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  • Burkhead new WC boys' hoops coach

    If you regularly follow sports in Washington County, chances are you know Russell Burkhead. And chances are you’re going to see a lot more of him, as he has been named the new boys’ head basketball coach at Washington County High School. WCHS Principal Leon Smith made the announcement Friday afternoon in the school’s library.

    Burkhead, a 1982 graduate of WCHS, has served as JV and freshman basketball coach under former head coach Paul Bodenhamer, as well as coaching freshman Commander baseball and youth league football and baseball at Idle Hour Park.

  • Family members run to benefit autism

    More than 12,000 runners took part in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon on April 24. Out of the thousands of runners taking part, two local residents laced up their shoes and hit the course for a good cause.

  • Grand jury indicts five

    A Washington County grand jury returned indictments against five people last week.

    Ryan Lynn Dean, 20, of 3106 Harrodsburg Road, was charged with nine counts following an alleged attack on his wife.

  • Eat up for Habitat

    If you're hungry for good food and looking to help a charitable cause, then grab your fork, spoon and wallet and head to “A Tasting Bash” on May 19.

    The event, which benefits Washington County Habitat for Humanity, will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Opera House.

    Last year's menu included pulled pork, meatballs, chicken salad, fresh fruit and a large selection of desserts. This year's menu promises to be even more appetizing.

  • Parkway crash injures two

    A one-vehicle crash Wednesday morning was apparently the result of standing water in the eastbound lanes of the Bluegrass Parkway just off Exit 42.

    Two people received minor injuries in the accident, and a female patient was being transported from the scene to be treated for cuts on her face. Officials on the scene said no serious injuries were sustained.

  • 'Probable' swine flu case found

    A disease that has attracted the attention of the world in recent weeks may have been discovered in Washington County.

    The Lincoln Trail District Health Department Monday released a statement indicating that it had been made aware of a “probable case” of H1N1, also known as the swine flu.

  • First swine flu case may have been found in Washington County

    Tests are being conducted at this hour in Frankfort by health officials to determine if a Washington County 4-year-old actually has the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu.

    According to Wendy Keown, public information officer of Lincoln Trail District Health Department, the case is currently listed as a "probable case" of swine flu. The results of the test are expected Monday afternoon.

    Keown said the child has not been hospitalized at this time.

    For more information, look to www.readthesun.com and pick up this week's Springfield Sun.

  • Farmers not following rules with dead animals could pose dangers, face fines

    Although Washington County will soon have a new dead animal removal company providing service to the area, there are still some animal owners who will refuse to pay the $20 fee the county charges per visit to use the service. Dead animal pickups have dropped nearly 50 percent since the county started charging. So what’s happening with all of the dead animals not picked up by the county?

  • Two inmates injured in two-vehicle accident

    Two inmates working for the Washington County Regional Recycling Center were injured in a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of KY-555 and West Industry Drive. The accident happened at 2:48 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Anthony Baker and Lonzo Holbrook, both inmates at the Marion County Detention Center in Lebanon, were taken to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon where they were treated and released back into custody.

  • Postage stamps increase today to 44 cents

    The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents. Prices for mailing services are reviewed annually and adjusted each May. The new prices go into effect today, Monday, May 11.