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  • Seven locals return from mission trip to Fiji

    Seven Washington County citizens traveled more than 7,000 miles one way in a 25-hour period to preach the gospel to people in Fiji. 

    Craig Devine, Mac Marye, Mac Stevens, Justin Shelton, Ross Wright, Troy Thompson and Gene Boone, along with Justin Cooper of Australia, made the 11-day mission trip to the island so they could reach out to the people as part of an evangelical mission with the River of Life Community Church.

  • Hughes charge dismissed

    A Springfield man who was accused of shooting another has had his charge dismissed.

    According to a court document that was recently filed, a charge of assault 1st degree against Mitchell Hughes in the shooting of De’porres Thompson earlier this year was dismissed without prejudice and with leave to reinstate. 

  • St. Dominic Jr. Beta group wins at nationals

    It’s a case of the underdog coming out on top.

    According to St. Dominic’s Junior Beta sponsor Heather Carrico, the team – in its first year of existence – took first place in visual design during the Junior Beta National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, last month. 

  • School officials feel ALICE Training a success

    The ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, evacuate) training that members of Washington County schools have received is already making them think of other ways to apply their knowledge to other emergency situations.

    In fact, according to Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran, it’s also the kind of training that has gotten the most positive feedback from staff members.

  • Hardesty arraigned in court

     A Spring-field man who is accused of sex abuse was arraigned in Wash-ington County Circuit Court on June 22.

    Charles L. Hardesty, 40, was arraigned on a sodomy first-degree charge and a count of first-degree sexual abuse.

    The charges stem from a May indictment. 

    Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding set a trial date for Hardesty’s case on Oct. 26, at 8:30 a.m. and a pretrial conference on Aug. 31, at 10 a.m.

  • Independence Day, 1816 Courthouse's 200th anniversary celebrations to take place Friday

    Starting last year, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles and his staff began the primary planning stages for the 200th anniversary celebration of the 1816 Courthouse.

    While he knew that he wanted an event commemorating the milestone, Settles also wanted it to be well-attended by both community members and even those from outside the community.

    “We were afraid that, as a stand-alone celebration, people might not turn out,” Settles said.

  • New library construction behind schedule

    Washington County’s new library is approximately 55 days behind schedule. Although there is no official date for the grand opening, officials expect to open the doors to the public on the Tuesday after Labor Day. 

    According to Tara O’Hagan, the library director, staff members are well under way in getting new materials, computers with touch screens, and adding new library programs. 

  • SCC sees some early dismissals

    As of Thursday, approximately 85 people will be out of a job a month earlier than expected. 

    According to St. Catharine College President Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, the school was asked to cut expenditures shortly after announcing that it would be closing. As time has gone on, she said the bond trustee for the school has refused “to allow the college to use their cash collateral for certain expenditures, such as making the full payroll.”

  • Rates to possibly change for water, sewer

    The water and sewer rates for the city of Springfield could see an increase in the near future.

    Andy Lange, who is with the Kentucky Rural Water Association, was present at last week’s Springfield City Council meeting to discuss a suggested change to the current water and sewer rates.

    Before talking about potential increases, though, Lange first presented the council with numbers concerning the current financial state of the city’s water and sewer services.

  • It's a lucky dog's life

     It’s been a tough road for a dog that once roamed the parking lots of local grocery stores and restaurants searching for food, but these days, she’s living the good life.