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  • Court approves sale of SCC parcels

    Staff Report

     

    The U.S. District Court has given approval to sell two parcels of property near the St. Catharine College’s main campus.  Property at 3161 Bardstown Road, which consists of a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is to be sold for $114,000 and a 2-bedroom 2-bathroom home at 2670 Bardstown road is to be sold for $115,000 according to the Court Order dated Dec. 16. 

  • Robinson to be in "Concert with the Stars"

    A Washington County native will be hitting the big stage this January to perform in the third annual “Concert with the Stars.” 

    According to Lyndy Franklin Smith, the artistic director of the Lexington Theatre Company, Aaron Robinson will join four other college students on the big stage to perform with Broadway stars. 

    “Our mission is to combine today’s Broadway stars with tomorrow’s Broadway hopefuls to create fabulous professional theatre for Central Kentucky,” Franklin Smith said. 

  • Recycling center to move

    After more than 30 minutes of discussion, the Washington County Fiscal Court voted to move the county’s recycling center from its current location to the old road department building on Walnut Street. 

    The 4-1 roll call vote to move the center comes after the county spent several months looking into ways to save money while still providing a recycling program.  

  • Children learn to speak with their hands at NWES

    When the hour hand strikes 4 p.m., children line up single-file into Jane Kephart’s classroom to learn a language that no one technically speaks.

    At least not with their voice.

    Kephart, a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at North Washington Elementary School, is teaching an after-school program that focuses on American Sign Language, which allows the deaf to communicate with others.    

    She said she began studying sign language when she was studying to become a teacher.

  • Doublewide destroyed by fire

    A doublewide trailer located off KY 555 was destroyed by fire last week. 

    According to Willisburg Fire Chief Jessie Carney, the fire broke out in the early morning hours on Dec. 7.

    “By the time we got there, it was pretty well destroyed,” Carney said.  

    He said the trailer, which was owned by Albert Peters, was located at 11718 KY 555, in Willisburg. No injuries were reported.  

  • Raikes wins Teacher of the Year award

    Washington County Schools

     

  • St. Dominic Closet lends hands to others

    A group of Washington County residents are donating their time to provide a service for those in need. 

    Donna Kelly, who has managed St. Dominic Closet on North Doctor Street since about 2000, said the store actually began on the back porch of the rectory at St. Dominic Church when Father Joe Haydon was leading the church.

    “And then when Father (Leon) Spalding came … he bought this building and moved it here,” Kelly said, “and it’s been here ever since. In fact, he was shocked at how much money we bring in over here.”

  • Ruth Cocanougher named financial officer at MCPS

    Stevie Lowery

    Landmark News Service

     

    Focus on one piece of the puzzle at a time.

    That’s how Ruth Cocanougher, the new financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, does her job.

  • Burn ban lifted in county

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

     

    The burn ban in Washington County has been lifted. 

    During last week’s fiscal court meeting, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said the ban was lifted on Nov. 29 after showers swept through the area last week. 

    Settles also said construction at the new road department building is still ahead of schedule, and the court has found a new truck for dead farm animal removal.  

    “We found one in Tennessee,” Settles said. 

  • A blue Christmas

    Santa Claus is known for his bright red suit, but this year, some of his best helpers will be wearing blue.

    Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith and his officers have been serving the community in many ways since he took the helm of the Springfield Police Department on June 1, 2011. One of those ways is the annual SPD Christmas with Kids program.

    When Smith arrived, the department already had a Christmas program, but he said he wanted to incorporate Christmas with Kids into its regular activities.