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  • Rates to possibly change for water, sewer

    The water and sewer rates for the city of Springfield could see an increase in the near future.

    Andy Lange, who is with the Kentucky Rural Water Association, was present at last week’s Springfield City Council meeting to discuss a suggested change to the current water and sewer rates.

    Before talking about potential increases, though, Lange first presented the council with numbers concerning the current financial state of the city’s water and sewer services.

  • It's a lucky dog's life

     It’s been a tough road for a dog that once roamed the parking lots of local grocery stores and restaurants searching for food, but these days, she’s living the good life.

  • Fr. Brown turns the page

    After working as a priest at Holy Rosary Church in Springfield for six years – and serving as a man of God for more than 40 years – Fr. Ben Brown will turn to the last chapter of his career later this month when he leaves Springfield for a new job in Cecilia. His last official day at the church is June 21 and he will take over as parish administrator at St. Ambrose Church and St. Agnes Church on June 22. Brown’s last official Sunday at St. Rose is on June 19.

  • St. Catharine Farm remains open despite college’s closure

    Even though St. Catharine College is closing at the end of July, the Saint Catharine Farm isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    According to John Settles, chairman of the St. Catharine Farm Advisory Council and farm manager Danny Ray Spalding, there are no plans to close the other entities at St. Catharine.

    “[The farm] is alive and well, as well as the motherhouse and Sansbury Care Center,” Settles said. “They’re all separate entities from the college.”

  • Jail fees to increase

    Washington County Fiscal Court voted to approve a slight increase in its current jail fees to Marion County Detention Center.

    Previously, Washington County paid the detention center $29.43 per inmate, but according to Marion County jailer Barry Brady, Marion County Fiscal Court recently voted to raise that cost to $35.64 per inmate due to rising costs of incarceration and the rising jail population.

  • Medley wins 2017 DYW

    Elizabeth Medley was in disbelief.

    She had just been named the Washington County’s Distinguished Young Woman of 2017 — including being awarded a medallion, a bouquet and taking her first walk on the stage with that distinction — but she still was in shock about the momentous occasion.

  • Man found shot in county dies

    A Bardstown man died last week from a single gunshot wound to the head, passing away nearly 12 hours after a Washington County resident first discovered him on his property.

    A press release from Kentucky State Police, which is investigating the apparent murder, states that Yul Andre Rayford, 51, was found lying inside a vehicle just off Bloomfield Road, 1.5 miles north of Springfield, but was still alive despite the bullet wound.

  • Family upset over SCC scholarship

     

    Fran Blandford was a student at St. Catharine College when she was killed in a car crash in March of 2000. Following her death, her parents, Albert and Mary Jane Blandford, established a scholarship fund in her memory. They also created the Fran Blandford Memorial Garden on the college campus and maintained that garden over the years since.

  • Local officials say closure will negatively impact economy

     With Saint Catharine College closing its doors at the end of July, county and city officials are looking at the repercussions down the line. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the immediate damage will hurt.

    “Last year, their portion that they paid to the county in occupational tax was $42,242.50,” Settles said. 

  • Distinguished Young Women program is Saturday

    Fourteen rising seniors at Washington County High School will be competing Saturday for the chance to be Washington County’s next Distinguished Young Woman.

    This year’s program will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the old WCHS gym, but for the entire group, preparation for the event began months ago.

    And some have even been working to attain the Distinguished Young Woman title since they were young girls, according to Lauren Riney, one of the program’s chairpersons.