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  • EMT pleads not guilty to drug charges

    Christopher Hood, the suspended Washington County EMT, appeared in Franklin County Circuit Court Friday morning and pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges. His girlfriend, Katie Sewell, also entered a not guilty plea. The court will set a pre-trial conference and a date for a jury trial.

  • Minority test scores on the rise at WCHS

    African-American students in Washington County made significant gains on the ACT Test given this spring to all 11th graders in the state. These students improved by two points on the national exam.

    Hispanic students scored one point higher on the test than last year. Even though there is much work to be done, this reduces the gap significantly and is encouraging to the administration and teachers at Washington County High School.

  • Springfield State Bank to celebrate 100 years in business

    One of the pillars of the community is preparing to celebrate a milestone anniversary.

    Springfield State Bank will be celebrating its 100th year in business on Friday, Sept. 17, and the public is invited to attend.

    Springfield State Bank has four locations in Washington County, including the main office at 125 East Main Street in Springfield, as well as branches at 1060 Bardstown Road, 2559 Main Street in Willisburg and 10780 Main Street in Mackville.

  • 4th annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival takes place Oct. 1-3

    In just a few weeks, the smell of state championship barbeque will once again hover over downtown Springfield when the city hosts the 4th Annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival Oct 1-3. Although one of the main attractions to the festival is the Jim Beam Barbeque Classic, an event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and serves as the Kentucky state barbeque championship, there are plenty of things for young and old to do during the three-day event.

  • Book chronicles local native's time in Vietnam

    It’s a long, long way from the farmlands of Washington County to the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, but for one county native, serving his country gave him the chance to see the world. His experiences in Asia have been chronicled in his recently released book Lasting Visions: With the 7th Marines in Vietnam, 1970, published by Merriam Press.

  • School board passes tax increase

    A proposed tax increase was approved Wednesday night by the Washington County School Board. The new rate was approved by a vote of 4-1.

    With the new tax rate, property owners will pay 54.8 cents per $100 of assessed property value, which is up from last year’s rate of 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. The increase will mean an additional $19 per year on $100,000 worth of property.

  • State Rep. Harmon seeks lieutenant governor's seat

    He’s not new in the political circle, but State Rep. Mike Harmon (R-Junction City) is now looking to a higher office. After serving Washington and Boyle counties, Harmon is now looking to serve the entire state in the role of lieutenant governor.

    Harmon recently announced his candidacy, where he will run with Phil Moffett, a Republican candidate seeking the governor’s office.

  • Quail Unlimited Kids' Day is Sunday, Sept. 12

    Quail Unlimited “Kids Day” will be held Sunday, Sept. 12 at St. Rose School, Highway 152, from 1-5 p.m. Archery, games, inflatables, Corn Hole Tournament (kids and adults) and lots of fun. For more information contact: Jerry Mattingly (859) 481-3316, Joey Maupin (859) 805-0849 or Kenny Gribbins (859) 805-1767.

  • County EMT suspended pending felony drug investigation

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The Washington County Fiscal Court voted Friday morning to suspend EMT Chris Hood pending the outcome of a felony drug investigation. According to the Kentucky State Police, Hood and his girlfriend, Katie Sewell, both of Frankfort, were arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and taken into custody without incident. Each is charged with one felony count to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by false statement to a practitioner.

    For the complete story, see the Sept. 1 issue of The Springfield Sun.

  • County EMT arrested on felony drug charge

    A Washington County EMT has been suspended following his arrest on a felony drug charge. According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, Christopher Hood and his girlfriend, Katie Sewell, both of Frankfort, were arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and taken into custody without incident. Each is charged with one felony count to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by false statement to a practitioner.

    “‘Doctor shopping’ would be the common term for this,” said Lt. David Jude, media relations officer with KSP headquarters in Frankfort.