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Local News

  • Deadline to switch political parties is Dec. 31

    If citizens want to change their party registration in time to participate in their party’s primary election that determines nominees for United States Senator, United States Congressional Representatives, state legislative races, and other partisan offices, they must do so by Dec. 31, 2009; otherwise, they will miss out on their chance.

  • Drive-by shooting investigated

    A drive-by shooting on Mt. Zion Road Tuesday evening remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Students take safety seriously at bike rodeo

    Each year, children all over the world wish for a new bicycle for Christmas. But with every new bike that Santa delivers comes a lot of responsibility and concern for safety. That’s why the Washington County Family Resource and Youth Services Center and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville recently partnered to offer a bicycle safety course at Washington County Elementary School.

  • Local man indicted for sex abuse

    A Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against seven people, including one local man charged with sex abuse.

    Paul Mattingly, 38, of Kirsch Lane in Springfield, was charged with two counts of sex abuse in the first degree (Class D felony) and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree (Class B felony).

    According to court records, Mattingly is accused of having sexual contact with at least two children less than 12 years of age. The alleged incidents took place between August 2008 and March 2009 in Washington County.

  • Tobacco: Still a cash crop?

    It’s almost Christmas time, and that means that a lot of tobacco farmers across Central Kentucky are looking for a pay day. That’s why there seems to be a steady stream of tobacco-laden trailers being driven to the Washington County Co-operative Tobacco Warehouse just south of Springfield. After months of growing the crop and letting it cure, it’s now time to take one of Kentucky’s leading cash crops to market.

  • Higdon ready to be a senator

    Jimmy Higdon’s phones rang almost constantly for days after his victory in the Dec. 8 special election to fill the 14th District state senate seat.

    His win over Democrat Jodie Haydon was even mentioned in The Wall Street Journal and by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Higdon, a Republican, was amused by the attention his victory received, but he said he wasn’t going to try to analyze what his win might mean.

    “I’ll let the experts pick it apart and digest it,” he said. “I’ve got enough to do getting ready to be a senator.”

  • County cracks down on littering

    The next time you decide to visit your favorite fast-food drive-thru, that $1 burger may cost you more than $1. If you toss that burger wrapper out the window of your car in Washington County, that hamburger could cost you $500, or even jail time.

  • Tobacco thieves hit local farmer twice

    While farmers have been working hard to harvest their tobacco crops, one local farmer has found that some criminals have been working just as hard to steal his crop.

    Michael McCain Jr. discovered on two occasions recently that some of his tobacco, as well as a John Deere wagon, had been stolen from his barn on Beechland Road.

  • Sheriff submits budget for 2010

    Everybody loves to save money, and Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley is no exception. An estimate of the sheriff's 2010 budget was presented to the Washington County Fiscal Court on Monday, and the estimate of $469,000 looks to be $17,100 lower than 2009's budget.

    “This year's budget is a little lower,” Bartley said. “Last year, we weren't real sure on the cost of the court security officers for the judicial center, but I think we are down a little.”

  • Construction completed on ECTC Springfield campus

    Several local residents recently had the chance to go back to the classroom when they were treated to a tour of the new Springfield campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Visitors were given a first-hand look at the new campus which will open early next year.

    Construction of the $14.5 million, 50,000-sq. ft. facility was completed in early December. Furnishings and equipment have been ordered and will be installed over the next several months. Voice and data service will be activated after the first of the year.