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  • Fiscal court discusses water line easements

    Washington County Fiscal Court has formed a committee in order to consider creating a comprehensive permitting process which would allow citizens to tap into a waterline on county land.
    Tim Hall approached the court about creating an encroachment permit process for him, along with anyone else in the county, to use county right of ways in order to install private water lines.

    “This would be setting precedent that we do not have at this point,” Judge-Executive John Settles told the court.

  • District receives grant to form skills center

    Washington County School District isn’t just thinking outside of the box, it’s rebuilding it.

    According to Cherry Boyles, chief academic officer of Washington County Schools, the local school district recently received a $763,000 grant from the commonwealth to invest in its existing infrastructure and create work skills programs at the old elementary school.

  • Pursuit ends in Springfield

    A two-county police pursuit that began in Marion County ended on Main Street in Springfield on May 24.

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Bradley Watts, 43, of Lebanon after Watts fled from Deputy Tristan Hayden when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Barbers Mill Road.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said Watts made his way into Springfield on Jimtown Road, but his run from authorities was cut short after it was apparent the pursuit was becoming increasingly dangerous.

  • Four indicted by grand jury

    A man accused of fleeing police was indicted on seven charges.

  • Memorial Day celebration at Willisburg

    Memorial Day is just around the corner, and everyone is preparing for the long weekend.  While some may go on a short vacation, others choose to stay home and enjoy the activities in their local communities. That’s what residents of Willisburg will be doing this Memorial Day weekend at Willisburg Community Park, with a variety of activities for participants to enjoy and bring the family.

  • Renovations at new WCES nearly complete

    Renovation work at the new Washington County middle and elementary school is nearly complete.
    According to Jean-Paul Grivas, the architect of the renovation, 99 percent of the work has been completed at the school.
    “We’ve just got a little bit of work to do,” he said during the school board’s monthly meeting.
    The work that remains includes some painting, masonry work and flooring.

  • SCC's suit against DOE dismissed

    The court-appointed receiver for the Saint Catharine College lawsuit with Huntington Bank filed a report to the U.S. District Court that there are no funds available to pay 56 vendors the $355,600 they claim is owed.

    According to the report, “Upon the receiver’s arrival, SCC did not have an updated, accurate accounts payable aging.”

  • Pennington's defense seeks evidence from the commonwealth

    Just four days after Crystal Warner’s remains were laid to rest, the man accused of killing her and her boyfriend, Robert Jones, appeared in district court where his defense asked for evidence they say wasn’t received.

  • Warner laid to rest

    Crystal Warner, the woman who was slain along with her boyfriend, Robert Jones, in Washington County last year, was finally laid to rest over the weekend.

    The Florence woman was buried at Willisburg Saturday afternoon, and for her mother, Mary Reeve, putting her daughter to rest is a good step in the healing process.

    “(I’m) definitely ready to put her to rest and try to pick up our life again and maybe go back to a little normalcy,” Reeve said.

  • Multi-county pursuit ends in Springfield

    A car chase that began in Taylor County Sunday morning ended in Springfield when a Columbia man was shot with a Taser by Kentucky State Police.

    According to Mark Marraccini of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the pursuit, which reached speeds of 85 miles per hour, began when Sgt. Travis Neal from Fish and Wildlife approached a parked vehicle in the Green River Wildlife Management Area in Taylor County.

    Mark Anthony Mattingly, 38, of Columbia, was found inside the vehicle, and because of outstanding warrants, an arrest attempt was made.