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  • St. Catharine annexed into the city


    As of January 1, the campus of St. Catharine is legally annexed into the city of Springfield.

    The Springfield City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance that annexed the St. Catharine College campus, Sisters of Peace Motherhouse and Sansbury Care Center into the city on Dec. 22 at a special-called meeting at City Hall.
    Both the city and the campus benefit from the annexation, according to officials from both sides.

  • Fire destroys house on Russell Lane

    High winds were problematic as a three-alarm fire burned a house to the ground on Wednesday.

    Mackville, Willisburg and Washington County fire departments and Washington County EMS responded to the blaze at 78 Russell Lane.

    Willisburg firefighter Justin Reynolds said he thinks no one was home, but he said calls were being made to verify that.

    Reynolds said the cause of the fire, which quickly gutted the house, is unknown.

  • UK Wheat Science Group’s winter meeting to be held in January


    Specialists with the University of Kentucky Wheat Science Group will present timely information related to the 2012 wheat production year during their winter meeting from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. CST Jan. 10 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville.

  • Nutrient monitoring may help cut costs for nursery owners


    In the past several years, tough economic conditions have hit many industries, including nurseries. One area where nursery owners may be able to save money is monitoring the efficiency of applied nutrients to their container plants, said Winston Dunwell, extension professor for nursery crops with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • News briefs for 12-21


    ONGOING EVENTS

    Holiday Closings

    All county offices will be closed for Christmas, Dec 23 thru Dec. 26.
    PVA, WC County Clerk, WC Circuit Clerk, and judge’s offices will be closed Dec. 30 thru Jan 2 for New Years.
    The sheriff’s office will be open all day Dec. 30 and half a day on Dec. 31, and will be closed Monday, Jan 2.
    If you need assistance, please contact the Springfield Police Dept. at 336-5450 and a deputy will be dispatched.

  • Washington County Farm Bureau receives 2011 Young Farmer Gold Star Award


    Recognized for the achievements of its Young Farm Program this year, Washington County Farm Bureau received the 2011 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.

    The award honors a county’s Young Farmer Committee for its active participation in Farm Bureau leadership development programs, state competitions, and educational or promotional initiatives.

  • WC 4-H teaches community leadership


    Will Begley, a junior at Washington County High School, has lived in the county his whole life and knows it is the place he wants to return to and eventually raise a family of his own. So he jumped at the chance to participate in Teen Leadership Washington County.

    “I really like the smallness and closeness of the community,” he said. “Here you’re an individual, and I want my kids to have the same experiences I’ve had.”

  • P.O. closures delayed


    Mackville residents can breathe easier, for now.
    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced last week that it would delay closing or consolidating any post office until May 15, 2012.

    According to a press release from the USPS, the decision is in response to a request made by multiple U.S. Senators.
    “The Postal Service will continue all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities during the interim period, including public input meetings,” the release stated.

  • Weigh Down ends, The Biggest Winner is in


    Losers can become big winners early next year in Washington County.

    The Weigh Down program has come to an end, but The Biggest Winner aims to offer community members an outlet for weight-loss motivation.
    “I was very disappointed with (Weigh Down ending), because I wanted it for myself too. I need some motivation, personally,” Jaclyn Jones, Community Education Director, said.
    Between Jones, Fuel Fitness owner Tim Hayes and Laura Peek at the Washington County extension office, a new program was born.

  • City to seek $800,000 grant for Robertson building restoration


    The pursuit of grant money to restore the Robertson building took another step forward on Dec. 12 at the regular-scheduled city council meeting at City Hall.

    The council approved a resolution to apply for a National Scenic Byways funding application “for the purpose of funding Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) eligible projects benefitting” the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway.
    City administrator Laurie Smith said the application was for $800,000 in funding to go toward the restoration of the Robertson building.