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  • School bus drivers request pay raise

    The cost of living isn’t getting any cheaper, and that’s why Washington County school bus drivers have asked for a raise.

    The drivers, represented by a committee, made the request for a raise of 75 cents per hour at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

  • Snowy roads blamed in wreck

    A slick highway is being blamed in a one-vehicle accident on Jimtown Road Tuesday morning. A 1999 Ford Contour, driven by Misty Morales, 23, of Jimtown Road, left the road and landed in a nearby yard. Morales and two passengers, Maximino Garcia, 34, of Lebanon, and Daniel Lopez, 17 months, of Jimtown Road, were transported to Spring View Hospital in Lebanon and treated for their injuries. Their conditions were unknown at press time.

  • Tourism tax is city's “saving grace”

    While many state and local governments are seeing red when they open their ledgers, Springfield is still maintaining a positive cash flow, thanks in part to the city’s tourism tax and capital improvement projects from the water company, according to city auditor Danny Hardin. Hardin presented the Springfield City Council with the 2008-09 fiscal year audit last Tuesday, and he said the city’s expenses ending on June 30, 2009, were in line with expenses the previous year.

  • Two escape Marion prison

    The Kentucky State Police are attempting to locate two inmates who walked away from the Marion Adjustment Center in Marion County on Sunday, Jan. 17 some time after 4 p.m.

    John K. Francis is a 41-year-old white male, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.  He was being held for trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree and bail jumping.

  • Local community celebrates life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 81 years old this year, and to celebrate his life and his dream, a group of local citizens gathered at The River of Life Church in Springfield Monday evening.

    While the event was hosted by local leaders, Rev. Billy Jenkins of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Shepherdsville was the guest speaker at Monday’s celebration of King’s life and legacy.

    Jenkins read from the Holy Bible in the book of Genesis, 37: 5-8, which tells the story of Joseph and his dream.

  • SCC's link to Haiti provides immediate help

    In times of natural disaster, colleges and universities are often the first entities to mobilize for the collection of funds for relief efforts. But even with this quick action, it takes days, maybe weeks, to get the money into the hands of those aid organizations.

  • Taylor in the state Junior Miss spotlight

    Washington County Junior Miss Josette Taylor wrapped up a whirlwind week Saturday as she competed in the Kentucky Junior Miss competition in Lexington. After weeks of preparation and hard work, it all came down to the final week, as Josette put in 12-hour days of rehearsals in anticipation of the finals.

     

  • Springfield native helping in Haiti

    The impact of a tragedy that hit Haiti last week has been felt around the globe, but one Washington County native was there to experience it first hand.

    Marsha Garner, 60, grew up on Beechland Road in Springfield and graduated from Washington County High School, but when a 7.3-powered earthquake hit Port-Au-Prince, Haiti last week, she was only 40 miles away from the heart of the disaster.

  • County crews prepare for next round of winter weather

    Washington County Road Department crews have been working diligently to keep roads clear after last week’s snow fall. The department supervisor Albert Wimsatt told the Washington County Fiscal Court on Monday that his workers have been staying busy keeping up with Mother Nature.

  • Former deputies, five others indicted by grand jury

    Two former Washington County deputies were among seven people indicted by a local grand jury last week.