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  • Ruth Cocanougher named financial officer at MCPS

    Stevie Lowery

    Landmark News Service

     

    Focus on one piece of the puzzle at a time.

    That’s how Ruth Cocanougher, the new financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, does her job.

  • Burn ban lifted in county

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

     

    The burn ban in Washington County has been lifted. 

    During last week’s fiscal court meeting, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said the ban was lifted on Nov. 29 after showers swept through the area last week. 

    Settles also said construction at the new road department building is still ahead of schedule, and the court has found a new truck for dead farm animal removal.  

    “We found one in Tennessee,” Settles said. 

  • A blue Christmas

    Santa Claus is known for his bright red suit, but this year, some of his best helpers will be wearing blue.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith and his officers have been serving the community in many ways since he took the helm of the Springfield Police Department on June 1, 2011. One of those ways is the annual SPD Christmas with Kids program.

    When Smith arrived, the department already had a Christmas program, but he said he wanted to incorporate Christmas with Kids into its regular activities.

  • Warner's remains found

    Nearly five months after her murder, Crystal Warner’s remains have been found. 

    According to Bath County Coroner Robert Powell, Warner was positively identified from remains discovered in Bath County last week. She was murdered along with her boyfriend, Robert Jones, in July, after the two visited Craig Pennington, a tenant in their log cabin. The couple went to the home on Texas Road in Washington County to discuss rent owed by Pennington. 

  • Missing woman's remains found

    The remains of a woman who was murdered in Washington County have been found.

    According to Bath County Coroner Robert Powell, Crystal Warner has been positively identified after her remains were found in Bath County earlier this week. She was murdered with her boyfriend, Robert Jones, in July.

    Kentucky State Police said the remains were found under a brush pile and sent to KSP’s central laboratory in Frankfort for identification.

  • School district looking for bus drivers

    If you have a commercial driver’s license, the Washington County Board of Education is looking for drivers. 

    According to the district’s Transportation Director, Paul Terrell, they have several drivers who could retire in the near future and the district is building a pool of substitutes they can pick from when that time comes. 

    “I would like to have six who would say, when an opening comes available, ‘I would take the position,’” Terrell said. 

  • Returning the Favor to help those in need

    Returning the Favor is back again to help those in need have a merry Christmas.

    According to Sherry Speakman, of the Willisburg Church of God, the program provides gift cards to needy families so they can have a Christmas dinner. She said the program has started off on the right foot this year.

     “We’ve got $360.65 leftover from last year, and one $40 gift card that no one cashed in,” Speakman said. “

  • Board of education receives top marks

     

    The Washington County Board of Education received a glowing report after its annual financial audit performed by White & Associates. 

    “Our responsibility is to give you an opinion on your financial statements,” Artie White said. “To make sure they’re not materially misstated, whether by intentional or unintentional error, that’s our job.” 

    If something is found, the audit company is supposed to implement a corrective action plan, however, White said, there was nothing significant to address.

  • Coyle appointed to fiscal court

    The Washington County Fiscal Court seat left open by the passing of Magistrate Morris Sweazy has been filled.

    The office of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has announced Johnny Coyle, of Springfield, has been appointed to represent District 4 and he was sworn into office Tuesday morning prior to the court’s meeting. 

    Coyle said he was unsure if he’d be appointed the position.

    “I was really surprised, I didn’t know if it would really happen or not,” Coyle said.

  • Washington County native publishes book

    Whether you call him William, Duke, or Kenny, one thing’s for sure, this Washington County native has just published a book and he’ll be coming home for a book signing.

    William K. Haydon, of St. Louis, Missouri, has just published the book entitled “Uncle Duke Gathers his Wits or Truths or Heresies.”

    “I used to be Kenny, in Springfield,” Haydon said. “Then I became Duke … that’s the way most everybody knows me, and then I put W.K. on the title of the book.”