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  • Judge-Executive Settles issues apology

    It opened with an apology.

    Before the pledge of allegiance and opening prayer, Washington County Fiscal Court and those in attendance heard an explanation and apology from Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles regarding the use of county employees to clean up the remains of a barn and attached garage fire located on magistrate Billy Riney’s farm on June 2. Riney was not present at the meeting and it was explained he was on vacation.  

  • Isaiah House receives grant for upgrades to phone system

    The Isaiah House Recovery Center in Willisburg recently received a $5,000 grant from the Kentucky Social Welfare Foundation. The grant, along with an anonymous matching grant of $5,000, will be used to purchase a new phone system for the 82-bed center, which provides residential treatment for individuals struggling with addiction and alcoholism.

    The new phone system is a critical need at Isaiah House due to its facility’s growth since opening in Willisburg in 2007.

  • New reading initiative to be put into place

    In late May, Washington County Schools superintendent Robin Cochran met with the principals from each school, and from that meeting, a new district-wide reading campaign was born.

    Cochran announced the new initiative during her superintendent report at last week’s regularly scheduled school board meeting.

    She noted that the idea for more independent reading was something that was “just kind of mentioned” during that May meeting but grew quickly from there.

  • Festival kicks off on Friday

    More than 12 years ago, then-Springfield mayor Mike Haydon wanted a celebration of the heritage of the local African American people that coincided with the Holy Rosary Catholic Church picnic.

    That idea blossomed into what is now known as the African American Heritage Festival, one of the largest festivals in the city and an event that returns to Springfield this Friday night.

    For Main Street Executive Director Nell Haydon, the festival is one of the most important — and most fun — events in the area.

  • Former chief of police passes away at 93

    Thomas Leroy “Roy” Fenwick, former chief of police in Springfield, passed away at Springfield Nursing and Rehab on July 19 at the age of 93.

    Fenwick, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, was on Springfield’s police force from 1970 until 1987, and he held the position of chief from 1979 until 1987.

    His son, Danny Fenwick, served as a spokesperson for the family.

    He said it’s hard to summarize a man’s life in a few words.

  • High school schedule to see changes

    Hillary C. Wright
    Washington County Schools

    Washington County High School is starting the 2015-2016 school year by implementing a new hybrid schedule, one that is a bit more rigorous, but will offer several different areas of study.

  • Waters longest active housing commissioner in state

    For more than half a century, Allen Darnell Waters has been giving a hand to the less fortunate by helping provide affordable and safe housing in Springfield.

    Waters, 85, a commissioner of the Springfield Housing Commission, recently received a South East Regional Conference award for being the longest serving commissioner in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

    “I’ve been on there give or take a little time, 55 years,” Waters said.  

  • Manton Music Jam on Sunday

    Bring your lawn chair, and come on down for an evening of “fun-filled entertainment.”

    That’s the message that co-organizer Bobby Smith is spreading about this year’s Manton Music Jam, which will take place on Sunday, July 26, from noon to dusk this year.

    In its 11th year, the Manton Music Jam has become known around the area as a must-attend event for local music enthusiasts.

    This is no more evident than in the growth the jamboree has seen since its inception in 2005.

  • Tractor mysteriously disappears

    A tractor has recently gone missing, and there are no clues to where it might be, according to Sheriff Jerry Pinkston.

    The Ford 4000 Special Utility farm tractor is owned by Willisburg resident Nancy Settles and has a red primer hood, white round fenders with Armstrong rear tires and a radio mounted in the front of the steering wheel.

  • Grider goes to Germany to study engineering

    Bob Grider knew he wanted to study abroad. The only problem was figuring out the logistics of making it happen.

    Originally from Washington County, Grider chose to study mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech University after graduating high school in 2011. As a sophomore, he tried to find a way to transfer to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland but was unsuccessful in this quest.

    After this disappointment, Grider reluctantly accepted the fact that he wouldn’t get his chance to study abroad.