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  • Toyota funds STEM curriculum for five Harrison County schools

    Toyota, together with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), awarded $150,000 in grants to 11 K-12 schools in Central Kentucky to help prepare students for the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs.
    The grants, funded by the Toyota USA Foundation, provide a curriculum focused on computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, while helping create engaging, hands-on classrooms for students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to thrive.

  • Ohio man charged with years of sexual abuse of children

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    An Ohio man was indicted in Harrison County last week on 26 counts of sexual abuse offenses that date back to 2005 and continues through 2010.
    Paul Botts, 34, of Grove City, Ohio, is accused of multiple sex offenses against four victims, all under 14 years old at the time of the incidents.

  • Task force continues drug busts

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Just a couple months into existence and the Bluegrass Narcotics Task Force has picked up its second round of alleged drug traffickers in Cynthiana.
    On Tuesday morning, law enforcement from the BGNTF were joined by the Kentucky State Police for a round up. Most of those arrested were indicted on Tuesday, May, 1 by a Harrison County grand jury following months of investigations.

  • A Starry Night

    The Harrison County School District-sponsored A Starry Night was a big hit on Friday night. Students from kindergarten thru 12th grade had artwork on display and also performed on stage. Several hundred children participated.

  • PLAY BALL

    A huge crowd was on hand, Friday night at the courthouse, as the Recreation Department celebrated the opening of the spring sports season with a parade through downtown Cynthiana. Current KHSAA Hall of Fame inductee Shon Walker was on hand to address the parents and children and lead the parade.

  • Harrison County teacher receives Fulbright Award

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    The US Department of State just released its list of Americans who have received Fulbright Awards.
    Abby Smith, English teacher at Harrison County High School, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Germany from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
    Smith, 23, will be an English teaching assistant in the Nordrhein-Wesfalen state of Germany.

  • Cynthiana Chamber director earns national, state accolades

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    It’s hard not to notice the changes in and around Cynthiana.
    There has been a revival of sorts or perhaps just a new chapter is being written.
    Whatever you call it, there’s one woman who is leading the charge.
    She will be quick to say she didn’t do it alone and start naming those who have helped, pushed, pulled and organized.

  • Commission to ponder lifting ban on chickens in the city limits

    Becky Barnes,
    Editor
    bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com

    Chickens not roosters. That was a request to the Cynthiana City Commission on Tuesday.
    Alishia Sprague asked commissioners to consider allowing egg-laying chickens in fenced yards in the city.
    “I think we should take this into consideration,” said Commissioner Mark Mattmiller.
    Commissioner Lourena Judy said that her concern was for neighbors living next to chicken coops and the opportunity for the chickens to create a pungent odor.

  • Ohio woman reports car stolen from granddaughter

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Harrison County deputy sheriff Tuan Kreer said it is unlikely that charges will be filed in an alleged possible kidnapping and stolen vehicle incident that was reported on April 22, by Mary Deleon of Van Wert, Ohio.
    Kreer responded to 333 Citation Lane, the home of Michael Kidd and Bobby Jo Nickerson at about 9 p.m.

  • Pulliam leaving UK to advance education

    Lee Kendall,
    News Writer
    lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com

    Dillon Pulliam, former Harrison County Thorobred basketball star, like some of his teammates, is leaving the Kentucky Wildcats basketball program early.
    With one year of basketball eligibility remaining, Pulliam decided to forego his senior season, not to test the NBA waters, but to jump-start his career in computer engineering and computer science.