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  • City budget recommendations made before first reading


    The first reading of the Springfield city budget will be a balanced budget, according to city administrator Laurie Smith.

    Smith told the city council at the regularly scheduled meeting on May 10 that the budget committee has accomplished a balanced budget while making some changes and conservatively estimating revenue.
    The recommendations the budget committee presented before the first reading included laying off two city workers in favor of several part-time or seasonal workers.

  • Local heart recipient meets donor’s family


    A healthy heart is the size of a fist.
    Joey Smith’s old heart was large enough to fill the bottom of a one-gallon pail.

  • Primary elections set for Tuesday, May 17


    Washington County residents will have a chance to weigh in on state government office primaries on May 17.

    Races of note include the one for governor and lieutenant governor,  commissioner of agriculture and auditor of public accounts.
    The Democratic primary for the governor and lieutenant governor positions include Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (Lexington) and former mayor of Louisville Jerry Abramson (Louisville). Current Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo wasn’t chosen for re-election by Beshear.

  • County budget includes pay raises


    Pay raises are on the way for Washington County employees.

    That announcement was made as the 2011-12 county budget was given its first reading at Monday’s fiscal court meeting.
    According to the May 2 minutes of the court’s annual budget workshop, the budget includes a 4-percent raise for employees, as well as a 1.498-percent cost-of-living raise for elected officials.
    The grand total for all the funds comes in at $5,629,692.

  • Economic development coalition wins KU award


    People across the state now know about an organization in Central Kentucky that has been working to grow the region’s economy for nearly two years. 

    At the recent spring conference of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development  (KAED) in Shelbyville, the Bluegrass South Regional Economic Development Coalition  became the most recent winner of the LG&E and KU Community Award for Innovation.

  • Head of “state”


    When it comes to serving others, one Washington County High School student has won the approval of people across the state.

    Katie Cambron, a junior, was elected as the state president of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America service organization during the state convention recently.
    “I knew after the end of my junior year that I wanted to run for state office,” Cambron said.
    She assumed the duties of president on April 1.

  • SCC to host drug take-back day

     

  • Springfield Police chief Armstrong will retire


    After over 40 years in criminal justice, Springfield Police Chief Fred Armstrong is set to retire.

  • Vineyards, wineries make a comeback


    Before tobacco was king in Kentucky, grapes were a majestic crop.
    Around the time of the Civil War and Prohibition, Kentucky was the nation’s third largest grape-producing state.
    “When that was, it was prior to the Civil War, and the war itself disrupted the whole thing,” Rick Greenwell, Washington County agricultural extension agent, said. “Then Prohibition finished it off, which is what put us into the modern day agriculture that ended several years ago.”

  • Washington County ranked seventh healthiest county in the state according to new report


    Keep living a healthy lifestyle, Washington County. It’s paying off.

    According to research released by the University of Wisconsin in Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Washington County is the seventh healthiest county in the state.
    Boone, Oldham, Calloway, Woodford, Scott and Lyon counties are the six counties that ranked above Washington County, with Boone being the healthiest.