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  • SCC finances under review

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 544 schools that are being kept under a close eye after questions were raised in regard to finances. Of those, 69 schools reportedly face an investigation for “severe” findings in their audit. Included among those 69 schools was St. Catharine College.

    Schools found to have severe issues were placed on the HCM2 (heightened cash monitoring) list, which means the department of education will begin closely watching the handling of funds at those institutions.

  • Chesser indicted in shooting

    On March 24, a Washington County Grand Jury filed an indictment against Charles Chesser, 72, of Willisburg, in a shooting that resulted in a man, Joseph Hill, being hospitalized.

    According to the indictment, the charge being placed against Chesser is assault in the first degree, a Class B felony.

    The lone count of the charge reads that on or around Jan. 13, in Taylor County, Chesser intentionally caused serious injury to Hill with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument with indifference to the value of human life.

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  • No major flood concerns

    Substantial rain hit the area late last week, leading to flash flooding in many areas. Damage in Washington County was minimal, however, with around four to four-and-a-half inches coming down in most places.

    Despite Gov. Steve Beshear declaring a state of emergency, Washington County Road Department Supervisor Dale Mann said the flooding locally did not reach levels that it has in the past. Still, several roads and bridges throughout the county had to be temporarily closed.

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  • First group of inmates complete new GED program

    The pomp may have been lower key, but the circumstance was just as important to the seven most recent graduates of the GED program at the Marion County Detention Center.

    David Nelson, 36, was the first person at the jail to earn his GED after the implementation of a computer-only testing system.

    “It’s been 20 years since I dropped out of school. It was not easy,” Nelson said.

    For him, completing the GED, along with the substance abuse program at the jail, is a new step in his life.

  • Lincoln Trail first to receive certification

    By Daniel Carney

    As an economic developer for Springfield and Washington County, my job centers on business attraction and business retention for our community. 

    Much like my counterparts throughout the Lincoln Trail region, my success is typically measured in job growth and more broadly what I do to help position the community for greater economic prosperity.

  • Conway: ‘I’m ready to be governor’

    Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    A Republican criticism of Jack Conway is that he’s a “career politician,” but the 45-year-old state attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor said Wednesday his nearly 14 years of experience in state government means he won’t have to learn on the job.

    “I’m ready to be governor,” Conway said during a visit to The Kentucky Standard while on his way to Marion County.

  • More distinguished ratings for band

    Washington County Concert Band traveled to John Hardin High School last Thursday, where they competed in the KMEA Concert Band Festival.

    They played very beautifully and professionally and came away with Distinguished Ratings from all four judges.

  • A statewide inspiration

    Casey Schaeffer, Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky, visited Springfield recently on her tour through Kentucky. Schaeffer has set a goal to meet every mayor in the Commonwealth to help spread the message of the needs of people with disabilities.

    The Ms. Wheelchair America competition was started in 1972 by a physician in Ohio to raise awareness of the talent and courage of the disabled.

    The organization’s website (www.mswheelchairkentucky.org) notes that unlike the Miss America Pageant, the Ms. Wheelchair America program is “in no way a beauty contest.”