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  • GOP treasurer primary heats up

    Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    Eight candidates — five Democrats and three Republicans — are running for state treasurer in the May 19 primary. This article introduces the three Republicans – Allison Ball, Kenny Imes and Jon Larson.

    Democratic primary candidates are Neville Blakemore, Jim Glenn, Daniel Grossberg, Richard Henderson and Rick Nelson.

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  • Gannon wanted on forged check charge

    According to reports provided by Springfield Police, Jeremy Gannon, of Springfield, is suspected of writing checks belonging to the account of Brandon Bishop, of Springfield, last month.

    Gannon reportedly wrote a $300 check on Bishop’s account, as well as a second check for $500.

    Bishop reported the incident to Springfield Police on March 21.

    Charges pending include criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and theft by deception, including cold checks, under $10,000.

  • State launches aerospace study

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed a resolution last week to kick start a study into the aviation and aerospace industry and its impact on Kentucky’s economy. The goal of the study is to expand on an area that has already become the state’s largest export.

    “The aviation/aerospace industry plays a significant role in Kentucky’s economy,” Beshear said in the release. “We need to create more public awareness of this thriving industry, as well as more education and training opportunities for employment in this field.

  • Spreading the word about autism

    Many people are already aware of the impacts of autism because their family lives with it.

    Currently, one in 68 children in the United States suffers from the disorder, with boys receiving the diagnosis at a rate more than four times that of girls. Though the number of children impacted by autism has increased in recent years, the general public still does not have the same knowledge of the disorder as with other conditions.

  • SCC finances under review

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 544 schools that are being kept under a close eye after questions were raised in regard to finances. Of those, 69 schools reportedly face an investigation for “severe” findings in their audit. Included among those 69 schools was St. Catharine College.

    Schools found to have severe issues were placed on the HCM2 (heightened cash monitoring) list, which means the department of education will begin closely watching the handling of funds at those institutions.

  • Chesser indicted in shooting

    On March 24, a Washington County Grand Jury filed an indictment against Charles Chesser, 72, of Willisburg, in a shooting that resulted in a man, Joseph Hill, being hospitalized.

    According to the indictment, the charge being placed against Chesser is assault in the first degree, a Class B felony.

    The lone count of the charge reads that on or around Jan. 13, in Taylor County, Chesser intentionally caused serious injury to Hill with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument with indifference to the value of human life.

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  • No major flood concerns

    Substantial rain hit the area late last week, leading to flash flooding in many areas. Damage in Washington County was minimal, however, with around four to four-and-a-half inches coming down in most places.

    Despite Gov. Steve Beshear declaring a state of emergency, Washington County Road Department Supervisor Dale Mann said the flooding locally did not reach levels that it has in the past. Still, several roads and bridges throughout the county had to be temporarily closed.

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