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  • Former deputies, five others indicted by grand jury

    Two former Washington County deputies were among seven people indicted by a local grand jury last week.

  • Second local rabies case confirmed

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Washington County officials have now confirmed a second local case of rabies. Following that news, officials are urging pet owners to have their animals vaccinated.

    “The latest report was a case of a dog being bitten by a rabid skunk and passing the rabies on to the pet,” said Sharon Browning with the Washington County Environmental Services. “Apparently the skunk got into a fight with the dog. The skunk wasn't tested, but the dog died and tested positive for rabies.”

  • Man arrested in door-to-door begging scam

    A local man is facing a Class D felony drug charge after being arrested last Thursday night by Springfield Police. Joseph K. Sparrow, 29, of Springfield, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and is currently being housed in the Marion County Detention Center in Lebanon with a cash bond set at $1,000.

    For the past several months, residents of Washington County may have fallen victim to Sparrow, who Springfield Police describe as a drug addict who used a door-to-door method to solicit money for his habit.

  • Time marches on for old Robinson store

    Located in Washington County just north of Sharpsville, where Routes 53 and 390 meet, sits the rundown shell of an old general store once owned by Jack and Adylee Robinson. Fifty years ago, it was the hub of the community, a place where many local residents purchased their groceries, feed, seed, and even their clothing. Today, the old store is home only to a family of stray cats. Jack  has passed away, and at 94, Adylee is spry and still kicking up her heels.

  • School system now offering alternative education program

    In a pubic school system, learning is for every student, but not all students can learn in the same settings. That’s why Superintendent of Washington County Schools Robin Cochran is excited about a new program offering an alternative to students who may not have functioned as well as possible in the traditional classroom setting.

    The new alternative program offered at Washington County High School is a program Cochran has long believed was needed in the local school system, and she’s glad to see it coming to fruition.

  • Local man sentenced to 15 years for burglaries

    A Springfield man who went on a crime spree last spring has been sentenced in connection with numerous break-ins at businesses in Shelby County.

  • More candidates filing for local offices

    The temperature outside may be below freezing, but key races for the May primary election in Washington County are heating up. The field of candidates keeps growing as some new candidates have tossed their hats into the ring.

    Republican Tony Royalty has filed to challenge Democratic incumbent John Settles for Washington County Judge-Executive.

  • Washington County schools on 1-hour delay Monday

    There will be school in Washington County Monday, but classes will be on a 1-hour delay.

     

  • Beating old man winter to the punch

    As Washington Countians battle through frigid temperatures, many are preparing for a long, cold winter by stocking up on the usual yearly supplies such as rock salt or de-icer. Many are also hoping to avoid a repeat of last January’s arctic ice storm that sent several people out into the cold scrambling to grab up any available generators, heaters or other items deemed necessary as many were without power for several days.

  • KSP trooper saves local man's life

    A Kentucky State Police trooper responding to a call is being credited with saving a life in Washington County.

    Senior Trooper Fred Cornett, who lives in Washington County, was on duty and answered a complaint around 4 p.m. Wednesday about littering from a resident on Chaplin Road, according to a report from KSP Post 15 in Columbia. Trooper Cornett arrived at the home of the person who made the complaint and learned that the littering was actually taking place on the caller’s property on Tatum Springs Road.