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  • Commander band finishes 4th in state

    Washington County High School’s marching band went to the 2015 Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championships over the weekend, and they walked away with a fourth-place finish in Class 2A.

    “I’m really proud of the kids and what they’ve accomplished,” WCHS Band Director Scotty Burns said. “…It was just a great experience from beginning to end.”

    Burns, who is in his first year of being the director, said taking WCHS to that level felt great.

  • Road sign thefts cost county

    Don’t forget to be extra cautious as you drive – it’s that time of year when someone’s been stealing road and traffic signs in Washington County.

    “It seems to be kind of cyclical,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “We’ll go for a couple of months and there’ll only be a few stolen, there’s always some missing, and then we’ll have a big rash of them and then it will quiet down and then we’ll have a large number again.”

  • Fiscal court takes measure to comply with ACA

     Washington County Fiscal Court had a busy meeting last Friday, putting the gears in motion to outsource a company which would handle the necessary work to have the court be compliant with Affordable Care Act, as well as handle benefits processing and direct deposit. 

    “We really want to get into the meat and potatoes of it this morning,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles told the court before diving into the matter. 

  • Illegal dump sites pop up around county

     You wouldn’t think by looking at the rural and rustic beauty of Washington County that it would have a problem with littering and illegal dumping, but it may happen more than you think.

    “It’s not a big problem, but it’s a problem,” Solid Waste Coordinator Brad Langford said. 

    According to Langford, there have been two dump sites found within the last month in the county. 

  • Threat discovered at WCHS

    On Oct. 22, the Springfield Police Department received a call about a general, unspecified threat that was written in a bathroom stall at Washington County High School.

    According to Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith, they got the call late Thursday morning and responded along with the Kentucky State Police, though SPD conducted the investigation.

  • McMillin named tourism executive director

    After months of waiting, the Springfield Tourism Commission finally has its new executive director – and she’s a Washington County native. 

    Stephanie McMillin, 45, was recently announced as the commission’s new director, and she’s bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.

    She is replacing Carla Abbi, the former executive director, who left in June. 

  • State park sees some upgrades

    Lincoln Park Homestead State Park has been quite busy lately, but with more happenings going on than just tourism and golf.

    That’s because the park has been getting some much-needed upkeep.

    “It’s been giving us problems for several years,” Bobby Bartholomai, park manager, said. “And we’re finally able to address them this past year.”

  • AU could see tax moratorium on Robertson Building

    The possibility of a five-year moratorium was presented to the city council that would allow AU Associates, the company that renovated the Robertson Building, to “waive” their taxes during that timeframe.

  • Co-op contract not signed by school board

    The Washington County Board of Education met two times this month, once in a special session last week, where it had some topics of interest, which were discussed.

    In the special-called meeting, the board met with attorney Bob Chenoweth to discuss the contract presented to the board about having students from Washington County High School and Washington County Commander Academy take employment with Adecco for co-op experiences.

    But because of the details in the contract, the schools will no be getting a co-op experience with Adecco, which is a staffing agency.

  • Committees appointed for county fiscal court

    Washington County Fiscal Court had a short but productive meeting Monday morning when it formed a number of committees for various reasons in the county.