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  • Property taxes go up slightly


    The Washington County Fiscal Court voted to slightly increase real estate and personal property taxes on Monday during its regular scheduled meeting.

    The prior rate was 7.5 percent per $100 assessed value on all taxable property. The increase to 7.6 percent compensates for a decrease in real estate and personal property valuation in the county.

  • At long last, a local man finds his mother


    Billy Matherly waited 54 years to make the phone call.

    Still, the long search for the name of the person on the other end of the line seemed easy compared to figuring out what to say if she answered.
    So, when he heard Nell Dixon Mahoney’s voice, he paused, wondering if his hope was too delicate to test.
    “I said, ‘If everything’s correct, then this is Robert William Dixon. That was the name that you gave me.’”

  • Local preacher left mark


    On Sept. 4, Ernie Perham lost his life to a massive heart attack.

    Perham and his wife, Linda, were the parents to one biological child and 11 adopted children.
    Of the 11 adopted children, 10 were moderate to severely disabled.
    According to Linda, the Perham’s weren’t always so adamant about having a large family.
    “We wanted to live the American dream,” she said.
    That dream included wealth and travel. In order to achieve those goals, Perham said they purposefully limited the size of their family.

  • Mackville man dies in fatal accident

    Harold Lewis, Jr., 27, of Mackville, died this morning in fatal accident on KY 433, 2.6 miles north of Mackville, according to a press release from the Kentucky State Police.

    According to the release, Lewis was operating a 1997 Dodge Neon and was traveling north when he apparently swerved to miss a cow in the northbound lane and struck a second cow that was on the road in the southbound lane.

    The vehicle left the roadway, traveled through a fence and came to rest in a creek bed where the vehicle burned.

  • Moreland leaves The Sun for Campbellsville


    Recently named publisher of The Springfield Sun, Jeff Moreland worked his last day at the newspaper on Friday.

    Moreland leaves to take the position of editor/publisher at the Central Kentucky News-Journal, a bi-weekly newspaper in Campbellsville owned by Landmark Community Newspapers.
    He has spent the past six years at The Springfield Sun, serving as editor and general manager prior to being named publisher.
    He started his career as a sports photographer and writer, then went on to become a news writer, news editor and editor.

  • Property tax rates could go up, slightly


    The tax rate for real property in Washington County could go up one-tenth of a percent if the second reading of an ordinance passes on Sept. 12.

    The current tax rate is 7.5 percent on real property. A jump to 7.6 percent would compensate for a decrease in real estate and personal property valuation in the county.
    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said the court was allowed by law to increase the rate to 7.9 percent, but said that in the current economic climate a hike such as that would be unwise.

  • Local students, employers benefit from LTADD summer youth program


    Employers and students have reaped the benefits of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District’s (LTADD) summer youth program.

    The program has placed residents aged 18 to 21 in Nelson, Marion and Washington counties with employers for the summer for the past two years.
    “What we do is, we pay their wages,” Terri Thomas, with the LTADD, said. “Whatever the (employer) pays, that’s what we pay. If, for instance (someone) worked at TG Kentucky, we paid what TG would start their pay.”

  • Workforce center coming to library


    The Washington County Public Library will soon expand the services it offers to the job-seeking public.

    The library, along with 45 other libraries in the state, was recently awarded a federal grant through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
    The grant was provided through the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

  • Springfield gets $180,000 gift

    The mayor and the Springfield City Council had exciting news after exiting executive session on Tuesday of last week.

    Mayor Dr. John Cecconi announced that the city executed a deed accepting the historic Robertson building at 100 West Main Street.
    According to the mayor and a press release from the city, the property was donated to the city by Wright Way, Inc., through it’s vice president, Deborah Strickland.

  • Magisterial districts could be redrawn by next election


    The county reapportionment committee and members of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District (LTADD) spoke before the Washington County Fiscal Court on Monday during the regular scheduled meeting.

    The committee was in charge of redrawing county magisterial lines after the most recent census.
    If its plan is passed by the fiscal court, and later by the state, district four could see change.