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  • Can’t go it alone

    This story is part of an on-going series recognizing the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce award winners.

    The Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce added the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award to its list of honors at this year’s awards gala, and the inaugural winner certainly fits the bill.

    Wesley Smith, owner of Smith Contracting in Springfield, was recognized for the work he’s done as a business owner over the last decade, as well as his continuous drive to expand into other ventures.

  • PHOTOS: First Lady Beshear visits local school district
  • News briefs 3/19

    Volunteers Needed
    Volunteers are needed at the Lincoln Legacy Museum. If you have any free time, even a couple of hours would be greatly appreciated. Call Lena Russell at 859-336-3232.

    Central Ky Head Start Program

  • Teen injured in accident on Sunday

    Kentucky State Police reported an injury accident in Washington County on Sunday evening at 6:13 p.m.

    According to the accident report, the wreck occured three miles east of Springfield on Bardstown Road.

    Tpr. Chase Willis worked the accident and reported that 19-year-old Jessica Hyke was traveling east in a 2002 Chevrolet when the wreck occurred.

  • PHOTO: Daniel Boone story
  • WC above state average in school readiness

    In a study produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) to highlight barriers to school readiness in Kentucky, Washington County exceeded or was near the state average in most categories.

    The study, titled “The Early Childhood Profiles” and distributed in a press release by The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC), is aimed at providing “fuller data about every county in the state, thanks to results from a new kindergarten screener used in every school district last fall.”

  • More improvements coming for Idle Hour Park

    As we inch closer to the summer months, city officials continue to make preparations and improvements to Idle Hour Park in anticipation of this June’s Little League tournaments.

    This year’s state softball tournament—as well as the District 5 baseball tournament—will be held in Springfield, and the city is looking to make all resources available in time for the arrival of the high volume of guests. The next step in that process, it appears, will be alterations to the most recently built field at Idle Hour.

  • Robertson renovations: city targets early 2015 finish date

    Springfield city officials are looking to move forward quickly with renovations to the Robertson building on Main Street, expecting to have construction plans completed by May 1.

    A public meeting was held last week for members of the community to hear details about the proposed changes and to ask questions relating to the commercial section of the facility.

    Project Developer Johan Graham was on hand to share what changes can be expected, and he expressed hopes of putting the project out to bid in May so construction can get under way by mid-July.

  • Alerts warn of severe weather

    Spring is just around the corner, and severe weather will not be far behind.

    Last year, Washington County purchased a system that allowed its residents to be fully prepared for such events.

    The county previously had a one-call system to inform its inhabitants about local news, such as telling them that garbage pickup was canceled or that a road had been closed, but until this system was put into place, a warning for severe weather was never an option.

  • School schedule still up in the air

    The Washington County School Board is no closer to settling the remainder of the 2013-14 district schedule after Monday night’s monthly meeting, because the state legislature doesn’t appear to be any closer to deciding how many days districts will even be required to meet.