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  • Inspector closes Springfield pool

    “In good conscience, I cannot renew the permit for the pool this year,” said Kate Peake, an environmentalist with the Washington County Environmental Office. Peake addressed the Springfield City Council on her findings following an inspection of the facility on May 5. For the first time in its 56-year history, the pool will be closed this summer.

    “It’s out-lived its time,” Peake told the council. “The permit expired on April 3, and we’re not going to renew it.”

  • Cub Scouts, parents, donate van to couple

    Scouts are supposed to do a good deed daily, but a local group of Cub Scouts, with some help from their parents, pulled off a deed recently that should cover them for several days to come.

    The members of Cub Scout Pack 458 of Willisburg presented a handicapped-accessible van to a family in need Saturday, and the scouts, as well as the family receiving the gift, couldn’t have been happier.

  • School board says no to officer in high school

    There will be no school resource officer at Washington County High School.

    The Washington County Board of Education voted against the idea of placing an officer in the school at Monday night’s board meeting.

    Springfield Chief of Police Fred Armstrong and WCHS Principal Leon Smith presented the idea to the board at their meeting Monday night at Fredericktown Elementary.

    The vote was 3-2, with Michael McCain, Pat Clements and Patsy Lester voting against the motion, and Buffy Mann and Nora Niece voting in favor.

  • Capt. Lincoln and Sarah Mitchell paintings unveiled

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    They were two tragic incidents that forever shaped the future of Washington County, and in turn, the world. Oil paintings depicting the murder of Captain Abraham Lincoln and the kidnapping of Sarah Mitchell were unveiled in the district courtroom of the Washington County Judicial Center last Tuesday. A packed house gathered to witness the ceremony and learn some history about how two events that happened nearly 220 years ago helped shape life today as we know it.

  • Shots fired, stray bullet enters home

    Springfield Police Chief Fred Armstrong received a call Monday night around 8:30 p.m. of a shot being fired into a local home.

    Armstrong said he was told that a car leaving the Hilltop area was shot at as it turned onto Mackville Road from Domas Court. The shot missed the car and went into a house across the street.

    Armstrong was not certain how many shots were actually fired, but said a witness described the noise as one similar to firecrackers.

  • Doctor saves child from flooded creek

    He says he didn’t do anything that anyone else wouldn’t have done in his place, but then again, no one else was in Dr. David Tank’s place Friday evening.

    Tank, a local chiropractor who lives in Campbellsville, is being called a hero after saving the life of 9-year-old Ashley Smith of Campbellsville, along with his own life, after the two were swept more than 40 yards by raging flood waters near Campbellsville Youth Soccer Park Friday.

  • Burkhead new WC boys' hoops coach

    If you regularly follow sports in Washington County, chances are you know Russell Burkhead. And chances are you’re going to see a lot more of him, as he has been named the new boys’ head basketball coach at Washington County High School. WCHS Principal Leon Smith made the announcement Friday afternoon in the school’s library.

    Burkhead, a 1982 graduate of WCHS, has served as JV and freshman basketball coach under former head coach Paul Bodenhamer, as well as coaching freshman Commander baseball and youth league football and baseball at Idle Hour Park.

  • Family members run to benefit autism

    More than 12,000 runners took part in the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon on April 24. Out of the thousands of runners taking part, two local residents laced up their shoes and hit the course for a good cause.

  • Grand jury indicts five

    A Washington County grand jury returned indictments against five people last week.

    Ryan Lynn Dean, 20, of 3106 Harrodsburg Road, was charged with nine counts following an alleged attack on his wife.

  • Eat up for Habitat

    If you're hungry for good food and looking to help a charitable cause, then grab your fork, spoon and wallet and head to “A Tasting Bash” on May 19.

    The event, which benefits Washington County Habitat for Humanity, will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Opera House.

    Last year's menu included pulled pork, meatballs, chicken salad, fresh fruit and a large selection of desserts. This year's menu promises to be even more appetizing.