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  • Autism fair and walk is Saturday

    Families across the nation are affected by autism, with one in 88 children reportedly suffering from the disorder in some form.

    Washington County is no exception, and the fourth annual Autism Fair and Walk on Saturday is an opportunity for the community to show support while finding out more about a condition that many are still trying to understand.

    April is Autism Awareness Month, and with the help of the annual fair, awareness of how to treat autism has vastly expanded in recent years.

  • WCHS sophomore accepted to Gatton

    Dennis George
    Contributing Writer
    Washington County High School sophomore Rachel Cook has been accepted to the prestigious Gatton Math and Science Academy located on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

     The 15-year-old Cook was recognized Monday night at the meeting of the Washington County Board of Education.

  • Brooklyn has believers in Washington County

    Daniel and Erin Disselkamp of Elizabethtown have been fighting for their daughter, Brooklyn, since she was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma — a form of cancer — at 14 months old on Nov. 23.

    The attention Brooklyn needs has led Erin to step away from her job to provide the everyday care her daughter needs, but the Disselkamp family has been far from alone throughout the trying process.

  • Hospitals hopeful governor’s plan to address Medicaid disputes will succeed

    Frankfort, Ky. — While disappointed by the veto of House Bill 5, hospitals throughout Kentucky encouraged by the recent  announcement from Gov. Steve Beshear regarding the state’s Medicaid managed care system. At a press conference in Frankfort, Beshear announced a plan to resolve billing disputes which have resulted in private, out-of-state managed care organizations owing millions of dollars to Kentucky hospitals for treatment provided to Medicaid patients.

  • Fiscal court approves constable appointment

    The decision of whether to approve Dr. David Donathan’s bid to fill Washington County’s vacant position of constable has been a hot issue at recent fiscal court meetings, and after Donathan spoke to county government leaders face-to-face last Monday, he was finally accepted for the position.

    Donathan ensured the court that he has no ulterior motives for requesting to fill the office of constable and simply wants to serve in the position before it is potentially removed in the near future.

  • SWEDA notes ‘right to work’ preference with companies

    At its regular meeting last month, the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority discussed ways of bringing new businesses to the county, including the official hiring of Daniel Carney as its executive director.

    Carney, who took the position and began work on April 8, will earn $45,000 annually with benefits that include insurance, retirement, a cell phone plan and vacation.

  • Lincoln Legacy: Museum honors 16th president

    The Lincoln Legacy museum at the 1816 Courthouse was officially opened to the public on Friday, and the display received plenty of praise.

    Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles and Springfield Mayor John Cecconi helped introduce the museum to the community, and Cecconi told the group outside the courthouse that the building’s rich history made it the perfect home to honor Lincoln.

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    A small committee of Washington County Homemakers has been meeting since the beginning of the year, with help from former committee chairwoman, Pat Sutton, who due to health reasons has been unable to participate.

    The focus of the committee is to reach as many countywide as possible. With this in mind, Marilyn Peters, art teacher at Washington County High School, will again have her students participating in a poster contest. Last year the entries were very thoughtful and meaningful.

  • Major changes planned for school budget

    Changes are on the way for the Washington County School District, thanks to what Superintendent Robin Cochran described as “the perfect storm,” which has led to a need to decrease its budget by $935,000 for the 2013-14 school year to reach a 15 percent contingency.

    A final draft of the budget is due in May, but according to the rough draft that was recently created, it looks like changes for local teachers as a whole will be minimal.

  • Hwy. 150 bridge to be finished by fall

    By Randy Patrick

    Those traveling U.S. 150 between Springfield and Bardstown will have to put up with dirt, dust and delays for several months, but when the work is done, they’ll have a wider, safer bridge across the Beech Fork River.

    The $4.53 million bridge replacement project is well under way, and Van  Meter Contracting, which was awarded the job on Dec. 21, has 108 working days to finish. That means it should be done by the end of September.