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  • 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.

  • Head of “state”


    When it comes to serving others, one Washington County High School student has won the approval of people across the state.

    Katie Cambron, a junior, was elected as the state president of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America service organization during the state convention recently.
    “I knew after the end of my junior year that I wanted to run for state office,” Cambron said.
    She assumed the duties of president on April 1.

  • SCC to host drug take-back day

     

  • Springfield Police chief Armstrong will retire


    After over 40 years in criminal justice, Springfield Police Chief Fred Armstrong is set to retire.

  • Vineyards, wineries make a comeback


    Before tobacco was king in Kentucky, grapes were a majestic crop.
    Around the time of the Civil War and Prohibition, Kentucky was the nation’s third largest grape-producing state.
    “When that was, it was prior to the Civil War, and the war itself disrupted the whole thing,” Rick Greenwell, Washington County agricultural extension agent, said. “Then Prohibition finished it off, which is what put us into the modern day agriculture that ended several years ago.”

  • Washington County ranked seventh healthiest county in the state according to new report


    Keep living a healthy lifestyle, Washington County. It’s paying off.

    According to research released by the University of Wisconsin in Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Washington County is the seventh healthiest county in the state.
    Boone, Oldham, Calloway, Woodford, Scott and Lyon counties are the six counties that ranked above Washington County, with Boone being the healthiest.

  • Pinkston finds his calling in law enforcement


    There’s a new sheriff’s deputy in town.
    Jerry Pinkston recently hit the streets of Washington County as a new deputy.

    Pinkston is a new officer, but law enforcement is something he has always wanted to do.
    “I had interest in law enforcement when I was in high school, I just never had a good opportunity to do it,” he said.
    Pinkston provided court security at the judicial center before he was offered a job by sheriff Tommy Bartley.
    In his spare time, he also farms and runs a repair shop in East Texas.

  • April is child abuse prevention month


    Washington County volunteer Pat Sutton has been campaigning against child abuse for 15 years now.
    Unfortunately, her fight has to continue again this month during Child Abuse Prevention month.

    Sutton spoke before the Washington County Fiscal Court on March 25 during the regular scheduled meeting.
    She said she didn’t  think Kentucky was ranked first in the nation for child abuse cases, but it still ranked very high.

  • SCC volunteers are New Orleans bound


    Sometimes giving inspires more giving.
    Such is the case at St. Catharine College, where a group of student and staff volunteers have inspired others to volunteer.

    Last spring, a group of seven students and staff traveled to New Orleans, La., to help homeowners rebuild.
    The group collaborated with an organization called Nuns Build, which consists of Dominican Sisters.
    The group from SCC was so moved, they decided to share their experience with the rest of the college.