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  • PHOTOS: Soaring over Springfield
  • County road fund to take a hit

    Before the state legislative session came to a close last week, lawmakers were able to hash out an agreement for a new floor for the gas tax.

  • News briefs for 3/25


    Free Tree Seedlings
    The Washington County Conservation District has free tree seedlings available to the public. Species available are Hazelnut, White Pine, Pin Oak, Dogwood and Redbud. There is a limit of 20 per person. Our office is located at 461 Lincoln Drive in Springfield or you can contact the office at (859) 336-7777 ext 108.
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  • A closer look at disaster prep

    When Mother Nature strikes, it’s best to be prepared.

    The effort of any community to bounce back from a major disaster can be an uphill battle, so it’s important to take the proper steps to prepare for such an event.

    That’s what the city of Springfield has been doing as it recently provided updated information for the 2015 Lincoln Trail Regional Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Plan. The plan will allow the region to focus on improving equipment and processes in order to be better prepared.

  • Contest recognizes survivors

    While the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Day conjure up the thought of horses, mint juleps and giant hats, for some, it means something just a little bit more — the Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade.

    According to the Kentucky Derby website, the Survivors Parade is where survivors of breast and ovarian cancer march on the Churchill Downs track. This year, 141 survivors will take to the track prior to the 141st running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks race, but first, the survivors must be nominated.

  • Man accused of bank robbery appears in court

    Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    An alleged bank robber pleaded not guilty to related charges in Taylor County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon.

    Thomas E. Riley, 52, of Lexington, will face a pre-trial conference at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, and a jury trial at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.

    Riley is currently lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center on a $25,000 full cash bond, said Taylor County Circuit Judge Samuel Spalding. The jail website lists his bond at $100,000.

  • WCHS library collection policy gets makeover

    A challenged book was a focal point of last Monday’s school board meeting that was held at the new high school.

    The book, “Girl, Interrupted,” was brought to the attention of the board by Bro. Cal Adams and Jay Hatfield, pastors at Temple Baptist Church and Willisburg Baptist Church, respectively, during the January meeting.

    They expressed concerns that the book included content that is not suitable for all high schoolers and suggested that a special section be devoted to mature content reading material.

  • Walk on Washington County

    National Walk Day is right around the corner, and coming along with it, is Washington County’s Walk on Washington, which encourages people to get up and get walking!

    Walk on Washington is set to begin on April 1 and will wrap up on July 31. There will be group walks at Idle Hour Park on Mondays at 9:30 am and on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Along with walking there will be conversations about staying hydrated, stretching, healthy snacking for energy, and how walking improves your health.

  • New program takes flight

    The Washington County School Board approved a program last week that will allow high school students to get their foot in the door of one of the fastest growing industries in the state.

    Working in collaboration with the Air and Space Academy and the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Board, the school district was able to implement a four-year program that will expose students to aviation and aerospace science. It will offer a pathway to a vast array of career fields that include engineering, mechanics and manufacturing.

  • Robbery suspects indicted last week

    Two men believed by police to be responsible for the April 5, 2014 armed robbery of Springfield Nursing and Rehab are behind bars and indictments have been brought down.

    Johnny Ray McQueen, 52, of 1407 W. Jefferson Street in Louisville, and Joshua Termain Warren, 27, of 234 S. Forrest Street in Lebanon, have each been indicted by a Washington County Circuit Court grand jury on charges of first-degree robbery (Class A felony).

    McQueen was also charged as a persistent felony offender. A full cash bond of $100,000 was set for each man.