http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Cynthiana man charged with child sexual exploitation http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/cynthiana-man-charged-child-sexual-exploitation <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/f_c_skylarschwachter.jpg" alt="Skyler Schwachter" title="Skyler Schwachter" align="left" hspace="6" width="90" height="85" /><p> On Oct. 6, around 8:15 a.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Skyler J. Schwachter, 25, on charges related to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.<br /> Schwachter was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation and subsequent indictment. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online, according to a KSP press release.<br /> Grand jury returns seven indictments http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/grand-jury-returns-seven-indictments <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lawbook_3.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Robin Smiley,<br /> news writer<br /> rsmiley@cynthianademocrat.com<br /> <br /> The grand jury met on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and took action on seven individuals in Harrison County Circuit Court.<br /> HCHS Fillies Volleyball team is 34-0 http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/hchs-fillies-volleyball-team-34-0 <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/c_filliesfront_0324.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> The Harrison County Fillies volleyball team holds the 2017 Fall Fling Trophy following Saturday&rsquo;s championship match. The 34-0 Fillies won five matches Saturday to claim their own tournament. From left, front row, Jenna Collins, Emma Wallace, Angelina Thompson, Shelbi Morris, Ally Mattox, Emma Gooden, and Sarah Dunaway; back row, Katie Stonich, Melony Dunaway, Destin Kenney, Jessalyn Kuntz, Mackenzie Hersha, Hadley Greer, Kelsey Gifford and Sydney Morris</p> Muralist anticipates two weeks to complete bourbon-bottle painting http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/muralist-anticipates-two-weeks-complete-bourbon-bottle-painting <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mural_7437.jpg" alt="Jerielle Hanlon began painting the Arts Council’s latest mural project last week on Walnut Street. In this mural, Harrison County’s renowned bourbon trade will be featured with bottles from VanHook, Old Lewis Hunter, Poindexter and Old A. Keller distilleries." title="Jerielle Hanlon began painting the Arts Council’s latest mural project last week on Walnut Street. In this mural, Harrison County’s renowned bourbon trade will be featured with bottles from VanHook, Old Lewis Hunter, Poindexter and Old A. Keller distilleries." align="left" hspace="6" width="105" height="85" /><p> Lee Kendall,<br /> News Writer<br /> lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com<br /> <br /> The third downtown Cynthiana mural project is underway and should be completed in about two weeks.<br /> This project will depict four bourbon bottles from a bygone era and will be completed by Lexington-based artist Jerielle Hanlon.<br /> The first two mural projects, The Walking Dead mural on Walnut Street and the mural of Cynthiana native and former UK basketball coach Joe B. Hall on Main Street, were completed by Portuguese graffiti artist Sergio Odeith.<br /> Cemetery preservation volunteers needed to help with long-term project http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/cemetery-preservation-volunteers-needed-help-long-term-project <p> Becky Barnes,<br /> Editor<br /> bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s tucked into the trees along north Main Street and goes barely noticed in the day-to-day of most people coming to or through Cynthiana.<br /> The overgrown and obscure four-acre cemetery holds a wealth of Cynthiana history.<br /> That is what Karey Riddell and a troupe of other volunteers want to reveal.<br /> Riddell said she was looking for different walking routes over the summer and was asked by her husband Noel to join him on a walk through the Old Cemetery.<br /> HCHS Marching Thorobreds claim grand champion title at Bellevue http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/hchs-marching-thorobreds-claim-grand-champion-title-bellevue <img src="http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/band_swagbag.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Harrison County High School Marching Band performed at the Bellevue Band Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7. &nbsp;<br /> The band performed extremely well, placing first in its class while also earning awards for Best Color Guard, Best Percussion, Best Music Performance, Best Visual Performance and Best Overall Effect. &nbsp;<br /> The band was also awarded the Best Overall Color Guard, Best Overall Percussion, and Grand Champion for receiving the highest score of the day. &nbsp;<br /> Gillispie sentenced to five years in prison; four others hear verdicts http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/gillispie-sentenced-five-years-prison-four-others-hear-verdicts <p> Becky Barnes,<br /> Editor<br /> bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com<br /> <br /> Five individuals were sentenced in Harrison Circuit Court last week.<br /> Courtney Gillispie will have to serve at least 50 percent of the five-year sentence before being considered for probation, shock probation, conditional discharge or parole.<br /> Gillispie was convicted of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (two grams or more of heroin). Probation was denied.<br /> Leaf and brush pick-up to begin Oct. 16 http://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/leaf-and-brush-pick-begin-oct-16 <p> Leaf and brush pick-up and chipper service for city of Cynthiana residents will take place from Oct. 16 thru Nov. 10.<br /> Cynthiana Commissioner of Public Works Jada Walker Griggs said that residents should rake or place those items close to the roadway.<br /> &ldquo;We ask that residents not place those items on sidewalks or on the street,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Place them in your yard, close to the sidewalk or street. Our people will be able to handle it from there.&rdquo;<br />