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  • Old Fredericktown bridge closed

    Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    The one-lane metal bridge on Old Fredericktown Road may not reach the century mark. Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts ordered the county bridge closed last week because its wooden deck is rotted and its metal corroded.

    “It was in horrible shape,” Watts said Wednesday after he visited the bridge and ordered it closed.

    In his opinion, the bridge is unsafe.

  • GED program to see changes

    Now, maybe more than ever, is the time to get a GED in the state of Kentucky with mass changes to testing coming at the turn of the year.

    Richie Hamilton, administrative assistant at the Washington County Adult Education Center, said the program will move away from paper testing to become completely computerized in 2014. Those who have already completed portions of the test risk losing their progress if they don’t act by the December deadline.

  • PHOTOS: Harvesting a good time

    The Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival took over downtown Springfield on Saturday, and it offered something for everyone from start (7 a.m.) to finish (midnight).

    This year’s event, which was condensed into one day, kicked off with the Harvest breakfast, with arts and crafts vendors opening their booths and Zumba with Katie Essex getting underway shortly after.

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  • Fiscal court meets

    When the Washington County Fiscal Court reconvened last Friday, it was revealed that Hornback Construction, whose bid was approved by the court one week prior in a special-called meeting, will begin work on the Walker Lane Bridge on Monday, Oct. 7.

  • Hlavinka, Davis take over youth programs

    The Washington County Youth Actors and Bluegrass Kids programs are under new leadership, and new instructors Sue Hlavinka and Jolene Davis both see this community as a chance to continue their love of music and entertainment.

    Hlavinka (Youth Actors) is an Oregon native who moved to Kentucky in 2007 to be closer to family, but even after her family relocated, she stayed because she said the Bluegrass feels so much like home.

  • Student looks to jumpstart business

    It’s never too early for any entrepreneur to take on the challenge of starting their first business. That’s especially true when that business centers around something that person is passionate about.

    For Washington County High School junior Brooke Williams, that passion is photography, and she was already ahead of the curve on setting up her career path before even acquiring her driver’s license.

  • Harvest Festival is this weekend

    When the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival takes place this Saturday, it will mark the first time that the event will be held on only one day.

    The festival, sponsored by the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, used to be a three-day extravaganza, but according to chamber president John Weis, the shorter time frame will better serve the event.

    “It will have everything that it used to have,” Weis said. “It’s one free day, absolutely packed with things to do.”

  • Sheriff looking into forged check

    The Washington County Sheriff‘s Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into an attempt to cash a forged check in Springfield Laundry Inc.’s name.

    Susan L. Becknell of Conyers, Ga. was arrested in Willisburg on Friday after attempting to cash a $9,875.50 check at the Willisburg branch of Springfield State Bank.

    The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, and the subject was taken into custody an hour-and-a-half later.