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  • Man accused of bank robbery appears in court

    Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    An alleged bank robber pleaded not guilty to related charges in Taylor County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon.

    Thomas E. Riley, 52, of Lexington, will face a pre-trial conference at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, and a jury trial at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.

    Riley is currently lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center on a $25,000 full cash bond, said Taylor County Circuit Judge Samuel Spalding. The jail website lists his bond at $100,000.

  • WCHS library collection policy gets makeover

    A challenged book was a focal point of last Monday’s school board meeting that was held at the new high school.

    The book, “Girl, Interrupted,” was brought to the attention of the board by Bro. Cal Adams and Jay Hatfield, pastors at Temple Baptist Church and Willisburg Baptist Church, respectively, during the January meeting.

    They expressed concerns that the book included content that is not suitable for all high schoolers and suggested that a special section be devoted to mature content reading material.

  • Walk on Washington County

    National Walk Day is right around the corner, and coming along with it, is Washington County’s Walk on Washington, which encourages people to get up and get walking!

    Walk on Washington is set to begin on April 1 and will wrap up on July 31. There will be group walks at Idle Hour Park on Mondays at 9:30 am and on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Along with walking there will be conversations about staying hydrated, stretching, healthy snacking for energy, and how walking improves your health.

  • New program takes flight

    The Washington County School Board approved a program last week that will allow high school students to get their foot in the door of one of the fastest growing industries in the state.

    Working in collaboration with the Air and Space Academy and the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Board, the school district was able to implement a four-year program that will expose students to aviation and aerospace science. It will offer a pathway to a vast array of career fields that include engineering, mechanics and manufacturing.

  • Robbery suspects indicted last week

    Two men believed by police to be responsible for the April 5, 2014 armed robbery of Springfield Nursing and Rehab are behind bars and indictments have been brought down.

    Johnny Ray McQueen, 52, of 1407 W. Jefferson Street in Louisville, and Joshua Termain Warren, 27, of 234 S. Forrest Street in Lebanon, have each been indicted by a Washington County Circuit Court grand jury on charges of first-degree robbery (Class A felony).

    McQueen was also charged as a persistent felony offender. A full cash bond of $100,000 was set for each man.

  • 2 injured in wrecks last week

    An accident on KY 55 last Wednesday afternoon around 8:37 a.m. led to one person being injured according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

    James Hahn of Bloomfield was traveling south and hauling a 20-foot trailer of feeder cattle when his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado rear-ended a 2005 Ford Freestyle driven by Belinda Gillentine of Lebanon.

  • SPD: Break in 2014 armed robbery

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith informed city officials at last week’s council meeting that there has been a breakthrough in the investigation of an armed robbery at Springfield Nursing and Rehab on April 5 of last year.

    The nursing home was robbed at gunpoint by two men, described by witnesses as young, black males, with one of the men brandishing a pistol.

    The men ordered nurses to hand over narcotics and fled the area on foot.

  • PHOTOS: No injuries in Thursday car fire

    A car burst into flames along Smith Lane in Springfield on Thursday afternoon, but no injuries were reported in the fire.

    The vehicle belonging to Courtney Hazelwood of Lebanon was a total loss, according to Springfield Fire Chief Jim Logsdon.

    “It was a total loss,” Logsdon said. “It was burned to a crisp by the time we got (the fire) put out.”

    Hazelwood was not in the vehicle at the time of the fire, as the car was being transported to Thompson Transmission and Auto Service by two acquaintances when the fire broke out.

  • Library project update

    Washington County Library Director Tara O’Hagan was in attendance at last week’s Springfield City Council meeting to discuss the new library project and said construction is expected to begin in August. The original groundbreaking date was set in May, but O’Hagan said the state lagging behind on reviewing construction projects has pushed the construction to the back-end of summer.

  • ‘Sports’ hall of fame

    The buttery smell of fryer oil and the sound of funnel cake dough sizzling at the Sorghum Festival can mean not only people enjoying the sweet treats, but also one man who enjoys making them, Robert “Sports” Hamilton.

    Those sweet treats, which Hamilton is known for, brought him a recent accolade from the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce: the Sidewalk Hall of Fame award.

    “I was surprised as anybody,” he said.