Local News

  • Legislators pleased with strong finish

    By Randy Patrick

    Jimmy Higdon has been in the state legislature for a decade, and every session he’s been involved in, lawmakers have parted on the last day with harsh words and hurt feelings.

    This year it was different.

    “It’s the first time I’ve ever left with a smile on my face,” the

    Republican state senator said Thursday, two days after the end of the 2013 Regular Session.

  • Guthrie visits Willisburg

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., paid a visit to Washington County on Thursday, stopping by North Washington School before touring Isaiah House, which the congressman said left a strong impression on him.

    Guthrie, who took office in 2009, made the rounds in Willisburg, as he spoke to fifth-graders about the importance of government, heard stories of overcoming addiction from those at the Christian-based rehab center and interacted with local government officials.

  • Health rankings: County is top 10 in state

    Washington County can stake a claim to being a top-10 county in the commonwealth based on the recently released 2013 County Health Rankings.

    Washington placed sixth among the 120 Kentucky counties in overall health outcomes, including the top ranking in the state in morbidity rate, which measures the percentage of residents in poor health condition.

  • Addressing underage drinking, drug use

    Fighting underage drinking and drug use has been a focal point of many in the community, but as it was shown at the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition’s town hall meeting at Mordecai’s restaurant on Thursday, there’s still plenty of work to be done.

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  • WCHS student wins essay contest

    By Aaron S. Dugger
    Library Media Specialist at North Washington

    A Washington County High School student will head west next month to participate in the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt.

  • New high school is main topic at meeting

    Funding for the new high school was among the main topics when the Washington County Board of Education met last week.

    The board was informed that an additional cost of $3,500 was needed for the installation of the bleachers in the new high school’s gym as well as several other costs, including additional electrical work. The $7,338.80 total cost, however, is balanced by several credits and purchase orders recently placed.

    The school board, in fact, stands to be credited $52.80.

  • SWEDA names Carney executive director

    The Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority (SWEDA) made the announcement recently that Daniel Carney will take over as the organization’s executive director, effective April 8.

  • CLARIFICATION: Constable issue unsettled after meeting

    CLARIFICATION: In regard to last week’s constable story, Dr. David Donathan had officially been appointed as constable by Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles.
    The lack of magisterial approval blocks Donathan from being able to begin his duties.
    Until a magisterial vote approves Donathan, he will remain an appointed constable, but will be unable to resume the responsibilities of the position.


  • Bridge flooding: Restrictions prevent building at higher level

    Flooding waters engulfing the road leading up to and including the bridge on Grundy Home Road is a sight that residents in the area are familiar with, but one that they’re hoping to see less often.

    Last Monday showed the type of downpour that can still cause trouble for rural Washington County residents when the newly-constructed bridge on Grundy Home Road was completely submerged just two days before its re-opening.