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  • Idle Hour Park celebrates 40-year anniversary

    The year was 1976.

    The nation was celebrating its bicentennial, a dollar had more than four times the buying power it does today, and the tech giant Apple was formed.

    But here in Springfield, a plot of land was christened as Idle Hour Park, a place for all to use. 

    Idle Hour Park is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and you can be part of it. 

  • Woman dies after tractor accident

    Stevie Lowery

    Landmark News Service

     

    A Willisburg woman who was the victim of a tractor accident on April 9 has passed away.

     

    Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements received word from the Jefferson County Coroner Wednesday evening, April 13, that Julie Robinson, 25, was taken off life support and died.

     

  • Coyle Lane closed

    A voiceless public hearing made way to a stretch of road in Washington County being closed pending a contingency is met.

    No one spoke up during the public forum regarding the closing procedure of an 856-foot stretch of Coyle Lane during fiscal court’s Monday morning meeting. The court voted to close the road, provided a portion of it is deeded to the county. 

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Each and every pinwheel planted in front of the 1816 courthouse represents a substantiated case of child abuse in Washington County last year. 

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Springfield, Washington County and across the country. It has been recognized locally for more than 20 years, and while the county has come a long way in battling child abuse, there is still a long road ahead. 

    Sue Clements, with the Washington County Homemakers, said that while it’s an ongoing affair, they have made progress.

  • 'The Hammer' hangs it up

    They call him “The Hammer.” 

    No, not M.C. Hammer, but someone even more special – Marshall Simpson.

    Simpson, 55, has worked for the United States Postal Service since 1982 and has delivered mail in Springfield since 1993. For 23 years, he has had the same route, approximately 25,000 steps and 550 stops, in Springfield.

  • Two local residents killed in car wreck

    Washington County suffered a heavy loss last week when two of its residents were killed in a head-on collision that injured two others. 

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the wreck, which occurred near the county line on Bardstown Road on April 8, killed Richard Alex Hensley, 17, of Willisburg, and James B. Cambron, 56, of Springfield.

  • Carpenter wins Ag Achievement award

    “Without agriculture, what would we have?”

    Joe Carpenter posed this question as he accepted his Ag Achievement Award during the annual Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce banquet.

    And for the past 30-plus years, Carpenter has been doing his part in raising awareness about just how much of an impact that agriculture has had on the Washington County community.

  • WCHS aviation program in mid-flight

    Twenty-nine students at Washington County High School are taking classes that many of their parents and grandparents would have jumped through hoops for during their tenure in high school – aerospace science. 

    According Dawn Curtsinger, a science teacher at WCHS, the aerospace program, which is designed to help students gain a foot in the industry after they graduate, took flight at the beginning of the school year. 

  • Comedy Caravan coming to WCHS

    A program that has been helping raise money for schools in Nelson County for years will be making its way to Washington County this year.

    On Saturday, April 16, Comedy Caravan’s “FUNdrai$ing with Laughter” Program will be at Washington County High School as part of an effort to raise funds for Project Graduation.

  • Calhoun found guilty

    A Nelson County man accused of killing a Boyle County woman while driving under the influence of alcohol on U.S. 150 in Washington County last year has had his day in court. 

    Hoyt J. Calhoun, 51, of Boston, went on trial for murder in the death of Rhonda Yates last week in Washington County Circuit Court. He was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content above .08, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.