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  • Urgent call for blood, platelet donors

    The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

    Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately eight percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

  • Bridge on Texas Road discussed at fiscal court meeting

    There were two main areas of discussion during last Friday’s meeting of the Washington County fiscal court.

    The first talking point centered around the closing of a small bridge on Mackville Texas Road, which is located around the 2.65-mile point northeast of Hwy. 150. On July 21, it was reported that stone one side of the bridge had fallen off, which prompted Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles to declare an emergency order due to safety concerns.

  • Several indictments handed down

    An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial, and does not indicate guilt. All of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.

    Alfonso Zarate-Martinez, 33, of 276 Jenkins Lane, Lot No. 4 in Willisburg, who’s aliases include Richardo Alfonso Zapata (Zarate), Manuel Zarate-Venegas, Manuel Venegas and Jeraydo Martinez Varatan was listed as an illegal resident of the country on an indictment made last month. Zarate faces eight counts, three of which classify as felonies.

  • Fowler arrested on domestic assault charges

    According to a report filed by Ofc. Tony Golden of the Springfield Police Department, Bruce L. Fowler, of 110 Domus Ct., was arrested on July 14 and charged with second-degree assault following an incident at the residence.

    Golden noted in his report that a call was received in reference to domestic violence just after midnight, but that the alleged victim, Andrea L. Gayheart, had already left the scene by the time the officer arrived.

  • Summer of opportunity for Erika Weir

    Erika Weir has had a busy summer.

    The morning after being named Distinguished Young Woman for Washington County—something she had dreamed of winning since she was “a little girl” — she was being rushed off to her designated Governor’s Scholar Program destination at Morehead State University.

  • Architects address school

    Representatives from Ross Tarrant Architects were on hand at last Monday’s Washington County School Board meeting, and discussions about the progress made in construction of the new high school was at the forefront of talks.

    Leonard Bowers of Ross Tarrant informed the board that a “lot of progress has been made” since school officials last met with the architects on-site, and that many of the issues that the board had concerns about are being taken care of.

  • Festival season in Springfield

    The City of Springfield’s African-American Heritage has grown into one of the city’s best festivals.  This year — the 11th since the festival began — the event will be held at Court Square in downtown Springfield on Friday starting at 6 p.m.

  • PHOTOS: Zombies invade Springfield
  • Fliers came from out-of-state source

    Update provided by The Kentucky Standard

     

    Forrest Berkshire
    Landmark News Service

    Residents in northern Washington County awoke recently to find recruiting materials for the Ku Klux Klan in their yards.

  • Tri-county United Way becoming a reality

    Tri-County Kentucky United Way is about to become a reality.  After more than a year in the works, the United Way’s annual fall campaign this year will include Marion, Nelson and Washington Counties. 

    “There is not a more common sense approach to people being there for their hometown communities than through the United Way,” said Kenny Fogle, Executive Director of the local United Way chapter.