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  • Federal shutdown has impact at all levels

    A lot of questions have been asked since the federal government shutdown began on Oct. 1, but the main thing everyone wants to know is how the shutdown affects them personally.

    The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is not a clear-cut one.

    Dr. David Donathan, professor of management at St. Catharine College, said most people won’t be immediately affected by the shutdown unless they’re a federal employee. There will, however, be a greater impact felt by Americans everywhere if the shutdown carries on for an extended time.

  • News briefs 10/9

    Kynect
    LTADD/kynect provides In Person Assisters for Kentucky’s Health Benefits Exchange.  Assistance is available for individuals and small businesses (2-50 full time employees) with questions about, or enrollment in, the health coverage offered through qualified health plans.  In Person Assisters are certified and able to provide accurate and unbiased information to help citizens understand and enroll in a health plan, IPAs will focus on understanding and meeting the needs of underserved, vulnerable and difficult to access populations.

  • Old Fredericktown bridge closed

    Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    The one-lane metal bridge on Old Fredericktown Road may not reach the century mark. Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts ordered the county bridge closed last week because its wooden deck is rotted and its metal corroded.

    “It was in horrible shape,” Watts said Wednesday after he visited the bridge and ordered it closed.

    In his opinion, the bridge is unsafe.

  • GED program to see changes

    Now, maybe more than ever, is the time to get a GED in the state of Kentucky with mass changes to testing coming at the turn of the year.

    Richie Hamilton, administrative assistant at the Washington County Adult Education Center, said the program will move away from paper testing to become completely computerized in 2014. Those who have already completed portions of the test risk losing their progress if they don’t act by the December deadline.

  • PHOTOS: Harvesting a good time

    The Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival took over downtown Springfield on Saturday, and it offered something for everyone from start (7 a.m.) to finish (midnight).

    This year’s event, which was condensed into one day, kicked off with the Harvest breakfast, with arts and crafts vendors opening their booths and Zumba with Katie Essex getting underway shortly after.

  • PHOTOS: BLAST and Walk of Life events
  • PHOTOS: Down on the farm
  • Fiscal court meets

    When the Washington County Fiscal Court reconvened last Friday, it was revealed that Hornback Construction, whose bid was approved by the court one week prior in a special-called meeting, will begin work on the Walker Lane Bridge on Monday, Oct. 7.

  • Hlavinka, Davis take over youth programs

    The Washington County Youth Actors and Bluegrass Kids programs are under new leadership, and new instructors Sue Hlavinka and Jolene Davis both see this community as a chance to continue their love of music and entertainment.

    Hlavinka (Youth Actors) is an Oregon native who moved to Kentucky in 2007 to be closer to family, but even after her family relocated, she stayed because she said the Bluegrass feels so much like home.

  • Student looks to jumpstart business

    It’s never too early for any entrepreneur to take on the challenge of starting their first business. That’s especially true when that business centers around something that person is passionate about.

    For Washington County High School junior Brooke Williams, that passion is photography, and she was already ahead of the curve on setting up her career path before even acquiring her driver’s license.