en Teen charged with conspiracy to commit murder <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Becky Barnes,<br /> Editor<br /><br /> <br /> A former&nbsp; Cynthiana teen, who has been living in Maysville has been arrested in Cynthiana and charged in a murder-for-hire conspiracy. A Cynthiana juvenile is also charged.<br /> According to court documents, Det./Sgt. Alan Judy of the Cynthiana Police Department arrested Robert T. Webber, 19, 413 Reynolds Drive, Maysville, Tuesday night about 10 p.m.<br /> Mayor, rec director spar over grants for park development <img src="" alt="Mayor James Smith" title="Mayor James Smith" align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> Becky Barnes,<br /> Editor<br /><br /> <br /> Cynthiana Mayor James Smith took Parks and Rec director, Darrell Baxter, to task over two unfulfilled park development grants totaling $117,500.<br /> At Tuesday&rsquo;s city commission meeting, Smith said an article in The Cynthiana Democrat the previous week raised several questions for people of the community as well as rec board members. Smith went so far as to tell Baxter that one of his statements was &ldquo;a fabrication of the truth.&rdquo;<br /> Cynthiana woman honored for her service to community <img src="" alt="State Rep. Tom McKee, left, and Sen. Reginald Thomas, right, were among the many people who attended the Democratic Women’s Club meeting last week to honor Jeannie Willis." title="State Rep. Tom McKee, left, and Sen. Reginald Thomas, right, were among the many people who attended the Democratic Women’s Club meeting last week to honor Jeannie Willis." align="left" hspace="6" width="140" height="85" /><p> Kelly McKinney,<br /> News Writer<br /><br /> <br /> Jeannie Willis never learned to drive a car, but that didn&rsquo;t stop her from getting around, and, according to many, making her way into the very heart of the Harrison County community.<br /> Willis, 86, was honored recently by the Democratic Women&rsquo;s Club at its annual&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jefferson Jackson dinner for her work in the community, and her life spent volunteering, raising her family and caring for many in the area.<br /> Carter retiring after 32 years as ag agent, Barnes to step in <img src="" alt="Gary Carter and Jessica Barnes" title="Gary Carter and Jessica Barnes" align="left" hspace="6" width="108" height="85" /><p> Becky Barnes,<br /> Editor<br /><br /> <br /> Long-time Harrison County Extension Agent Gary Carter is retiring after the first of the year. However, his successor is no stranger to Harrison County or Extension programs.<br /> Jessica Barnes, who is the Extension&rsquo;s horticulture agent, will step into Carter&rsquo;s shoes.<br /> Carter, 63, came to Harrison County as the &ldquo;ag agent&rdquo; on Dec. 13, 1983. He grew up in Bourbon County, but claims proudly he is now a Harrison Countian.<br /> Licking Valley Singers will be Singing in the Season <p> The Licking Valley Singers will be bringing its first Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. with two performances on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.<br /> There will be no Sunday performance for this session.<br /> All presentations will be held at Cynthiana Baptist Church. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door. However, there are also advance ticket sales underway. They may be purchased at JJ&rsquo;s Sweets, Biancke&rsquo;s and Ewalt&rsquo;s Jewelry.<br /> The program is being directed by Karen Bear with accompanist Dr. Beth Laytart.<br /> Christmas angels available for ‘adoption’ through Dec. 1 <p> The Christmas Angels program is gearing up for the 2015 holiday season, seeking to help over 400 needy Harrison County children. The program has been a traditional part of the holiday season for over 25 years in Harrison County, regularly helping hundreds of local families.<br /> Christmas Angels acts as a supplement to a family&rsquo;s Christmas budget, allowing needy children to experience a side of Christmas they might not otherwise see. The program is available to any Harrison County child from preschool age through 12th grade.<br /> Office closed for Thanksgiving <p> The office of The Cynthiana Democrat and Harrison Shopper will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, so that our staff may spend time with their families for the Thanksgiving holiday.<br /> The office will resume regular business hours beginning Monday at 8:30 a.m.<br /> The deadline for news will be Monday at 10 a.m. for the Nov. 27 Cynthiana Democrat. Advertising should be scheduled by 10 a.m., earlier if the ads require a proof. The Shopper will also be printing early with proof deadline set for noon Tuesday, Nov. 24, and 10 a.m. Wednesday for no proof.<br /> Chamber to hold open house <p> The Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce will hold an open house Dec. 4, in sync with the Christmas tree lighting downtown.<br /> Coffee and treats will be available, director Tomi Jean Clifford said.<br /> Cynthiana-opoly boards also will be available for sale at $30 each, and Harrison County throws, $50, can be pre-ordered at the event.<br /> Attendees can also check out the chamber&rsquo;s art wall featuring local artists&rsquo; work for sale.<br /> The open house will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chamber, located at the corner of Main and Pike streets.</p>