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     It begins with number calling. Jamie McFall, a first-grade teacher at Washington County Elementary School, calls out children’s numbers. In groups of twos and threes, kids come up to receive an iPad. Each unit is wrapped in a blue protective case. The children act like it’s no big deal as they quietly return to their seats with the serious piece of equipment in their hands.

  • Road sign thefts cost county

     Don’t forget to be extra cautious as you drive – it’s that time of year when someone’s been stealing road and traffic signs in Washington County. 

  • Theater names new managing director

    Central Kentucky Community Theatre recently named a new managing director, and he just arrived in the commonwealth.

    Mark Colbenson recently moved to Springfield from St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had been working as a professional actor over the last year.

    “[Which] means I’m unemployed,” Colbenson said, jokingly of course.

    You see, the truth of the matter is, the goateed man with an energetic aura is bringing 40 years of theatre experience to CKCT.

  • Gnadinger installed as SCC president

    SCC Communications

    St. Catharine College installed Dr. Cindy Gnadinger as its eighth president on Friday, Oct. 23, in St. Catharine Hall.

    Gnadinger, who became president in July of 2015, has accomplished much in her short time in office. Some notable achievements include appointing Laura Pantano as vice president for student affairs, expanding dining hours and meal options for students and increasing student activities and facilities.

  • Commander band finishes 4th in state

    Washington County High School’s marching band went to the 2015 Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championships over the weekend, and they walked away with a fourth-place finish in Class 2A.

    “I’m really proud of the kids and what they’ve accomplished,” WCHS Band Director Scotty Burns said. “…It was just a great experience from beginning to end.”

    Burns, who is in his first year of being the director, said taking WCHS to that level felt great.

  • Road sign thefts cost county

    Don’t forget to be extra cautious as you drive – it’s that time of year when someone’s been stealing road and traffic signs in Washington County.

    “It seems to be kind of cyclical,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “We’ll go for a couple of months and there’ll only be a few stolen, there’s always some missing, and then we’ll have a big rash of them and then it will quiet down and then we’ll have a large number again.”

  • Fiscal court takes measure to comply with ACA

     Washington County Fiscal Court had a busy meeting last Friday, putting the gears in motion to outsource a company which would handle the necessary work to have the court be compliant with Affordable Care Act, as well as handle benefits processing and direct deposit. 

    “We really want to get into the meat and potatoes of it this morning,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles told the court before diving into the matter. 

  • Illegal dump sites pop up around county

     You wouldn’t think by looking at the rural and rustic beauty of Washington County that it would have a problem with littering and illegal dumping, but it may happen more than you think.

    “It’s not a big problem, but it’s a problem,” Solid Waste Coordinator Brad Langford said. 

    According to Langford, there have been two dump sites found within the last month in the county. 

  • Threat discovered at WCHS

    On Oct. 22, the Springfield Police Department received a call about a general, unspecified threat that was written in a bathroom stall at Washington County High School.

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, they got the call late Thursday morning and responded along with the Kentucky State Police, though SPD conducted the investigation.

  • McMillin named tourism executive director

    After months of waiting, the Springfield Tourism Commission finally has its new executive director – and she’s a Washington County native. 

    Stephanie McMillin, 45, was recently announced as the commission’s new director, and she’s bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.

    She is replacing Carla Abbi, the former executive director, who left in June.