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Local News

  • News briefs for 11/5

    Ongoing

    Election Signs

    Washington County Recycling would like to remind everyone that election signs are not recyclable. People are asked not to put them in bins at the recycling center.

    Volunteers Needed

    Volunteers are needed at the Lincoln Legacy Museum. If you have any free time, even a couple of hours would be greatly appreciated. Call Lena at (859) 336-3232.

    Volunteers Needed

  • Nov. 8 summit to address pipelines

    The “Pipelines, Fracking and Kentucky’s Future Beyond Fossil Fuels” summit was organized by landowners and others who successfully stopped the proposed Bluegrass Hazardous Liquids Pipeline. That high-volume, high-pressure pipeline would have carried volatile fracking byproducts from Pennsylvania across Kentucky to the Gulf Coast for processing and export. The companies involved announced in April that they were suspending the project despite having spent nearly $100 million.

  • KCTCS bans tobacco

    On Sept. 4, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order to ban all tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) on properties owned or leased by the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, effective Nov. 20, 2014. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System, including Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, will follow this executive order.

    ECTC will fully implement the ban on Jan. 1, 2015.

  • Health inspection results

    The following businesses were inspected by the Washington County Environmental Office using the scale below.

    • 85 to 100, pass inspection.

    • 70 to 84, business must be re-inspected within 30 days.

    • Less than 70, a suspension of permit notice is sent to owner; if owner doesn’t reply within 10 days, the permit will be revoked and the business will be closed.

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  • BPW gives out 2014 awards

    The Springfield chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Club held its annual breakfast and award ceremony recently at Springfield City Hall. The award recipients will now be eligible for recognition at the state level in May, with a final announcement on the statewide awards at the club’s June meeting in Berea.

  • Brothers in arms

    Since he moved to Springfield 11 years ago, you may have met Charlie Raymond, had any number of conversations with him and heard his boisterous laugh. But something you probably didn’t know is that he and his seven brothers all served their country, and they left a lasting impact on Charlie, the second youngest of the group.

  • Fatal accident on 555

    On Monday, Kentucky State Police reported a fatal accident on KY 555 and Polin Road about 14 miles north of Springfield.

    According to the report, Brian Chesser, 29, was traveling north when he lost control of his 1996 Ford Mustang and ran off the roadway.

    Chesser was reportedly not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • WCHS band takes third at state

    The Washington County Marching Commander Band qualified for a trip to the state competition on Saturday, and they came away with a third-place showing in class 2A and a distinguished rating.

    The Commanders, performing their “Ancient Art of War” show, placed second out of 16 schools at the class 2A semifinals in Danville on Saturday afternoon (top four advance), earning a trip to Eastern Kentucky University for the state final that evening.

  • Wakefield next Springfield mayor

    The unofficial results are in, and Springfield has a new mayor after Debbie Wakefield tallied 322 votes in Tuesday’s election. Lisa Haydon followed with 294 votes, then Bobby Brady at 223 and John Cecconi with 206.

    Jerry Pinkston will be Washington County’s next sheriff after taking more than 60 percent of the vote against Jim “Buford” Crouch. Pinkston defeated Crouch 2,780-1,769.

    The race for county attorney was close much of the way, with Bill Robinson prevailing with 2,533 votes to Greg Goatley’s 2,038.

  • Make your voice heard

    With the November election less than a week away, I hope everyone in the Washington County area makes it out to the polling places next week to take part in their constitutional right to cast their vote for political office.

    Having spent a lot of time around this year’s local candidates, I can say with confidence that Springfield and Washington County have a lot of qualified people looking to lead the community in the right direction.