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  • Smith says he plans to remain as WCHS principal

    He was in the hunt for the position of superintendent of Campbellsville City Schools, but Leon Smith says he now plans to remain principal of Washington County High School.

    Smith, a native of Campbellsville, said the job coming open in his hometown and being near his parents was a major reason for his interest.

    “That had a lot to do with it,” Smith said. “My Mom and Dad live over there, and this would be a good opportunity to go over there, be near Mom and Dad, and finish out my last few years while being near them as they grow older.”

  • MRSA case confirmed at Washington County High

    One case of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) has been confirmed at Washington County High School, according to Superintendent of Schools Robert Stafford.

    "We have one doctor-confirmed case of MRSA, and we have taken all precautions," Stafford said. He added that a letter was sent home with students Thursday afternoon, as well as a call being made over the school's automatic telephone notification system.

  • Students learn the dangers of drunk driving

    Several Washington County High School students were caught driving impaired last Tuesday in the parking lot at Idle Hour Park. Springfield police officer Charlie Osbourne administered field sobriety tests and the results were not good. One vehicle suffered minor damage and several orange cones were dragged for several feet. This was all part of the Fatal Experience Driving Simulation sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Crime Prevention Coalition.

  • Lincoln sculpture unveiled in Springfield

    It was a time when the past, present and future of Washington County came together to remember one of the nation's favorite presidents. Young and old mingled in the streets of Springfield for the official unveiling of the Abraham Lincoln sculpture in front of the new county judicial center. State and local dignitaries, along with Honest Abe himself, portrayed by Jim Getty, heralded the historic occasion from the porch of the old county courthouse, while the sculptor, Paula B. Slater, looked on proudly.

  • Harrodsburg couple killed in Saturday crash

    A two-vehicle accident in Washington County has left two people dead.

    Barbara Walker, 72, of Harrodsburg, and her husband, Martin Walker III, 72, also of Harrodsburg, both died after a collision on US 150 about six miles outside Springfield Saturday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m.

  • Economy may get boost from batteries

    The local economy could be looking at a boost, and that boost could come from batteries.

    It will not be located in Springfield, but the news of a $600 million investment being made in Hardin County by the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NAATBat) could definitely mean a jolt of energy into the economy of Washington County, as well as surrounding communities.

  • New deputy, police officer now on patrol in community

    The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Springfield Police Department each have welcomed a new officer as Bill Hill and Nathan Phillips recently graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training course at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

  • Superintendent gets positive review from board

    He’s been on the job for nine months now, but it may seem like more than that for Robert Stafford, superintendent of Washington County Schools.

    Stafford came on board as the new superintendent of Washington County just before the current school year started, and the school board members met last Tuesday night for his formative evaluation.

    Stafford got good marks from the board, and the members pointed out what they were pleased with about his service.

  • Springfield pool drowning in problems

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    The Springfield public pool has been drowning in financial loss for years. Now that new federal laws are in place, it looks as if the pool may have seen its last swimmer as the cost to comply with the regulations reaches at least $20,000, and could climb as high as $50,000 or more.

  • Edelen will keep new judicial center running

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    A brand new multi-million dollar building like the Washington County Judicial Center doesn’t just run itself. It takes a highly qualified individual to oversee the daily upkeep and maintenance of such a building. That’s where Richard “Ricky” Edelen enters the picture. As the maintenance person for the center, it’s up to him to keep everything running in top condition at Washington County’s newest landmark.