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  • Special election not without flaws

    If there's one thing that is sure to accompany any election, it is controversy. During the Dec. 14 meeting of the Washington County Fiscal Court, several concerns were raised about the special election held Dec. 8 to determine the new state senator in the 14th District.

    “The only thing that didn't look right was when they were getting ready to scan my ballot, it was face-up and the poll worker could see my vote,” said magistrate Morris Sweazey.

    Magistrate Billy Riney had another concern.

  • Firefighters battle two weekend house fires

    Local firefighters were busy over the weekend battling two fires at area homes.

  • Higdon wins Senate seat

    The mud has been slung, the accusations have been made, the dust has settled, and Jimmy Higdon has come out on top as 14th District State Senator in Kentucky.

    Higdon, R-Lebanon, was the winner of a special election Tuesday to determine who would be the state’s newest senator. Higdon and Jodie Haydon, D-Bardstown, were seeking the seat vacated by former Sen. Dan Kelly, R-Springfield, who resigned last month and accepted a position as a circuit judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit.

  • More local officials now have election opposition

    As Washington and neighboring counties are going through a special election, some local races are also drawing more interest as some new names are added to the mix.

    Previously, the only candidates to file were incumbents, but that has now changed as two local officials have some competition.

    Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley, a Democrat, filed for re-election, and he now has two opponents.

    Alan Corbett, a Democrat, and Jim Crouch, a Republican, have filed to run against Bartley.

  • Local road crews ready for winter

    Not everybody forecasts the weather according to animal instincts, but if the population of wooly worms in Washington County is any indicator, then we may be in for another harsh winter. That’s all the more reason Glenn Mattingly, Springfield’s public works director, and Albert Wimsatt, Washington County’s road department supervisor, are taking steps to make sure their crews are prepared for a winter battle.

  • Grigsby chosen Community Volunteer of the Year

    At the Nov. 12 meeting of the Washington County Relay for Life committee, the American Cancer Society presented Wilma Grigsby with an award for Mid-South Division Community Volunteer of the Year for 2008-09 in Washington County. The honor recognizes the years of service Grigsby has put in as a volunteer for Relay and for the American Cancer Society.

  • Library offers resources for entrepreneurs

    With more and more people looking for employment or trying to find ways to supplement their income, many are turning to entrepreneurial resources to start up or expand their own business. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, the Washington County Public Library now has a local Entrepreneurs Resource Center that will offer not only printed materials for job-seekers and potential business owners, but also a wealth of information available on the Internet.

  • Charged deputies now ex-employees

    Norris Wayne Bartley and Billy Joe Mattingly II haven't reported for work since Nov. 12 . Since that time, the two Washington County Sheriff deputies have either been in the custody of the Marion County Detention Center or under house arrest pending their hearing for marijuana trafficking and other charges. With these two public figures facing multiple felonies, Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley presented the Washington County Fiscal Court formally with termination letters for both Bartley, no relation to the sheriff, and Mattingly during an executive session at their Nov.

  • Annual radio auction hits the air Sunday

    Local shoppers who braved long lines and limited quantities during Black Friday will get their chance to find unique and practical Christmas gifts during the annual Lions/Rotary radio auction this Sunday. The event acts as a fundraiser for the Lions Club, which is active in local Little League, and the Rotary Club, which uses the money to fund several events year-round, such as the Washington County Junior Miss competition. The auction starts at 1 p.m.

  • On the record: Senate candidates share their views

    A special election Dec. 8 will decide who will fill the vacant District 14 state senate seat. The district includes Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties.

    The candidates are Jodie Haydon, a former state representative from Bardstown, and Jimmy Higdon, a sitting state representative from Lebanon.

    Both candidates recently responded to a questionnaire sent by Landmark Community Newspapers. Their answers reveal a number of similarities as well as a few differences.

    The candidates