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  • Seven indicted by grand jury

    Staff Report

     

    Seven people were indicted by a Washington County grand jury last week. 

    Makayla C. Ostertag, 20, of Louisville, was indicted for disorderly conduct in the second degree, a class B misdemeanor, and harassment, a violation. Bond was set at $500 full cash and she was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness. 

  • Year in review

    January

    • The Springfield Police Department started a fundraiser to purchase a K-9.

    • De’porres S. Thompson, of Springfield, was paralyzed after being shot. Mitchell Hughes, of Springfield, was accused of the assault.

    • Hannah Edelen, daughter of Kevin and Jennifer Edelen, competed in the state’s Distinguished Young Woman contest and earned the Spirit Award.

     

    February

  • Pennington to face the death penalty

    A man accused of murdering a northern Kentucky couple and dumping their bodies miles apart is now facing the death penalty. 

    The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office filed an intent to seek the death penalty against Craig A. Pennington, 52, in Washington County Circuit Court last week. 

    Pennington is charged with killing Robert Jones and Crystal Warner in July over a rent dispute and dumping their bodies in Clark and Bath counties.

    The cabin Pennington was renting from the couple is located on Texas Road in Springfield. 

  • Selling St. Catharine

    Editor’s note: this is the first installment of a series looking at the sale of items at St. Catharine College.

     

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    With the dust settled from the auction at St. Catharine College, one thing’s for sure; many items from the small Catholic college will be staying in the county.

  • Johnny Boone captured

    The eight-year run from the law by former Cornbread Mafia leader John Robert “Johnny” Boone has been put to an end.

    According to the U.S. Marshals Service, law enforcement officials captured Boone in a small town outside of Montreal, Canada, on Dec. 22. He’s facing U.S. federal drug charges.

     “This arrest was a result of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals Service in the Western District of Kentucky and Canadian Law Enforcement Officials,” the marshal service said. 

  • Court approves sale of SCC parcels

    Staff Report

     

    The U.S. District Court has given approval to sell two parcels of property near the St. Catharine College’s main campus.  Property at 3161 Bardstown Road, which consists of a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is to be sold for $114,000 and a 2-bedroom 2-bathroom home at 2670 Bardstown road is to be sold for $115,000 according to the Court Order dated Dec. 16. 

  • Robinson to be in "Concert with the Stars"

    A Washington County native will be hitting the big stage this January to perform in the third annual “Concert with the Stars.” 

    According to Lyndy Franklin Smith, the artistic director of the Lexington Theatre Company, Aaron Robinson will join four other college students on the big stage to perform with Broadway stars. 

    “Our mission is to combine today’s Broadway stars with tomorrow’s Broadway hopefuls to create fabulous professional theatre for Central Kentucky,” Franklin Smith said. 

  • Recycling center to move

    After more than 30 minutes of discussion, the Washington County Fiscal Court voted to move the county’s recycling center from its current location to the old road department building on Walnut Street. 

    The 4-1 roll call vote to move the center comes after the county spent several months looking into ways to save money while still providing a recycling program.  

  • Children learn to speak with their hands at NWES

    When the hour hand strikes 4 p.m., children line up single-file into Jane Kephart’s classroom to learn a language that no one technically speaks.

    At least not with their voice.

    Kephart, a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at North Washington Elementary School, is teaching an after-school program that focuses on American Sign Language, which allows the deaf to communicate with others.    

    She said she began studying sign language when she was studying to become a teacher.

  • Doublewide destroyed by fire

    A doublewide trailer located off KY 555 was destroyed by fire last week. 

    According to Willisburg Fire Chief Jessie Carney, the fire broke out in the early morning hours on Dec. 7.

    “By the time we got there, it was pretty well destroyed,” Carney said.  

    He said the trailer, which was owned by Albert Peters, was located at 11718 KY 555, in Willisburg. No injuries were reported.