https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Police: Speed, inattention factors in wreck with Amish buggy https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/police-speed-inattention-factors-wreck-amish-buggy <img src="https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/c_amishwreck_0469.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> No injuries resulted from a Tuesday afternoon accident on U.S. 62 between a mini-van and an Amish buggy. According to Cynthiana Ptl. Jeff Thomas, Marshall Sims was driving east on U.S. 62 when he collided with the rear of an Amish horse-drawn buggy, driven by Jerry Swertcentruber. The buggy was carrying watermelon, tomatoes and canned goods. There were also two passengers in the buggy, Barbara Swertcentruber and a juvenile.. The horse was also unharmed. Thomas said that no charges will be filed as a result of the accident.</p> Rod Run weekend https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/rod-run-weekend <img src="https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rodrun_2018_cars_8505.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Lee Kendall,<br /> News Writer<br /> lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com<br /> <br /> Hopefully the intermediate range weather forecast holds up, with the Cynthiana Rod Run scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 24, in downtown Cynthiana.<br /> Temperatures are supposed to moderate from the stifling heat and humidity we have suffered through for the last several days. The forecast now calls for temperatures in the low 80s and no rain for the big event on Saturday.<br /> Browning’s flower truck has a blooming niche https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/browning%E2%80%99s-flower-truck-has-blooming-niche <img src="https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/c_laurenanddrew_0461.jpg" alt="Drew Simmons and Lauren Spencer started Browning’s Flower Truck in May." title="Drew Simmons and Lauren Spencer started Browning’s Flower Truck in May." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Becky Barnes,<br /> Editor<br /> bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s been right at three months since Lauren Spencer first drove her iconic old Dodge truck into Cynthiana pulling her &ldquo;farm fresh&rdquo; trailer loaded with flowers.<br /> Spencer classifies her endeavor as a field-to-vase business.<br /> Police chief announces plans to retire in December https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/police-chief-announces-plans-retire-december <img src="https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bw_newofficers_2076.jpg" alt="City hires four officers The Cynthiana City Commission hired four new officers on Tuesday. They are, front, from left, Michael Black Jr., Jalen Thomas, Joshua Waits and Joshua Puckett. They were welcomed by fellow officers, back, from left, Ptl. Jeff Thomas, Sgt. O.C. Jones, Assistant Chief William Denton, Sgt. Vance Meighan, Ptl. Zach Zerbee, Sgt. Eric Kendall, Chief Ray Johnson, Sgt. Nathan Linville, Ptl. Nathan Balk, Ptl. Jordan Scott, and Ptl. Barry Sparks." title="City hires four officers The Cynthiana City Commission hired four new officers on Tuesday. They are, front, from left, Michael Black Jr., Jalen Thomas, Joshua Waits and Joshua Puckett. They were welcomed by fellow officers, back, from left, Ptl. Jeff Thomas, Sgt. O.C. Jones, Assistant Chief William Denton, Sgt. Vance Meighan, Ptl. Zach Zerbee, Sgt. Eric Kendall, Chief Ray Johnson, Sgt. Nathan Linville, Ptl. Nathan Balk, Ptl. Jordan Scott, and Ptl. Barry Sparks." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Becky Barnes,<br /> Editor<br /> bbarnes@cynthianademocrat.com<br /> <br /> Before the Cynthiana City Commission introduced four new police officers, a letter of retirement for Chief Ray Johnson was read and accepted.<br /> Johnson, who has been with the department for 26 years, 11 of those as chief, plans his last day to be Dec. 30.<br /> &ldquo;I want us to be better on Dec. 31,&rdquo; said Safety Commissioner Roger Slade. &ldquo;Not because Ray is leaving, but because he laid the foundation for this department.&rdquo;<br /> Florence earns chapter in Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/florence-earns-chapter-kentucky%E2%80%99s-everyday-heroes <img src="https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bruce_florence.jpg" alt="Bruce Florence" title="Bruce Florence" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Lee Kendall,<br /> News Writer<br /> lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com<br /> <br /> Bruce Florence has, without question, left her mark on Cynthiana and Harrison County.<br /> The former Harrison County School District educator, didn&rsquo;t retire from teaching and simply while away her time while advocating for her beloved crape myrtles.<br /> No, she worked tirelessly to see her dream for Cynthiana to have its own college become a reality.<br /> School district proposes 4% tax increase https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/school-district-proposes-4-tax-increase <p> Lee Kendall,<br /> News Writer<br /> lkendall@cynthianademocrat.com<br /> <br /> The Harrison County Board of Education has opted to impose a 4 percent increase in real property rates for the 2020 fiscal year.<br /> According to Julie Asher, the District&rsquo;s Chief Financial Officer, increasing obligations, passed down from Frankfort have necessitated the increase.<br /> BOYD STATION PROJECT 306.36 https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/boyd-station-project-30636 <img src="https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/c_boydstnprojectscreen_0452.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Total Package Salon opens on Pike Street https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/content/total-package-salon-opens-pike-street <img src="https://www.cynthianademocrat.com/sites/www.cynthianademocrat.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bw_totalpkgsalon.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p>