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  • Commanders beat Marion County; Coach gets a haircut

    The Washington County Commanders knocked off Marion County Friday night in Lebanon to improve to a perfect 5-0 on the season.

    The only points of the night came in the third period on a Seth Mattingly field goal, giving the Commanders the 3-0 lead, which would stand as the final score.

    Following the game, Washington County head coach Mark Perry kept his word and allowed his players to shave his head in the locker room when the team returned to Springfield.

    For complete details, see the Sept. 29 issue of The Springfield Sun!

  • Resurfacing under way on Bardstown Road

    A long line of traffic is a rare sight in Washington County. Local drivers are used to dealing with slow-moving farm equipment or the occasional horse and buggy. But another summertime traffic jam culprit is road construction, and crews from the Kentucky Department of Transportation have been resurfacing the road from the 150/55/555 intersection to the Cartwright Creek Bridge, about four miles west of town. Drivers passing through the area during the day had to exercise patience as work progressed.

  • Former worship leader indicted for sexual abuse

    A former Washington County worship leader has been indicted on 11 counts of sexual abuse by a grand jury.

    Jonathan Linwick, 29, of Lexington, and formerly of Mockingbird Lane in Springfield, was charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse in the 1st degree, a Class D felony.

    See the complete story in this week's edition of The Springfield Sun!

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. Anyone who is indicted is innocent until proven guilty.

  • Mackville hosts truck and tractor pull

    When most men were little boys, they spent time playing with toy trucks in the dirt. Even when you didn't have a toy truck, a nice big rock was a good substitute. Like all kids at heart, some guys grow up, but they still feel the need to play in the dirt. That was never more evident than this past Saturday at the Mackville Community Center. Mackville Community Development, in cooperation with the Mackville Lions Club, hosted their annual fall truck and tractor pull. All money raised helps to keep the community center funded throughout the year.

  • County road work nearly completed

    Most of the repair work on FEMA-approved road slide projects has been completed, according to Washington County Road Supervisor Albert Wimsatt. That is music to the ears of many students and parents who were inconvenienced by the re-routing of two school bus routes along Hardesty Road. The work was completed by King Crete Drilling, owned by Gary King of Beattyville, Ky.

  • New life for an old field

    The old youth football field behind the Washington County Board of Education building has sat dormant for decades, but thanks to a local businessman and permission from the school board, some new life is being given to the old field.

  • Dean enters guilty plea in murder-for-hire case

    A Washington County man has entered a guilty plea in connection with a 2009 murder-for-hire case.

    Ryan Dean, 21, of Mackville, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 8, to soliciting a murder for hire, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky.

    Dean admitted that in June 2009, he sought to have a murder committed, and solicited an undercover Kentucky State Police deterctive to commit the murder. In exchange, Dean promised to pay the undercover officer by giving him 10 pounds of marijuana.

  • EMT pleads not guilty to drug charges

    Christopher Hood, the suspended Washington County EMT, appeared in Franklin County Circuit Court Friday morning and pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges. His girlfriend, Katie Sewell, also entered a not guilty plea. The court will set a pre-trial conference and a date for a jury trial.

  • Minority test scores on the rise at WCHS

    African-American students in Washington County made significant gains on the ACT Test given this spring to all 11th graders in the state. These students improved by two points on the national exam.

    Hispanic students scored one point higher on the test than last year. Even though there is much work to be done, this reduces the gap significantly and is encouraging to the administration and teachers at Washington County High School.

  • Springfield State Bank to celebrate 100 years in business

    One of the pillars of the community is preparing to celebrate a milestone anniversary.

    Springfield State Bank will be celebrating its 100th year in business on Friday, Sept. 17, and the public is invited to attend.

    Springfield State Bank has four locations in Washington County, including the main office at 125 East Main Street in Springfield, as well as branches at 1060 Bardstown Road, 2559 Main Street in Willisburg and 10780 Main Street in Mackville.