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  • Shewmaker takes trip on Honor Flight

    From the hot, humid and dangerous environment of the Guadalcanal in 1943 to the comfortable 74 degrees on Sept. 26, 2015, in Washington D.C., Wesley Shewmaker sure knows how to make his way around in the world.

    Shewmaker, 92, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Pacific during World War II, recently got the chance of a lifetime when he took a trip east on the Honor Flight.

    The Honor Flight is an all-expenses paid trip for veterans that takes them to Washington D.C., for one day to visit memorials and have the chance to reflect on their service and sacrifices.

  • Bourbon Chase is Friday

    About 2,000 runners will once again be passing through Washington County this Friday as part of the annual Bourbon Chase.

    The event is a 200-mile journey that takes participants through bourbon distilleries all across the state, and each year, the trail takes runners through Washington County.

    There will be three exchanges in Washington County this year, with the longest leg of the entire 200-mile race being the 8.9-mile stretch from Springfield’s Farmers Market to New Beginnings Church on Hwy 150.

  • A Day in the Life ... of a police officer

    At the Five Star on Bardstown Road, menacing clouds and rain looms close as Tony Golden, a police officer for the Springfield Police Department, pulls up to the pump. His tank is near empty.

    Before he can even get out of the Dodge Charger, which is souped-up with blue lights and communication radios, a call comes in. It’s an early report of an erratic driver.

    With the flick of a switch, Golden turns on his blue lights and cautiously pulls out of the gas station.

  • Lanham finds career in health-care management

    Where is she now?

    Some may know Washington County native Stephanie Lanham by her maiden name, Stephanie Murphy. But what some may not know is Lanham, who married Washington County native Todd Lanham, is now systems vice president for surgery and ortho spine services at Norton Health Care in Louisville.

    “That’s kind of a long title,” she said with a chuckle.

  • WC schools earn positive accountability test scores

    Hillary C. Wright
    Washington County Schools

    Students and staff in Washington County Schools have scores to be proud of in this year’s “Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All” accountability system.

  • Goode named to ‘People to Know’ list

    Nick Schrager
    Sun Staff Writer

    Hal B. Goode recently received an honor that could easily be called humbling – he was named one of the top 20 people to know in economic development in the state.

    The list is compiled by Louisville Business First and based on nominations they receive.

    “They’re getting nominations from around the area,” Goode said.

  • Ground broken for new library

    The day has finally come.

    After a month-long setback, Monday morning saw the groundbreaking ceremony for the new

    Washington County Public Library, which is set to open its doors on June 20, 2016, winter weather permitting.

    Local and state government, as well as students from St. Dominic School, library employees and others, attended the event.

    For Tara O’Hagan, the Washington County Public Library director, the moment was astonishing.

  • Five county roads will be resurfaced

    The Washington County fiscal court will be able to partially resurface five roads within the county roads system after a motion was passed during Monday’s special-called meeting.

    “As you all know, we are constantly applying for supplemental money,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said.

  • Resolution still not reached at new school

    After meeting away from the public for executive session over pending litigation, the Washington County Board of Education returned by mediaplayer"> to open business during a special-called meeting on Sept. 21.

    During her report, Washington County Superintendent Robin Cochran said board member Pat Clements recently had a meeting with Alliance over trying to resolve the soil issue at the new high school.

  • Sorghum Festival is this weekend

    Three … two … one …

    The countdown has begun for this year’s Sorghum Festival, and when Friday rolls around, people in Washington County are sure to be delighted. That’s because there’s a number of new attractions for people to see this year.

    According to Wendy Devine, the executive director of the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, things will kick off early with the Farm City Breakfast Friday morning at 7 a.m. Tickets are $10 each and available through the Extension Office.