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Local News

  • Woodcarver lured here by infamous 'Turtle Man'

    Washington County has a new resident who intends to be a big part of the community —and Ernie “Turtleman” Brown, Jr. helped lure him here.
    Tony Abbott has been a woodcarver since the winter of 2001-02 and it’s brought him on a journey from Chanute, Kan. to Springfield with a couple of stops along the way.

  • Authorities searching for man who stabbed 4

    SPRINGFIELD—Police and immigration officials are searching for a 37-year-old Latino man who they say stabbed four people—including one teenager—before fleeing from an Eddleman Court altercation on March 2.

  • Quest for the Crown, Part II:
  • Pair of vacancies leaves planning commission searching for candidates

    The search is on to fill a pair of vacancies on the Washington County Planning Commission and anyone wanting to help push WC in the right direction is encouraged to apply.

    Not much is required of anyone interested in the openings as far as prerequisites according to Washington County Planning Commissioner Buddy Parker, just that newcomers have a real desire to improve the county.

  • Commander College saving time, money

    With the Washington County Commander College program in its third year, local school officials recently assessed its impact on student development, and they found that the program is producing just the results they’d hoped for.

    “It has definitely been a great success and a wonderful opportunity for our students who have participated,” said Washington County High School Principal Paul Terrell. “These students will have had the opportunity to earn an associate degree while completing their high school requirements as well.”

  • Educator cuts looming in district

    Declining student enrollments could translate to fewer educators when Washington County Schools begins its academic year in August.  

    Staffing formulas approved by the board of education last week indicate possible cuts to as many as four educator positions at the high school and one position at Washington County Elementary.

    North Washington Elementary could also cut an educator’s position, under newly released district staffing formulas. 

  • Quest for the crown

     Washington County’s own Sarah Cocanougher will compete in this summer’s Miss Kentucky Pageant in Lexington. 

    In her debut pageant appearance Feb. 24,  Cocanougher, 18, was crowned Miss Cardinal Country in Louisville, as part of the Miss University of Louisville
    pageant. 

    Eleven contestants competed, but only two advanced from the group with a title, conferring upon them a chance of capturing the Commonwealth’s most prestigious crown this June — Miss Kentucky. 

  • Holy shards of glass

    FREDERICKTOWN—Holy Trinity Catholic Church sustained significant damages Thursday when vandals allegedly broke in and partly shattered a window above the main sanctuary.

    It’s the seventh time in as many months the church has been vandalized. 

    According to reports filed with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, someone entered the building between noon and 2 p.m. on Feb. 28 and threw a brass object through a 4x8-feet plate glass window of an upstairs nursery.

  • NOTES FROM THE COUNTY

     Looking for a sign

    Washington County has a sign problem and local officials aren’t sure yet what they’re going to do about it.

    Road department supervisor Dale Mann said at a regular scheduled fiscal court meeting on Friday that signs are missing along local roadways and that it hasn’t been a cheap expense. Stop signs, for example, cost the county in the range of $27 each to replace and with new technology emerging and a new type of road sign being introduced in 2015, that price will likely increase.

  • School construction site sustains minor wind damage

     High wind gusts last week damaged the construction site of the new Washington County High School, off the U.S. 150 bypass. Crews said they are still calculating the damages, but haven’t determined if it warrants filing an insurance claim. The destruction is not expected to cause great delays. The school is expected to open in fall 2014.