored are 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959.

  • * Cynthiana News, Sept. 18, 1856 - “Fair and Omnibus - I will run a regular line of Omnibuses to and from the fair grounds during the week of the fair-leaving town every 15 minutes and the grounds the same. Fare each way 25 cents - R. S. Hopkins.”

  • The most common form of plant propagation is digging and dividing which is best done in early spring before new growth or in the fall before plants go dormant.  Digging and dividing is great for herbaceous plants but those plants that are considered woody ornamentals do not divide as easily with a spade. In this case we can look to the technique of rooting out softwood cuttings from the mother plant. 

  • 10 years ago . . .

    Births announced this week are: William Harold Claypool III, May 17, son of William Harold Claypool Jr. and Jennifer Roberts; James Garrett Fryman, May 10, son of Amy Wiglesworth and Robert Fryman; Morgan Faith Gant, May 17, daughter of Craig and Mara Gant; Sarah Rose Gauld, May 13, daughter of Donald and Kimberly Gauld; Zechariah Lee Gregg, May 17, son of Troy and Jackie Gregg; Parker Davis Sims, May 22, son of Heather and Kevin Sims; Mark Alan Sizemore, May 15, son of Mark and Sheila Sizemore; Jacob Tyler Thornton, May 18, son of Scott and Deanna Thornton.

  • Ashton Edward Allen Durbin

    Ashton Edward Allen Durbin was born to Crystal Kelly and Edward Durbin III of Cynthiana on April 29, 2009 at Harrison Memorial Hospital. He weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz.

    Maternal grandparents are Bobby Kelly and Debbie Kelly of Cynthiana; maternal great-grandparents are Jean and Frank Fitch and Janie and Jay Craig.

    Paternal grandparents are Susan and Edward Durbin Jr. of Cynthiana; paternal great-grandparents are Jean and Ethel Sparks and Ed and Sally Durbin.


    The Anness family reunion will be held Sunday, June 7 at Northside Elementary School. A potluck lunch will be served at noon.

    All friends and family are invited to attend.


  • * City Council, April 16, 1863 - “On motion, a committee consisting of F. Gray, T. J. Parrish and J. S. Frizell were appointed to purchase hemlock planks and contract for posts for a new fence for two sides (the south and west) of the graveyard. The said committee were instructed to report whether it is expedient to use any of the locust trees in the graveyard for posts and how many.”

  • Campbell Perrin McCann

    Campbell Perrin McCann was born to Codye Hill McCann and Robert Joseph McCann on April 5, 2009 at Central Baptist Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz.

    Maternal grandparents are Barry and Carla Hill; maternal great-grandparents are Jane and J.R. Hill, and the late Louise and Carlos Perrin.

    Paternal grandparents are Dave and Anita McCann.