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  • School tax rate approved

    A new tax rate for 2014-15 was approved at last week’s Washington County School Board meeting, passing by a 3-1 vote.

    Board members reviewed two options, deciding to go with the option that will result in roughly $120,000 in additional revenue.

    Option A, as it was labeled in last week’s agenda, consisted of a four-percent rate at 58.9 cents for real property and the same number for personal property. Option B was the compensating rate at 56.6 cents for real property and 57.6 on personal property.

  • Wreck in the ‘Burg

    A Bardstown man was flown to University of Louisville Hospital last Wednesday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of US-150 and Croake Station Road in Fredericktown around 3:20 p.m.

    David M. Lucas, 30, received first-aid from Washington County Emergency Medical Services before being flown to UofL with undisclosed injuries.

  • Education runs deep for WCHS principal

    For new Washington County High School Principal Thad Elmore, his career in education is all about the students.

    It was a mentality that was instilled in him at an early age, and he said he’s held his belief that the students come first throughout his career.

  • Body found in burned car identified

     

    The Kentucky State Police have identified the victim in an Aug. 1 car fire as Thomas Ray Pendygraft, 20, of Loretto. Pendygraft was identified through DNA testing.

    The state police were called to investigate a car fire at 7:48 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Springfield Reservoir on Booker Road. A Washington County sheriff's deputy reported that a body was inside the car.

    In the days after the fire, the state police reported that the victim was a male, but did not make any further statement about the individual.

  • County unemployment drops, hiring continues

    Just as many prepare to enjoy a well-deserved Labor Day holiday, area job opportunities are growing.

    Unemployment figures are improving throughout most of Kentucky and workforce development professionals are optimistic that trend will continue.

    In Washington County, the unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent in July, compared to 8.7 percent in July 2013, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported last week.

  • Learning legislature

    Middle school students at North Washington received a crash course on the inter-workings of state legislature last Wednesday morning, as they received a visit from Rep. Kim King.

    King handed out activity and fact books relating to the legislative process, even providing students with the tools to suggest any law that they feel should be put into place.

    King shared her background and some of the more interesting aspects of being in legislature before taking questions from the youngsters.

  • Mackville Harvest Festival grows in 2014

    Last year, the Mackville Harvest Festival was put on for the first time in eight years. Because of the success of its revival in 2013, it will be back again this year and perhaps bigger than ever.

    The festival has expanded to two days—Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13—this fall, with last year’s festivities only lasting one.

    Festival committee member Donna Harmon hopes this extra day can bring in even more guests — especially out-of-towners — than it did last year.

  • County to see slight tax hike

    Last Friday, the Washington County Fiscal Court met in regular session, with the most pressing issue being the first reading of the property tax rates for 2014.

    In the previous court meeting, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles urged the court to make a decision on whether or not to raise county property taxes so that County Attorney Hamilton Simms could be prepared for the first reading last week.

  • News briefs 8/27

    Wednesday, Aug 27

    Community Meal

    Springfield United Methodist Church will be hosting a free community meal at the Wesley Center located at 301 East Main St. in Springfield at 5:30 p.m.  This meal is for anyone looking to have a wholesome hot meal with old & new friends as well as providing a greater connection to our neighborhood, our town, and our Washington County Community.

    Town Hall

  • Six-week manhunt ends at motel

    Victoria Aldrich
    The Advocate-Messenger

    An alleged Springfield drug dealer is behind bars at the Boyle County Detention Center after a month-long manhunt.

    U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force members arrested 51-year-old John Michael Essex last Monday night at an unnamed Nicholasville motel, according to Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott.

    “They called for local agencies for assistance,” Elliott said. Boyle and Mercer county deputies, Kentucky State Police troopers and Nicholasville police responded.