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  • County chooses state aid in storm cleanup, Springfield opts out

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    Any day now, there's going to be a lot of hauling and chipping of storm debris going on around Washington County. The debate lies in who is going to pay for the cleanup. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Kentucky are offering to assist, but at a price that some are willing to pay, and others are not.

  • High water threat means higher insurance rates

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

  • One dead in BG Parkway wreck

    A one-vehicle accident on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 10:19 a.m. claimed the life of Jose F. Padilla-Martinez, 29, of Versailles.

    Martinez was traveling west on the Bluegrass Parkway when he lost control of a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, struck a guardrail and then a tree, according to a report by Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley.

    Martinez was ejected from the vehicle, and was found about 15 feet from it. The report indicates that cans of beer were found inside the vehicle, but blood work is pending to determine whether Martinez had been drinking.

  • Congress delays the digital switch

    By Jimmie Earls

    Sun Staff Writer

    People fearing the dreaded jump to digital television and the end of analog broadcasts have gotten a temporary reprieve. Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 264 to 158 to delay the switch until June 12 to allow more people time to buy the necessary equipment. It was apparent that as the original Feb. 12 deadline approached that many people were still not prepared despite months of warning from the government.

  • Let there be lights!Power restored to most of county

    The ice has melted, the snow is gone, and things are starting to get back to normal in parts of Washington County where some residents were nearly two weeks without power. Utility workers are nearing the end of the job of getting the lights back on, and local residents have workers from various parts of the nation to thank.

    Lee Hobson and a group of workers from Pontotoc Electric Power Association from Pontotoc, Miss., were among those who came to help restore power to Washington County.

  • Students to help citizens make switch to digital TV

    For months you’ve been warned to make the switch to digital television, and although you have your converter box in hand, you still have no idea what to do. Fear no more as the Student Technology Learning Program at Washington County High School is offering free assistance to those who need to prepare for the switch to digital television.

  • Digital TV: Are you ready?

    Snow in June? Incredibly enough, that’s what several viewers could find on their televisions if they have not completed the switch to digital by the June 12 federal cutoff. Digital TV is almost here, and like it or not, there are some things you must do before you can continue to receive free signals through the air.

  • George resigns seat as 11th Circuit judge

    He’s been sitting on the bench for a while, but now, Doughlas “Dodie” George will be taking a break. Sort of.

    George  an-nounced recently that he has resigned from his position as 11th Circuit Judge and entered the senior status program for Kentucky judges. George took the step prior to the state’s Jan. 31 deadline, and will now fill in where needed in appointments as a special judge.

    So what was his first assignment?

  • County still looking into bulky item cleanup

    Washington County is still debating the bulky item cleanup program in the county. The effort to clean up after the ice storm may cause a delay in the program, but fiscal court members received nothing but positive feedback from residents in favor of the program. Since state storm cleanup will take 60 days, the county is considering putting off the bulky item cleanup until the storm cleanup is complete, possibly some time in April.

  • State changes plans on helping counties with storm cleanup

    Hang in there, Washington County because help cleaning up after the ice storm is on the way. That was the word from the Washington County Fiscal Court at its meeting on Monday morning.