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  • New driver's licenses and travel IDs to be issued in 2019

    Kentucky House Bill 410 will change the way you get your driver’s license, but you won’t have to worry about it until January 2019.

    According to Washington County Circuit Clerk JoAnne Mudd Miller, the bill tells the federal government Kentucky will be in compliance with the 2005 Real ID Act. The commonwealth is one of only a handful of states not in compliance with the act, which was passed after 9/11 with the intentions of providing more secure forms of identification.

  • Strong winds strike county, cause damage

    Strong winds ripped through the county causing damage to public and private property last week.

    Thursday morning saw winds damage property at Idle Hour Park in Springfield, while a tornado warning was issued briefly in Willisburg on March 27.

    Springfield City Administrator Laurie Smith said she couldn’t say much on Friday, but noted the process of filing insurance claims has begun. 

    Straight-line winds were powerful enough to flip bleachers onto fencing, while also knocking down netting and a light pole.

  • Two bubbas and a leaf blower

    My friend Pogo retired from work a while back and became a stay-at-home domestic god for his sweet and kindly wife, Vickie.  

    I semi-retired from accounting work at the end of February. I say semi-retired because I’m still working two part-time jobs and just dropped my one full-time job. 

  • Fiscal court declares April Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    April has been declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in Washington County. 

    The proclamation came from Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles after a presentation from Sue Clements, who represents the Washington County Homemakers.

    “Yes, we’re here again,” Clements said. “That means the problem has not gone away, I’m sorry to say.”

    According to Clements, the drug epidemic plaguing the country has made child neglect worse.

  • Edwards participates in Archways to Opportunity program

    As the end of the school year approaches, many seniors are contemplating their futures. Where they are going to school, what they want to do for a career; all these things are in the forefront of their minds. 

    One student at Washington County High School is working to ensure he has all he needs to be successful after high school through a program offered by his part-time employer.

  • State auditor gives county clean report for 2015

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    Washington County just received a clean financial audit from the state. 

    According to a 44-page document released from the state auditor’s office, “The Washington County Fiscal Court had total receipts of $6,613,729 and disbursements of $6,544,704 in fiscal year 2015. This resulted in a total ending fund balance of $1,767,764, which is an increase of $265,461 from the prior year.”

    The report also said there were no violations found. 

  • Mattingly wins Agriculture Leader of the year award

    Nick Schrager

    Editor

    This year’s Agriculture Leader of the Year award was presented to someone who not only grew up on the farm and continues to raise crops and cattle, but also goes to work every day to teach youngsters about his passion.

    According to Beth Osbourne, president of Washington County FFA, Bart Mattingly, who received this year’s award from the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, isn’t someone who’s afraid of hard work. 

  • Wages to increase for some school staff

    Some teachers and staff in Washington County will be getting a pay raise. 

    The Washington County School Board passed a new salary schedule that would compete with Marion County’s school district.

    “We didn’t take money away from anyone,” Washington County Schools Superintendent Robin Cochran said. 

    As an example, if an instructional assistant is making more here than in Marion County, their pay would remain the same. But, if the same person makes less than an instructor in Marion County, their pay would increase. 

  • City meets in special session

    The Springfield City Council convened in a special session on Tuesday, March 14, at Springfield City Hall.

    Several city business matters were discussed including; the Washington County Homemakers made a request for the council to make a small donation for the Head Start Child Abuse Awareness Walk on Friday, April 7, and for all city residents to wear blue in support.

  • Nine indicted by grand jury

    A Willisburg man was indicted on two sex abuse charges last week. 

    Shane Chesser, 38, of Willisburg, was charged on March 15 with two counts of sexual abuse 1st degree, victim under 12 years of age, class C felonies. The indictment said both alleged incidents occurred in 2012. Bond was set at $10,000 full cash, and Chesser was ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness and to have no unsupervised contact with any minor.

    The Washington County grand jury also indicted eight others unrelated to Chesser’s case.