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  • High school exterior drawings unveiled


    Two drawings of the new high school building were shown on Thursday at a special-called school board meeting, but the board members opted to send them back for some changes.

    Drawings and a presentation were shown of two versions of the building, which featured architecture that presented a progressive look.
    Four schemes were originally presented at the SWEDA retention breakfast in September, but after review and comments from the pubic, the drawings were narrowed down to two.

  • Lassiter named GM / advertising manager of The Sun; Osbourne named editor


    Judy “Shorty” Lassiter has been named GM/advertising manager of The Springfield Sun in Springfield. Lassiter assumed her new leadership duties at the weekly on Oct. 1.

    In this newly restructured role at the business unit, Lassiter will be responsible for both advertising sales and operational oversight of the weekly newspaper and Twin County Advantage that serves the Washington County market.
    She will directly coach and lead the newspaper staff in the day-to-day newspaper operation.

  • P.O. rent can be lowered


    In an attempt to save the post office in Mackville, the landlords of the building want the United States Postal Service to know that the rent can be negotiated to a lower fee in order to help keep the service in the community.

    The Masons own the building that the post office is in, and according to member Bobby Lee Russell, they are willing to negotiate to keep the business in town.

  • Much of Chesser’s disappearance a mystery


    Randall Chesser, a 7-year-old autistic boy who was found last week after being missing for 45 hours, now refers to the episode as the time he “went hunting.”

    For the 500 or more volunteers and emergency workers who scoured hills, creeks and fields, it was a hunting trip they won’t soon forget. Fortunately, the story had a happy ending.
    After spending a couple days at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville to be treated for dehydration, Randall returned home Thursday.

  • Educators optimistic about No Child Left Behind scores


    The Washington County school district didn’t necessarily make the grade with its recent No Child Left Behind results, but neither did the majority of the state.

    Less than 13 percent of school districts in Kentucky met all of their No Child Left Behind (NCLB) adequate yearly progress goals, according to the NCLB 2011 adequate yearly progress (AYP) report. Only 42 percent of schools in the state met all of their goals.

  • School board to present new high school exteriors to the public Thursday

    A special-called meeting of the Washington County Board of Education will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at central office.

    An item to be discussed on the agenda is the review of a compilation of exteriors of the new high school.

    Public attendance and feedback about the exteriors is encouraged.

  • WC earns title at Classic


    Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    The Commanderette volleyball team just finished its busiest week of the season, and they came away from the eight-game week with a 5-3 record, a Purples Classic trophy and three individual awards. The varsity team wasn’t the only one earning accolades though.
    The freshman team was also in action at the Queen of the Court tournament hosted by Central Hardin. They took on the hosts of the tournament in the first match and lost handily 8-21, 2-21, but they bounced back in a big way.

  • Community briefs


    Wednesday, Sept. 28

    Willisburg Church of God Speaker
    The Isaiah House chaplain Rev. Gregg W. Anderson will speak Sept. 28 at the Willisburg Church of God, 64 McCann Ridge Lane, Willisburg. The service begins at 7 p.m. For more information call (859) 441-7097 ext. 111.

    Thursday, Sept. 29

    Street Lights Collection

  • Reapportionment reading passes


    The first reading of an ordinance passed on Friday during the regular scheduled Washington County fiscal court meeting that will change the magisterial lines in the county for the first time in at least 20 years.

    The magisterial districts must remain within 10 percent in population between the most and least populated districts.
    Districts are up for review every 10 years after a census, and no change has occurred in Washington County’s magisterial districts in at least 20 years.

  • Farmer vs. a farmer in race for ag commissioner


    One candidate to be Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.

    The Democratic candidate, Robert “Bob” Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.