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  • 2014 sheriff activity

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office recently made its 2014 activity report available, and the numbers closely reflect the activity from 2013.

    Accidents were up last year, with the department working 169 wrecks compared to 143 the previous year.

    The department also reported working 43 UOR (uniform offense report) cases, up six from 37 in 2013.

    The sheriff’s office also filed 204 incident reports (152 in 2013), served 240 e-warrants or e-summons (236 in 2013) and served 826 civil summons or subpoenas (815 in 2013).

  • New city council meets

    Springfield City Council held its January meeting last Tuesday at City Hall, and it was the first time the group has met  officially since many of the faces changed with last November’s election.

    Newly elected mayor Debbie Wakefield had the new council introduce itself to visitors from Washington County Teen Leadership prior to addressing the agenda, which focused in part on the installation of new lighting at Idle Hour Park.

  • Officials support a jailer

    A report from the Courier-Journal earlier this month brought attention to the policy in Kentucky that requires counties to have an elected jailer regardless of the existence of a county jail. The article noted that jailers and their deputies contribute to a cost of around $2 million in taxpayers’ dollars each year.

    In the weeks since, there has been much discussion about the necessity of the office and whether the workload warrants the cost, and some in state government have suggested eliminating the office altogether.

  • Ribbon cutting held for new fire department

    Local officials, first responders and residents celebrated the opening of the Springfield/Washington County Fire Department with a ribbon cutting last Friday.

    The new facility on Main Street has been in use for several weeks, but last week’s event represented the final step in the local firefighters’ move to their long overdue new home.

    Government officials and representatives from the USDA Rural Development program were in attendance to speak on the importance of the new building to Springfield and Washington County.

  • PHOTOS: In honor of Dr. King

    Members of the Washington County and surrounding communities came together Monday night at River of Life Church to celebrate the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The celebration included a message from keynote speak Dr. Darrick A. Briscoe, pastor at First Baptist Church in Danville, as well as performances from community members.

    Several individuals shared stories of past struggles or witnessing the struggle of others to attain racial equality.

  • Man in critical condition after Tuesday night shooting

    Joseph Hill, 24, of Willisburg, is in critical condition at University of Kentucky Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound last Tuesday night.

    Hill was allegedly shot once after an altercation with 71-year-old Charles Chesser. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Pinkston said Chesser is believed to be the shooter.

    The incident happened in the roadway on Glens Creek Road in Willisburg.

    Pinkston said the investigation is ongoing, and that the department, with support from Kentucky State Police, is looking into what led to the confrontation.

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  • PHOTO: Board members sworn in
  • Commander Day off without a hitch

    The inaugural Commander Day went smoothly last Thursday, as students and teachers adjusted to the new snow day lesson plan that allows students to complete assignments when school is not in session.

    While students had the day off, teachers reported to their respective schools at 10 a.m. in order to be available if students needed assistance with their assignments. Initial feedback from teachers indicated that everything got off to a good start. Several indicated that they see how the take-home lesson plans can be a big help for students.

  • Fiscal court met Monday

    Washington County’s Fiscal Court started its New Year with a warm welcome to the new county attorney, Bill Robinson, and new sheriff, Jerry Pinkston.

    Outside of the humble start to the first meeting of the year, several points were on this meeting’s agenda.

    Judge-Executive John Settles appointed Kevin Devine as director of emergency management, as well as the search and rescue coordinator. Alongside Devine, Bill Carpenter was appointed as deputy director of emergency management.

    All were approved without opposition.