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  • Deal is done for new high school site

     

    A new high school is on the horizon for Washington County, and the paperwork is almost done to make the purchase of 69.5 acres for the campus official.
    The Washington County School Board met recently, along with Tommy Ward, who is selling the land to the school district for $701,500, and attorneys for each side.

  • Riney to perform at Opera House tonight

     

    Thomas Riney, a sophomore music performance and natural science double major in the honors program at Xavier University, will be performing at 7 p.m. tonight, Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Springfield Opera House.
    The program, entitled “Evening with the Arts,” also features Brazilian pianist Priscilla Dickson. She is a full-time accompanist at Campbellsville College.

  • Springfield residents may have property added to historic register

    The Springfield Main Street District will soon be considered by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
    An informational meeting to discuss the designation with property owners took place on Tuesday at the Springfield Opera House.
    Nell Haydon, the director of Springfield’s Main Street / Renaissance program, said that she wants residents to know that there are no limitations placed on the property if listed on the national register.

  • Mackville on list of post offices that could be closed

     

    Mackville is one of many post offices across the country that could be closed.
    The United States Postal Service announced Tuesday that it will conduct studies of about 3,700 retail offices, including the one in Mackville, to determine customer needs.

  • Shoppers find big savings with coupons

     

    In an economy when times can be tough, there’s nothing like saving money. That’s what has driven the recent coupon craze across the country, and Washington Countians are no stranger to it, either.
    Amy Willis clips coupons and saves money for her family budget, and she said she sees some drastic savings with her trips to the grocery store.

  • Cell provider to help hearing impaired

     

    Regionally-based cellular provider Bluegrass Cellular is now offering a text-only plan for customers who are hearing-impaired.
    The new plan began on July 1 and provides text-only service to the Bluegrass Cellular network.

  • African-American Heritage Festival is Aug. 5

     

    When the eighth annual African American Heritage Festival gets under way in Springfield on Friday, Aug. 5, it will feature a special theme.
    This year’s festival will address the needs of hungry children in Washington County. Nell Haydon, director of Springfield’s Main Street Renaissance program, said the idea was brought up by members of the festival committee.

  • Springfield native to work for air ambulance service at local airport

     

    Local residents may have the comfort of knowing that one of their own is caring for them in the event of an emergency.
    Andrea Hale, a Washington County native, is currently going through orientation to work for Air Methods at the Springfield-Lebanon Airport.
    Air Methods is the company with a critical care flight team based at the airport.

  • County ends fiscal year with budget surplus

    Washington County will have a carryover of $287,569.73 from the 2010-11 fiscal year budget.
    During the regular scheduled meeting this week, the Washington County fiscal court voted to amend the budget to allow for the carryover into the 2011-12 fiscal year budget.
    The county brought in nearly $10,000 more than anticipated in real property taxes, and roughly $42,000 more than anticipated in occupational tax fees.
    The county began the 2011-12 fiscal year with a budget of over $5.6 million.

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  • Summer programs facing heat safety challenges

     

    With severe heat in the area last week, several teams and organizations were fighting Mother Nature in order to get in practice time.
    High school athletics resumed on July 11, only to be hit by a heat wave.
    With heat indices in the 100s, teams had to take caution.