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  • Old grade books, ACTs discussed by school board

    The Washington County School Board made what the group acknowledged was a tough decision at last Monday’s monthly meeting, but the district opted for practicality with a 3-1 decision to move forward with the destruction of old grade books dating back to 1900.

    The information stored in the books, however, will be preserved thanks to a grant that will pay for each page to be scanned and archived. The grant also covers the cost of the destruction of the books, if the district elected to take advantage of that offer.

  • Burg park approved for upgrade

    In last week’s meeting of the Washington County fiscal court, the main topic of discussion dealt with the reinstallation of playground equipment at the park in Fredericktown.

    The previous equipment was removed last spring when it was deemed necessary because, as Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said, it was “old, damaged and had become a liability.”

  • The truth about the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse

    Washington County High School freshmen got a crash course in the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse last Thursday at the Washington County Judicial Center as part of the annual Truth and Consequences program.

    Local agencies, as well as agencies across the state, took part in last week’s event, which was an interactive way for students to find out what could happen if they choose to take part in drugs and alcohol.

  • PHOTOS: On the run again
  • News briefs 10/23

    Springfield Halloween
    Downtown Springfield will be observing Halloween “Trick-or-Treat” on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Residential hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Mackville Halloween

    The city of Mackville will be observing Halloween “Trick or Treat” on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.  Participating residents will turn on a front porch light.

    Willisburg Halloween

  • Passer-by lends helping hand

    A Washington County school bus taking students to class last Wednesday morning ran into a bit of trouble, but quick action ensured the safety of those on board.
    Zachary Smith said he was following the bus down Valley Hill Road and Grundy Home Road on his way home from work in Bardstown when the bus met an oncoming car.

    The car, Smith said, moved over to give the bus as much room as it could on the narrow one-land road, but dark, rainy conditions led to the tires on one side of the bus ending up off the road along a hillside.

  • BPW names award winners

    The Springfield BPW (Business and Professional Women’s) Club announced its 2013 award winners earlier this month, and the organization will recognize those winners at its annual breakfast this Friday at Springfield City Hall.

    The 2013 Woman of the Year Award went to BPW Club President Ginny White-Schatzke, while Sheila Hourigan and Cassie Robinson were named the 2013 Women of Achievement. Mattingly, Simms, Robinson and McCain, PLLC law firm received the 2013 Business Equity Award.

  • A stone at last: family remembers soldier

    Ken Ward started a mission three years ago to discover his roots. On Sunday, he was finally able to give back to one of the ancestors who contributed to his family’s lineage.

    A Civil War-themed funeral was held on Sunday at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Springfield to honor his great-great-grandfather Sgt. William Frank Hall, Co. F, sixth Kentucky Volunteer Calvary, for his service 150 years ago.

  • Breaking it down to build it back up again

    The American Antique Cabin Company is a Springfield company that specializes in locating, restoring and selling antique log buildings.

    And when Andy Mills, who owns the company with his wife, Jamie, was contacted by Leland and Lynden Turner about a log cabin they owned in Mackville, Mills soon discovered that he had stumbled onto a treasure.

  • It doesn’t get much better than this

    The house has been built. Now, North Washington is looking to add to the foundation.

    North Washington School Principal Amanda Mattingly used the example of building a house from its foundation to relate to what the school has been able to accomplish when speaking to students during an assembly on Friday, particularly in reference to scores for the 2012-13 school year.