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  • School board to put old high school renovations out to bid

    The Washington County Board of Education met last week for an organizational meeting that resulted in a vote to approve putting the old high school’s renovations out to bid. The board revisited the renovation project after seeing the initial estimates had come in over budget at their last meeting.

    Treasurer Judy Spalding went over how much the board had to spend during the meeting. 

  • Local man critical after shooting

     A Washington County man was left in critical condition last week after receiving a gunshot wound to the neck, and the suspect is still at large. 

  • Monks coming to SCC

    Saint Catharine College will be hosting some very special guests later this month – seven Tibetan monks.

    According to Matt Branstetter, professor of religion at SCC, the monks, who will be at SCC Jan. 25-30, are visiting the college to share their culture and raise funds to build a library and school in their monastery back home. He said the monks are from India and many have never seen Tibet.

  • Edelen heads to state DYW

     Hannah Edelen, Washington County’s 2016 Distinguished Young Woman, is just days away from competing in the state competition in Lexington this week. 

    The 17-year-old said she’s looking forward to meeting new people at the competition.

  • SPD raises funds for K-9 unit

    The Springfield Police Department is looking to get a new employee within the next six months to a year  - an employee of the canine variety. 

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, they’re looking to have a fully trained officer working a K-9 in the near future. 

  • Instilling a love of literature

     Her name is Ione Pinkston, but everyone around the county just calls her Ms. Ione. 

    Pinkston, 69, is a Washington County native who has been working at the Washington County Public Library since July 1988. 

    Though a Washington County native, Pinkston lived in West Virginia when she was originally hired by the WCPL. 

  • County's Total Patcher temporarily put to halt

    With exceptionally warm temperatures filling the forecasts for much of December, the Washington County Fiscal Court would have loved to have taken advantage by repairing some potholes and cracks in county roads, but there’s just one problem: they can’t get a hold of one of the materials necessary to do it. 

  • Robinson selected for National Young Arts Week

    Aaron Robinson isn’t your typical teenager.

    The Bethlehem High School student, who earlier this year was selected for the Youth Leadership Award in the annual chamber of commerce awards, will soon get the chance of a lifetime. He’s going to Florida for the 35th annual National Young Arts Week in Miami.

  • County purchases ambulance

    The Washington County Fiscal Court will soon be spending more than $100,000 on a new ambulance.

    When the purchase was originally considered, there were five bidders offering to sell the county an ambulance, and the winning bid was presented by Mid America Ambulance and Coach in Campbellsville.

    Magistrate Morris Sweazy, who served on a committee that reviewed the bids, said the recommendation was to purchase a unit from Mid America, which only has 23 miles on it.

  • Ash settling in as city attorney

    Tim Ash, a Louisville native, was recently hired as Springfield’s city attorney and has been settling in to his new position.

    But if it hadn’t been for a change in majors during college, he would never have had the chance.

    Becoming a Lawyer

    When Ash started out at the University of Louisville, his plan was to major in business so he could become a CPA.