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  • McConnell visits Springfield


    Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. was in Washington County on Thursday to speak to community leaders at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Springfield campus.

    McConnell – who made several stops throughout the Commonwealth last week – addressed the current condition of the economy, and said that with the way things are headed, our nation’s financial situation could get worse before it gets better.

  • Local man to pay $750,000 settlement


    A former Springfield city employee will have to pay a $750,000 civil suit settlement after a judge’s ruling on Dec. 27.

    Michael Delbert Bonzo, a former police officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), has been involved in the civil suit since 2007 with John Matthew Woolridge.

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  • County hires new road department supervisor


    A new Washington County road supervisor was named at a regular scheduled fiscal court meeting on Monday morning.

    Dale Mann was recommended by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles to take over the duties effective  Jan. 17. Albert Wimsatt stepped down from the position on Dec. 20 after 26 years of service.
    A motion was made by magistrate Billy Riney, Jr. to approve the hiring, which will be contingent upon Mann passing a physical, as well as a state-required test that is to be taken in Elizabethtown.

  • Sentencing rescheduled


    Sentencing was rescheduled once again for former Washington County deputies Norris Wayne Bartley and Billy Joe Mattingly.

    The hearing began, but a motion for downward departure (a motion to defer from the sentencing guideline range for a statutory minimum sentence) resulted in a nearly 15-minute off-the-record conversation between the judge and attorneys for each side.
    Prosecuting attorney Larry Fentress offered to explain the details of the motion to the judge off-the-record.

  • Woman said salesman ripped her off


    A local woman wants to warn people in the county about a door-to-door salesman after a recent encounter.

    Kathy Harvey, of Springfield, said a door-to-door salesman took advantage of her special needs son over the holidays.
    Her son, Kuyle (pronounced Kyle) Bowman, 25, has autism.
    While Bowman was out visiting her brother, who had come in from out-of-state, she said a door-to-door meat salesman took advantage of her son.

  • Nursing homes ratings are high, show room for improvement


    Springfield’s nursing homes are above average places for long-term care, according to ratings issued by Medicare.

    However, inspection records show at least one of the area’s nursing homes was understaffed in 2010.
    Records show that at least one resident at Springfield Nursing and Rehabilitation received only one shower during a two-month period. The records did indicate that the resident did receive bed baths in lieu of showers.

  • Cornbread Mafia book dives into local history and the origins of the syndicate


    This story is the second of two parts about the upcoming book, “The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate’s Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History.”

    This part examines the material the author found in his reporting. Last week’s story looked at how the author got the story.

  • KSP to conduct traffic safety checkpoints

    According to a press release from Post 15 of the Kentucky State Police, which provides coverage for Washington, Marion, Taylor, Casey, Russell, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, Clinton, Cumberland and Adair counties, KSP "will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual.

    "These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky," according to the release.

  • Healthier ways to cook comfort foods


    With the arrival of the colder weather, people often turn to hearty foods to fill up and keep the body warm.

    Too often, however, so-called comfort foods tend to be big on fat and calories as much as they are big on flavor. With a few small ingredient changes, comfort foods can be both delicious and healthy.