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  • State gas tax rate drops felt

    Washington County Fiscal Court met Aug. 10, and the reverberations from the state gas tax rates dropping were felt with great effect.

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the court received one of its county road aid checks from the state and it was significantly lower than what was expected.

    It was estimated Washington County would receive $135,000 but instead received a check for $121,435.
    Settles said the county’s other two upcoming checks for this year will also be significantly lower.

  • Park could see multi-purpose facility

    Brian Mattingly, speaking on behalf of the Idle Hour Park Board, presented a project during last week’s regularly scheduled Springfield City Council meeting about the possibility of building a multi-purpose facility at Idle Hour Park.

    Mattingly stated that the facility would have a variety of functions, but mainly, it would serve three purposes.

    For one, the project would provide year-round batting, pitching and base-running practice for both softball and baseball players.

  • 'Take up your cross...'

    As the cars passed by Daniel Byrd heading east down US 150, driver double takes were frequent, with looks that seemed to be begging the question of whether or not their eyes were deceiving them.

    They weren’t.

    What they saw was Byrd, hoisting a large, white cross as he trudged along the highway, his eyes continuously looking ahead with an occasional return wave to friendly passers-by.

  • A peek inside a renovated landmark

    There was a packed house during Friday’s ribbon cutting hoping to see firsthand the long-anticipated renovations of the historic 1896 W.K. Robertson Building.

    It was originally constructed in 1896 as a dry goods store and served as a staple of downtown Springfield until the 1980s, the last time its facilities were used as a business.

  • Former Washington County sheriff remembered

    Bruce Evans Burkhead, 78, a former two-term Washington County Sheriff, passed away on July 30. The former law-enforcement officer, who served as sheriff between 1982-1989, and also as a deputy for 10 years, left behind a wife, Kay Russell, two children, Russell and Ethelyn, as well as a number of other family members. He was a former tobacco farmer and U.S. Army veteran.

    Russell Burkhead, Bruce’s son and former Washington County Commander basketball coach, said his father was a big cut up at home.

  • Soil still a problem at new high school

    They want it all redone, and they want it all redone the right way.

    That was the message that the Washington County School Board members gave Eric Steva, an architect for Ross Tarrant and project manager for the Washington County High School project, during last week’s special-called board meeting regarding the topsoil depth on the site of the new Washington County High School building.

  • Loretto man dies after falling from car

    A Loretto man died July 29, one day after reportedly falling from a vehicle on West Main Street in Lebanon. Tyler Hamilton, 24, passed away at University Hospital in Louisville where he was being treated for his injuries.

    “He was a big-hearted person,” Hamilton’s mother Carla Mudd Constant said. “He had love for everybody.

    “He had his demons that he fought, but he had love for everybody. He wanted everybody around him to be happy and to enjoy life.”

  • Friday accident turns fatal

    A two-car collision near Bloomfield on Friday turned into a fatality Monday morning.

    Several emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle accident Friday morning. The accident caused the drivers of both vehicles to be transported to the University of Louisville. The driver of the Grand Marquis, William Sympson of Springfield, was airlifted to the University of Louisville via Air Methods Kentucky. He died Monday morning.

  • Backpack program looks to help youth

    In 2001, a group of Washington County 4-H students were looking to make an impact on local youth after attending a conference that helped them focus on studying certain issues in their communities that affected teenagers.

    The issue they eventually chose to tackle was helping to decrease food insecurity in school children.

  • Raikes’ passion for FCCLA, teaching ‘an asset’ for WCHS

    When Sarah Raikes first arrived at Washington County High School in 2000, the family and consumer science program — then still being called home economics — was in trouble.

    There were only six members involved in the school’s struggling Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization.

    But Raikes, who had spent the previous 13 years teaching what is now known as family and consumer science at Campbellsville High School, looked forward to the challenge of rejuvenating the program.