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  • Sorghum has deep roots in Springfield

    Before the first Sorghum Festival was celebrated in 1976, Washington County Extension Agent Rick Greenwell said festivals were springing up all over the region at the time.

    And the Springfield-Washington County’s Chamber of Commerce wanted one of it’s own and wanted to name the festival something that would keep a rural theme.

    “They came up with sorghum because nobody else had that,” Greenwell said.

    At the time, he said Washington County had a few sorghum producers.

  • County hears road concern

    Washington County Fiscal Court met during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, and heard from some very concerned citizens who live in the Beechwood Subdivision off of Hwy. 555. 

    Their request? One hundred percent funding to pave the Beechwood Subdivision and for the county to take over all of the maintenance of the road.

  • Harvest Festival returns Saturday

    The Mackville Harvest Homecoming Festival will be held this Saturday, and there’s no shortage of food, fun, festivities or prizes.

    According to Amanda Preston, the 5k coordinator and assistant vendor coordinator, there will be more than 30 vendors at the event.

  • Body cameras prove useful to police department

    It’s been about a year since the Springfield Police Department started using body cameras, and according to Police Chief Jim Smith, the Vid-Shields have been very useful for the department.

    “I’ve been very pleased with them,” Smith said. “We all have.”

    The cameras cost the department around $300-$400 a piece, but lack some of the features of higher-end units. Despite this, though, they only cost a fraction of what some body cameras cost.

    “So far, these seem to hold up pretty good,” Smith said. 

  • A Day in the Life ... of a veterinarian

    8 a.m. — open for business.

    The rising sun blazed through the glass doors, illuminating the room a burnt orange. The air was filled with a sharp, pungent smell.

    On the examination table, a wheezing patient breathed almost uncontrollably, though no one seemed to notice.

    The doctor examined her carefully, ignoring the breathing of what sounded like a clogged carpet shampooer.

    She took out her stethoscope and listened to her heartbeat. All was normal.

    After a shot, she was cleared to go.

  • Commanderettes improve to 6-3

    The Washington County Commanderettes (6-3, 2-1) picked up their second district win of the season last week when they defeated the Nelson County Cardinals (7-3, 0-1) three games to two.

    The Commanderettes took the opening set by a score of 25-19, accounting for the largest margin in the tightly contested match.

    Nelson County responded by taking the next two sets 27-25 and 25-21.

  • WC gets first win after late-game rally

    Trick plays were on full display by the Washington County Commanders (1-2) in their thrilling 40-36 victory over the Kentucky Country Day Bearcats (1-2) last Friday night.

    A fake punt, an onside kick and two touchdown passes thrown by someone other than the quarterback were all part of WC’s arsenal in pulling out its first win of the season.

  • Renovations moving forward on old high school

    Immediately after voting on the tax rate, the Washington County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting. The main topic of concern during the evening’s meeting was the old high school renovation.

    Jean-Paul Grivas, vice president of Patrick D. Murphy Architects, gave a slideshow presentation to the board, which gave an overview of options and prices.

    The board elected to move forward to the next steps of the process where the company will begin tightening up the budget and start on some more field studies.

  • Willisburg man injured in wreck

    A motorcycle wreck Friday left one man severely injured when he was thrown from his motorcycle.

    No official report was available at press time, but according to his father, William “Bloop” Johnson, Russell William Johnson, 36, of Willisburg, was thrown from his motorcycle on Loretto Road and suffered a severe leg injury.

    Washington County EMS and the sheriff’s office responded to the accident and Johnson was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital.

  • Accused murderer indicted

    A Washington County grand jury returned a murder charge against Hoyt J. Calhoun of Boston, Ky., recently, while indicting six others, including two on drug production and cultivation charges. 

    Calhoun, 51, of Icetown Road in Boston, was charged with one count of murder (class A felony), one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense (class B misdemeanor), and one count of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.