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  • Warner laid to rest

    Crystal Warner, the woman who was slain along with her boyfriend, Robert Jones, in Washington County last year, was finally laid to rest over the weekend.

    The Florence woman was buried at Willisburg Saturday afternoon, and for her mother, Mary Reeve, putting her daughter to rest is a good step in the healing process.

    “(I’m) definitely ready to put her to rest and try to pick up our life again and maybe go back to a little normalcy,” Reeve said.

  • Multi-county pursuit ends in Springfield

    A car chase that began in Taylor County Sunday morning ended in Springfield when a Columbia man was shot with a Taser by Kentucky State Police.

    According to Mark Marraccini of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the pursuit, which reached speeds of 85 miles per hour, began when Sgt. Travis Neal from Fish and Wildlife approached a parked vehicle in the Green River Wildlife Management Area in Taylor County.

    Mark Anthony Mattingly, 38, of Columbia, was found inside the vehicle, and because of outstanding warrants, an arrest attempt was made.

  • Ide Hour Park to go tobacco free

    Idle Hour Park will soon be a smoke-free and tobacco-free location.

    The Springfield City Council voted to make Idle Hour Park smoke and tobacco free at Tuesday’s meeting. Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith said this decision came after several complaints concerning the use of chewing tobacco and cigarette smoking at the park. A planter was also damaged due to butts being improperly disposed of.

    “The use of these products around children were concerning,” she said.

  • Boone survey results

    The majority of the people who responded to The Springfield Sun’s survey have said they want to see Johnny Boone go free.

    People from Washington County and beyond placed their votes, with 73.12 percent of the people saying he should go free. The remaining 26.88 percent of those surveyed have said they would like to see Boone go to trial for his alleged crimes.

  • A new shade of blue

    Eddie and Cheryl Young have been farming in Washington County for more than 30 years, but for the last five, they’ve been trying something new – blueberries.  

    The couple, who got their start farming tobacco and cattle, moved into blueberry production for a number of reasons; but the biggest reason is because it’s a crop they can stand behind.

  • Walk on Washington enters third year

     

    Walk on Washington is back for its third year, and its mission is still the same; promoting activity tailored to everyone’s individual needs.

    According to the event’s organizer, Cabrina Buckman, the program is meant to encourage everyone to get physically active.

    “Many people find it as a friendly form of exercise,” she said. “It’s not too intimidating, and there are many ways to customize it in the way you like to exercise.”

  • Listen to your mother

    A friend from the Army once said to me that being a father may be special, but it can never compare to the bond between a mother and her child.  

    He was right.

  • Bible Read-a-Thon completes 14th year

    For 14 years, Temple Baptist Church has been bringing people of different Christian faiths together.

    That’s because for a handful of days each spring, a Bible Read-a-Thon is hosted at the front steps of the 1816 Courthouse. No matter rain or shine, day or night, people sign up to help read the Bible from cover to cover in an effort to spread God’s love and wisdom leading up to the National Day of Prayer.

    Rev. Cal Adams, the pastor at Temple Baptist Church, said the program began after local realtor Steve Hale attended a read-a-thon in Washington D.C.

  • County approves first reading of 2017-18 budget

    Washington County Fiscal Court will be looking into possible ways of expanding broadband internet access to residents living in the county.

    The first reading of the 2017-18 fiscal year budget saw $20,000 set aside to research expanding high-speed internet access to rural parts of the county. The budget will be sent to Frankfort for approval before its second reading.

    Magistrate Hal B. Goode said he believes the court should look into finding some capital to research getting “a stronger broadband presence in Washington County.”

  • Sheriff's office receives clean financial audit

    Staff Writer
    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a clean financial audit last week when state auditor Mike Harmon found no issues with the office’s spending.

    “We were all very pleased with the results,” said Deputy Melissa Knopp, who also serves as the chief financial officer for the sheriff’s office. “We strive for results like this with all our audits.”

    The audit covered financial statements from the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31, 2015.