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  • Renovations moving forward on old high school

    Immediately after voting on the tax rate, the Washington County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting. The main topic of concern during the evening’s meeting was the old high school renovation.

    Jean-Paul Grivas, vice president of Patrick D. Murphy Architects, gave a slideshow presentation to the board, which gave an overview of options and prices.

    The board elected to move forward to the next steps of the process where the company will begin tightening up the budget and start on some more field studies.

  • Willisburg man injured in wreck

    A motorcycle wreck Friday left one man severely injured when he was thrown from his motorcycle.

    No official report was available at press time, but according to his father, William “Bloop” Johnson, Russell William Johnson, 36, of Willisburg, was thrown from his motorcycle on Loretto Road and suffered a severe leg injury.

    Washington County EMS and the sheriff’s office responded to the accident and Johnson was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital.

  • Accused murderer indicted

    A Washington County grand jury returned a murder charge against Hoyt J. Calhoun of Boston, Ky., recently, while indicting six others, including two on drug production and cultivation charges. 

    Calhoun, 51, of Icetown Road in Boston, was charged with one count of murder (class A felony), one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense (class B misdemeanor), and one count of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

  • School board elects to keep tax rate the same

    Washington County dodged a tax increase when the Washington County Board of Education voted 3-2 to keep its tax at the compensating rate of 58.9 cents on $100 of real and personal property last week.

    Prior to the vote, only three people signed up to speak at the public hearing regarding the proposed school tax increase. Two of those people who signed up had Harrodsburg addresses.

  • Edelen has positive experience at GSP

    Hannah Edelen had to make a decision.

    She had been dreaming of becoming a national officer for FCCLA, or Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, since she was a freshman in high school. But after she found out she had been accepted into the Governor’s Scholars Program, she had to choose between the two life-altering opportunities because there was a conflict in the two programs’ schedules.

    In the end, she chose to attend GSP, and after looking back on her time this summer, she knows that she made the right choice.

  • McRay commissioned as national bank examiner

    Arthur Clinton “Clint” McRay, 27, a Springfield native, was recently commissioned a national bank examiner by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

    According to the group’s website, “The OCC charters, regulates, and supervises all national banks and federal savings associations as well as federal branches and agencies of foreign banks. The OCC is an independent bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.”

  • WAGS to host 5k on Saturday

    Three years ago, the Washington County Autism Group of Support began having an autism fair at The River of Life Church.

    Each year, that fair grew and expanded, exponentially. From an initial turnout of more than 300 people, the fair grew every year to add more food, activities and more silent auction items. Along with the fair, WAGS has hosted a walk since 2007, which has also grown every year. This year, however, WAGS will be hosting a much different, but no less fun event — the WAGS 5K Fun Run for Autism.

  • Holy Trinity Catholic Church to start children's choir

    Note: In this week's edition, Doug O'Neill's email adress was incorrectly listed. This story has his correct email address, which is: oneilldoug52@gmail.com

    Starting after Labor Day, the Holy Trinity Church in Fredericktown will have a new choir – one comprised of children.

    According to Doug O’Neill, director of sacred music, there has not been a children’s choir in their parish for a long time.

  • Walker's wheels keep on turning

    6:16 a.m.

    While much of the county is just now waking up, James Murray Walker Jr., 77, who’s already been up since 4:30, performs a walk around on his bus — No. 39. The sound of bus engines idling fills the air as Walker checks the lights, looks for damage and checks the tire pressure.

    Safety strobes flash through the darkness as he steps inside and turns the key. The dashboard lights up like a pilot’s cockpit, and Walker checks the engine gauges for proper operation. Everything’s good to go.

  • Local woman wins $200,000 in lottery

    You can stop checking your tickets.

    That’s because one lucky lady from Washington County has won the lottery.

    Friday night’s Cash Ball drawing yielded a $200,000 winner. She purchased the ticket from the Five Star located at 810 Bardstown Road in Springfield.

    The winning numbers were 2 – 5 – 21 – 27. The Cash Ball was 9.

    Susan Riggle, a manager at the location, said they’ve never sold a winning ticket with that kind of value, to her knowledge.

    “I think it’s awesome,” she said.