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  • County saves on truck sales

    The Washington County Fiscal Court heard some good news Monday morning when it received an update from the auction company that sold its Mack trucks. 

    Instead of paying $500 to clean up each truck sold, the court was told it only had to pay $520 to clean up both vehicles.   

    The cost savings means the county paid $2,444 dollars for one year’s use of two Mack trucks with full warranties. Washington County sold both trucks for $296,000 in March. 

  • Green Festival continues to grow

    The city of Springfield will soon be hosting its fourth annual Springfield Green Festival on Saturday, April 29, at the Farmers Market Pavilion. It’s an event meant to entertain and educate people on how to care for their environment.

  • Boone deported to U.S.

    John Robert “Johnny” Boone, the former leader of the Cornbread Mafia, was deported from Canada to the United States and appeared in a federal courtroom last week. 

    A spokesperson from the clerk’s office at the U.S. District Court of Vermont said Boone went before a judge April 5, and paperwork was signed to transport him back to Kentucky. 

    Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy signed a document saying Boone must appear in the Western District of Kentucky, which is in Louisville. 

  • Weather Alert

    The National Weather Service has announced a tornado watch for Washington County until 10 p.m. tonight. Damaging winds and hail are possible. 

  • County and city budgets benefit from lack of snow in 2017

    An extremely dry winter has created a surplus in city and county budgets that will be felt next fiscal year.

    In fact, according to Springfield City Public Works Director Glen Mattingly, the amount of time spent on snow removal in 2017 was minimal. 

    “We’ve spent about three days on snow removal compared to three weeks last season,” Mattingly said. 

  • Goode visits Toyotomi in Japan

    Businesses are a vital part of Kentucky’s economy, and many of these businesses have Japanese connections. Thus, relations between Japanese companies and members of Kentucky’s government are crucial in both attracting new business and keeping current ones. One Springfield native recently had the opportunity to travel abroad and visit with leaders of many Japanese-based companies currently in the state.

  • Former employees file suit against St. Catharine College

    Four former St. Catharine College employees have asked the U.S. District Court to permit a lawsuit against St. Catharine College, Inc., and its “officers, directors and/or members of the Board of Trustees” corporately and in their individual capacities.  

  • New driver's licenses and travel IDs to be issued in 2019

    Kentucky House Bill 410 will change the way you get your driver’s license, but you won’t have to worry about it until January 2019.

    According to Washington County Circuit Clerk JoAnne Mudd Miller, the bill tells the federal government Kentucky will be in compliance with the 2005 Real ID Act. The commonwealth is one of only a handful of states not in compliance with the act, which was passed after 9/11 with the intentions of providing more secure forms of identification.

  • Strong winds strike county, cause damage

    Strong winds ripped through the county causing damage to public and private property last week.

    Thursday morning saw winds damage property at Idle Hour Park in Springfield, while a tornado warning was issued briefly in Willisburg on March 27.

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith said she couldn’t say much on Friday, but noted the process of filing insurance claims has begun. 

    Straight-line winds were powerful enough to flip bleachers onto fencing, while also knocking down netting and a light pole.

  • Two bubbas and a leaf blower

    My friend Pogo retired from work a while back and became a stay-at-home domestic god for his sweet and kindly wife, Vickie.  

    I semi-retired from accounting work at the end of February. I say semi-retired because I’m still working two part-time jobs and just dropped my one full-time job.