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  • Springfield Academy uses ancient methods in the 21st century

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It may look like your ordinary pre-school with toys scattered on the floor and books on the shelves, but the learning curriculum at Springfield Academy is anything but run of the mill.

  • County gets ready for 2010 Census

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    With holiday bills coming in and some people looking to just put food on the table or clothes on their backs, the timing couldn't be more perfect for the U.S. Census Bureau to begin recruiting employees for the 2010 census. Potential employees from Washington County, as well as surrounding counties, have been among the hopefuls who have recently completed a testing process aimed at hiring census workers.

  • Arrest made in tobacco theft case

    Crime doesn’t pay, unless you are the police. In this case, one crime paid off and led to an arrest in another case.

    Donnie Lee Hardin, 37, was lodged in the Marion County Jail and charged with burglary in the second degree and theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more. His bond was set at $20,000 cash.

  • Weigh Down Washington County 2010 starts Jan. 5

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  • 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.”