Local News

  • Hwy. 150 bridge to be finished by fall

    By Randy Patrick

    Those traveling U.S. 150 between Springfield and Bardstown will have to put up with dirt, dust and delays for several months, but when the work is done, they’ll have a wider, safer bridge across the Beech Fork River.

    The $4.53 million bridge replacement project is well under way, and Van  Meter Contracting, which was awarded the job on Dec. 21, has 108 working days to finish. That means it should be done by the end of September.

  • Family content to cut losses after close call

    One Washington County family had a close call on Friday afternoon, when a car fire blazed out of control and nearly became something more serious.

    The fire started at Aline Chesser’s residence on Goatley Lane near Lincoln Homestead State Park and burned for several minutes until the Washington County  Fire Protection Association firefighters arrived on the scene.

    The Chevrolet Blazer that ignited belonged to Vickie Smith, Chesser’s granddaughter.

  • Resettling of America

    SCC Communications

    Major figures came to St. Catharine College on Saturday, April 6 to discuss environmental issues, farming, finance and what it will take to resettle America.

    The Berry Center, a non-profit organization established in 2011 to preserve the work of John M. Berry, Jr., John M. Berry, Sr., and Wendell Berry, organized the conference titled “From Unsettling to Resettling: What Will It Take to Resettle America?”

  • Concert to benefit priest’s ministry in Africa

    By Randy Patrick

    The Rev. John Judie, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, first went to East Africa on a six-month sabbatical in 1994. Ever since, he has returned each year to the motherland to do mission work.

    “He’s been going for 18 years, so he’s got a mighty ministry going on there,” said David Kimberland, a friend and former parishioner who is organizing a concert next month in Bardstown to support Father John Judie Ministries.

  • Legislators pleased with strong finish

    By Randy Patrick

    Jimmy Higdon has been in the state legislature for a decade, and every session he’s been involved in, lawmakers have parted on the last day with harsh words and hurt feelings.

    This year it was different.

    “It’s the first time I’ve ever left with a smile on my face,” the

    Republican state senator said Thursday, two days after the end of the 2013 Regular Session.

  • Guthrie visits Willisburg

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., paid a visit to Washington County on Thursday, stopping by North Washington School before touring Isaiah House, which the congressman said left a strong impression on him.

    Guthrie, who took office in 2009, made the rounds in Willisburg, as he spoke to fifth-graders about the importance of government, heard stories of overcoming addiction from those at the Christian-based rehab center and interacted with local government officials.

  • Health rankings: County is top 10 in state

    Washington County can stake a claim to being a top-10 county in the commonwealth based on the recently released 2013 County Health Rankings.

    Washington placed sixth among the 120 Kentucky counties in overall health outcomes, including the top ranking in the state in morbidity rate, which measures the percentage of residents in poor health condition.

  • Addressing underage drinking, drug use

    Fighting underage drinking and drug use has been a focal point of many in the community, but as it was shown at the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition’s town hall meeting at Mordecai’s restaurant on Thursday, there’s still plenty of work to be done.

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  • WCHS student wins essay contest

    By Aaron S. Dugger
    Library Media Specialist at North Washington

    A Washington County High School student will head west next month to participate in the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt.