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  • Local couple wants to help the needy this Christmas

     It’s called paying it forward. 

    Mark and Sherry Speakman, pastors of Willisburg Church of God, are working with the Washington County Salvation Army unit and Washington County Schools Family Resource Youth Service Center to provide food for the less fortunate this Christmas. The program they are coordinating, which will provide a basket of food to the elderly, is called Returning the Favor to Washington County. 

  • County hires two temporary road employees

    The Washington County Fiscal Court announced at last Friday’s special meeting that it will be hiring two temporary employees for the road department.

    During Dale Mann’s road department report, it was announced that a committee had interviewed applicants for a temporary position on the road department. 

    “We originally had four applications,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said. “One withdrew at the last minute because of his work.”

  • Murphy retires from bank after 64 years on the job

    Ann Murphy finished her career at Springfield State Bank after a total of 64 years of service last week. At the age of 88, she said goodbye to her coworkers during a party that was held on Nov. 5.

    “It has been so good I can’t even describe it,” Murphy said about her time at the bank. “It’s been wonderful. I’ve seen a lot of people go and come.”

  • Man tries to hit deputy with truck

    A Harrodsburg man found himself in the Marion County Detention Center on a charge of wanton endangerment first of a police officer last week. 

    According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Melvin L. Ison, 31, of Harrodsburg was arrested on Nov. 24 after he allegedly nearly struck Washington County Sherriff’s Deputy Charlie Osbourn with his vehicle. 

    Osbourn fired his weapon at the vehicle during the incident. 

  • Former resident faces murder charge

    A former Washington County man is facing serious charges in Jefferson County after police say he killed one and tried to kill another.

    William “Tony” Mattingly, 40, of Louisville and formerly of Washington County, was arraigned in court last week on a charge of murder and a charge of attempted murder.

    A Louisville Metro Police Department report says on Nov. 13, Mattingly placed Thomas Grismer in a chokehold until he died. Grismer was found dead in a hotel room that morning.

  • Grand jury indicts five

    The Washington County Grand Jury indicted six people recently, four from Willisburg, one from Springfield, and another from Bardstown.

  • School board receives top marks in financial audit

    The Washington County School Board met for its regularly scheduled meeting last week. After returning from executive session concerning superintendent Robin Cochran’s evaluation, the board heard its positive annual financial audit report from Artie White of White & Associates from Richmond.

    The board got the best report that one can receive.

    White said the reports they give the board are basically giving their opinion on their financial statements.

  • Juveniles steal car, hit cop

    Two juveniles found themselves in police custody facing multiple charges after being arrested by the Springfield Police Department when they were pulled over in a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

  • Campbell enjoys a lifetime of crafting

     In a quiet, cozy studio that overlooks a flock of sheep and St. Catharine College, Norma Jean Campbell sits under the warm glow of a chandelier, meticulously handcrafting figurine scenes of people and nature. Each scene, each character and each animal has its own story, crafted delicately and with care, just like the works of art themselves.  

    Campbell, 84, has been creating needle sculptures for the last six years.

  • Haases apply for tax moratorium

    After reading about the possibility of a tax moratorium in a recent issue of The Springfield Sun, Mark and Brandy Haas could see the same tax break for their renovation of what is known as the Goatley corner property on Main Street.