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  • Unemployment rates are down in 114 counties, including Washington County


    The unemployment rate took a tumble across the state in the last 12 months, including in Washington County.

    According to a press release from the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, jobless rates are down in 114 counties from Nov. 2010 to Nov. 2011.
    According to Hal Goode, Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority (SWEDA) executive director, the unemployment rate in the county was 12.4 percent in June.
    That number has dropped over three percent since then.

  • Cornbread Mafia explored in upcoming book


    This story is the first of two parts about the upcoming book, ‘The Cornbread Mafia.” This part examines how the author got the story.

    A new book coming out in April takes a look into the marijuana syndicate that had origins in Marion and Washington County.
    Jim Higdon, son of Jimmy and Jane Higdon, encountered many obstacles while piecing together the book.
    Higdon said because of his work on the book, he was the first journalist to be subpoenaed by the Obama administration.

  • SCC receives mobile health vehicle from Ephraim McDowell Health


    Keys to a 28-foot mobile health vehicle changed hands in a parking lot recently, on a gray day in December.

    On Dec. 16, keys to the vehicle were presented by Ephraim McDowell Health in Danville to Harry Nickens, dean of the school of health and human sciences at St. Catharine College.
    Nickens is the former vice president of marketing and public relations at Ephraim McDowell, as well as the former president of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation.

  • Property donated to Isaiah House


    A community support group meeting is being held at the Isaiah House on Jan. 5 to discuss the opening of a women’s facility in the organization’s newly-donated property, as well as address potential volunteer opportunities.

    The property, which was donated by previous owners by Gary and Anita Johnson, has been appraised at $300,000.

  • Legislators scheduled for coffee with citizens


    According to a recent press release, the Springfield Washington County Economic Development Authority (SWEDA),  in cooperation with the City of Springfield and the Washington County Fiscal Court, will host a legislative coffee with State Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Representative Mike Harmon on Thursday Jan. 12 at Mordecai’s on Main in Springfield. 

    The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a question and answer session from Higdon.  

  • Officer bitten while serving a warrant


    Suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    A Springfield City Police officer was bitten in the leg last week while attempting to serve a bench warrant.
    While serving a bench warrant on Ronald L. Thompson, Jr. of 328 East Main Street in Springfield, officer Charlie Osbourne was bitten in the leg by Thompson causing minor injury.
    The incident took place on Dec. 29 at around 10 a.m. at the 300 block of E. Main Street.

  • Three indicted for retaliating against a legal participant


    The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

    Cedric D. Thompson, 29, 118 Washington Avenue in Springfield, was recently indicted for one count of receiving stolen property worth $500 or more on or about Oct. 27, 2011 in Washington County.
    His bond was set at $2,500 cash.

  • Two early-release inmates will reside in Washington County


    A recently-passed criminal justice reform bill will result in the early release of 985 inmates statewide, two of which will reside in Washington County.

    House Bill 463, according to a press release from the Kentucky Department of Corrections, “created a new type of discharge for certain inmates under a section of the legislation referred to as Mandatory Re-entry Supervision (MRS).”
    That section of the bill took effect on Jan. 1. According to the release, 985 offenders will be eligible for release on Jan. 3.

  • Deputy sentencing rescheduled for fifth time


    Sentencing for Norris Wayne Bartley, 43, of Springfield, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 42, of Mackville, who pleaded guilty to stealing marijuana while serving as Washington County sheriff deputies, has been delayed until Jan. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Gene Snyder building in Louisville.

    According to Stephanie Collins, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Officer / Western District Kentucky, the sentencing has been rescheduled five times.

  • Graves gets ready for state Distinguished Young Woman


    The winner of the 2012 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County award is preparing for the next step later this month. The competition -- formerly known as Junior Miss -- is advancing to the state stage, and Lizzy Graves said she’s excited about this chance.

    “The opportunity to go to state means so much to me, because I was chosen to represent Springfield and my entire county at a state event,” she said. “I’m also excited about being able to compete and make friends with 32 other girls from all across the state.”