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  • Library hits first anniversary

    The Washington County Public Library has officially been open for just more than a year, and according to its director, Tara O’Hagan, things are moving fast and the library’s numbers are growing.

    The ribbon cutting for the new building was on Nov. 15, 2016, but the library had a soft opening Sept. 28, 2016.

    “We’ve been in the building for a year and getting use to it,” O’Hagan said.

    But, getting use to the new space has been easy, and has allowed staff to offer a lot more to the public.

  • Parrott arrsted on sex charges

    A second Washington County man has been arrested after attempting to meet what he thought was a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse.

    The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office arrested Larry J. Parrott, 39, of Willisburg on Nov. 3 and charged him with attempted unlawful transaction with a minor, 1st degree, and prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor.

    Also arrested were Richard D. Fransen, 37, of Louisville on Nov. 10, and Andrew D. Hardin, of Lebanon on Nov. 27.

  • Distillery may build in county

    Michter’s Distillery in Louisville is eyeing a piece of land in Springfield, and both Springfield City Council and Washington County Fiscal Court have moved to lift certain restrictions to bring it in.

    After more than an hour of discussions behind closed doors Nov. 29, the county voted to waive covenants on lots in the industrial park upon request of the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority.

  • Settles will not seek re-election

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles will not seek re-election next year, after two decades of serving his community.

    For the man who has spent his entire life trying to serve in one fashion or another, he said it was time for him to step aside and leave the position on a positive note.

  • Christmas gifts

    I don’t think there’s anything more difficult than picking out that special gift for a special person at Christmas. It’s so disappointing when you really think you’ve nailed something good down and it doesn’t have the same impact on the receiver as it does the giver.

  • Former Springfield resident does globetrotting business

    Morocco, Thailand, Peru; all around the world are exotic locales that many people often dream of experiencing. With Letters From Afar, Shawnee Grigsby hopes to feed that wanderlust with only a walk to the mailbox.

    Grigsby and her husband, Palmer, both lived in Springfield. A life-long painter, Grigsby took several art classes during her time at St. Catharine College and mostly created abstract landscapes. When she shifted her medium from canvas to paper and began creating letters for fun, she soon realized her hobby could possibly turn into something more.

  • School board signs off on cadet guard programs

    The Washington County Board of Education moved to try a couple of pilot programs for students this winter.

    Winter and cadet guards were formed during the board’s meeting last week, and it voted to give $1,561 in seed money to help start the program, as well as $424 for assistants.

    Superintendent Robin Cochran said the program would also hold fundraising campaigns in the near future to help with expenses.

    “I would like for them to have some skin in the game,” she said.

  • Habitat for Humanity breaks ground

    One Springfield woman’s dream came true when the tri-county chapter of Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its latest house on East High Street.

    Elizabeth Elery was selected for the interest-free mortgage after months of searching for the right candidate.

    Elery said she didn’t think she would receive the home when she applied in June.

    “It was a dream of mine,” she said. “It was a dream to have a home of my own.”

    After being told she had been chosen, Elery said the first thing she did was pray.

  • Spalding appointed Bishop of Nashville by Pope

    Father J. Mark Spalding was given an offer he couldn’t refuse – straight from the Vatican.

    Pope Francis has appointed Spalding, a Washington County native, as the Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee.

    The appointment came via a phone call from the nuncio in Washington D.C., Archbishop Christophe Pierre. He is a representative of the Pope to the United States.

    The call only lasted three minutes and Spalding said he went through a number of emotions after being appointed.

  • Toy and coat drive in Springfield

    For the past two years, Jessica Darland and Lilly Beals at Cash Express of Springfield have organized a clothing and toy drive to benefit families and children throughout Washington County. This year’s iteration of the drive will partner with Washington County Community Action (WCCA) and the Family Resource Centers in Washington County schools in order to make sure that donations are properly sorted and matched with families.