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Local News

  • Homestead exemption means tax savings for seniors

    New Washington County Property Valuation Administrator Fran Carrico has some great news for seniors in the county who own their own home. Through Section 170 of the Kentucky Constitution, an exemption will allow those who qualify to deduct $33,700 from the assessed value of their home, which means lower property taxes.

  • Up, up and away to Springfield

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The recent winter ice storm and the wind storm that followed left a lot of interesting things lying around in local yards. While most debris consisted of downed limbs and the occasional piece of litter, one wouldn't expect to find a plastic card attached to a balloon that traveled 160 miles over three months.

  • Center offers affordable meals for seniors

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    There is no doubt that the struggling economy has many looking for ways to cut back on expenses. And while various fast foods chains try to lure in customers with items for a dollar, there's a place that is offering Washington County seniors a complete meal for just a buck.

  • Smoke 'em... if you can afford 'em

    April 15 is typically feared by many as tax day, but for Kentuckians who smoke cigarettes and use tobacco products, April 1 might be an even scarier day. That’s when House Bill 144 goes into effect, and a new cigarette tax of 30 cents per pack will hit smokers and retailers across the Bluegrass. In addition, a federal excise tax of 62 cents per pack will go into effect for manufacturers and be passed on to customers, making a carton of cigarettes almost $10 higher than before.

  • County crews continue cleanup

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Despite a new contractor hired by the state to clean storm debris along roads, the Washington County Fiscal Court has decided to continue the use of the county road department to cleanup along county roads.

  • Grand jury indicts three

    A Washington County grand jury returned indictments against three people on Thursday, Feb. 8.

    Douglas Francis Brady, 39, of Stanford, was charged with nine counts of possession of a forged instrument in the second degree (a Class D felony) and one count of being a persistent felony offender.

    According to court records, Brady possessed forged checks in Washington and Marion counties, including $330 worth of checks to Sav-A-Lot and Fast Food in Springfield, for which he paid restitution.

  • State road work to start on KY 150 later this summer

    The economy may be in bad shape, but the road ahead may be a little smoother thanks to some road funding courtesy of President Obama’s stimulus package. Federal monies heading toward the commonwealth are paving the way for a new bypass project and the state is also preparing to do some resurfacing along KY-152 from the Marion County line to KY-150 in Springfield.

  • Students celebrate National FFA Week

    Parking at Washington County High School got a little tougher to find Wednesday morning. It wasn’t oversized Hummers or SUVs that caused the bottleneck turning onto school property though.  It was the parade of 25 farm tractors parading through Springfield to the high school.

  • County crews left to clean up debris

    After being on the job approximately 48 hours, the sub-contractor hired by Hickey Enterprises to clean up storm debris on state and county roads in Washington County has decided to pull out, and Hickey is being penalized by the state at a rate of $1,000 daily as a result. That leaves the state scrambling to find a replacement as the county begins their own cleanup effort.

  • BBQ cookoff prize money set at $8,000

    The Jim Beam BBQ Classic, a Kentucky State Championship Competition, will be held in Springfield, Ky. Oct. 2-3, 2009 as part of the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival.  The competition offers $8,000 in total cash prizes and awards.