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  • News briefs for 12-21


    ONGOING EVENTS

    Holiday Closings

    All county offices will be closed for Christmas, Dec 23 thru Dec. 26.
    PVA, WC County Clerk, WC Circuit Clerk, and judge’s offices will be closed Dec. 30 thru Jan 2 for New Years.
    The sheriff’s office will be open all day Dec. 30 and half a day on Dec. 31, and will be closed Monday, Jan 2.
    If you need assistance, please contact the Springfield Police Dept. at 336-5450 and a deputy will be dispatched.

  • Washington County Farm Bureau receives 2011 Young Farmer Gold Star Award


    Recognized for the achievements of its Young Farm Program this year, Washington County Farm Bureau received the 2011 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.

    The award honors a county’s Young Farmer Committee for its active participation in Farm Bureau leadership development programs, state competitions, and educational or promotional initiatives.

  • WC 4-H teaches community leadership


    Will Begley, a junior at Washington County High School, has lived in the county his whole life and knows it is the place he wants to return to and eventually raise a family of his own. So he jumped at the chance to participate in Teen Leadership Washington County.

    “I really like the smallness and closeness of the community,” he said. “Here you’re an individual, and I want my kids to have the same experiences I’ve had.”

  • P.O. closures delayed


    Mackville residents can breathe easier, for now.
    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced last week that it would delay closing or consolidating any post office until May 15, 2012.

    According to a press release from the USPS, the decision is in response to a request made by multiple U.S. Senators.
    “The Postal Service will continue all necessary steps required for the review of these facilities during the interim period, including public input meetings,” the release stated.

  • Weigh Down ends, The Biggest Winner is in


    Losers can become big winners early next year in Washington County.

    The Weigh Down program has come to an end, but The Biggest Winner aims to offer community members an outlet for weight-loss motivation.
    “I was very disappointed with (Weigh Down ending), because I wanted it for myself too. I need some motivation, personally,” Jaclyn Jones, Community Education Director, said.
    Between Jones, Fuel Fitness owner Tim Hayes and Laura Peek at the Washington County extension office, a new program was born.

  • City to seek $800,000 grant for Robertson building restoration


    The pursuit of grant money to restore the Robertson building took another step forward on Dec. 12 at the regular-scheduled city council meeting at City Hall.

    The council approved a resolution to apply for a National Scenic Byways funding application “for the purpose of funding Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) eligible projects benefitting” the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway.
    City administrator Laurie Smith said the application was for $800,000 in funding to go toward the restoration of the Robertson building.

  • Another wave of MAP assessments coming in January


    Students in the Washington County public school system are seeing a new form of testing for the 2011-12 school year.

    The ThinkLink testing system is out, and the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing system is in.
    MAP -- created by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) -- is a computerized exam, and testing includes three through ninth grade students in reading, language usage and mathematics.
    Seventh graders are also tested in science, according to Washington County Middle School Interventionist Anne M. Taylor.

  • Over 20 mailboxes destroyed during the weekend

    Residents on Lincoln Park Road, Beechland Road and Pleasant Grove Loop received damage to mailboxes over the weekend.

    Over 20 mailboxes were destroyed on the three roads, with the majority of the damage taking place on Beechland.
    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the incident Saturday.
    Anyone with information regarding the investigation can call (859) 336-5400. Callers can remain anonymous.

  • Factory to bring 150 jobs to region


    Local and state officials joined with Wilbert Plastic Services employees Dec. 14 to celebrate a joint venture with the Ford Motor Company.

    Wilbert Plastic Services has received Q1 certification, which means it met the quality standards required to become a parts supplier for Ford. Wilbert is slated to begin manufacturing interior plastic parts for the new Ford Escape, one of which was on display during last week’s presentation. The Escape is manufactured in Louisville.

  • Bridge repair put on hold


    A special-called fiscal court meeting was held Dec. 14 to discuss funding for a new bridge on Tick Creek Road.

    The meeting was called just two days after the court decided to move forward with the process and agree to an engineering contract with local engineer Brad Spalding.
    “Even though we made the decision on Monday to proceed, everything has been put on hold,” said Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles.