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  • Local woman dies in Ireland beach accident

     

    The family of a local woman confirmed that she has been killed while touring in Ireland.
    Jena Hill, 57, of Springfield, was in Ireland with her husband, Ronnie, and a group of friends, when she was struck by a vehicle on a beach there. Hill and her group were staying in the Killarney Valley Hotel in Fossa, outside Killarney.

  • County makes switch in phone service

    The Washington County fiscal court opted to change phone services on Friday, leaving AT&T for SouthEast Telephone.
    With the change, the county is consolidating from four bills to one.

    “There will be no change in numbers, no change in service,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said.
    Lee Stevens and Chris Hill from SouthEast Telephone presented to the court on Friday at the regular scheduled meeting.
    Stevens and Hill said they could guarantee savings of at least $250 a month for the county.

  • Independence Day celebration is tonight

     

    Springfield’s  annual Independence Day celebration will take place tonight in downtown Springfield. This year marks the 12th annual celebration for the city to honor members of the military and veterans, according to Nell Haydon, Springfield’s Main Street Renaissance director.

  • Two indicted for sexual abuse of children

    A Washington County man was indicted in Marion County for his alleged role in the sexual abuse of a child.
    Christopher Grigsby, 30, of Bardstown Road in Springfield, was indicted for  first-degree rape (victim under 12, two counts), first-degree sodomy (victim under 12, four counts), first-degree sexual abuse (victim under 12) and incest (victim under 18, six counts).

  • Local jobless rate 1.9 percent above state’s average

    The numbers aren’t good in looking at the unemployment rate in Washington County, as well as others in the Lincoln Trail Area Development District.
    The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet released statistics this week showing that 99 counties in the state saw decreased unemployment numbers from May 2010 through May 2011. Washington County was not one of those counties.

  • Man injured in motorcycle crash in Marion County

    A Washington County man was injured in a motorcycle accident near Loretto in Marion County Sunday morning.
    According to a report from the Kentucky State Police, Charles Sagracy, 64, of Springfield, was riding a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle about a mile west of Loretto at the junction of KY 527 and KY 52 at 12:09 a.m. Sunday. Sagracy was traveling north on KY 527 when he attempted to avoid another vehicle, the report said. He lost control of the motorcycle and came to rest in the road.

  • Local airport will be home to air ambulance service

     

    Some high-tech health care is coming to Washington County.
    Air Methods, a Colorado-based company, will be locating at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport in July, and with the company will come the ability to transport patients in need of immediate medical care to surrounding hospitals much faster.

  • Local theatre students get star treatment in The Big Apple

     

    A group of local theatre students spent six days in New York City last week, and while in the Big Apple, they received star treatment.

  • Gala honors community theatre performers


    Central Kentucky Community Theatre at the Opera House hosted its first ever ‘Jeannie Awards’ Gala on Monday, June 13.  The evening began with dinner at Mordecai’s on Main, and then the stars, presenters and theatre goers walked the red carpet to the Opera House.

  • U.S. troops get socks from Springfield alpaca producers

     

    When a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq takes his or her boots off, that soldier might be wearing a pair of Kentucky Proud socks from Flaggy Meadow Fiber Works in Springfield.
    The small fiber mill, the only one in the state, turns soft fleece sheared from alpacas into the yarn to make its new outdoor Adventure Sock. In less than a month, nearly 1,500 pairs of Flaggy Meadow’s rugged yet comfortable socks have been sent to American troops serving in the Middle East through a grassroots volunteer organization called the Alpaca Sock Brigade.