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Local News

  • Motorcycle crash kills two

    A Washington County man and an Illinois woman were both killed as a result of a motorcycle accident.

    Roy J. Hood, 63, of 2799 Brush Grove Road, of Willisburg, was riding a 2004 AMF XL motorcycle Sunday evening on Lawrenceburg Road in Nelson County. According to a report by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, Hood was traveling east when the motorcycle left the road and struck a culvert, sending the motorcycle into the air. Hood and a passenger, Connie L. Johnson, 57, of Sycamore, Ill., were thrown from the bike and landed in a ditch.

  • County debates how to handle dead animals

    The animals may be dead, but the issue of their removal is another question. The Washington County Fiscal Court is once again revisiting the issue of dead animal removal. A few months ago, the county started composting dead animals instead of using a pickup service. Before, the county contracted with Dead Animal Removal Service, Inc., but since DARS owner Henry Mattingly died in December 2009, several complaints have come in, prompting the county to look for an alternative.

  • Public library planning for growth, expansion

    The Washington County Public Library offers more than just books these days. It also provides residents with computer access, CD and DVD checkout, language software, and even job and entrepreneurial resources. An increase of patrons, along with a lack of space, are prompting the library to look into moving to a new, more-spacious location.

  • Farmers Market Jamboree scheduled for Friday

    New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future will host the third annual Farmers Market Jamboree from 5-8:30 p.m. at the old depot in Springfield on Friday, July 30. The event is a celebration of local food, products and music that promotes healthy living and communities. Various vendors will offer locally-produced products including vegetables, fruits, meats, honey, wines and crafts.

  • Popular stray dog getting ready for a new home

    They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but that hasn’t stopped members of the Middle Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue from trying.

  • School administrators in place for 2010-11 school year

    There are several new faces in some new places as the 2010-11 school year approaches. The Washington County School District has announced that several key administrative positions have been filled in schools across the district.

    The most recent hire was that of DeVona Hickerson as principal of Washington County Elementary School. Hickerson was introduced last Friday, and her staff continues to be filled around her.

  • Wreck claims life of E-Town man

    A four-vehicle accident Friday morning on US 150 between Bardstown and Springfield has claimed the life of Victor Walters, 45, of Elizabethtown.

    Walters was killed when the 2001 Honda he was driving was hit by a tractor-trailer driven by Stephen Sizemore, 54, of Somerset. According to a report by Kentucky State Police, Sizemore had fallen asleep at the wheel of the 1999 Peterbilt semi truck.

  • General Motors closes Hammer Chevrolet

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    The doors of Hammer Chevrolet have closed. The lights are off, the sign is gone, and the lot is empty.

    General Motors officially closed the Springfield dealership Tuesday, July 13, according to Eddie Franklin, a Columbia, Ky., based auto dealer who had been managing the local dealership for Hammer recently.

  • ECTC Springfield campus announces fall class schedule

    Registration for 2010 fall semester classes is under way at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Springfield Campus. ECTC will offer 19 courses at the Springfield Campus during the fall term, which begins Aug. 16. The schedule includes both day and evening classes and features three foundation courses, three general education courses and 13 technical program courses/labs.

  • New law cracks down on texting while driving

    Local law enforcement officers are ready to send a clear warning to all drivers - if you text while you are behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, be ready to pay. The new state law aimed at penalizing texting drivers took effect on Thursday. The law also prohibits drivers under 18 years of age from talking on a cell phone while they are driving. It’s all in an effort to cut down on the number of accidents involving distracted drivers.