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  • St. Dominic Jr. Beta group wins at nationals

    It’s a case of the underdog coming out on top.

    According to St. Dominic’s Junior Beta sponsor Heather Carrico, the team – in its first year of existence – took first place in visual design during the Junior Beta National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, last month. 

  • School officials feel ALICE Training a success

    The ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, evacuate) training that members of Washington County schools have received is already making them think of other ways to apply their knowledge to other emergency situations.

    In fact, according to Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran, it’s also the kind of training that has gotten the most positive feedback from staff members.

  • Hardesty arraigned in court

     A Spring-field man who is accused of sex abuse was arraigned in Wash-ington County Circuit Court on June 22.

    Charles L. Hardesty, 40, was arraigned on a sodomy first-degree charge and a count of first-degree sexual abuse.

    The charges stem from a May indictment. 

    Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding set a trial date for Hardesty’s case on Oct. 26, at 8:30 a.m. and a pretrial conference on Aug. 31, at 10 a.m.

  • Independence Day, 1816 Courthouse's 200th anniversary celebrations to take place Friday

    Starting last year, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles and his staff began the primary planning stages for the 200th anniversary celebration of the 1816 Courthouse.

    While he knew that he wanted an event commemorating the milestone, Settles also wanted it to be well-attended by both community members and even those from outside the community.

    “We were afraid that, as a stand-alone celebration, people might not turn out,” Settles said.

  • New library construction behind schedule

    Washington County’s new library is approximately 55 days behind schedule. Although there is no official date for the grand opening, officials expect to open the doors to the public on the Tuesday after Labor Day. 

    According to Tara O’Hagan, the library director, staff members are well under way in getting new materials, computers with touch screens, and adding new library programs. 

  • SCC sees some early dismissals

    As of Thursday, approximately 85 people will be out of a job a month earlier than expected. 

    According to St. Catharine College President Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, the school was asked to cut expenditures shortly after announcing that it would be closing. As time has gone on, she said the bond trustee for the school has refused “to allow the college to use their cash collateral for certain expenditures, such as making the full payroll.”

  • Rates to possibly change for water, sewer

    The water and sewer rates for the city of Springfield could see an increase in the near future.

    Andy Lange, who is with the Kentucky Rural Water Association, was present at last week’s Springfield City Council meeting to discuss a suggested change to the current water and sewer rates.

    Before talking about potential increases, though, Lange first presented the council with numbers concerning the current financial state of the city’s water and sewer services.

  • It's a lucky dog's life

     It’s been a tough road for a dog that once roamed the parking lots of local grocery stores and restaurants searching for food, but these days, she’s living the good life.

  • Fr. Brown turns the page

    After working as a priest at Holy Rosary Church in Springfield for six years – and serving as a man of God for more than 40 years – Fr. Ben Brown will turn to the last chapter of his career later this month when he leaves Springfield for a new job in Cecilia. His last official day at the church is June 21 and he will take over as parish administrator at St. Ambrose Church and St. Agnes Church on June 22. Brown’s last official Sunday at St. Rose is on June 19.

  • St. Catharine Farm remains open despite college’s closure

    Even though St. Catharine College is closing at the end of July, the Saint Catharine Farm isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    According to John Settles, chairman of the St. Catharine Farm Advisory Council and farm manager Danny Ray Spalding, there are no plans to close the other entities at St. Catharine.

    “[The farm] is alive and well, as well as the motherhouse and Sansbury Care Center,” Settles said. “They’re all separate entities from the college.”