Local News

  • Immunization laws to change for students

    Nick Schrager


    Children across the state will soon need additional immunizations or records showing they’ve received the vaccines.

    According to Washington County’s school nurse, Dolly Stannard, state government has added new vaccine requirements in order to attend public schools.

    Stannard, who covers Washington County elementary, middle and high schools, said the changes would take effect at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

  • Santa's coming to town

    Sleigh bells were ringing early in Springfield Friday when Santa Claus came to town.

    As a cold December wind cut through outer layers like a knife, the jolly old man sat on Main Street waiving to every car that passed by, and listened to each child’s deepest wishes for Christmas this year.

    “This is balmy weather compared to the North Pole,” Santa told The Sun in an exclusive interview. “Right now, it’s about zero degrees at the North Pole without the wind chill.”

  • Bids being accepted for SCC property

    St. Catharine College is going on the auction block, though it may already have its highest bidder.

    According to documents filed in federal court last week, SCC’s receiver, L.S. Associates, LLC, was granted a request to approve sale procedures and bidding protections in connection with the sale of SCC’s remaining assets.

    L.S. Associates will be taking bids on the property, though it was already offered a sum of money by the Runchero Corporation, Inc., in Shelbyville.

    The proposed price? $4.7 million.

  • Commanderettes have split results

    The past week brought in the first win of the Commanderettes’ season. But while the 52-48 victory over Garrard County started the week on a high note, the Friday night defeat to Thomas Nelson showed that there was still work to do for the girls’ basketball team.

  • County looks at future landfill options

    Washington County Fiscal Court was talking trash Monday morning at the 1816 Courthouse.

    According to Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, the Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill has approximately 5-10 years before it will reach capacity and have to be capped.

    Discussions started after the court went over the free recycling program it held.

  • Candidates file for 2018 election

    Next year’s election races are already getting busy, with close to 20 people having filed for positions in county government.

    According to Washington County Clerk Glenn Black, who will not be running for re-election next year, candidates for county offices have until 4 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2018, to file their paperwork for the primary election on May 23. Anyone running for city council has until August to submit paperwork.

    “All county offices and all city council members (are up for grabs),” he said.

  • City and county prepare for winter weather
  • Extension office 90 percent complete

    The new Washington County Extension Office is nearly complete, and according to County Extension Agent for Horticulture, Dennis Morgeson, everything so far has gone according to plan.

    “We’re probably at about 90 percent completion, and we should be completed some time in February,” Morgeson said.

    Ground was broken in March of this year, and the build has been going steady since.

  • Library hits first anniversary

    The Washington County Public Library has officially been open for just more than a year, and according to its director, Tara O’Hagan, things are moving fast and the library’s numbers are growing.

    The ribbon cutting for the new building was on Nov. 15, 2016, but the library had a soft opening Sept. 28, 2016.

    “We’ve been in the building for a year and getting use to it,” O’Hagan said.

    But, getting use to the new space has been easy, and has allowed staff to offer a lot more to the public.

  • Parrott arrsted on sex charges

    A second Washington County man has been arrested after attempting to meet what he thought was a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse.

    The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office arrested Larry J. Parrott, 39, of Willisburg on Nov. 3 and charged him with attempted unlawful transaction with a minor, 1st degree, and prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor.

    Also arrested were Richard D. Fransen, 37, of Louisville on Nov. 10, and Andrew D. Hardin, of Lebanon on Nov. 27.