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  • Recycling center to move

    After more than 30 minutes of discussion, the Washington County Fiscal Court voted to move the county’s recycling center from its current location to the old road department building on Walnut Street. 

    The 4-1 roll call vote to move the center comes after the county spent several months looking into ways to save money while still providing a recycling program.  

  • Children learn to speak with their hands at NWES

    When the hour hand strikes 4 p.m., children line up single-file into Jane Kephart’s classroom to learn a language that no one technically speaks.

    At least not with their voice.

    Kephart, a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at North Washington Elementary School, is teaching an after-school program that focuses on American Sign Language, which allows the deaf to communicate with others.    

    She said she began studying sign language when she was studying to become a teacher.

  • Doublewide destroyed by fire

    A doublewide trailer located off KY 555 was destroyed by fire last week. 

    According to Willisburg Fire Chief Jessie Carney, the fire broke out in the early morning hours on Dec. 7.

    “By the time we got there, it was pretty well destroyed,” Carney said.  

    He said the trailer, which was owned by Albert Peters, was located at 11718 KY 555, in Willisburg. No injuries were reported.  

  • Raikes wins Teacher of the Year award

    Washington County Schools

     

  • St. Dominic Closet lends hands to others

    A group of Washington County residents are donating their time to provide a service for those in need. 

    Donna Kelly, who has managed St. Dominic Closet on North Doctor Street since about 2000, said the store actually began on the back porch of the rectory at St. Dominic Church when Father Joe Haydon was leading the church.

    “And then when Father (Leon) Spalding came … he bought this building and moved it here,” Kelly said, “and it’s been here ever since. In fact, he was shocked at how much money we bring in over here.”

  • Ruth Cocanougher named financial officer at MCPS

    Stevie Lowery

    Landmark News Service

     

    Focus on one piece of the puzzle at a time.

    That’s how Ruth Cocanougher, the new financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, does her job.

  • Burn ban lifted in county

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

     

    The burn ban in Washington County has been lifted. 

    During last week’s fiscal court meeting, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said the ban was lifted on Nov. 29 after showers swept through the area last week. 

    Settles also said construction at the new road department building is still ahead of schedule, and the court has found a new truck for dead farm animal removal.  

    “We found one in Tennessee,” Settles said. 

  • A blue Christmas

    Santa Claus is known for his bright red suit, but this year, some of his best helpers will be wearing blue.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith and his officers have been serving the community in many ways since he took the helm of the Springfield Police Department on June 1, 2011. One of those ways is the annual SPD Christmas with Kids program.

    When Smith arrived, the department already had a Christmas program, but he said he wanted to incorporate Christmas with Kids into its regular activities.

  • Warner's remains found

    Nearly five months after her murder, Crystal Warner’s remains have been found. 

    According to Bath County Coroner Robert Powell, Warner was positively identified from remains discovered in Bath County last week. She was murdered along with her boyfriend, Robert Jones, in July, after the two visited Craig Pennington, a tenant in their log cabin. The couple went to the home on Texas Road in Washington County to discuss rent owed by Pennington. 

  • Missing woman's remains found

    The remains of a woman who was murdered in Washington County have been found.

    According to Bath County Coroner Robert Powell, Crystal Warner has been positively identified after her remains were found in Bath County earlier this week. She was murdered with her boyfriend, Robert Jones, in July.

    Kentucky State Police said the remains were found under a brush pile and sent to KSP’s central laboratory in Frankfort for identification.