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  • Marijuana found in Main Street home Tuesday morning

    A Springfield man has been charged by police after approximately 35 marijuana plants were discovered growing in his home on Main Street Tuesday morning.

    An investigation conducted by the Springfield Police Department and the Kentucky State Police West Drug Enforcement Branch turned up the plants. The male found to be in possession of the plants was arrested on unrelated charges, and his name is not being released at this time due to the ongoing status of the investigation.

  • New Pioneers to sponsor global multimedia program

    Thursday, Oct. 15, is the date.  The Springfield Opera House is the place.  From 5-9 p.m., the stage will be set for “Awakening the Dreamer:  Changing the Dream,” a unique global multimedia conversation springing up all over the world.  This local event will be sponsored by New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future and facilitated by Joe Mitchell of the Louisville Earth and Spirit Center.

  • Purdom prepares for third military deployment

    Freedom isn’t free, and Washington County native Davis Purdom knows that well.

    Purdom, a 1995 graduate of Washington County High School, now lives in Georgia, where he is a member of the U.S. Army stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga. He will be part of a group of soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in November, and this will be his third deployment.

    Purdom’s first two tours lasted 12 months and 15 months respectively, where he served as a fuel specialist in Iraq. His work had him refueling and rearming helicopters near the front lines.

  • County homemakers host regional meeting

    Homemakers from eight counties gathered in Springfield last Thursday to participate in the Lincoln Trail Area Extension Homemakers Association annual meeting held at River of Life Community Church in Springfield.

    “The homemakers are a part of the county extension program,” said Kay Kennedy, Washington County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. “They do philanthropic projects throughout the community, and this is a way of getting together to discuss what we have done during the year.”

  • That's a wrap: Commercial filming finished in Springfield Sunday

    Springfield was center stage again this past weekend, and this time, the town hosted the filming of a new TV commercial for Bluegrass Cellular telephone company.

    Two Popes Production Company of Minneapolis, Minn., was in charge of the filming, and the company brought dozens of crew members to town for the filming.

    The stars of the commercial were some local notables, including members of the Washington County High School Commander Band, the Washington County Pompettes, and others well known in the community.

  • Snake problem found, solved at middle school

    If you ask people what they fear, many will say snakes.  Several staff members at Washington County Middle School will give you the same answer, and with good reason.

    The school has had some uninvited visitors lately as some small snakes have made their way into the school.

    The snakes were discovered recently in the middle school’s resource room, where items such as clothing are stored when donated to the school. That’s how officials believe the snakes entered the school.

  • Relay kickoff set for Oct. 31

    Halloween is generally considered the scariest day of the year - well, if you don’t count tax day. The Washington County Relay for Life is using the spooky holiday as the setting to start their 2010 campaign. The group’s annual kick-off rally will be held Oct. 31, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Washington County Extension Office at 211 Progress Ave. in Springfield. Although trick or treat in Springfield will be the night before, everyone is encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume for the kick-off.

  • Mackville truck and tractor pull cancelled

    The Mackville truck and tractor pull scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17 has been canceled due to weather. For more information on the event, contact Eddie Noel at (859) 262-5104.

  • Employment office moves to courthouse annex

    There’s good news and bad news for the Washington County Office of Employment and Training. The good news is that they just moved into their new location in the 1816 Courthouse Annex at 111 Cross Main Street in Springfield. The new location will provide additional office space and parking. The bad news is that there is a greater need for it as more and more people find themselves without employment and need help putting together resumes or looking for work.

  • County receives $535,000 grant for Communicare

    The Washington County Fiscal Court recently paved the way for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $535,000 from the Kentucky Department of Local Government. The money will be used to purchase the old Reed's Food Valu supermarket building on Main Street. Once work is completed, the building will become the new home of Washington County Industries, the county's branch of Communicare.