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  • School tax hearing is tonight

    The Washington County School Board will meet tonight to consider a property tax increase that could generate an estimated $169,000 in additional revenue.

    The proposed increase would take the tax rate from the current 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed property value, and place it at 54.8 cents per $100 in assessed value.

  • Backpack food program needs your help

    When several high school students from Washington County attended the 4-H Issues Conference nine years ago, little did they expect that the weekend would help change the lives of hundreds of young people in Washington County.  The teens who attended the conference found out about the backpack grant while at the conference, and applied to receive the first money to go toward weekend hunger relief for Washington County students.

  • Repairs begin on damaged roads

    The Washington County Fiscal Court took a big step last Wednesday to repairing several roads damaged by landslides earlier in the year. For residents along Hardesty Road, relief couldn’t have come at a better time. King Crete Drilling from Beattyville, Ky., has been awarded the low-bid contract to repair three major road slides in the county, with Hardesty Road being the top priority.

  • School tax hearing is Sept. 1

    With expenses on the rise and funding for state mandated programs not climbing to meet those expenses, many school districts are left with a decision to make about generating revenue.

    For the Washington County School System, helping cover the costs of doing business could mean an increase in the tax rate for real and personal property.

    Currently, the tax rate for those types of property stands at 52.9 cents per $100 of assessed value.  

  • Art exhibit is tonight at Opera House

    There’s an old phrase that says that life imitates art. But today, the opposite will be true when the Springfield Opera House hosts an exhibition of 12 oil paintings by Sister Elaine DesRosiers that capture the heart of Main Street Springfield.

  • Superintendent gets one-year review from board

    Robin Cochran has been on the job for about a year now as superintendent of Washington County schools. With that milestone reached, Cochran recently received her one-year performance review from the members of the board of education, and it was a favorable one.

  • Mike Haydon to serve as governor's chief of staff

    Springfield native Mike Haydon is about to take on a new job.

    On Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced that Haydon will replace Adam Edelen as his chief of staff effective Sept. 16.

  • Tech center students to build house from ground up

    A good education is built on a solid foundation.

    Just ask the carpentry students at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Friday, students, local officials and representatives of the Marion and Washington counties’ school districts were on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony at Beechwood Street, Lot 79, in Lebanon.

    This lot is where those students will be learning lessons in construction, cooperation and hard work. And when they are finished, a house will stand, ready for someone to make it their home.

  • No changes in city tax rates

    On Aug. 9, Washington County voted to keep the same tax rates for real estate, personal property and motor vehicles. Last Tuesday, Springfield council members decided to do the same by having the first reading of two city ordinances during a meeting of the Springfield City Council. If approved, the tax rates for real estate and personal property within the city would remain at 13 cents per every $100 of assessed value and the tax rate for motor vehicles, watercraft and aircraft will remain at 14.8 cents for every $100 of assessed value.

  • Final ballot now set for Nov. 2 general election

    The general election is now less than three months away, and the ballot is now complete.

    When the deadline to register for city offices and some school board seats passed last week, many incumbents had put their name back in the running for office, while some new names were also added to the list.

    Among the notable names on the ballot will be the addition of Curtis Hamilton as candidate for the school board seat in District 1, and the absence of Mike McCain, who has held the seat for the past eight years.