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A look back at the news of 2012

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By Jesse Osbourne

 

January


- Lizzy Graves, the winner of the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County award, prepared for and participated in the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky competition.
- Dale Mann was hired as the new Washington County Road Supervisor by the Washington County Fiscal Court.  Mann replaced Albert Wimsatt, who stepped down from the position after 26 years of service.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke to community members at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s campus in Springfield. McConnell addressed the effectiveness of the president, Bush administration tax cuts and the funding of Medicare and Social Security.
- Springfield City Police Officer Charlie Osbourn was bitten in the leg by a suspect while attempting to serve a bench warrant, causing minor injury.

February


- Springfield native Lisa Hamilton received a double-lung transplant after a week of waiting on the transplant list. Hamilton was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at an early age.
- Kevin and Tyler Devine saved two men from drowning in the frigid waters at Kenlake Marina on Kentucky Lake.
- Congressman Brett Guthrie spoke to constituents at St. Catharine College. He discussed tax reform, Medicare reform, bringing jobs back to the United States, college tuition and care for the mentally ill.
- Two candidates filed to run in the Democratic primary for Washington County Circuit Clerk. John Graves and JoAnne Mudd-Miller filed to run to replace George Graves, the outgoing clerk.
- During the Congressional redistricting process, a small part of Washington County (the Pottsville precinct) was taken from Brett Guthrie’s district and put in Ed Whitfield’s district.
- Jason Pyles, 28, of Harrodsburg was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to the left torso. According to police, there was an apparent altercation between the victim and another individual, which resulted in the shooting.
- St. Catharine College and The Berry Center announced a partnership that would result in a new program at the college.

March

- Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway visited Washington County to speak to students about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.
- Ronnie Huntsberger and Jeff McCowan traveled to West Liberty and parts of Morgan County to help after those areas were devastated by a tornado.
- Two former Washington County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced to 50-months in federal prison on March 7. Norris Wayne Bartley and Billy Joe Mattingly pled guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
- The Lebanon - Springfield Airport Board announced that federal funding was approved for a project that would add a new taxiway to the airport, as well as change the access road to the facility.

April


- Thirty-two-year-old American Saddlebred champion Harlem Globetrotter passed away at Kalarama Farm.
- Residents in Willisburg, Lawrenceburg and Bloomfield received 3G access through AT&T.
- Washington County High School senior Brian Powers won the inaugural Junior Mister competition at the high school.

May


- Prom at Washington County High School drew a crowd, as spectators gathered to watch the students arrive.
- Alliance Corporation of Glasgow was awarded the contract to build the new Washington County High School. Its bid was nearly $18.2 million for the nearly 100,000-square-foot project.
- The class of 2012 graduated from Washington County High School. Wesley Young was the class valedictorian.
- JoAnne Mudd-Miller beat John Graves in the Democratic primary in the race to become Washington County Circuit Clerk. Mudd-Miller won by a 1,158 to 703 margin.

June


- Over $29,000 was raised during Relay for Life. Top fundraising teams were Karen’s Crusaders, Friends and Family and Fishing for a Cure.  
- Beth Purdom was crowned Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County after competing against 16 other contestants.
- Approximately 15 members of the 613th Engineer Facilities Detachment (Springfield National Guard) were set to deploy to Afghanistan for one year.
- Troy Woods doubled the state record for most skydiving attempts in one day at Arnold’s Airport in Washington County. Woods recorded 80 jumps, beating the old record of 40.

July


- A ban on outside burning was issued by County Judge-Executive John A. Settles due to the excessive drought.
- Drought affected farmers as temperatures reached triple digits. Of the 120 counties in Kentucky, 90 had declared a level-one drought.
- Katherine Fields competed in the Miss Kentucky pageant. She won the Miss UK Thoroughbred pageant to gain entry.
- Two sheriff’s deputies were recognized by the FBI for their assistance in an arrest made in Washington County.  Jack Robinson and Jerry Pinkston were commended in a letter from the agency.
- Jessica (Terrell) Glasscock, who was named Mrs. Kentucky International in 2011, competed in the Mrs. International competition in Chicago.

August


- $87,000 in prescription pills were stolen from Rite Aid Pharmacy. According to Springfield City Police Chief Jim Smith, the street value was estimated at somewhere in the millions.
- Hal B. Goode resigned his position as executive director at SWEDA to become the president and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED).
- Former Springfield mayor Dwight Wright passed away at 78. Wright was instrumental in city development during his tenure.
- Another former Springfield mayor, Mike Haydon, died at 62. He was serving as Governor Steve Beshear’s chief of staff and was credited for doing work behind the scenes.
- Long-time Springfield City Council member Paul Borders resigned to become the city’s new safety officer. Borders served on the council for over 12 years.
- The school board voted not to raise property taxes during a tax hearing.

September


- A petition for county-wide alcohol sales in Washington County was filed, but didn’t result in a special election. The petition contained more than the required number of signatures to get the issue on the ballot, but the dates of when the signatures were collected were missing, resulting in a disqualified petition.
- Proposals for the Robertson building in Springfield were reviewed and may result in a nearly $2 million renovation to the historic property. AU Associates were awarded the winning bid.
- Around $5,000 in damage was done to Bennett R Lewis Field at Washington County High School on the eve of the Marion - Washington County rivalry football game.
- Thirteen layoffs were announced at St. Catharine College due to a $1.4 million operational budget shortfall.

October


- Nell (Haydon) Chaudoin appeared on The Today Show with her husband, John, after losing over 125 pounds.
- Eight-year-old Kaelyn Adams celebrated no more chemo after 969 days of hospital visits and the invasive treatment.  
- The Washington County High School Commander Band finished seventh during the Class 2 KMEA state semifinals at Greenwood High School. It marked the first time in years that the band didn’t move on to the state finals.

November


- Josette Taylor, a Washington County High School graduate, experience Hurricane Sandy while living in New York City. The storm wrecked havoc on the metropolis.
- In local election results, Mike Harmon defeated Barry Harmon in the state representative race. Julita Nance beat incumbent Buffy Mann and former board member Bud Blair for a seat on the school board. John R. Hardin, a former Springfield City Council member, was elected to the council, along with five incumbents.
- Washington County was mentioned in The New York Times in an opinion piece that poet and county resident Maurice Manning wrote.

December


- Vanessa Coleman was found guilty of facilitation of felony murder again in a trial in Tennessee. Coleman had to be retried after the presiding judge in her first case was disbarred for misconduct involving a prescription abuse scandal.
- The school board approved a trip request for students to attend the presidential inauguration on Jan. 21 in Washington D.C.