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  • 4th annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival takes place Oct. 1-3

    In just a few weeks, the smell of state championship barbeque will once again hover over downtown Springfield when the city hosts the 4th Annual Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival Oct 1-3. Although one of the main attractions to the festival is the Jim Beam Barbeque Classic, an event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and serves as the Kentucky state barbeque championship, there are plenty of things for young and old to do during the three-day event.

  • Book chronicles local native's time in Vietnam

    It’s a long, long way from the farmlands of Washington County to the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, but for one county native, serving his country gave him the chance to see the world. His experiences in Asia have been chronicled in his recently released book Lasting Visions: With the 7th Marines in Vietnam, 1970, published by Merriam Press.

  • School board passes tax increase

    A proposed tax increase was approved Wednesday night by the Washington County School Board. The new rate was approved by a vote of 4-1.

    With the new tax rate, property owners will pay 54.8 cents per $100 of assessed property value, which is up from last year’s rate of 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. The increase will mean an additional $19 per year on $100,000 worth of property.

  • State Rep. Harmon seeks lieutenant governor's seat

    He’s not new in the political circle, but State Rep. Mike Harmon (R-Junction City) is now looking to a higher office. After serving Washington and Boyle counties, Harmon is now looking to serve the entire state in the role of lieutenant governor.

    Harmon recently announced his candidacy, where he will run with Phil Moffett, a Republican candidate seeking the governor’s office.

  • Quail Unlimited Kids' Day is Sunday, Sept. 12

    Quail Unlimited “Kids Day” will be held Sunday, Sept. 12 at St. Rose School, Highway 152, from 1-5 p.m. Archery, games, inflatables, Corn Hole Tournament (kids and adults) and lots of fun. For more information contact: Jerry Mattingly (859) 481-3316, Joey Maupin (859) 805-0849 or Kenny Gribbins (859) 805-1767.

  • County EMT suspended pending felony drug investigation

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The Washington County Fiscal Court voted Friday morning to suspend EMT Chris Hood pending the outcome of a felony drug investigation. According to the Kentucky State Police, Hood and his girlfriend, Katie Sewell, both of Frankfort, were arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and taken into custody without incident. Each is charged with one felony count to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by false statement to a practitioner.

    For the complete story, see the Sept. 1 issue of The Springfield Sun.

  • County EMT arrested on felony drug charge

    A Washington County EMT has been suspended following his arrest on a felony drug charge. According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, Christopher Hood and his girlfriend, Katie Sewell, both of Frankfort, were arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 24 and taken into custody without incident. Each is charged with one felony count to obtain or attempt to obtain a controlled substance by false statement to a practitioner.

    “‘Doctor shopping’ would be the common term for this,” said Lt. David Jude, media relations officer with KSP headquarters in Frankfort.

  • Repairs coming for county buildings

    At Friday's meeting of the Washington County Fiscal Court, the court addressed issues with some county buildings. Since last summer, the county PVA's office has experienced mold and odor problems. The county has tried several remedies, such as injecting bleach into the walls to stop the mold, but problems continue.

  • Local volunteers make helmet liners for soldiers

    Every day, in service to their country, brave American men and women put their lives on the line on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. While a war zone is one of the most tense and hostile places to be, a group of local women are hoping to make soldiers’ lives a little more comfortable by making hand-knitted and crocheted wool helmet liners for U.S. troops.

    “As anyone who has tried one on knows, those helmets are so uncomfortable,” said Kay Kennedy of the Washington County Homemakers Association.

  • School board passes tax increase

    The Washington County School Board passed a proposed tax increase Monday evening that took the rate from 52.9 cents per $100 in assessed property value to 54.8 cents per $100 in assessed value.

    The vote was 4-1, with board members Pat Clements, Nora Hatton, Buffy Mann and Mike McCain voting in favor of the increase, while board chair Patsy Lester cast the lone vote against the increase.