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  • Teen back home after being hit by truck

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    He’s home now and on the mend, but this time last week, Thomas Riney was hospitalized following an accident at his home.

    Riney, 16, was lying in the sun at the family’s home shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, July 14, when he was accidentally struck by a truck driven by his father, Billy Riney.

  • Local businessman spreading the word, one pedal at a time

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    At 56 years old, some people would be preparing for retirement. But not Steve Hale. In fact, he wants to help out more people before he settles down.

    Hale, owner of Sell with Hale Realty and Auction, plans to depart on a more-than 500-mile journey July 26 from Boston Court in Louisville, Ky., and ride to Springfield the first day. Then he will depart on July 27 from Springfield and ride to Americus, Ga. His method of transportation: a bicycle, with a “poop out vehicle” attached.

  • Blood drive to be held July 17 in honor of Hatchett

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    Justin Hatchett loves being on the farm.

    “It’s a way of life for him,” said Donna Remington, advisor and teacher of agriculture for Future Farmers of America (FFA). “It’s what he wants to do.”

    Hatchett was operating a tractor at his family’s farm on Mackville-Springfield Highway around 9 a.m. June 18 when it suddenly overturned. Justin was reportedly penned under the machine for nearly 30 minutes while rescue crews tried to save him.

  • Lincoln statue design selected for new judicial center

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    In life, Abraham Lincoln stood 6 feet, 5 inches tall. When a statue of the 16th president is completed in front of the new Washington County Judicial Center, Lincoln will be a total of 15 feet, 9 1/2 inches above ground, cast in bronze and placed atop a solid granite base. The statue itself will be 9 feet 6 inches, while the base will measure 6 feet, 3 1/2 inches.

  • Salvation Army Camp reaches local kids

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    Just call him “Rayface.” He is in charge of fun.

    “Rayface,” whose real name is Ray Dalrymple, the disaster service and service extension director for the Salvation Army, tells this to his “Paradise Valley” campers as soon as they meet him.

    Dalrymple, who has worked at the camp for almost 20 years, also tells the kids that he is Santa Claus’s cousin and even helps take care of the reindeer.

  • Clements pleads not guilty to hosting party

    By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    Local school board member Pat Clements appeared for an arraignment in Washington County District Court Monday afternoon, facing charges of violating the county’s social host ordinance. The charges stem from a party held on Clements’ property June 7.

    Clements entered a not guilty plea, and a pre-trial hearing was set for Aug. 11.

  • Blood drive to be held July 17 in honor of Hatchett

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    Justin Hatchett loves being on the farm.

    “It’s a way of life for him,” said Donna Remington, advisor and teacher of agriculture for Future Farmers of America (FFA). “It’s what he wants to do.”

    Remington, who taught Hatchett for four years at FFA, planned the upcoming blood drive for Justin from 3-8 p.m. July 17 at Cornerstone Christian Church since “it’s something that needed to be done.”

  • 4-Hers attend camp

    Cool weather, great staff and enthusiastic campers all equaled a fantastic week at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp for Washington County.

    Thirty-four Washing-ton County campers and counselors enjoyed a week at camp whose theme, Camp Scene Investigation involved a camp mystery that all campers had a chance to solve for a grand prize at the end of the week. Classes such as lakefront, swimming, high and low ropes, archery, riflery, crafts, fingerprinting, sketch artist, nutrition, leather craft and biologist in training were other highlights of the four day camp.

  • Repairs made to Nancy Hanks memorial at Lincoln Homestead State Park

    By Jennifer Corbett

    Summer Intern

    In 1935, Washington County residents gathered at Lincoln Homestead State Park to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. They also gathered to celebrate the legacy of Hanks by dedicating a memorial to her just a few feet from the cabin where she grew up.

  • Program helps farmers begin operation

    By Rick Greenwell

    Washington County Extension Agent

    As promised, this is a continuation of last week’s article on Understanding Ag Loan Programs.

    What is the Beginning Farmer Loan Program?