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  • Magistrate passes over weekend

    Morris Goode Sweazy, well-known fiscal court magistrate and local entrepreneur, passed away at the age of 80 over the weekend. 

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, Sweazy, who passed away Oct. 15, was in his third term of office serving District 4. 

    “He won the general election Nov. 7, 2006,” Settles said, “so he took office Jan. 1, 2007.”

  • Local man fulfilling goal as novelist

    Growing up about 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh, Frank Mazur knew he wanted to be a novelist.

    In fact, the blurb under his high school yearbook photo said: “Aspires to be a teacher and a novelist.”

    “I’d always been into writing, and I read a lot of novels, even in high school,” Mazur said. “That was something that always just kind of stuck with me.”

  • Brown, King vie for state legislature

    Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, and The Springfield Sun will be providing voters a closer look each week until the election at all of the contested races that will appear on this year’s ballot in Washington County. This series, which will be presented in a question-and-answer format, begins this week in the race for the 55th District state representative seat between incumbent Kim King and challenger Tobie Brown.

  • Search for Warner continues

    It’s been more than three months since Crystal Warner and Robert Jones were murdered in Washington County, and while a suspect is in custody and Jones’ body has been recovered, Warner’s remains have yet to be found.

    According to Warner’s mother, Mary Reeve, things have slowed down but the search continues.

  • Recycling center on the move?

     The wheels have begun to turn with regards to moving the county’s recycling center. 

    A committee was formed Monday morning during Washington County Fiscal Court’s regularly scheduled meeting to recommend a location that would be convenient for the county and cost effective for the court. The committee consists of magistrates Billy Riney and Hal Goode, along with former county attorney Hamilton Simms.

  • Commemmorating 800 years of Dominican Sisters

    An 800-year-old order and 200-year-old Washington County tradition will be celebrating its birthday with a concert at St. Catharine this month. 

    Sr. Claire McGowan said Mid-Kentucky Arts will perform a musical tribute to honor the 800th anniversary of the founding of The Dominican Order on Oct. 16.

    “For me it’s amazing to be a part of something that’s 800 years old,” McGowan said. “800 years is a long time.”

  • County’s recycling center could be on move

     Two striking blows to the county’s budget will force it to consider other options for its recycling program in the near future.

    “We pretty much decided in order to have any kind of recycling program we have to dramatically cut expenses,” Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said, adding the county has to look at the costs of the building it currently rents.

  • Assets at SCC to be auctioned

    Saint Catharine College’s classroom furnishings, medical/laboratory equipment, cooking kitchen equipment, athletic training equipment and other tangible assets will be sold at public auction on Nov. 10, 2016, if an auction contract is approved by the U. S. District judge assigned to this case. No date has been set for a hearing on this proposal.

  • Two men indicted for Rayford murder

    Two men from Lebanon were arrested for allegedly murdering a Bardstown man in Washington County.

    Bryson D. Sleet, 18, and Taron M. Sanders, 20, were indicted by the Washington County grand jury on Sept. 28 for the murder of Yul A. Rayford, 51, in June.

    Rayford was found lying inside a vehicle just off Bloomfield Road, 1.5 miles north of Springfield. J.C. Young, a local landowner, found Rayford alive with a gunshot wound to the head. He was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville where he later died.

  • Habitat for Humanity coming to Washington County

    My New Kentucky Home Habitat for Humanity will be building a home in Washington County next year and has asked the county for help.

    Rick Waggoner, president of the tri-county partnership, said they build homes in Washington, Marion and Nelson counties.

    “What we do is try and build one home a year county-by county,” Waggoner said. “We closed out Lebanon this year so Washington County is going to be our next build.”