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  • Hats of to the Class of 2009143 seniors graduate from WCHS

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    A packed house gathered in the gym of Washington County High School Friday night to celebrate the school’s 2009 graduating class. And while the program only lasted one hour, it probably seemed like the longest hour in their lives to the students as they waited to receive their diplomas and head out into the world.

  • Man arrested, charged with burglary

    A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a Springfield home.

    George Smothers, 40, of St. Rose Road in Lebanon, was charged with burglary 1st degree and criminal possession of a forged instrument after a May 22 incident at the home of Burton Hatchett of Springfield.

    According to Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley, Smothers entered the Hatchett home through a rear window and took a blank check from the home. The check had been made out to a local business, but no amount was written on it at the time.

  • Burgers, chips...and water!

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It started off innocently enough as a cookout for the graduating class at Washington County High School. It ended up being a water-logged free-for-all as the seniors battled the underclassmen in a giant water balloon fight at Idle Hour Park Thursday afternoon.

  • Bank info scam targets local citizens

    A new scam is out there, and it’s targeting Washington Countians.

    Keith Reed, vice president of Springfield State Bank, said he has talked to customers who have received telephone calls from someone claiming to be bank representatives, and asking for account numbers and other personal information from the person answering the call.

    Reed said the person on the line has not identified themselves as being with a particular financial institution, but simply tells the person on the line that they are “with the bank” or “calling from your bank.”

  • Fredericktown School has final 'last day'

    Thursday was the last day of school for Washington County students, but for the students and staff at Fredericktown Elementary School, the words “last day” took on a new meaning.

    Fredericktown Elementary observed the final day in its history as part of the Washington County School System following the announcement last March that the school would be closed permanently due to economic reasons and the low enrollment at the school.

  • State police seek armed burglars

    At 1:10 p.m. Monday, the Kentucky State Police responded to a residential burglary in the Smith Lane area of Washington County.  The possible suspect vehicle is a dark-colored Ford F-150 crew cab or possibly an SUV occupied by one black male and two white males, and was last seen headed north on KY 429 (Saint Rose Rd.) in Washington County.  The occupants of this vehicle should be considered armed and dangerous.

  • Man charged in domestic violence

    A domestic dispute between a man and his step-son leaves one charged with assault.

    Ronald L. Thompson Jr., 32, of Springfield, was charged with one count each of assault 4th degree (domestic violence), criminal mischief third degree and resisting arrest.

  • High school students conduct art show

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Art students at Washington County High School got to show off their work during an art show held in the school's gym last Tuesday.

    “The artwork here represents every single class I teach,” said WCHS art teacher Marilyn Peters. “That's general art, advanced art, painting class, photography and my advanced placement students. It's a collection of the works that we do throughout the year.”

  • Fredericktown School: Where will the staff go?

    The closing of Fredericktown Elementary School means some employees will have to move to a new location within the school system, while others will be out of work.

    According to Robert Stafford, superintendent of Washington County Schools, eight of the 16 positions at Fredericktown are being eliminated with the school’s recent closing.

    Stafford said among the eight positions being relocated to other county schools are three tenured teachers, as well as five aides and food service workers.

  • JOBS helps students find jobs after school

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    It’s one thing to work your way through college, but to work your way through high school? That’s the goal of the JOBS (Job Opportunities Build Success) program at Washington County High School.

    An awards luncheon was held May 21 at the Springfield Opera House to honor the students in the program and to recognize the local businesses who provide employment for them.