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  • County clerk and two magistrate seats up for grabs Nov. 2

    The  Washington County Clerk’s office, as well as two of the six district seats for county magistrate are being contested in the general election on Nov. 2.

    Republican challenger for Washington County Clerk, Julie McRay Waits, feels that the office of county clerk is very important, and she wants to make the office more accessible to those who need service.

  • Hundreds of runners to pass through city Oct. 22

    Hundreds of visitors will be passing through Springfield and Washington County on Oct. 22. But instead of arriving in a car, motorcycle or bus, these visitors will be traveling on foot as part of the 2010 Bourbon Chase, a 200-mile relay race that starts at the Jim Bean Distillery in Clermont and finishes by Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington.

  • Native mounds may hold clues to the past

    The history of Kentucky didn’t start in 1792 when it became the 15th state to join the Union. Nor did the history of Washington County begin when it was the first county founded in the state. Buried below remnants of pioneer expansion in the 1700s and the scars of the Civil War in the mid-1800s, is a hidden history of life that existed centuries before. Native-American mounds in the area may hold clues as to who we are as Kentuckians.

  • Busy intersection will have turn lanes

    A Washington County intersection that has seen its share of accidents is about to undergo a much-needed change.

    In an announcement from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Wednesday, Secretary Michael W. Hancock said turn lanes will be installed at the intersection of KY 555 and KY 528, which is the intersection near the Parkview Shopping Center in Springfield.

    According to Patty Dunaway, chief district engineer of District 4 in Elizabethtown, the new turn lanes will be added with money available from the state.

  • The sky is the limit for local skydiving group

    Washington County might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of skydiving, but it’s a great location, according to Bill Harned, owner of Jumping for Fun Skydiving.

    “Actually, this is the perfect location,” said Harned. “About a year ago, I told people I was thinking of opening up a place to do skydiving. I talked to the airport board, and they had some difficulties with someone close to three years ago and they didn’t want anymore skydiving there.”

  • School test scores show improvement

    The Washington County School District received its own report card recently in the form of state test scores in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and American College Testing (ACT) scores.

    Of the county’s four schools, all did well on the No Child Left Behind testing. As a district, Washington County met 13 of 13 goals.

    Superintendent of Washington County Schools Robin Cochran said she is pleased with the results.

  • Seven candidates seek six city council seats

    The race for Springfield City Council is playing out like a game of musical chairs. There are seven people vying for only six spots, meaning that only one person will be left out in the cold following the Nov. 2 general election.

    Regardless of who the top six vote-getters will be, at least one new face will join the council due to the decision of long-time member John Hardin to vacate his seat. Hardin has served on the counicl for a total of 27 years.

    Brooke Murphy Coulter

  • Springfield is site of original, and now newest Dollar General Store

    A company that had its first store located in Springfield now also has its newest store here.

    The Dollar General Store, which opened its first store in Springfield on June 1, 1955, has opened a new store at 44 West Industry Drive.

    According to information provided by Emily Weiss, media relations manager with The Dollar General Corporation, headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn., the new 9,014-square-foot store features a fresh new layout, and is designed to make shopping simple for customers.

  • County finishes some roads, starts on others

    The Washington County Road Department was out Monday morning blacktopping a section of Coulter Lane. As road supervisor Albert Wimsatt rolled out the final stretch of fresh pavement, that completed all of the road projects related to recent flooding in the county. The total cost of the work on Coulter Lane was not covered by FEMA, although the agency did pay for rock and a drainpipe to be installed.

  • Washington County man wins two Corvettes in two weeks

    When Fill and De Corey of Washington County visited the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Aug. 12, they purchased three Corvette Matchbox cars for their two boys, Logan and Lane. Little did Fill realize that over the next couple of weeks, he would acquire a pair of Corvettes of his own.

    “The first time we went down there, we just went on a vacation to Mammoth Cave,” said De. “Neither one of us had been to the museum before, so we took a trip there for our kids. They always have raffles there, that’s how the museum raises funds.”