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  • CORRECTION: Sheriff looking into pair of thefts

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a pair of burglaries last week and though similar items were taken in both incidents, sheriff Jerry Pinkston said he does not feel the crimes are connected.

    The first incident occurred on Seibert Creek Road in Springfield on Wednesday around 3 p.m., with Michael Bland reporting to police that his home had been broken into.

  • Junior kindergarten pays off for students

    Assessment scores and feedback from teachers and parents of students taking junior kindergarten classes in Washington County indicate the program has been beneficial, according to superintendent Robin Cochran.

  • A decade of Pioneers

    The New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future celebrated 10 years of going green with an awards reception, dinner and a packed house at St. Catharine College last Thursday.

    Arthur and Martha Young were recognized with the first ever New Pioneers Green Living award, while Mary Berry earned the New Pioneers Trailblazer award.

    New Pioneers Executive Director Sr. Claire McGowan reflected on the past 10 years and what her vision has grown to over the last decade.

  • Hot Summer Nights concert series starts Friday

    This weekend marks the beginning of the “Hot Summer Nights” concert series in Springfield and youth are particularly encouraged to attend.

    Washington County High School junior Ernie “Sticktight” Akins and his band will kick off the series that will continue through the summer. Other acts that have already been scheduled include Kaleb Cecil on June 12 and DJ SweetTea (Malcom Jones) on July 10. Mayor Debbie Wakefield said the idea for the concert series clicked at a recent event where Akins was performing.

  • SCC president Bill Huston nears retirement

    One thing that’s certain about the 18-year tenure of St. Catharine College President William D. Huston: the school has made major strides and expanded into areas that couldn’t be imagined just a few short years ago.

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  • Jets over Kentucky seeking rentals

    Event organizers for Jets Over Kentucky, the world’s grandest jet event, are looking for local residents who are willing to rent out their personal recreational vehicles from July 5 - 12 at the Lebanon/Springfield Airport in Springfield. Lewis Patton with Jet Central expressed interest in as many as 10 RVs, possibly more.

    In addition, local residents are asked to open their homes or offer rental properties to the pilots during this week.

  • Airport, police business at center of city meeting

    The city of Springfield held its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday and Craig Arnold, chair of the Lebanon-Springfield Airport board, was present to provide an update on what the future holds for the airport.

    He said an airplane was recently purchased that will be available to lease out to interested parties, but he expressed even more excitement over the aviation program that is beginning at Washington County High School this fall.

  • Power restored after outage on Sunday

    A power outage caused concern in Springfield on Sunday afternoon, but all services now appear to be up and running.

    The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Sunday and all Kentucky Utilties (KU) customers in the area were impacted. According to city officials, KU engineer Larry Gilpin advised that a transmission line issue leading into both of Springfield’s substations led to the power outage. The issue was resolved quickly, with residents and businesses being without power for an hour or slightly longer.