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  • 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.

  • New principal hired at WCES

    DeVona Hickerson has been named the new principal at Washington County Elementary School.

    The school’s site-based decision-making council announced the hiring Friday morning, and a special reception took place for Hickerson in the WCES library Friday afternoon.

  • City looks at improvements at Idle Hour Park

    The Springfield City Council discussed several improvement projects at Idle Hour Park at its Tuesday night meeting. Park director Bernard Smalley said several of the light poles on the upper ball fields need to be rewired, while the lower softball field needs to be raised to alleviate a drainage problem. Public works director Glenn Mattingly said expansion of the concession stand needs to be looked at as well.

    Smalley said the city will host the District 5 Little League softball tournament in 2011, and these changes need to be made.

  • African-American Heritage Festival salutes Motown

    The streets of Springfield will be rockin’-and-a-rollin’ on Aug. 6 when the city hosts its 7th annual African-American Heritage Festival. This year, the event will honor two local men who were instrumental in bringing big stars to the area back in the 1960s.

  • Local restaurant goes smoke free

    These days, the only smoke you’ll find in Cecconi’s Restaurant in Springfield is coming off the grill. That’s because co-owner Vhonda Barlow decided to make the business smoke-free on July 6. Barlow said the move has generated some talk, but for the most part, the feedback has been positive.

  • County has questions and concerns about new fire station

    Members of the Washington County Fiscal Court want to know why a new fire station has not been built. During Monday’s meeting, the court asked Washington County Fire Chief Forrest Carrico to give a progress report on the new fire station and to give an account of money brought in and spent by the fire district.