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  • Viewpoint

    I have fretted and stewed about the Harrison County School District’s “test scores” since they were released on Sept. 24.
    Not because the scores are ‘bad,’ but because it is so difficult to try to decipher what those scores mean.
    Kentucky is another one of those “transition years” of the testing cycle that we’ve all become accustomed to.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Tulip precursors
    6. “Le ____ des cygnes”
    9. Education-related acronym
    13. Heads-up
    14. Fertility clinic stock
    15. A la ____
    16. Curl one’s lip
    17. Cub’s home
    18. “The Goldbergs” sibling
    19. *Carpool ____ with James Corden
    21. *Fallon is on when?
    23. Crime scene evidence
    24. Sounds of amazement
    25. Tokyo, once
    28. Strong hold
    30. *Host of “Good night, and good luck” fame

  • Advice for the Crape Myrtle grower...and more

    Several folks have spoken to me about their Crape Myrtles this season. Some are not blooming at all, some bushes blooming just sporadically, and apparently none are as resplendent as usual.
    I agree.
    My new healthy Crape Myrtles look as bedraggled as my older bush, and bless its heart, it is in full pout. You would think that the mild weather, and lots and lots of water would be beneficial. Well, we would all be wrong.
    I scurried off to research land to find out the trouble, and there it is. Crape Myrtles like their feet to be dry between good drinks.

  • A successful year for the Chamber of Commerce

    It has been a great year in the Chamber here in Cynthiana-Harrison County!
    We recently were awarded five excellence awards through KCCE (Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives) in the categories of Best in Website, Best in Membership Growth, Best in Membership Retention, Best in Special Publication and Best in Special Event.
    This is a great accomplishment and showcases how our chamber members, board members and ambassadors can, and do, make a difference in the community by being a part of the chamber of commerce.

  • Viewpoint

    The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, passed away a few weeks ago. In 1965 she made popular a little ditty written by Otis Redding that some may remember called R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
    “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,” she commands. “Find out what it means to me.”
    Two weeks ago, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin came to Cynthiana to hold a community forum. He announced last month that he was seeking re-election and his visit was likely a way to come face-to-face with voters in Harrison County.

  • Constitution Week needs to be celebrated

    The week of Sept. 17-23 has been set aside as Constitution Week, with Sept. 17 being Constitution Day,  and is being observed in the Harrison County School District, as teachers have incorporated different aspects of the US Constitution in their lesson plans.
    Constitution Week was originally the brain-child of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was enacted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. In 2002, President George H.W. Bush officially declared the inception of Constitution Week.

  • Viewpoint

    My faith in the younger generation has been restored.
    Two weeks ago, a letter to the editor was published from Margaret Watson, volunteer organizer for the Harrison County Food Pantry. She applauded past efforts of the public to help keep the shelves stocked.
    She also lamented the fact that donations are down and fall break is fast approaching.
    She said that returning to school puts a financial crunch on families so this time of year is crucial for donations.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Hunk
    5. Cough syrup amt.
    8. “Scene one, ____ one”
    12. Grand theft target
    13. Broflovski of “South Park”
    14. Polished surface of gem
    15. Simpleton
    16. A in A = b x h
    17. Tarzan’s swing rope
    18. *Dream football destination
    20. Medley
    21. Olden-day Celts
    22. *Mo. of NFL preseason games
    23. Confine a river
    26. Khufu’s resting place
    30. ____ Tsu
    31. First little piggy
    34. List of chores

  • Viewpoint

    It seems every weekend, there is something new and different to do in downtown Cynthiana.
    This Saturday is tabbed as “Super Saturday,” and it, too, has something for just about everyone. The focal point of Super Saturday is a celebration of Cynthiana’s 225th birthday.
    Food and other vendors will be on hand as a part of A Taste of Harrison County, sponsored by the Cynthiana Lion’s Club.

  • Viewpoint

    The seventh annual Cynthiana Rod Run has come and gone, and did so in an impressive fashion.
    The number of show cars was down a little from expectations. However, 1,620 is not a small number.
    Early morning forecasts for Saturday predicted rain, which may have kept some of the die-hard car enthusiasts home.
    Jerry Adams, event organizer, said car owners don’t mind getting wet, they just don’t want to drive in the rain.