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  • Ghost Out teaches students about the dangers of drinking and driving

    There are many lessons taught every day at Washington County High School, but the one given to students on Tuesday before Thanksgiving break might have been the most important lesson they will ever learn.

    In cooperation with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition, the school’s FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) organization sponsored an event called a “Ghost Out,” which was intended to make students understand the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

  • Deputy case goes to grand jury

    The two former Washington County deputies who have been charged with trafficking in marijuana, as well as other charges, will see their cases go to a grand jury.

    Following a preliminary hearing in Washington County District Court Monday, Judge Robert W. Heaton decided that there was enough evidence for the cases against former deputies Wayne Bartley and Billy Mattingly to go to a grand jury, and the grand jury will then determine if the cases will go to trial.

  • Deputies arraignedNext court appearance is Monday, Nov. 30

    Two former Washington County Sheriff’s deputies found themselves on the other side of the courtroom Tuesday afternoon as they were arraigned on multiple charges, including trafficking in marijuana.

  • Christmas comes to Springfield Dec. 5

    As with Christmas every year, Santa Claus is coming to town, and Springfield is no different!

  • A tale of two quilts

    When you think of a barn quilt, images of an old, weathered, wooden structure adorned with a traditional quilt pattern might pop into your mind. And while one of the two barn quilts that were mounted last Thursday morning in Washington County fit that traditional mold, the other couldn’t be more opposite.

  • Two Washington County deputies arrested on drug, other charges

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  • Candidates debate for Senate seat

    While the two candidates started the debate by stating their mutual friendship, clear differences emerged between the Democrat and Republican running for the vacated senate seat of Dan Kelly.

    The hour-and-a-half debate was hosted by PLG-TV 13 and featured questions from a panel of area newspaper editors for Bardstown Democrat Jodie Haydon and Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon.

  • Lincoln Trail Health Department gives H1N1 flu update

    While communities surrounding the Lincoln Trail District have begun holding community clinics in schools and for the targeted populations, the Lincoln Trail District Health Department has been filling the orders to the registered providers and local county health departments, who have given the vaccine to the targeted populations as quickly as they have received it.  

    “We still have not received enough vaccine to be able to hold community clinics,” said Linda Sims, director of the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.

  • Cocanougher leaves public school system for SCC

    Ruth Ann Cocanougher said that she always wanted to work at St. Catharine College. Late last month the Washington County native got that opportunity when she accepted the position of Treasurer at St. Catharine on Oct. 26.  

    “I love college campuses and it is exciting to be around the students,” said Cocanougher who came to St. Catharine after 11 years as Chief Finance Officer/Treasurer at the Washington County Board of Education.

  • Earls continues to recover after stroke

    Springfield Sun sports and news writer Jimmie Earls is out of the hospital and recovering after a stroke last week.

    Earls is staying in St. Louis, and expects to return to work in the near future.

    For those who would like to contact him, feel free to write or e-mail him at the following addresses:

    Jimmie Earls

    1003 Tree Trails Lane

    Fenton, MO 63026

    e-mail: jimmieearls@bellsouth.net