Local News

  • Time runs low on youth coalition

    For one of Washington County’s most successful youth programs time and funding are wearing thin. In fact, when the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition host their BLAST (Better Lives and Safer Towns) event on Sept. 26, it will be the last in a long line of programs hosted by the coalition under the current funding situation.

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  • Mackville festival returns Saturday

    John Overby
    Sun Staff Writer

    The Mackville Harvest Festival will be taking place this Saturday, which will be the first time in eight years that the event has been held.

    Donna Harmon and Linda Riney made the festival’s new beginning possible when, according to Harmon, the two decided that it was time to “get it started back up.”

  • City addresses pipeline, taxes, park renovations

    Springfield City Council held its monthly meeting last Tuesday at City Hall, and there were several guests in attendance interested to hear the city’s stance on the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.

    Much to the visitors’ delight, Mayor John Cecconi read a resolution that declared Springfield’s safety concerns regarding the pipeline, and encouraged Gov. Steve Beshear and other state officials to make sure all precautions are being taken to ensure any proposed pipeline would be vetted fully to ensure the safety of Kentucky residents.

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  • The arts are not a luxury

    John Overby
    Sun Staff Writer

    It’s 3:30 p.m. The parking lot is noticeably bare. Inside of the building, there is silence with the exception of the muffled sounds of a volleyball practice behind closed doors.

    And the hallway is empty.

    That is, it is empty until you reach the end, where a handful of art students are still hard at work.

    WCHS let out a half hour ago, but there is sophomore Thomas Graves painting a hallway wall white so a mural of his design can adorn it within the month.

  • Poet Maurice Manning is harvesting a different type of Kentucky crop

    Tom Eblen
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Clouds were gathering for an early evening shower as Maurice Manning leashed his three big dogs and took off down one of the mowed paths that criss-cross almost 20 acres behind his 1850s farmhouse.

    “One of my vows when I was in grad school in Alabama was that if I ever made any money from writing, I would buy land in Kentucky,” he said as we ambled through woods, past a stream and across meadows of wildflowers in full August bloom.

  • School system making ends meet

    It hasn’t been a secret that the state’s funding of education has taken a step back in recent years.

    The numbers show where cutbacks have hit the hardest, as SEEK (Support Education Excellence in Kentucky) funding decreased from $7.6 million in 2009 to a current allocation of $6.6 million, according to Washington County Schools Finance Officer Judy Spalding.

    “We’ve had a six percent overall decline in revenue in five years between our property tax and SEEK,” Spalding said.

  • A week in a foreign land

    Ken Mattingly is entering his 20th year as a teacher at Rockcastle County Middle School in Mt. Vernon, but he recently spent a week teaching in a much different environment.

    The 1984 graduate of Washington County High School got the opportunity thanks to his involvement with the Portland, Ore.-based Assessment Training Institute. Using what he’s learned through the institute, Mattingly has done work across Kentucky and elsewhere helping school districts develop assessment literacy and standards-based grading from elementary to high school.

  • County, Whayne Supply at crossroads on grader repair

    Washington County fiscal court met on Monday morning, and the primary conversation centered around a recent dispute the county has had with Whayne Supply Company in Louisville.