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  • City votes on tax raise

    The second reading and a subsequent vote were held at last Tuesday’s Springfield city council meeting to raise the property tax rate to 15.24 percent for the upcoming year.

    Last year’s rate was 14.49 percent, and the boost will allow a four-percent increase in revenue for the city. During August’s meeting, City Administrator Laurie Smith said the tax hike would result in a difference of $7.50 annually on a $100,000 property.

  • Harvest in Mackville

    Last year’s success in reviving the Mackville Harvest Festival — which had been dormant for eight years before that — helped this year’s event expand to a two-day affair.
    There were eight committee members in all to help with the decision-making process for this year’s festivities — Donna Harmon, Amanda Preston, Jeannie Hatchett, Billie Ann Riley, Brenda Noel, Beverly Knecht, Linda Riney  and Jim Powell.

  • No new school just yet

    The opening of the new Washington County High School facility was once again pushed back on Monday night, after the school board voted 4-0 in favor of delaying the move until winter break in December.

    The move-in was previously scheduled for Oct. 14, following an extended two-week fall break period. However, delays in construction, as well as an insurance dispute over the removal of graffiti from the Aug. 22 incident, led officials to postpone the opening.

  • News briefs for 9/10

    Wednesday, Sept. 10

    Concert
    A musical concert and homemade ice cream social will be held at the Springfield Nursing and Rehab Center Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.  Bring a chair and enjoy some great music by Mary Kutter Osborne.  All music lovers are invited to join us.

    Fall Community Volleyball League

  • United Way looks to expand

    The United Way has not been active in Marion County in recent years, but Kenny Fogle is hoping to bring it back.

    Fogle is the executive director of the newly formed Tri-County United Way, which serves Marion, Nelson and Washington counties.

    “It’s such a simple concept,” Fogle told the audience at the Marion County Industrial Foundation’s Sept. 5 Friday Forum at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

  • Mark Twain: American Icon

    Washington County Public Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Mark Twain: American Icon on Thursday, September 11 at 5:30 pm.

  • Beware of IRS scam

    The Springfield Police Department warned residents on Monday of a scam in the area that involves transferring money between accounts.

    According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, residents have been receiving calls warning them that they are at risk of arrest.

    “If someone calls you, especially on a home number, and claims to be from the IRS demanding that you transfer money to an account to avoid being arrested, THIS IS A SCAM,” the update read.

  • Inmate caught in Indiana

    A Marion County Detention Center inmate who walked away from a work detail in Washington County on Aug. 6 has been captured.

    Darrell Arrwood, 28, of Louisville was caught Aug. 9 in Indiana by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, according to Marion County Jailer Barry Brady. Arrwood is awaiting extradition to Kentucky and he will face escape charges in Washington County.

    Arrwood, 28, walked away from the Washington County recycling center around 2 p.m. Aug. 6.

  • Photo: St. D's Porter earns award
  • 9 injured in collision

    A two-vehicle accident on KY-55 Saturday evening left nine people injured, including two Washington County residents.

    Brian J. Willman, of Lebanon, was operating his 2003 Dodge Caravan heading south and attempting to turn left onto Booker Road around 6:26 p.m., when the vehicle collided with a northbound 2003 GM Yukon driven by Terry B. Murphy of Campbellsville.