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  • A lifetime of love


    Like heirloom earrings tucked away in a jewelry box, Joe and Margie Coulter relaxed in a dimly-lit back-room in the basement of their brick home.

    Instantly, Joe and Margie are welcoming. It comes easy after nearly 74 years together. They will celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary this Sunday, Aug. 14.  
    They met in grade school, at the one-room school known as Mount Freedom.
    Who made the first move?
    “It’s long forgotten,” Joe said, smiling. His smile indicates otherwise.

  • Farmer's Market events this weekend

    Family dinner can be cooked in a cardboard box using only the power of the sun. Darlene Kelly of Springfield will demonstrate how it's done on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Farmers  Market.

    In addition, Michelle Moore will be selling "a mess   of" her best sweet corn. Other local products will include tomatoes, peppers, green beans, beets, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, eggplants, potatoes, onions, flowers, herbs, all  cuts of beef, farm-fresh eggs,  home-canned goods, and more.

  • City makes cuts in proposed budget


    The Springfield city council presented the first reading of the 2011-12 budget on June 14 at the regular scheduled meeting. The proposed budget comes in at $2,163, 885

    The upcoming proposed budget is $87,956 less than last fiscal year’s proposed budget. Expenditures across the board were slashed to compensate for the smaller budget.
    Mayor Dr. John W. Cecconi provided a written message to go with the first reading of the budget.

  • Cycling event finds a home


    St. Catharine College hosted the 25th annual Bike MS: Bike the Bluegrass event on Saturday and Sunday. More importantly, the organization’s development coordinator said the organization would like to keep the event at the campus.

    Bike MS is a fund raising event for the Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

  • Local voter turnout higher than state average in primary


    Washington County voters, like most of the state, trickled to the polls last Tuesday to cast a vote in the primary election.

    Of the county’s 8,117 registered voters, 1,022 showed up to vote.
    Washington County’s voter turnout of 12.5 percent is two points higher than the state average of 10.35 percent.
    Franklin County had the highest voter turnout in the state, with 32.27 percent coming out.
    Gallatin County had the lowest turnout, with 5.23 percent reporting.

  • City budget recommendations made before first reading


    The first reading of the Springfield city budget will be a balanced budget, according to city administrator Laurie Smith.

    Smith told the city council at the regularly scheduled meeting on May 10 that the budget committee has accomplished a balanced budget while making some changes and conservatively estimating revenue.
    The recommendations the budget committee presented before the first reading included laying off two city workers in favor of several part-time or seasonal workers.

  • Local heart recipient meets donor’s family


    A healthy heart is the size of a fist.
    Joey Smith’s old heart was large enough to fill the bottom of a one-gallon pail.

  • Primary elections set for Tuesday, May 17


    Washington County residents will have a chance to weigh in on state government office primaries on May 17.

    Races of note include the one for governor and lieutenant governor,  commissioner of agriculture and auditor of public accounts.
    The Democratic primary for the governor and lieutenant governor positions include Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (Lexington) and former mayor of Louisville Jerry Abramson (Louisville). Current Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo wasn’t chosen for re-election by Beshear.

  • County budget includes pay raises


    Pay raises are on the way for Washington County employees.

    That announcement was made as the 2011-12 county budget was given its first reading at Monday’s fiscal court meeting.
    According to the May 2 minutes of the court’s annual budget workshop, the budget includes a 4-percent raise for employees, as well as a 1.498-percent cost-of-living raise for elected officials.
    The grand total for all the funds comes in at $5,629,692.

  • Economic development coalition wins KU award


    People across the state now know about an organization in Central Kentucky that has been working to grow the region’s economy for nearly two years. 

    At the recent spring conference of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development  (KAED) in Shelbyville, the Bluegrass South Regional Economic Development Coalition  became the most recent winner of the LG&E and KU Community Award for Innovation.